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Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Webern, Boulez / Maurizio Pollini

Album Summary

>Stravinsky, Igor : Movements (3) from Pétrouchka
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major, Op. 83
>Webern, Anton : Variations for piano, Op. 27
>Boulez, Pierre : Sonata for Piano no 2
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Notes & Reviews:

"Here are some great works by a very great pianist at the peak of his art." -Diapason

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Perfection needs to be pursued so that you can forget about it. Pollini's Petrushka movements are almost inhumanly accurate and fast; but what comes across is an exhilarating sense of abandon, plus an extraordinary cumulative excitement. The Prokofiev Seventh Sonata remains a benchmark recording not only for the athleticism of its outer movements but for the epic remorselessness of the central Andante. The Webern Variations are a magical fusion of intellectual passion and poetry, and the Boulez Sonata vividly reminds us why the European avant-garde was such a powerful force in the 1950s. These recordings are a monument to what it's possible for two hands to achieve on one musical instrument.

The 'original-image bit-processing' has given a bit more brilliance and presence, as claimed, and another gain is the retention of atmosphere between movements.



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Works Details

>Stravinsky, Igor : Movements (3) from Pétrouchka
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major, Op. 83
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1939-1942

>Webern, Anton : Variations for piano, Op. 27
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Boulez, Pierre : Sonata for Piano no 2
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947-1948