Performance Sunday, October 19, 2014 | 3 PM

Maurizio Pollini

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
A perfect combination of intellect and insight grace Maurizio Pollini’s performances, bringing a fabulously sensitive touch, subtlety, and a grasp of form that is unparalleled. The Boston Globe declared, “Pollini makes an elegant craftsman. The result is exceptionally intelligent expression, craft so accomplished it thrills on its own terms.” Pollini returns to Carnegie Hall in one of the season’s most eagerly awaited recitals.


  • Maurizio Pollini, Piano


  • SCHUMANN Arabeske in C Major
  • SCHUMANN Kreisleriana
  • CHOPIN Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 45
  • CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor
  • CHOPIN Berceuse in D-flat Major
  • CHOPIN Polonaise in A-flat Major

  • Encores:
  • CHOPIN Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2
  • CHOPIN Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39
  • CHOPIN Etude in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 12, "Revolutionary"
  • CHOPIN Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Maurizio Pollini

    For more than 40 years, Maurizio Pollini has performed in all the major European, American, and Japanese concert halls and festivals, and with the most celebrated conductors and orchestras. His name alone evokes an extremely important career: the story of an artist known all over the world, prized by audiences and critics across many latitudes and several generations.

    He has been awarded many international prizes, including the Vienna Philharmonic Ehrenring (1987), Salzburg's Goldenes Ehrenzeichen (1995), Munich's Ernst von Siemens Music Prize (1996), Venice's A Life for Music-Artur Rubinstein Prize (1999), and Milan's Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize (2000). In October 2010, Mr. Pollini was awarded the prestigious Prize Imperiale in Tokyo; in 2012, he received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award; and in 2013, the Università Complutense Madrid awarded him the Laurea Honoris Causa.

    In 1995, Mr. Pollini opened the Pierre Boulez Festival in Tokyo. That same year and in 1999, the Salzburg Festival invited him to create and present his own series of concerts, which included works of different epochs and styles. Between 1999 and 2006, Mr. Pollini performed cycles at Carnegie Hall (in the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 seasons), in Paris for la Cité de la Musique and in Tokyo (both in 2002), in Rome at the Parco della Musica (2003), and in Vienna, including both chamber and orchestral performances that mirrored his musical tastes from Gesualdo and Monteverdi to the present. In 2004, he was the Artist Étoile at the Lucerne Festival, performing in recital and in orchestral concerts conducted by Claudio Abbado and Pierre Boulez. Recent cycles have included performances at the Lucerne Festival, Rome's Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Paris's Cité de la Musique, and Milan's Teatro alla Scala, as well as in Tokyo and Berlin.

    Mr. Pollini's repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary composers, including premieres of works by Giacomo Manzoni, Luigi Nono, and Salvatore Sciarrino, as well as the complete Beethoven sonatas, which he has performed in Berlin, Munich, Milan, New York, London, Vienna, and Paris.

    Mr. Pollini's recordings of Classical, Romantic, and contemporary repertoire have received critical acclaim worldwide. His recordings of Schoenberg's complete works for piano, as well as works by Berg, Webern, Giacomo Manzoni, Nono, Pierre Boulez, and Stockhausen are a testament to his great passion for music of the 20th century. Mr. Pollini's recording of Chopin nocturnes was received with acclaim by audiences and critics alike. In 2007, he received a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist as well as a Disco d'Oro, and in 2006, he received an Echo Award (Germany), Choc du Monde de la Musique, Victoires de la Musique award, and Diapason d'Or de l'Année (France). A CD featuring Mozart's piano concertos nos. 12 and 24 with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was released in April 2008, followed by a second CD with concertos nos. 17 and 21. Mr. Pollini's recording of Brahms's Concerto No. 2 with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann was released in a box set that also included Brahms's Concerto No. 1 and the Violin Concerto in early September 2014. A recording of Beethoven's sonatas, Op. 31 and Op. 49, will be released by the end of 2014. Deutsche Gramophone recently released a three-disc set titled The Art of Maurizio Pollini, as well as a new CD featuring Chopin preludes and other pieces.

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Schumann's Kreisleriana, Op. 16 - Äusserst bewegt
Maurizio Pollini, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

At a Glance

Both born in 1810, Robert Schumann and Frédéric Chopin are celebrated as pioneers of Romanticism. Though their compositional styles both exhibit improvisational qualities and a devotion to counterpoint, their works are aesthetically distinct and their creative lives very different. Chopin was on the whole a composer for piano, straying only occasionally to other instruments or to orchestral works (and, in those cases, to accompany the solo piano). Schumann, on the other hand, wrote for many instruments and in nearly every genre, including symphonies, as well as vocal and chamber music. The pianistic outputs of both composers, however, are now staples of the concert repertoire and pose great technical and interpretive challenges to the artist.

While Chopin was a celebrated piano virtuoso, a hand injury cut short Schumann’s career as a concert pianist, and he began to favor writing and composing. He co-founded the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, a journal in which he commented on new music of the day. He is particularly well known for his first and last reviews, each of which heralded the arrival of a young musical genius: Chopin in 1831 and Brahms in 1853.

Though the composers lived in different regions (Chopin mostly in Paris, Schumann in Leipzig and other German cities), traveled in different circles, and had little if any personal contact, they obviously respected each other and their works. Chopin dedicated his F-Major Ballade to Schumann, and Schumann dedicated Kreisleriana, on tonight’s program, to Chopin.
Program Notes
This performance is part of Keyboard Virtuosos I, and Keyboard Virtuosos I Mini.