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Discussion: Chopin: Polonaises - Pollini

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Post by zeus August 8, 2003 (11 of 18)
Khorn said:

Well, is it worth getting this disc or not?? It seems to be getting worse by the minute!

I'm very happy to have it and can see myself playing it often ... and this is what counts for me.

Post by pann August 8, 2003 (12 of 18)
tailspn said:

Iím fortunate to work for a symphony orchestra, and I can say that Steinway has at least 98% of the business. While they own several Baldwinís, Iíve never seen one played on stage by a visiting soloist. They have three house concert grand Steinways, and soloists either use one of those, select one from the local Steinway dealer, or travel with their own. Most really major artists have their own Steinway; they just prefer one pianoís keyboard movement.

Tom

I know.
But did Ponilli use a Steinway in this recording? (Maybe I should do a Google search or some kind search engine :-)).
In addition to Steinway, concert pianist also favors Bechstein and Bosendorfer. Almost none uses a Baldwin!
Yes, Majority of the pianist likes Steinway for its SONORUS, numerous shading, and a strong masculine sound. Play several cords on a Steinway Grand, you'll know what I mean. When a major artist visits a town, the town's Steinway Store was pre-arranged to provide/rent one for him/her......
Bechstein (I have a concert upright, but I don't know how to play)has a beautiful, sweet, smooth and elegant sound. Play a Mozart, you'll be intoxicated :-) Bosendorfer has the sweetest sound of them all. ----Sorry about my dabbling....

Post by pann August 8, 2003 (13 of 18)
Khorn said:

is it worth getting this disc or not??

A definite YES.
Just treat it as a historical recording. Like Zeus said upstairs, I will keep on listening to it. In fact I am listening right now.

Post by Khorn August 9, 2003 (14 of 18)
pann said:


Bechstein (I have a concert upright, but I don't know how to play)has a beautiful, sweet, smooth sound. Play a Mozart, you'll be intoxicated :-) Bosendorfer has the sweetest sound of them all. ----Sorry about my dabbling....

Agreed, my sister has a beautiful Bechstein Grand made in around the 1920's I think. Great tone.

Post by pann August 9, 2003 (15 of 18)
Khorn said:

---my sister has a beautiful Bechstein Grand made in around the 1920's I think. Great tone.

Wow, a Grand! Was the keyboard made of ivory? Mine was built in 1908 with ivory keyboard. It was many many years ago, I was at my friend's house, they were ready to sell their Bechstein for a Bosendorfer grand for their daughters. Even though I don't know how to play, I know how to strike a cord. That was my first exposure to a so great sweet, smooth and elegant sounding piano called Bechstein! I bought it right on the spot. Talk about impulse buying -- big time-- :-)

Post by Khorn August 9, 2003 (16 of 18)
pann said:

Wow, a Grand! Was the keyboard made of ivory? Mine was built in 1908 with ivory keyboard. It was many many years ago, I was at my friend's house, they were ready to sell their Bechstein for a Bosendorfer grand for their daughters. Even I don't know how to play, I know how to strike a cord. That was my first exposure to a so great sweet, smooth and elegant sounding piano called Bechstein! I bought it right on the spot. Talk about impulse buying -- big time-- :-)

I'll have to check it out the next time I'm over there. Beautiful black finish though.

Post by pann August 9, 2003 (17 of 18)
Khorn said:

Beautiful black finish though.

Yes, ebony black, beautiful!

Post by nucaleena August 15, 2003 (18 of 18)
zeus said:

I just posted this feedback on DG's web site at:

http://www.deutschegrammophon.com/

See DG Community->Public Topics->Your CD Reviews

"Glad to have it, but ... I would have preferred that DG went directly to DSD, instead of using PCM for intermediate remastering. I suspect the unnatural ring on the piano notes that I clearly hear wouldn't be there if they'd done so. Sony has managed to do a great job with some of their back-catalogue so why can't DG? Anyway, it's a wonderful disc and I didn't already have this performance in my collection. Since I paid much the same as a CD I haven't really lost out."

I listened in stereo only. Fair comment?

I've been disappointed in both DG SACDs I've bought so far and have never been a big Pollini fan (other than his early 60's recordings) but there's one piano disc (actually a 2-disc set) which i'd urge you all to grab if its ever (re-) released on SACD.
Its the set of Bach french suites with Andrei Gavrilov, recorded on what DG used to call 4D, - and is the best piano sound DG ever produced, to my ears. It made me go to Hyperion's Angela Hewitt disc of bach transcriptions (another wonderful display of piano sound) for comparison, which is high praise in itself.
However, if my DG SACD experience is anything to go by, DG'll stuff it up, so maybe best to stick with the original redbook.

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