This is a pioneering CD-ROM production. Pollini's performances were recorded
live at the Vienna Musikverein in January 1997. They are of the high standards
to be expected from this pianist and they are well recorded.
The CD was released the following year, with the additional interest of
pluscore features designed to increase listening pleasure and
to help students and teachers. There are detailed interactive musical analyses,
linked to short passages which can be played separately, illustrated articles
as we have become used to with the BBC Music Magazine CDs, and even score
editing facilities. The score passes in front of your eyes with a synchronised
playing cursor and the pages turn at the right moment.
It is a recommendable CD, even without the computer capabilities needed for
making use of all these additional facilities, and I have thought it worth
bringing to notice whilst reviewing an interactive CD-ROM to introduce Indian
Hindustani Music [q.v. India Musica]
Peter Grahame Woolf