EMI Testament - SBTLP 1473 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
AAA 100% Analogue - Audiophile Mastering - Pressed in Germany
Previously Unpublished - Limited Edition
Testament has revived these classic titles from the EMI catalog using only the original EMI master tapes,cut onto lacquer at EMI's Abbey Road Studios and mastered using full analog techniques throughout production.
Edition with previously unreleased recordings from 1960
"This boy plays better than any one of us", the chairman of the jury of the 1960 Chopin Competition, the probably most prestigious piano competition judged at all. Artur Rubinstein was that; In the jury sat a few other luminaries of this league (Nadja Boulanger about). The "boy", an 18-year-old Italian named Maurizio Pollini, won the first prize with flying flags (as the youngest participant!),
Then recorded the first Chopin piano concerto for the EMI (a legendary recording And then became afraid of their own greatness. The "Préludes", whose recording producer Peter Andrys described as a "goose bumps" experience, did not release the young artist; Only eight years later did his next record appear. At EMI, Pollini was dismissed from the contract after ten frustrating years, in order to be able to see how the former immediately rose to the world star at Deutsche Grammophon. There, too, he played the "Préludes" again, a recording with reference status.
In terms of musical design and pianist brilliance, no doubt rightly. But how much more spontaneous and easier does this finally y released first recording! The slimmer piano sound has, of course, to do with it, but above all, one feels as if every distance between work and interpreter disappears. One can only speculate on what led the young pianist to withdraw the recording. What the listener now reveals after more than half a century is a combination of the highest musicality and stupid virtuoso, the repertory value of which is extremely rare in this form not be overestimated.
Maurizio Pollini - piano
Chopin: Etudes Op.10 and Op.25
This outstanding recording of the complete Chopin Études by Maurizio Pollini is being published for the first time by Testament. It was made by EMI at Abbey Road a few months after Pollini had won the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Pollini had already recorded for EMI the Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor with the Phiharmonia Orchestra conducted by Paul Kletzki, a recording universally acclaimed as a classic.
Peter Andry, who produced the recording of the Études, later recalled Pollini's play-through of the first set as a spine-tingling experience: "This was pianism of the very finest kind" he said. "Rarely had I heard such perfection. He seemed to play these demanding works effortlessly. I remember the occasion even now as one of my greatest musical experiences."
The recording reproduces with striking immediacy and clarity a performance that captures the 18-year-old pianist's sensitive and sympathetic emotional response to these works. It is very different to the large-scale and grandiose DG recording made a decade or so later by Pollini as a more mature artist in a venue with a more reverberant acoustic.
Critics and pianists who have already heard this recording by the young Pollini have all been astonished by its musicality and spontaneity, qualitities that go right to the heart of Chopin's genius in writing these challenging but musically inspired compositions. It is a unique addition to Pollini's extensive recorded catalogue and shows this great artist at the very beginning of his professional career as a musician of the highest calibre.
1. No. 1 in C
2. No. 2 in A minor
3. No. 3 in E
4. No. 4 in C sharp minor
5. No. 5 in G flat
6. No. 6 in E flat minor
7. No. 7 in C
8. No. 8 in F
9. No. 9 in F minor
10. No. 10 in A flat
11. No. 11 in E flat
12. No. 12 in C minor
13. No. 1 in A flat
14. No. 2 in F minor
15. No. 3 in F
16. No. 4 in A minor
17. No. 5 in E minor
18. No. 6 in G sharp minor
19. No. 7 in C sharp minor
20. No. 8 in D flat
21. No. 9 in G flat
22. No. 10 in B minor
23. No. 11 in A minor
24. No. 12 in C minor
Testament has revived these classic titles from the EMI catalog using only the original EMI master tapes, cut onto lacquer at EMI's Abbey Road Studios and mastered using full analog techniques throughout production.