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Congratulations Maurizio Pollini 75!

January 5th, 2017 in Piano News by | 6 comments

Maurizio Pollini’s talent was recognized early. At eleven, he first appeared in concert, as a teenager he already played the complete Chopin etudes. That’s many years ago. Countless, celebrated concert performances are behind him along with awards and recordings. On January 5th the Italian pianist celebrated his 75th birthday. Piano Street congratulates one of the great pianists of our time and shares a lovely filmed portrait on his life.

Maurizio Pollini – By The Master’s Hand

Two milestones in the history of recorded piano music:

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Read more:

Interview at steinway.com
Artist page on Deutche Grammophon

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  • Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto in 1977 with the LSO and Claudio Abbado. The performance was extraordinary. I found the recording they made of it at the time much less intense. Bravo indeed!

  • Angus Murray-Brown says:

    I too heard Pollini at the RFH with the LSO under Abbado.
    Abbado conducted from memory – Webern Passacaglia, Brahms 2nd Pno Concerto and Strauss Tod und Verklärung. I was on the edge of my seat throughout. A most memorable concert. Pollini was superb but not just as a showman, it was the tremendous impact of the whole. I will never forget it.

  • John K. Casey says:

    Wow, that 1977 live concert must have been unbelievable, as I consider the recording that they made of the Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto to be the best ever put on disc.

  • Kathleen Banks says:

    Thank you for an absolutely wonderful and informative gift in this video of Pollini. I have learned from him and about him just now, a rare and amazing experience.

  • Marijana says:

    Excellent performances of Brahms’ masterpieces for piano & orchestra. Italian pianist Mauricio Pollini join the Vienna Philharmonic under two different conductors, Maestros Karl Boehm & Claudio Abbado, in very electrifying performances of Brahms’ two piano concertos.My favourite recording is Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto in 1977 with Claudio Abbado.

  • Karsen says:

    Extraordinary musician and pianist and humanist of exception! Heard in concert in the early 80s in Paris playing all of Chopin’s studies and preludes…! Certainly the greatest pianist I have ever heard on stage, of unequaled virtuosity and musicality (with Michelangeli, Arrau, Serkin, Argerich, Brendel, Berman, Duchable and many others…).

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