WORKS: Piano Sonatas, Opp. 101, 106 (Hammerklavier) ,109, 110, 111
PERFORMER: Maurizio Pollini (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: 449 740-2 ADD 1976-77
When they were released nearly twenty years ago, Pollini’s recordings of the late piano sonatas justifiably attained classic status in a highly competitive field. Since then, interpretative approaches to Beethoven have become more pluralist, but Pollini’s intellectually probing interpretations still manage to challenge the receptive listener, and the command of long-term structure, particularly in the slow movements, remains unsurpassed. An essential purchase to set beside recordings by Arrau, Schnabel and Brendel.