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A life for music: For more than six decades, Maurizio Pollini has been one of the greatest
pianists of our time, Maurizio Pollini has left his mark on international musical life.
He has dealt with many composers and
He has dealt with many composers and epochs in his extensive artistic work,
However, one constant is his preoccupation with the works of Frédéric Chopin, which is
This is documented by the first prize he won at the Warsaw Chopin Competition in 1960. Thus
when the Italian pianist is invited for a solo recital on Thursday, November 11, 2021 from 8:00 p.m. in the
in the Great Hall of the Alte Oper, works by Chopin will once again be on the program.
works by Chopin on the program, paired with music by Robert Schumann and thus a further important
another important anchor point in the pianist's oeuvre.
With Schumann's finely spun Arabesque op. 18 and the all the more wildly passionate
op. 17, Maurizio Pollini devotes himself to two works that challenge the performer in different
the interpreter in different ways. Also radical in its own way is Frédéric Chopin's Scherzo
No. 1, which Pollini places at the end of his recital. Probably composed at the beginning of the 1830s
composed in the early 1830s, is impetuous, somber and marked by dissonance.
Schumann, a Chopin admirer, perplexed, so that "one must ask, however,
how seriousness should dress, if the 'joke' already walks in dark veils". The
other works of the evening are Chopin's Mazurka in C minor op. 56/3, the Barcarolle op.
60 and the Ballade No. 4 op. 52.
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