Magazine article Gramophone

Chopin: 'Late Works'

Magazine article Gramophone

Chopin: 'Late Works'

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'Late Works'

Barcarolle, Op 60. Three Mazurkas, Op 59. Three Mazurkas, Op 63. Mazurka, Op posth 68 No 4. Two Nocturnes, Op 62. Polonaise No 7, 'Polonaise-fantaisie', Op 61. Three Waltzes, Op 64

Maurizio Pollini pf

nr, (F) 479 6127GH (55' * DDD)

'I'm in love with Chopin--his music never ceases to amaze me', Pollini is quoted as saying on the jewel case of his latest CD. If only it sounded like it. The first thing that alienates me is the sound: the bass slightly too immediate, the treble slightly muffled, the mid-register slightly woolly, the general over-pedalling. It's almost as though we're sitting in the page-turner's position rather than in the audience. Then, as the Barcarolle unfolds, it's the boxed-in rhythms that are puzzling, along with the restricted colours, and the lack of sufficient dynamic range to articulate properly either the short-term gestures or the long-term structure. All of which proves characteristic of the recital as a whole. …

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