eMusic Review 0
Two original LPs are smushed together here, creating one of the finest solo piano CDs of all time. Stravinsky orchestral works arranged for piano are often disappointing compared to the full-on blast of their relations — though these dances weren't exact transcriptions, but works newly derived from the Petruschka ballet by Stravinsky himself. Throughout, Pollini brings the requisite intensity, and then some. While playing fast as hell, he still allows for the proper spacing between all those aggressive chords in La Semaine Grasse. Elsewhere, the Webern miniatures are well executed, though the other big draw is Pierre Boulez's ecstatically confrontational Piano Sonata #2. At half an hour, it's tough going harmonically (and meant to be). Even if you don't care for Boulez's modernisms, Pollini's technique ought to impress.