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#2079514 - 05/08/13 09:15 PM Pollini at Carnegie Hall Beethoven Named Sonatas Expose
Serge Marinkovic Offline
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By STEVE SMITH
Last Updated: 3:38 PM CDT
Admirers of the Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini are set in their lionization of this singular artist; his detractors, likewise, are steadfast. Were you not an aficionado of his methods before the recital he gave at Carnegie Hall on Sunday afternoon, nothing that he played during the all-Beethoven program was likely to change your mind. Equally, were you a devotee, nothing Mr. Pollini did on Sunday changed that condition.

At 71, he approaches music with the same penetrating lucidity and apparent alacrity as ever. That point is an important one to make, since a diminishment in Mr. Pollini’s nigh unto impervious technique was substantiated in short order.


Maurizio Pollini This pianist, now 71, performed four Beethoven sonatas during a recital on Sunday at Carnegie Hall.
HIROYUKI ITO FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES
For any pianist who has been performing as long and as well as he has, minor blemishes are practically inevitable and easily dismissed. Perhaps that forgiveness is extended less readily to Mr. Pollini, since so much of his stature is based on flawless precision and its revelatory effects. Regardless, his performances of four Beethoven sonatas, offered in chronological order, showed that his insights and instincts remain keen, his dexterity enviable.

Yes, there were minor slips within the vertiginous plummeting lines in the first movement of the “Pathétique” (Op. 13). But there was also a plain-spoken magnanimity to the Adagio, and a liquid rush in the Rondo. The “Waldstein” (Op. 53) was treasurable: its opening frolicsome, but not precious; its conclusion regal and sweeping.

I had mixed feelings about the Sonata in F (Op. 54) — a departure from the printed program, noted in an insert — in which a deftly managed, elegantly characterized first movement was wedded to a tumultuous but unfocused Allegretto. But Mr. Pollini was in his best form for the final work on his program, the “Appassionata” (Op. 57), plumbing tragedy and grandeur in the opening Allegro, sweet repose in the Andante and whirlwind forcefulness in the finale.

Recalled repeatedly for ovations by a thunderous audience, Mr. Pollini granted as encores two bagatelles from Beethoven’s Opus 126: No. 3, simple and generous; and No. 4, almost brusque at first, then rustic and charming.
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#2079518 - 05/08/13 09:31 PM Re: Pollini at Carnegie Hall Beethoven Named Sonatas Expose [Re: Serge Marinkovic]
Old Man Offline
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Originally Posted By: Serge Marinkovic
By STEVE SMITH
Last Updated: 3:38 PM CDT
Admirers of the Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini are set in their lionization of this singular artist; his detractors, likewise, are steadfast.

There are detractors???

This man is a giant among giants. I don't believe it.

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#2079525 - 05/08/13 09:54 PM Re: Pollini at Carnegie Hall Beethoven Named Sonatas Expose [Re: Serge Marinkovic]
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He was pretty good on sunday. Just a bit too fast in the slow movements for my taste, and, perhaps a bit too predictable. As of Op 54, it is a bit of an odd duck. I don't remember ever hearing it in concert, nor have I listened to it too often. He played it instead of Op 78.
hte bagatelles were dispatched swiftly. He looked rather tired.

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#2079531 - 05/08/13 10:09 PM Re: Pollini at Carnegie Hall Beethoven Named Sonatas Expose [Re: Serge Marinkovic]
Kuanpiano Offline
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Loc: Canada
Sounds like a good concert, but gosh, such tiresome prose to read through...
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#2079539 - 05/08/13 10:30 PM Re: Pollini at Carnegie Hall Beethoven Named Sonatas Expose [Re: Old Man]
Carey Offline
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Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 7769
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Originally Posted By: Old Man
Originally Posted By: Serge Marinkovic
By STEVE SMITH
Last Updated: 3:38 PM CDT
Admirers of the Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini are set in their lionization of this singular artist; his detractors, likewise, are steadfast.

There are detractors???

This man is a giant among giants. I don't believe it.


Apparently you missed THIS thread re: Pollini's April recital at Carnegie Hall. grin

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/2068226/1.html
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#2079578 - 05/09/13 12:11 AM Re: Pollini at Carnegie Hall Beethoven Named Sonatas Expose [Re: Andromaque]
William A.P.M. Offline
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Registered: 10/09/08
Posts: 554
Loc: Ecuador
I agree here. Even from the very beginning his tempo was a bit too fast for my taste, but his performance was enjoyable.
I'm not actually a HUGE fan of Beethoven's solo piano music, nor do I possess sufficient knowledge on his music, but the last encore left me really curious! I ran home and googled Pollini's previous recitals to see which encores he had performed elsewhere, and voila - Bagatelle Op. 126 no. 4! xD
...Yuja Wang's recital is next thursday and she's doing a good programme - Scriabin, Liebermann, and Rachmaninoff. xD

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#2079588 - 05/09/13 12:39 AM Re: Pollini at Carnegie Hall Beethoven Named Sonatas Expose [Re: Carey]
Old Man Offline
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Registered: 04/04/12
Posts: 782
Loc: Michigan, USA
Originally Posted By: carey
Originally Posted By: Old Man
Originally Posted By: Serge Marinkovic
By STEVE SMITH
Last Updated: 3:38 PM CDT
Admirers of the Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini are set in their lionization of this singular artist; his detractors, likewise, are steadfast.

There are detractors???

This man is a giant among giants. I don't believe it.


Apparently you missed THIS thread re: Pollini's April recital at Carnegie Hall. grin

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/2068226/1.html


You're right, carey, I did miss it. I'd better dig into it tomorrow. My knee-jerk reactions can sometimes get me in trouble! smile

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#2079725 - 05/09/13 08:37 AM Re: Pollini at Carnegie Hall Beethoven Named Sonatas Expose [Re: Serge Marinkovic]
Hank Drake Offline
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Registered: 05/31/01
Posts: 1706
Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
Originally Posted By: Serge Marinkovic
By STEVE SMITH
Last Updated: 3:38 PM CDT
Admirers of the Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini are set in their lionization of this singular artist; his detractors, likewise, are steadfast. Were you not an aficionado of his methods before the recital he gave at Carnegie Hall on Sunday afternoon, nothing that he played during the all-Beethoven program was likely to change your mind. Equally, were you a devotee, nothing Mr. Pollini did on Sunday changed that condition.

At 71, he approaches music with the same penetrating lucidity and apparent alacrity as ever. That point is an important one to make, since a diminishment in Mr. Pollini’s nigh unto impervious technique was substantiated in short order.


Wow. Mr. Smith loves to dish out the 50-cent prose. And I thought my reviews were verbose.
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The composers want performers be imaginative, in the direction of their thinking--not just robots, who execute orders.
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#2080225 - 05/10/13 09:00 AM Re: Pollini at Carnegie Hall Beethoven Named Sonatas Expose [Re: Serge Marinkovic]
Frito Offline
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Registered: 05/09/11
Posts: 164
Loc: Eastern US
Pollini was magnificent. By the time he reached the second movement of the Waldstein, he was really true to form. Sonata 24 was a real tour de force. The appassionata was truly extraordinary. I don't understand how there would be "detractors".
Not clear why no. 24 was substituted for no. 22. Perhaps the initial program had a misprint.

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#2080246 - 05/10/13 10:02 AM Re: Pollini at Carnegie Hall Beethoven Named Sonatas Expose [Re: Hank Drake]
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Registered: 05/26/01
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Loc: Victoria, BC
Originally Posted By: Hank Drake
Originally Posted By: Serge Marinkovic
[...]
At 71, he approaches music with the same penetrating lucidity and apparent alacrity as ever. That point is an important one to make, since a diminishment in Mr. Pollini’s nigh unto impervious technique was substantiated in short order.


Wow. Mr. Smith loves to dish out the 50-cent prose. And I thought my reviews were verbose.


So convoluted and unclear on first reading that I had to read the last sentence two or three times before I understood that Mr. Smith was saying that Mr. Pollini's technique has diminished with his advancing age.

The French have a saying : "Ce qui n'est pas clair n'est pas français." ("If it isn't clear, it isn't French!")

Regards,
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#2080274 - 05/10/13 10:49 AM Re: Pollini at Carnegie Hall Beethoven Named Sonatas Expose [Re: Serge Marinkovic]
Carey Offline
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Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 7769
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Lots of things diminish with advancing age. smile
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