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Lucerne Festival 2004
Princes among men.
As brothers in music Maurizio Pollini and Claudio Abbado have much in common: their extreme sense of modesty, supreme elegance, immense culture, their search for musical perfection and their commitment to the music of their time, not to mention the fact that they were both born in Milan. To see them play together is a pure delight because they share the same conception of musical interpretation in that they never indulge in the slightest outpouring of sentiment but privilege emotions born of pure music. The same intense breath-taking feeling one might experience at the sight of an Antique Greek statue. Maurizio Pollini has the means of offering us this because he is a great virtuoso with complete control of the piano.