The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - MICHAEL DER­VAN

Mau­r­izio Pollini (pi­ano) Deutsche Gram­mophon 477 6594

The three pi­ano trios of Op 1 and three pi­ano sonatas of Op 2 were clearly in­tended to open Beethoven’s of­fi­cial cat­a­logue by show­ing a com­poser with a sure com­mand of his craft and some­thing in­ter­est­ing and novel to say. The three sonatas are highly con­trasted in man­ner, with the fi­nal C ma­jor work show­ing Beethoven at his most self-con­sciously vir­tu­osic. Mau­r­izio Pollini here pulls off the feat of cap­tur­ing all the qual­i­ties of the writ­ing, from ebul­lience to in­tro­ver­sion, from the dae­monic to the giddy, with a nat­u­ral-seem­ing free­dom that’s free of ar­ti­fice and ef­fort. The ma­ture Pollini, more than two-and-a-half times the age of the Beethoven who wrote the works, is com­mand­ingly in sym­pa­thy with the mu­sic. www.deutschegram­

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