Recital 4 − Piano

Maurizio Pollini

Brahms | Nono | Beethoven

Sun, 08.09.11.00No. 19345

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019

 

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    André Richard  sound design (Nono)
    Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
    Three Intermezzi, Op. 117
    Luigi Nono (1924–1990)
    … sofferte onde serene … for piano and tap
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Piano Sonata in B-flat major, Op. 106 Hammerklavier Sonata

    As a concert pianist, Maurizio Pollini explains, you have to play the same pieces over and over again. What are the consequences as far as he is concerned? “That’s why I have preferred to play only music that I was certain would never bore me.” The program Pollini has put together for this recital is a prime example. At the age of 77, the Italian grand seigneur of the art of the keyboard can empathize better than ever with the soul of late-period Johannes Brahms, who began his last piano works as the monologues of a lonely man at the instrument. Beethoven, on the other hand, has been a constant companion for Pollini throughout his life. With the Hammerklavier Sonata, he ascends the formidable Mount Everest of the 32 Beethoven sonatas. And Pollini wouldn’t be Pollini if he had not been so passionate about contemporary music. Which is why he will play his compatriot Luigi Nono’s  … sofferte onde serene … for piano and tape, a piece that reflects the experience of grieving. Nono uses the oscillation and fading of notes and chords, in the process responding to the bell sounds of his native Venice as they echo across the lagoon.

    Maurizio Pollini

    Maurizio Pollini, who celebrated his 75th birthday last January, is a native of Milan. He studied piano with Carlo Lonati and Carlo Vidusso. In 1952 he gave his first public concert, and in 1960 he crowned his early career by triumphing at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. However, Pollini decided to continue his studies, taking additional lessons from Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Arthur Rubinstein. It was also in this period that his friendships began with Claudio Abbado and Luigi Nono, which led to an intensive commitment to contemporary music. Since the middle of the 1960s, Pollini has performed as a soloist in all the leading music centers around the globe, playing a repertoire that ranges from Bach to Boulez and working with the most acclaimed conductors of our time. In 1995 he introduced the “Progetto Pollini,” a series of concerts under his artistic directorship featuring music from the Middle Ages to Modernism. He initially presented this at the Salzburg Festival and, in subsequent years, around the world. In 2004 LUCERNE FESTIVAL named him “artiste étoile” and invited him to present the “Pollini Perspectives” cycle, which juxtaposed Beethoven with works by Sciarrino, Lachenmann, Man-
    zoni, and Stockhausen. Pollini has earned many awards for his recordings, including a Grammy for his account of Chopin’s Nocturnes. His most recent CD, which is devoted to Chopin’s late work, was released at the beginning of 2017. The filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon has paid tribute to the pianist with the documentary Maurizio Pollini – By the Master’s Hand, which was released in 2014. Maurizio Pollini has received the Siemens Music Prize, the Rubinstein Prize, the Benedetti Michelangeli Prize, and Japan’s Praemium Imperiale. In 2012 he was given the Royal Philharmonic Society Award, and, in 2013, an honorary doctorate from the University of Madrid.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 26 August 1976 playing three sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven (Opp. 28, 57, and 106).

    July 2017

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