When Pogorelich did not make the finals of the 1980 Warsaw Competition (where they play exclusively Chopin), his response was to sign with Deutsche Grammophon for his first recording and he made it an all-Chopin affair. From his stunning opening take on Chopin's Sonata #2, to a Funeral March restored to its grandeur, to the breaktaking final moments of the Scherzo #3, Pogorelich announced to the music world that he'd arrived.
Together in one box all the records for printing the great pianist Ivo Pogorelich, one of the most respected and extraordinary 80 artists of recent decades.
While Ivo Pogorelich established his reputation performing mainly Romantic repertoire, his few forays into the Baroque reveal him to be an equally engaging- if not eccentric musician here as well. In quicker movements, such as the opening Preludes of the English Suites for instance Pogorelich's rhythmic control and contrapuntal clarity are simply amazing. Slower movements likewise are handled with remarkable intensity and delicacy. Pogorelich's performances of four Scarlatti sonatas concluding the program as well are wonderfully animated and knowing.
Shot with simplicity and gimmick-free acuity these two recitals were filmed early in Pogorelich’s career. Both took place in palatial surroundings, the pianist casually dressed, alone. And both find him exuding the concentrated stillness that was so much a feature of such performances, despite his reputation for wilfulness and eccentricity. He was twenty-eight at the time, seemingly infallible and playing the repertoire that made his DG recordings of the time so important a feature of that company’s output.
The piano repertoire occupies a central position in Deutsche Grammophon’s long, distinguished history. Almost from the beginning, the yellow label has been home to established keyboard luminaries and promising newcomers alike. Born between 1895 and 1991, the 32 pianists presented alphabetically in this set, encompass a wide range of performing styles, aesthetic orientations, and composer affinities.