Ever heard Pollini play the Beatles?

Ever heard Pollini play the Beatles?


norman lebrecht

November 01, 2018

Karl Böhm conducts. Who else?

As if.


  • JoBe says:

    Did any well-known pianist, apart from the dedicatee, actually play the Lutoslawski concerto? Pollini, Argerich, Barenboim, and the younger ones, and the young ones – why do you neglect that masterpiece?
    Thinking of this while thinking of what Pollini definitely didn’t record or play.

  • Sixtus says:

    Clever video editing. Nice ornamentation. Not enough passage work or modulation. Lame cadenza, if you could call it that.

  • Cute adaptation and video editing! (For those who know, the John Rutter ‘Beatles Concerto for two pianos and orchestra’ is vintage 1970s and quite special. It cannot be performed due to life exclusivity by the commissioning parties; I will ask John if something can work around…

    • Petros Linardos says:

      Wow, that’s both beautiful and fun!
      Do you know of any comments on the Beatles Concerto from the any of the Beatles?

      • No. Perhaps a work for hire and the commissioning party own the rights. Performance rights from copyright holders of the songs might pose other issues. Perhaps this is why it is not out there in performances.

    • Nick2 says:

      I once scheduled the Rutter Concerto at a pops concert with Rostal and Schaefer performing. It was a huge success! It is a great pity it is not now more readily available.

  • John Borstlap says:

    Amusingly, the music sounds a bit like Poulenc.