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Chopin: Nocturnes
     

Chopin: Nocturnes

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by Maurizio Pollini
 
Maurizio Pollini's decades-long career has been so closely linked with the music of Chopin that it might seem an odd oversight that the pianist has neglected the Nocturnes until now. He did record a handful of these pieces in the 1960s, but this masterful new release of the complete Nocturnes -- arguably the composer's most popular

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Maurizio Pollini's decades-long career has been so closely linked with the music of Chopin that it might seem an odd oversight that the pianist has neglected the Nocturnes until now. He did record a handful of these pieces in the 1960s, but this masterful new release of the complete Nocturnes -- arguably the composer's most popular works -- is a long-awaited and fitting companion to Pollini's albums of the Polonaises, Etudes, Preludes, Scherzos, and Ballades. All of this shelf space wouldn't add up to such an imposing legacy if Pollini's Chopin performances weren't so insightful and unique. Less sentimental than most pianists, he dispels the cloudy vagueness that can afflict this repertoire when a performer exaggerates its "romantic" qualities. Instead, Pollini emphasizes the latent drama Chopin infused into his small forms, often revealing the Nocturnes' affinity with the Ballades. If Arthur Rubinstein's 1965 version has long been the gold-standard recording, it's revealing just to compare the timings: Less inclined to linger, Pollini shaves almost a minute off each of the 19 pieces, clocking in at just over 90 minutes (against Rubinstein's 107). But Pollini's playing never feels rushed; he still takes notable liberties with tempo and allows the listener countless details to savor.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Anthony Tommasini
While this masterly pianist plays with delicacy and grace when they are called for, he seems intent on conveying the intensity, volatility and complexity of these inventive pieces.... Do not expect to be carried off to dreamland by this recording. Mr. Pollini's accounts will leave you moved, stunned and exhausted.
Washington Post - Tim Page
Refreshingly straightforward; [Pollini] understands and appreciates but never overindulges the moody beauties in these 19 pieces. Nor does he drown them in pedal.
Time Out New York - Marion Lignana Rosenberg
While an Olympian purity shines forth from Pollini’s playing throughout this set, he is also keen to the darkness of Chopin’s muse.... Combining sovereign technique with a clear-eyed but feverish sense of poetry, Pollini’s Chopin stands as one of a great musician’s proudest achievements.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2006
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947757184
catalogNumber:
000580402
Rank:
73195

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Tracks

  1. Nocturnes (3) for piano, Op. 9, CT. 108-110
  2. Nocturnes (3) for piano, Op. 15, CT. 111-113
  3. Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 27, CT. 114-115
  4. Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 32, CT. 116-117
  5. Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 37, CT. 118-119
  6. Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 48, CT. 120-121
  7. Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 55, CT. 122-123
  8. Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 62, CT. 124-125
  9. Nocturne for piano No. 19 in E minor, Op. 72/1, CT. 126

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Chopin: Nocturnes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wonderfully phrased and lyrically beautiful, well done!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like the way he plays the music, however the Nocturne in E minor is much to quick-it needs to be slower and more deliberate-I think. His talent is supreme and he handles the piano very well, however I think a tradegy needs to enter his life so he will play with more expression-especially the sadder ones. I think the deep down soul part is missing.