This programme was postponed from 1 March 2017.

Chamber Music

Piano recital with Maurizio Pollini

The Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini ranks as one of the leading specialists for works by the Polish-French composer Frédéric Chopin. His interpretative approach is pithy, clear and at the same time emotional. Anyone who has experienced the recitals that Pollini has played in the past years upon invitation of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation knows: Chopin’s works form an important constant of his programmes.

Maurizio Pollini Piano

Frédéric Chopin

2 Nocturnes op. 27

Frédéric Chopin

Ballad No. 3 in A flat major op. 47

Frédéric Chopin

Ballad No. 4 in F minor op. 52

Frédéric Chopin

Berceuse in D flat major op. 57

Frédéric Chopin

Scherzo in B minor op. 20

Frédéric Chopin

Nocturne in F minor op. 55 No. 1

Frédéric Chopin

Nocturne in E flat major op. 55 No. 2

Frédéric Chopin

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor op. 58

Dates and Tickets

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This programme was postponed from 1 March 2017.

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 8 p.m.

Philharmonie | Introduction: 7:00 pm

Serie U: Piano

Programme

Maurizio Pollini has been a musical partner of the Berliner Philharmoniker for many years. Since 1970 he has regularly appeared with them as guest soloist and has performed all major piano concertos with the orchestra. The magical performances with Claudio Abbado, with whom he was a close musical and personal friend, became legendary. Solo recitals at the invitation of the Berlin Philharmonic Foundation, by contrast, have been genuinely rare. Only five times has the pianist presented a solo programme of his own here. All five 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 at the same time emotional, he found his very own convincing access to Chopin. Over the years, other focus areas of his repertoire developed: 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. He enjoys combining the classical literature with new music on his programmes. “In that way, we can often make an older work’s modernity clearer,” is his rationale.

(c) Mathias Bothor/DG