Pollini & Abbado: The Complete Deutsche Grammophon Recordings

Pollini & Abbado: The Complete Deutsche Grammophon Recordings

by Maurizio Pollini
     
 
This 2016 box set from Deutsche Grammophon comprises the recordings Maurizio Pollini and Claudio Abbado made together between 1973 and 1997. They began collaborating in the 1960s, and their live concerts and studio work yielded a complete cycle of Ludwig van Beethoven's piano concertos and the "Choral Fantasy," the two piano concertos of Johannes Brahms, Béla Bartók's

Overview

This 2016 box set from Deutsche Grammophon comprises the recordings Maurizio Pollini and Claudio Abbado made together between 1973 and 1997. They began collaborating in the 1960s, and their live concerts and studio work yielded a complete cycle of Ludwig van Beethoven's piano concertos and the "Choral Fantasy," the two piano concertos of Johannes Brahms, Béla Bartók's first and second piano concertos, and piano concertos by Robert Schumann and Arnold Schoenberg, as well as Luigi Nono's "Como una ola de fuerza y luz." For a body of work spanning nearly three decades and involving four orchestras -- the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Vienna Philharmonic -- the level of playing and the sound quality are consistently high, though there is some variance due to the different venues, and the mix of ADD and DDD recordings. This set is highly recommended for fans of these distinguished musicians, and it is also a great bargain for anyone starting to build a classical library.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2016
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028948213580
catalogNumber:
002462202
Rank:
3694

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15

    1. 1. Allegro con brio  (17:15)
    2. 2. Largo  (11:12)
    3. 3. Rondo. Allegro scherzando  (09:04)
  2. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

    1. 1. Allegro con brio  (13:32)
    2. 2. Adagio  (08:40)
    3. 3. Rondo. Molto allegro  (06:30)

Disc 2

  1. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

    1. 1. Allegro con brio  (16:06)
    2. 2. Largo  (10:06)
    3. 3. Rondo. Allegro  (09:35)
  2. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

    1. 1. Allegro moderato  (17:17)
    2. 2. Andante con moto  (05:16)
    3. 3. Rondo. Vivace  (10:00)

Disc 3

  1. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73

    1. 1. Allegro  (20:28)
    2. 2. Adagio un poco moto - attacca:  (07:47)
    3. 3. Rondo. Allegro  (10:39)
  2. Fantasia for piano, chorus, and orchestra ("Choral Fantasy"), Op. 80

    1. 1. Adagio  (03:18)
    2. 2. Finale. Allegro  (06:14)
    3. 3. Adagio, ma non troppo  (02:40)
    4. 4. Marcia, assai vivace  (02:11)
    5. 5. Allegretto, ma non troppo (quasi Andante con moto)  (02:14)
    6. 6. Presto  (01:36)

Disc 4

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

    1. 1. Maestoso  (21:01)
    2. 2. Adagio  (12:10)
    3. 3. Rondo. Allegro non troppo  (11:45)

Disc 5

  1. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

    1. 1. Allegro non troppo  (17:44)
    2. 1. Allegro non troppo  (17:11)
    3. 2. Allegro appassionato  (08:54)
    4. 2. Allegro appassionato  (08:53)
    5. 3. Andante  (12:32)
    6. 3. Andante  (12:43)
    7. 4. Allegretto grazioso  (09:23)
    8. 4. Allegretto grazioso  (09:25)

Disc 7

  1. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

    1. 1. Allegro affettuoso  (15:08)
    2. 2. Intermezzo. Andantino grazioso -  (05:30)
    3. 3. Allegro vivace  (10:42)
  2. Piano Concerto, Op. 42

    1. 1. Andante -  (04:35)
    2. 2. Molto allegro -  (02:31)
    3. 3. Adagio -  (06:01)
    4. 4. Giocoso (moderato) - Stretto  (06:02)

Disc 8

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in A major, Sz. 83, BB 91

    1. 1. Allegro moderato - Allegro  (09:09)
    2. 2. Andante - Allegro - attacca:  (07:52)
    3. 3. Allegro molto  (06:21)
  2. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Sz. 95, BB 101

    1. 1. Allegro  (09:40)
    2. 2. Adagio - Presto - Adagio  (11:47)
    3. 3. Allegro molto - Presto  (06:05)
  3. Como una ola de fuerza y luz, for soprano, piano, orchestra & tape

    1. Beginning  (02:24)
    2. I. Interno dolce (soprano entry: "Luisiano!")  (01:46)
    3. II. Duro deciso (Soprano: "en los vientos azarósos de esta tierra")  (02:13)
    4. Piano entry  (06:54)
    5. III. Dolcissimo sereno (soprano: "voces de niños doblen campanas dulces")  (02:11)
    6. Orchestra entry  (10:01)
    7. Orchestra and piano entry  (04:11)

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