Maurizio Pollini, Philharmonia Orchestra, Paul Kletzki – Chopin: Piano Concerto no.1 (2001) [Japan 2016] SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Maurizio Pollini, Philharmonia Orchestra, Paul Kletzki – Chopin: Piano Concerto no.1 (2001) [Japan 2016]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 72:33 minutes | Basic Scans included | 2,02 GB
or DSD64 2.0 (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Basic Scans included | 1,83 GB
or FLAC (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Basic Scans included | 1,52 GB

It’s easy to forget that Maurizio Pollini began his career on EMI, now under the Warner Classics umbrella. He made only a handful of recordings there, chief among them this recording of the 1st Piano Concerto that launched his career. This disc is wonderful. While this concerto – and the earlier second – often get sneered at for having lackluster orchestral parts, the piano so dominates that a great pianist can make us forget about those anyways.

Under the watchful eye of Paul Kletzki, the Philharmonia plays very well, with unusual attention to detail. That’s all you need to know about that. Pollini is absolutely the more important factor, and he is magnificent. Often seen as a cold and cerebral pianist, he does focus on clarity and directness of expression, in that there is no dilly-dally anywhere. The concerto has a firm framework, both in terms of the interpretation and the orchestral conception. Yet the pianist is less “icy” than he would later become, displaying admirable warmth in the slow movement, and a playfulness that is sometimes absent from his DG recordings. The solo selections are much the same, refreshingly straightforward without ever losing the singing quality that makes Chopin so special.


01. Piano Concerto no.1 in E minor, Op.11 – I. Allegro maestoso
02. Piano Concerto no.1 in E minor, Op.11 – II. Romanze (Larghetto)
03. Piano Concerto no.1 in E minor, Op.11 – III. Rondo (Vivace)
04. Nocturne no.4 in F, Op.15 no.1
05. Nocturne no.5 in F sharp, Op.15 no.2
06. Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op.27 no.1
07. Nocturne in D flat, Op.27 no.2
08. Ballade no.1 in G minor, Op.23
09. Polonaise no.6 in A flat “Héroïque”, Op.53

Maurizio Pollini – piano
Philharmonia Orchestra (tracks “1-3”) – Conducted by Paul Kletzki

Piano Concerto no.1 – Recorded in April 1960 at Abbey Road Studio No.1, London.
All others – Recorded in June-July 1968 at Salle Wagram, Paris, France.




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