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Maurizio Pollini in Triumphant Return

NEW YORK---Those who packed Carnegie Hall to see Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini, in a long-anticipated appearance, were not disappointed. They were treated to the spectacle of a master craftsman at work. The few barely noticeable flubs in execution were overshadowed by the deep emotional connection and intelligent interpretation in the nearly all-Chopin program. Pollini settled into the afternoon with Robert Schumann's Allegro in B minor, followed by an impassioned reading of his Fantasy in C. His ability to allow the contrasting themes in the former to ring with clarity, showed his superior pianism.