POLLINI & ABBADO  Complete DG Recordings

POLLINI & ABBADO
The Complete Deutsche Grammophon Recordings

Piano Concertos by
Beethoven · Bartók
Brahms · Schumann

Luigi Nono: Como una ola de fuerza y luz
Int. Release 04 Mar. 2016
8 CDs
0289 482 1358 0


Track List

CD 1: Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos.1 & 2

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Piano Concerto No.1 in C Major, Op.15

Cadenza: Ludwig van Beethoven

2.
0:00
11:13

Piano Concerto No.2 in B Flat Major, Op.19

Cadenza: Ludwig van Beethoven (mvt.1)

Maurizio Pollini, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time 1:06:13

CD 2: Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos.3 & 4

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Piano Concerto No.3 In C Minor, Op.37

Kadenz: Ludwig van Beethoven

2.
0:00
10:07

Piano Concerto No.4 in G Major, Op.58

Cadenzas: Ludwig van Beethoven

Maurizio Pollini, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time 1:08:17

CD 3: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5; Choral Fantasy

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Piano Concerto No.5 in E Flat Major Op.73 -"Emperor"

Maurizio Pollini, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Fantasia For Piano, Chorus And Orchestra In C Minor, Op.80

Maurizio Pollini

Maurizio Pollini, Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

9.
0:00
1:36

Gabriele Lechner, Gretchen Eder, Elisabeth Mach, Jorge Pita, Andreas Esders, Gerhard Eder, Maurizio Pollini, Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor

Total Playing Time 57:08

CD 4: Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Piano Concerto No.1 in D Minor, Op.15

2.
0:00
12:11

Maurizio Pollini, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time 44:59

CD 5: Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Piano Concerto No.2 in B Flat Major, Op.83

Maurizio Pollini, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time 48:37

CD 6: Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Piano Concerto No.2 in B Flat Major, Op.83

Maurizio Pollini, Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Maurizio Pollini, Robert Scheiwein, Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Maurizio Pollini, Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time 48:02

CD 7: Schumann: Piano Concerto Op.54 / Schoenberg: Piano Concerto Op.42

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54

Arnold Schoenberg (1874 - 1951)
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op.42

4.
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4:36

6.
0:00
6:02

Maurizio Pollini, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time 50:14

CD 8: Bartok: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2; Nono: Como una ola

Béla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Piano Concerto No.1, BB 91, Sz. 83

Piano Concerto No.2, BB 101, Sz. 95

Maurizio Pollini, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Luigi Nono (1924 - 1990)
Como una ola de fuerza y luz

Slavka Taskova, Maurizio Pollini, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time 1:20:41

. . . [a] fine compilation . . .

. . . [an] incredible, simply DIVINE 8 CD box-set . . .

. . . [Beethoven]: These are all exuberant, festive performances that should excite even the most blasé listener. The body of sound is astounding. The same qualities apply in spades to the two Brahms concertos . . . The final CD has their brilliantly articulate versions of Bartók's first and second piano concertos . . . it's pretty unlikely that a seasoned listener would not be captivated and drawn to listen to every note of the above collection. These recordings belong on the shelf of everyone who has a CD player . . .

. . . [this set] will be a mandatory acquisition for many . . . [Pollini's] poetic inclinations just happen to be happily wed to a technique second to none in the piano world, and his astounding recordings have easily held up . . . To start with, the Beethoven Concertos are rightly regarded as one of the best sets available . . . Concerto No. 4 is particularly glamorous in this set, but none of the readings can be dismissed . . . [the Brahms "First" concerto, from 1997 with the Berlin Philharmonic,] is an outstanding recording by any set of standards you wish to suppose -- big, muscular, and radiantly sublime . . . [the 1977 "Second", with the Vienna Philharmonic] remains one of the great recordings of the work . . . some jewels and quartz both appear in this set, but for the price it is rather hard to resist considering the jewels.

. . . most of these recordings show both pianist and conductor at their very best . . . we find superlative Bartók from Chicago, and a fine Choral Fantasia (Beethoven) from Vienna. As I wrote previously, the Brahms Second Concerto -- also from Vienna and set down in 1976 -- may be one of the finest documents of these artists working together, and is easily the better of the two accounts found in this box.

. . . these recordings show both pianist and conductor at their very best . . . And so we find superlative Bartók from Chicago, and a fine "Choral Fantasia" (Beethoven) from Vienna . . . [the Brahms Second Concerto from 1976] may be one of the finest documents of these artists working together . . . Abbado proves a sensitive and intelligent accompanist . . . Pollini plays objectively; with a somewhat hard sound that pinpoints the music's classicism . . . his Schoenberg Concerto is quite fine, and the Nono is an unusual work that is very well done.