Recital 1 – Piano

Maurizio Pollini

Schumann | Chopin

Mon, 21.08.19.30No. 17318

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017

 

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    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    Arabesque in C major, Op. 18
    Allegro in B minor, Op. 8
    Fantasy in C major, Op. 17
    Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
    Nocturne in F minor, Op. 55, no. 1
    Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 55, no. 2
    Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

    Maurizio Pollini is regarded as a thinker at the piano who probes a work profoundly to get at its inner essence. But what does he himself see as the secret to his performance? “On the one hand it is important to know a score down to the minutest detail and to internalize its message,” he says. “During the concert, though, it is crucial to forget this knowledge at the moment of performance in order to let the music emerge intact, as it were.” And for him this experience is always something fresh, even if he has spent decades engaging with the composers in question. Schumann and Chopin, for instance, are at the top of his list of favorites. Chopin’s Third Piano Sonata, which he will play as part of this Lucerne recital, has become weightier to him in recent years: “Just take the tragic grandeur of the final movement, which is incredibly modern – it’s the most beautiful, perhaps the most unreal, music you could imagine. Schumann wrote: ‘This goes beyond mere music…’”

    Maurizio Pollini

    Maurizio Pollini, who was born in Milan in 1942, studied piano with Carlo Lonati and Carlo Vidusso. He gave his first public concert in 1952, and his early career culminated in 1960 with his victory at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. He subsequently continued his studies, taking additional lessons from Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Arthur Rubinstein. His friendship with Claudio Abbado and Luigi Nono also dates back to this period and led to his deep involvement with contemporary music. Since the mid-1960s, Pollini has appeared as a soloist in all of the major musical centers around the world, playing repertoire that ranges from Bach to Boulez, and he has collaborated with the most prominent conductors of our time. In 1995 he first introduced the “Progetto Pollini,” a series of concerts under his artistic direction featuring music from the Middle Ages to the modern era, which he presented initially at the Salzburg Festival and then internationally in subsequent years. LUCERNE FESTIVAL named him an “artiste étoile” in 2004 and engaged him to perform the “Pollini Perspectives” cycle in 2011-12, which coupled Beethoven with contemporary works. Pollini has received numerous awards for his recordings, including a Grammy for his account of Chopin’s Nocturnes. His most recent CD, which was released in January 2019, includes Chopin’s Third Piano Sonata as well as mazurkas and nocturnes. The filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon paid tribute to him with the documentary Maurizio Pollini: De main de maître, which appeared in 2014. Maurizio Pollini has been awarded the Siemens Music Prize, the Rubinstein Prize, the Premio Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, and Japan’s Praemium Imperiale. He received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2012 and an honorary doctorate from the University of Madrid in 2013.

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

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