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BEETHOVEN Sonatas Op. 22, 26, 53 (Waldstein)   Maurizio Pollini (piano) Deutsche Grammophon 435 472-2 (CD-pluscore) [65'34"]

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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


Peter Grahame Woolf

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