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Maurizio Pollini came to wide attention in the music of Frederic Chopin nearly 60 years ago, and late in life he is revisiting scores of his defining success. His recital Sunday afternoon at Orchestra Hall originally scheduled Claude Debussy's Preludes, Book 2, as well as selections by Chopin, but the Debussy vanished in favor of an all-Chopin program, which attracted a large audience generous with approval. That might have been predicted, as Pollini, now 75, has become a keyboard legend whose past attracts listeners regardless of the present. But, at base, his Chopin today is not that different from his Chopin of yesteryear, which may cause admiration and a certain excitement but not likely rapture.   PHOTO: (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)

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