Prélude in C sharp minor op. 45
Ballad No. 2 in F major op. 38
Ballad No. 3 in A flat major op. 47
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor op. 35
Préludes, Livre I
He has liberated Frédéric Chopin’s piano works from dusty salons, laid bare the structure of Beethoven’s sonatas and repeatedly included contemporary music in his programmes – works by composers like Pierre Boulez, with whom he enjoys a decades-old friendship. Maurizio Pollini can indeed look back on a long and impressive career.
It began in 1960, when he won first prize in the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Since then the Milanese artist has appeared in all the world’s important musical centres, together with renowned orchestras and conductors as well as in solo recitals. In both cases his playing focuses on clarity of structure while illuminating textual detail. This demands flawless precision. Maurizio Pollini also commands an incredibly supple touch and beguilingly sensitive ear for colour, deployed in cascading, pearl-like runs. In 1993 and 1994 he first performed all of the Beethoven sonatas in Berlin and Munich – a mammoth project that he repeated in Milan, New York, London, Vienna and Paris.
Since his August 1970 debut, Pollini has been a close collaborator with the Berliner Philharmoniker in concert. We look forward now to his coming solo appearance. About his progammes says the maestro: “When I wake up in the morning and see the evening’s programme, I want to be looking forward to it.”