Recital – Piano

Maurizio Pollini

Schoenberg | Chopin | Debussy

Wed, 16390

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016



    Maurizio Pollini’s 40th anniversary in Lucerne
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951)
    Sechs kleine Klavierstücke (“Six Little Piano Pieces”), Op. 19
    Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
    Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 45
    Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major, Op. 47
    Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
    Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. 27, no. 1
    Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27, no. 2
    Scherzo No.1 in B minor, Op. 20
    Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
    Préludes, Book II
    A love affair that’s run into a few obstacles. Back in the 1960s, the leaders of what was then called the Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern persisted in trying to get the brilliant young Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini to sign on for a concert, but he held off for a long time. Even at the start of his career he was extremely selective about his appearances and scheduled them sparingly. When he finally said yes, in 1975, a traffic accident foiled the plan. Which is why Pollini’s Festival debut happened in 1976 – and why we can now celebrate his 40th anniversary at Lucerne. He has given a total of 35 splendid concerts here over the past four decades and gifted listeners with many unforgettable experiences, whether playing with his friend Claudio Abbado or with Pierre Boulez or Riccardo Chailly, offering his deeply probing interpretations of Schumann and Chopin, or leading the way in discovering contemporary music. A Pollini performance has always meant something special – as it will again with this recital.

    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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