Maurizio Pollini Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas Nos. 28-32

Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas Nos. 28-32

Maurizio Pollini

Released on December 2, 2016 by Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Main artist: Maurizio Pollini

Genre: Classical

Includes: 1 Digital booklet

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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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Album : 1 disk - 16 tracks Total length : 02:05:34

    Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101 (Ludwig van Beethoven)
  1. 1 1. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto ma non troppo)

    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 Copyright : ℗ 1977 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  2. 2 2. Lebhaft, marschmäßig (Vivace alla marcia)

    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 Copyright : ℗ 1977 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  3. 3 3. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll (Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto)

    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 Copyright : ℗ 1977 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  4. 4 4. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit (Allegro)

    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 Copyright : ℗ 1977 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  5. Piano Sonata No.29 In B-Flat, Op.106 -"Hammerklavier"
  6. 5 1. Allegro

    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 Copyright : ℗ 1977 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  7. 6 2. Scherzo (Assai vivace - Presto - Prestissimo - Tempo I)

    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 Copyright : ℗ 1977 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  8. 7 3. Adagio sostenuto

    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 Copyright : ℗ 1977 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  9. 8 4. Largo - Allegro risoluto

    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 Copyright : ℗ 1977 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  10. Piano Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109
  11. 9 1. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo - Tempo I

    Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  12. 10 2. Prestissimo

    Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  13. 11 3. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)

    Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  14. Piano Sonata No.31 In A-Flat Major, Op.110
  15. 12 1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo

    Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  16. 13 2. Allegro molto

    Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  17. 14 3. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo)

    Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Maurizio Pollini, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Hiemann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  18. Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111
  19. 15 1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato

    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 Copyright : ℗ 1977 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

  20. 16 2. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)

    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 Copyright : ℗ 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.

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