Label: Deutsche Grammophon - 410 916-2 • Format: CD Album • Country: Germany • Genre: Classical • Style: Romantic
Be the first to review this title. Notes and Editorial Reviews With full-bodied sonority, a strong sense of direction and a suggestion of cumulative urgency and might, Pollini really does bring home the fact that Maurizio Pollini - Symphonische Etüden / Arabeske chose to call these studies "symphonic. As for the five early variations Schumann decided not to include in either edition, these Pollini inserts in one group between the fifth and sixth studies, just as Richter often does on the concert platform.
Apart from those two small quibbles, I was enormously impressed by the masterful stature of this new reading. With full-bodied, generously pedalled sonority, a strong sense of direction and a suggestion of cumulative urgency and might, Pollini really does bring home the fact that Schumann chose to call these studies "symphonic".
I would describe it as a performance of higher voltage than that of Murray Perahia, always one of my top favourites in this work. In all of these, Perahia's poetry is hard to beat. Of the more demonstrative studies I also think Perahia makes more of the left-hand semiquavers in No.
But Pollini scores in breadth and poise in No. In sum, then, a roundabouts-and-swings problem for the collector, only to be resolved by buying both versions.
Whereas for a second-side fill-up Perahia chooses Papillons, Pollini opts for the Arabeske, eschewing all drawing-room prettification in favour of firm outlines and boldly contrasted Glider Pilot - Muriel Zoe - Flood. Arabeske for Piano in C major, Op. Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. Review This Title Share on Facebook. The perfect gift for the classical music enthusiasts!
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