Last evening my wife and I had the great pleasure to see one of giants of the concert platform, Maurizio Pollini, in the Hamburg Laeiszhalle.
Prelude in C# minor Op 45
Ballade Nr 2 in F major Op 38
Mazurkas Op 33 /1-4
Scherzo Nr 3 in C# minor Op 39
Polonaise in Ab major Op 53 (Heroic)
after the interval:
Debussy's 12 Etudes
Suffice it to say that we were completely enthralled by Pollini's wonderful artistry. The 12 Dubussy Etudes were new to us but we enjoyed this fascinating series immensely. I have never heard Chopin played with such sensitivity, virtuosity and technical mastery... a real joy which exceeded our already high expectations.
Such was Pollini's performance that the audience would not let him leave until he had played four encores, all Chopin, including an unbelievable rendition of the 'Revolutionary' study. At the end this magnificent, unassuming pianist, who has graced the world's greatest concert platforms for many years, looked a little tired and slightly stooped but nonetheless evidently delighted by his warm reception in Germany.
Please, dear friends, don't miss any opportunity to attend a Pollini concert!