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Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas Nos. 28-32

Maurizio Pollini

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Because Beethoven's late piano sonatas are universally revered, performances of these works often invite passionate disagreements about the proper way to interpret them. Such was the case with Maurizio Pollini's recordings (1975-1977), and the controversy surrounding them has never fully abated. While these performances are polished to an extent seldom realized on other recordings, it was this pristine quality itself that invited criticism. Pollini was alleged to have objectified the music and detached himself emotionally from his performances, leaving only cold, analytical readings without a trace of feeling. In defense, it should be pointed out that many previous performances were overly burdened with Romantic interpretations and pretensions, and that Pollini performed a great service by presenting the sonatas in as accurate and clean a manner as possible, without grandiose effects. His performances are astonishingly lucid and flowing, especially in the many contrapuntal passages that regularly appear as features of these works. The last five sonatas are admirably served by Pollini's control and precision, and whatever doubts are held about his emotional involvement may be dismissed when the slow movements of Opp. 109 and 111 are heard. These are sublime performances with a high level of immediacy and skill and are strongly recommended.
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Maurizio Pollini

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Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
1. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto ma non troppo)
00:03:47

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Executive Producer - Gernot Westhäuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1977 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
2. Lebhaft, marschmäßig (Vivace alla marcia)
00:06:14

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Executive Producer - Gernot Westhäuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1977 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
3. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll (Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto)
00:02:45

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Executive Producer - Gernot Westhäuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1977 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
4. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit (Allegro)
00:07:33

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Executive Producer - Gernot Westhäuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1977 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" (Ludwig van Beethoven)

5
1. Allegro
00:10:46

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer - Gernot Westhäuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1977 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
2. Scherzo. Assai vivace - Presto - Prestissimo - Tempo I
00:02:43

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer - Gernot Westhäuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1977 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
3. Adagio sostenuto
00:17:11

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer - Gernot Westhäuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1977 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
4. Largo - Allegro risoluto
00:12:24

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer - Gernot Westhäuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1977 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

9
1. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo - Tempo I
00:03:15

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
2. Prestissimo
00:02:16

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
3. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)
00:12:41

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

12
1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
00:06:04

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

13
2. Allegro molto
00:01:57

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
3. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo
00:09:45

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

15
1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
00:08:46

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Executive Producer - Gernot Westhäuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1977 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

16
2. Arietta - Adagio molto semplice e cantabile
00:17:27

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Executive Producer - Gernot Westhäuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1977 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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Because Beethoven's late piano sonatas are universally revered, performances of these works often invite passionate disagreements about the proper way to interpret them. Such was the case with Maurizio Pollini's recordings (1975-1977), and the controversy surrounding them has never fully abated. While these performances are polished to an extent seldom realized on other recordings, it was this pristine quality itself that invited criticism. Pollini was alleged to have objectified the music and detached himself emotionally from his performances, leaving only cold, analytical readings without a trace of feeling. In defense, it should be pointed out that many previous performances were overly burdened with Romantic interpretations and pretensions, and that Pollini performed a great service by presenting the sonatas in as accurate and clean a manner as possible, without grandiose effects. His performances are astonishingly lucid and flowing, especially in the many contrapuntal passages that regularly appear as features of these works. The last five sonatas are admirably served by Pollini's control and precision, and whatever doubts are held about his emotional involvement may be dismissed when the slow movements of Opp. 109 and 111 are heard. These are sublime performances with a high level of immediacy and skill and are strongly recommended.
© TiVo

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