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The Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini, captured in a 1968 portrait. He turns 70 years old today.
The Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini, captured in a 1968 portrait. He turns 70 years old today. Erich Auerbach/Getty Images
There must be something pianistically felicitous about the 5th of January, because today not only marks Maurizio Pollini's 70th birthday, but it's also Alfred Brendel's 81st. And it would have been Arturo Benedetto Michelangeli's 92nd birthday today had he not passed away in 1995.
To celebrate all that virtuosity, here are three video clips that embody the artistry of these keyboard titans.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Pollini — And Mr. Brendel (And You Too, Mr. Michelangeli)