IVO POGORELIĆ, piano
W. A. Mozart: Adagio in B minor, K. 540
F. Liszt: Sonata in B minor, S. 178
R. Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13
From Young Rebel to Classic – it is the title of the text in the booklet accompanying the Ivo Pogorelić CD collection released by the Deutsche Grammophon label in March 2015. These are his complete recordings of piano pieces by Bach, Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Scriabin and Ravel, which he made for Deutsche Grammophon from 1981 to 1995 as their exclusive artist, compiled on fourteen CDs. Judging by the controversies he still stirs up and by the spectacular beginning of his career, when he was included among the greatest piano artists of our time (according to Joachim Kaiser) at the age of 24, it seems that rebellion and excellence have been a constant in Pogorelić’s artistic activity from the beginning until today. He started his array of appearances at the world’s most prestigious concert halls at New York's Carnegie Hall and wherever he appeared, he caused sensation: from the United States of America, Canada and South America, through Europe and Israel to Japan. He has received invitations from leading orchestras, such as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras, the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Paris Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Los Angeles Philharmonic... The enthusiasm of fans throughout the world grew over and over again, as did the enthusiasm of critics, who wrote: “Muscular and virile one moment, delicate and pristine the next...” His mastery in interpreting the composers’ writings is seen in various transformations, but he still causes sensation and controversy with his unconventional approach: “I think that the most flattering compliment for a pianist is when he reaches such a professional level that each concert sounds like improvisation, but it is actually not, because everything is very meticulously worked out.” (Jutarnji list, 2010).