“The collection of recordings that show indisputable artistic qualities:
dedication, authenticity and the Promethean fire which erupts from them…”
C L A S S I Q U E N E W S . C O M
— IVO POGORELICH IN CASTELLO REALE RACCONIGI
1987 / Deutsche Grammophon
At the peak of his sensational career, Ivo Pogorelich – revolutionary Chopin interpreter and Warsaw Piano Competition winner – was filmed at Racconigi Castle in Italy playing four of the Polish master’s greatest works as well as famous sonatas by Haydn and Mozart. Pogorelich, one of the world’s most exciting pianists, gives us herewith a virtually overwhelming view of his mastery of playing the piano. Pogorelich’s celebrated pianism sensitively captured by the cameras and microphones.
— BEETHOVEN · CHOPIN · SCRIABIN
1986 / Unitel Classica
Masterful pianist Ivo Pogorelich first stepped onto the hallowed stage at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1981, which proved to be the moment where the music world sat up and took notice of this incredible musician’s talents. Here, Pogorelich turns his hand to a number of works, including Chopin’s ‘Sonata Nr.2 B-flat Minor Op.35’, ‘Polonaise F-sharp Minor op.44’ and ‘Prelude Nr.21 B-flat Minor Op.28’, Beethoven’s ‘Piano Sonata Op.90 E Minor’ and ‘Piano Sonata Op.111 C Minor’, and Scriabin’s ‘Etude Op.8 Nr.2’ and ‘Two Poems Op.32’.
”Pogorelich is at his idiosyncratic best, making it seem during these mesmerising performances that the music could be no other way. There are searing passages, but it is the poetry that shines through the strongest.” (BBC Music Magazine)
— BACH · SCARLATTI · BEETHOVEN
1987 / Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded at historical places of Veneto Villa Caldogno in Vincenza and Eckartsau Castle in Lower Austria, this video presents Pogorelich’s unique pianistic technique and his revolutional interpretative conception of music by J. S. Bach, Domenico Scarlatti and Ludwig van Beethoven. Initially produced in VHS format in 1987 by Humphrey Burton as a director, this legendary video recording had its reissue as a DVD in 2005 by Deutsche Grammophon record label.
— IVO POGORELICH IN LONDON, 1983
1983 (2015) / Art Haus Music
Ivo Pogorelich a film by Don Featherstone from 1983 is now available in DVD format. The pianist Ivo Pogorelich is the subject of this long out of print profile filmed in his home, at rehearsal and in interviews that provide insight to this unconventional pianist whose behavior scandalized Warsaw’s Chopin competition in 1980 when he was disqualified for inappropriate dress and interpretations, but awarded a ‘special prize’ afterwards. The resulting hubbub resulted in Pogorelich being elevated to status of misunderstood outsider both in some of the public’s eye and more critically in his eyes. Filmed when his star was ascending and erupting with that particular bravado only possible when young, a fascinating look at a moment in time for the undeniably virtuosic Pogorelich whose presence in the public eye seems more akin to that of a massive shooting star: hot, bright and fast.