Maurizio Pollini: Aristocrat of the Piano
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Nobility and subtlety are personified in this elder statesman of the piano, who has transformed our understanding of composers from Bach to Boulez.
‘Technically, he plays better than any of us on the jury.’ So proclaimed Arthur Rubinstein after a young Italian named Maurizio Pollini won the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1960.
In the six decades since, Pollini has achieved iconic status among pianists, his poise always recognizable, his subtlety unequaled.
The great British pianist Joan Chissell captured the special quality of Pollini’s sound when she described him as ‘an aristocrat’ among pianists.
The pianist has transformed our understanding of composers from Bach to Boulez, from Schumann to Chopin. His interpretations of the latter composer’s music remain incomparable, rooted in ‘the purest poetry’ (Gramophone).
Pollini’s technique renders even the most monumental technical challenges invisible.
His unswerving search for the musical truth has engendered a process of evolution in his interpretations, even as his trademark clarity and elegant poise have remained constant.
A great favorite of Southbank Centre audiences, Pollini returns to Royal Festival Hall for this solo recital as he approaches his 80th birthday.
One of the greatest pianists alive
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