Maurizio Pollini Weaves a Dream

by Matthew Raley

I was introduced to Chopin’s music by a record of Pollini, so I’m grateful to the man. Here he is playing Chopin’s Nocturne No. 8. What I like about this is not just Pollini’s clarity and musicality, but also his insight. He teaches me that Chopin is about simplicity. The pianist who can command the virtuosic passages to serve the composer’s simplicity this way is the one I want to hear.

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