Maurizio Pollini, De main de maître

A musical profile

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Maurizio Pollini — Pianist

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Meeting Maurizio Pollini, this documentary depicts for the very first time the portrait of the highly-acclaimed pianist.

There were several compelling reasons to make a film portrait of Maurizio Pollini (b. 1942) : his immense talent as a pianist, his rare personality, his affability, intelligence and the desire he himself expressed to submit to this exercise for the very first time – probably because at the age of over 70, he felt that it was time to consent to a film portrait.

In addition to providing biographical information, this musical profile focuses on the important milestones in his career, the musicians he has known (Luigi Nono, Abbado, Boulez, etc.), his repertoire (from Bach over Verdi and Chopin to Schoenberg, Nono, Boulez and Stockhausen) and his political commitment. Based on an extended interview, the film also includes archival footage and excerpts from concerts and documentaries.

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