- Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6 (07:55)
Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 59, CT. 86-88
- Polonaise-fantasy for piano No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156 (11:31)
Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 62, CT. 124-125
Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 63, CT. 89-91
Waltzes (3) for piano, Op. 64, CT. 212-214
- Mazurka for piano No. 49 in F minor, Op. 68/4, CT. 99 (02:00)
Esteemed for almost 60 years as one of the greatest Chopin interpreters, Maurizio Pollini confirms his preeminence with this 2017 release on Deutsche Grammophon, and offers his first all-Chopin disc since 2012. Chopin's late works were composed between 1845 and 1849, and include the "Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60," the "3 Mazurkas, Op. 59," the "Polonaise-Fantaisie in A flat major, Op. 61," the "2 Nocturnes, Op. 62," the "3 Mazurkas, Op. 63," the "3 Waltzes, Op. 64," and the "Mazurka in F minor, Op. Posth. 68, No. 4"; they are notable for their harmonic richness and freedom of melodic embellishment, characteristics that made them especially influential among his Romantic contemporaries. Pollini's fluid phrasing and control of expression and dynamics have always given his performances sophistication and a feeling of balance, though these are engaging renditions that are far from cerebral or clinical, claims that critics have sometimes laid at Pollini's door. Yet listeners can hear for themselves how polished and deeply felt these performances are, and appreciate the artistic wholeness of Pollini's conceptions, from the elegance of the "Minute Waltz" to the sublime melancholy of the posthumous "Mazurka in F minor." Highly recommended for fans of great piano music.