Piano recital with Maurizio Pollini
Maurizio Pollini Piano
6 Little Piano Pieces op. 19 (in memoriam Pierre Boulez)
Allegro in B minor op. 8
Fantasy in C major op. 17
Scherzo No. 1 in B minor op. 20
Nocturne in F minor op. 55 No. 1
Nocturne in E flat major op. 55 No. 2
Nocturne in B major op. 62 No. 1
Nocturne in E major op. 62 No. 2
Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor op. 39
Mon, 30 May 2016 8 p.m.
Philharmonie | Introduction: 7:00 pm
Maurizio Pollini has been artistically associated with the Berliner Philharmoniker for many years. Since 1970 he has regularly appeared with the orchestra as guest soloist and has performed all the major piano concertos with them. The magical performances with Claudio Abbado, with whom he was a close musical and personal friend, became legendary. Solo recitals by Pollini, by contrast, have been genuine rarities in the framework of philharmonic concerts. Only four times has the pianist presented a solo programme of his own at the invitation of the Berlin Philharmonic Foundation. All four have included works by Frédéric Chopin, the composer with whom Pollini’s international career began.
In 1960, Pollini, then 18, won the renowned International Chopin Competition in Warsaw; this catapulted him into the world’s major concert halls. His interpretative approach contradicted habitual ways of listening: pithy, clear and emotional at the same time, he found his very own convincing access to Chopin. Over the years, other focus areas of his repertoire evolved: Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann and Claude Debussy. Not to omit contemporary music, which Maurizio Pollini, a close friend of composer Luigi Nono, passionately champions. In his programmes he enjoys combining the classical literature with new music. “In that way, we can often make an older work’s modernity clearer,” is his rationale.