Schoenberg: Piano Music

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Without an understanding of Schoenberg's concentrated language and intensity of expression, performances of his piano music can suffer either from cerebral dryness or confused murkiness. On this CD, Maurizio Pollini strikes a fine balance between analytical and emotionally demonstrative approaches to produce a lucid yet passionate result. Pollini's interpretations change appopriately from piece to piece, revealing that these keyboard works are as varied as the stages of Schoenberg's career, from the Post-Romanticism of his early years to the liberating innovations of his maturity. The enigmatic, ambivalently chromatic "Three Piano Pieces, Op. 11," and the more ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Without an understanding of Schoenberg's concentrated language and intensity of expression, performances of his piano music can suffer either from cerebral dryness or confused murkiness. On this CD, Maurizio Pollini strikes a fine balance between analytical and emotionally demonstrative approaches to produce a lucid yet passionate result. Pollini's interpretations change appopriately from piece to piece, revealing that these keyboard works are as varied as the stages of Schoenberg's career, from the Post-Romanticism of his early years to the liberating innovations of his maturity. The enigmatic, ambivalently chromatic "Three Piano Pieces, Op. 11," and the more adventurous, atonal "Six Little Piano Pieces, Op. 19," signify the development of a new language, perhaps similar in mood to late Scriabin, but free of old mannerisms. The "Five Piano Pieces, Op. 23," benefiting from Pollini's clarity and concentration, sound spare and aphoristic. In the 12-tone "Suite, Op. 25," Pollini brings out the wit and fluid elegance that run throughout the work, which approaches Neo-Classicism in both form and wry detachment. The "Two Piano Pieces," Op. 33a and 33b, are free-standing and integral expressions, despite their brevity. Deutsche Grammophon's high-quality sound is clean, with only minimal tape hiss.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Dg Imports
  • UPC: 028942324923
  • Catalog Number: 423249
  • Sales rank: 92,953

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pieces (3) for piano, Op. 11 - Arnold Schoenberg & Sylvia Hofer (13:41)
  2. 2 Little Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 19 - Arnold Schoenberg & Sylvia Hofer (5:07)
  3. 3 Pieces (5) for piano, Op. 23 - Arnold Schoenberg & Sylvia Hofer (10:25)
  4. 4 Suite for Piano, Op. 25 - Arnold Schoenberg & Sylvia Hofer (14:26)
  5. 5 Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 33 - Arnold Schoenberg & Sylvia Hofer (5:43)
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Maurizio Pollini Primary Artist
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