Recital 1 – Piano

Maurizio Pollini

Schumann | Chopin

Mon, 17318

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017



    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 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).

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