10 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chopin’s music has been part of Pollini’s life since boyhood and it provided him with, perhaps, the biggest milestone of his career when he won the International Chopin Piano Competition in 1960. Since then, numerous concerts and recordings have cemented that bond. Arriving shortly after his 77th birthday, this is a program of consecutive opus numbers culminating in Piano Sonata No. 3, a performance hewn from granite. Pollini’s Chopin is deeply considered, stately, even ascetic. He favors intellectual rigor over easy-won poetry and the effect is, indeed, powerful—and his love for this music is evident in every bar.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Chopin’s music has been part of Pollini’s life since boyhood and it provided him with, perhaps, the biggest milestone of his career when he won the International Chopin Piano Competition in 1960. Since then, numerous concerts and recordings have cemented that bond. Arriving shortly after his 77th birthday, this is a program of consecutive opus numbers culminating in Piano Sonata No. 3, a performance hewn from granite. Pollini’s Chopin is deeply considered, stately, even ascetic. He favors intellectual rigor over easy-won poetry and the effect is, indeed, powerful—and his love for this music is evident in every bar.

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What are the A&R people at DG doing?

I don't understand why anyone at DG would believe that customers, even Pollini devotees, would spend $11.99 for this CD. There are just 3 works, the Mazurkas Op 56, that are new to Pollini's discography. Instead of re-recording works, why not have Pollini record the Allegro de concert Op 46; the Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise Op 22; the three nouvelle etudes; three impromptus Opp 29, 51 and 66(post); the Polonaises op 71 (post); the Bolero Op 19; the Tarantelle Op 43, theWaltzes Opp 18, 42, 69, 70etc.

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