The Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini is one of the most enigmatic figures in today's musical world. Although he approaches the repertoire in a profoundly spiritual manner, Pollini does not ban brilliance and dazzling virtuosity from his playing. His lyrical and intense art makes him predestined for Mozart, whose works he has been interpreting in a completely new light for many years now. The Mozart interpretations of the Austrian conductor Karl Böhm (1894-1981) perfectly echo the naturalness and clarity of the maestro's conducting. Although Wagner was one of his first loves, Böhm soon discovered Mozart's operas thanks to Bruno Walter, who let him conduct "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" in Munich in the early 1920s. Later, Böhm's friendship with Richard Strauss led to a still deeper knowledge and appreciation of Mozart. In his autobiography, Böhm wrote that "Richard Strauss revealed to me the ultimate secrets of this - in my opinion - greatest musical genius." Böhm's discovery of these secrets turned his Mozart interpretations, such as this one with the celebrated pianist Maurizio Pollini, into unforgettable events.


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Wiener Musikverein

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Maurizio Pollini

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Mozart's Orchestra

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Mozart on fidelio

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Karl Böhm

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Böhm at the Musikverein

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Vienna Philharmonic