Friday, February 28, 2014

Maurizio Pollini Plays Beethoven (The Late Piano Sonatas)

Because Beethoven's late piano sonatas are universally revered, performances of these works often invite passionate disagreements about the proper way to interpret them. Such was the case with Maurizio Pollini's recordings (1975-1977), and the controversy surrounding them has never fully abated. While these performances are polished to an extent seldom realized on other recordings, it was this pristine quality itself that invited criticism. Pollini was alleged to have objectified the music and detached himself emotionally from his performances, leaving only cold, analytical readings without a trace of feeling. In defense, it should be pointed out that many previous performances were overly burdened with Romantic interpretations and pretensions, and that Pollini performed a great service by presenting the sonatas in as accurate and clean a manner as possible, without grandiose effects. His performances are astonishingly lucid and flowing, especially in the many contrapuntal passages that regularly appear as features of these works. The last five sonatas are admirably served by Pollini's control and precision, and whatever doubts are held about his emotional involvement may be dismissed when the slow movements of Opp. 109 and 111 are heard. These are sublime performances with a high level of immediacy and skill and are strongly recommended.
Blair Sanderson

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Maurizio Pollini


Ludwig Van Beethoven

Cd. 1

Piano Sonata n° 28 in A, Op. 101
1 I. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung. Allegretto ma non troppo  3:44
2 II. Lebhaft, marschmässig. Vivace alla Marcia  6:09
3 III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll. Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto - attaca  2:39
4 IV. Geschwinde, doch nicht zu sehr, und mit Entschlossenheit. Allegro  7:27

Piano Sonata n° 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106
"Grosse Sonate für das Hammerklavier"
8 I. Allegro  10:38
9 II. Scherzo. Assai vivace  2:40
10 III. Adagio sostenuto. Appassionato e con molto sentimento  17:09
11 IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto  12:14


Cd. 2

Piano Sonata n° 30 in E, Op. 109
1 I. Vivace, ma non troppo  3:15
2 II. Prestissimo  2:14
3 III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung  12:29
(Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)

Piano Sonata n° 31 in A-Flat major, op. 110
4 I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo  6:03
5 II. Allegro molto   1:58
6 III. Adagio, ma non troppo - Fuga. Allegro, ma non troppo  9:32

Piano Sonata n° 32 in C minor, op. 111
7 I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato  8:42
8 II. Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile  17:18


Maurizio Pollini - p

Recorded Herkules-Saal, München, Germany ; June, 1975 [Op. 109 & 110] ; September, 1976 [Op. 106] ; & Musikverein, Grosser Saal, Wien, Austria ; January, 1977 [Op. 101 & 111]


Melanchthon said...

Greeny said...

Hi, Mel,
thanks for these dgg CDs of Pollini whom I always admired for his dgg recordings of Chopin's Nocturnes. This recording here is equally thrilling, since it's hard for most pianists not to overemphasize the romantic approach to Beethoven's late piano sonatas.

Mike said...

Glenn Gould has given these familiar pieces new life for me, but I'm certainly interested to hear Pollini's approach as well.

fcapeau said...

Great Pollini, at his best ! Many thanks, Mal

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