100 Best Chopin

100 Best Chopin

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EMI's Best Chopin 100 is a six-disc anthology that covers the essential keyboard works of Frédéric Chopin with considerable depth and coherence, making it one of the best imaginable introductions for the budget-conscious beginner. Even though the outward packaging is fairly unimpressive and little indication is given of the set's musical quality and broad

Overview

EMI's Best Chopin 100 is a six-disc anthology that covers the essential keyboard works of Frédéric Chopin with considerable depth and coherence, making it one of the best imaginable introductions for the budget-conscious beginner. Even though the outward packaging is fairly unimpressive and little indication is given of the set's musical quality and broad interpretive range, the selections are drawn from the label's extensive back catalog and the performances are by some of the leading pianists of the modern era. Included are such authorities on Chopin's music as Martha Argerich, Garrick Ohlsson, Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Arrau, Artur Rubinstein, Leif Ove Andsnes, Dinu Lipatti, Stephen Kovacevich, Maurizio Pollini, and many other brilliant pianists who have left a valuable legacy of recordings on EMI. In a survey this big, however, the tracks vary somewhat in sound quality and volume levels, due to the different recording technologies, venues, and dates. Furthermore, the audio is mono in the recordings by Lipatti, Arrau, and Rubinstein, and even though most of the selections are stereo, there is a mix of analog and digital reproduction. Still, to find so many classic interpretations in one collection and to have the music intelligently organized make this a terrific starter set that will lead newcomers to a deeper appreciation of Chopin's genius.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/2010
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099945851322
catalogNumber:
58513

Tracks

  1. Fantasy on Polish Airs for piano & orchestra in A major, Op. 13, CT. 41  - Frédéric Chopin  - Jerzy Maksymiuk  - Garrick Ohlsson  -  Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowice
  2. Rondo for 2 pianos (or solo piano) in C major, Op. 73, CT. 196  - Frédéric Chopin  - Danielle Laval  - Teresa Llacuna
  3. Polonaise-fantasy for piano No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156  - Frédéric Chopin  - Daniel Barenboim
  4. Scherzo for piano No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31, CT. 198  - Frédéric Chopin  - Youri Egorov
  5. Mazurka for piano No. 43 in G minor, Op. 67/2, CT. 93  - Frédéric Chopin  - Artur Rubinstein
  6. Mazurka for piano No. 42 in G major, Op. 67/1, CT. 92  - Frédéric Chopin  - Artur Rubinstein
  7. Mazurka for piano No. 40 in F minor, Op. 63/2, CT. 90  - Frédéric Chopin  - Artur Rubinstein
  8. Mazurka for piano No. 39 in B major, Op. 63/1, CT. 89  - Frédéric Chopin  - Artur Rubinstein
  9. Mazurka for piano No. 24 in C major, Op. 33/3, CT. 74  - Frédéric Chopin  - Ronald Smith
  10. Mazurka for piano No. 23 in D major, Op. 33/2, CT. 73  - Frédéric Chopin  - Ronald Smith
  11. Mazurka for piano No. 20 in D flat major, Op. 30/3, CT. 70  - Frédéric Chopin  - Ronald Smith
  12. Mazurka for piano No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 7/4, CT. 59  - Frédéric Chopin  - Ronald Smith
  13. Mazurka for piano No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 7/1, CT. 56  - Frédéric Chopin  - Ronald Smith
  14. Mazurka for piano No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 6/2, CT. 52  - Frédéric Chopin  - Ronald Smith
  15. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, CT. 203: 4. Finale: Presto non tanto  - Frédéric Chopin  - Leif Ove Andsnes
  16. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202: 3. Marche funèbre: Lento  - Frédéric Chopin  - Mikhail Pletnev
  17. Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6  - Frédéric Chopin  - Maria Tipo
  18. Nocturne for piano No. 12 in G major, Op. 37/2, CT. 119  - Frédéric Chopin  - Garrick Ohlsson
  19. Nocturne for piano No. 10 in A flat major, Op. 32/2, CT. 117  - Frédéric Chopin  - Garrick Ohlsson
  20. Nocturne for piano No. 9 in B major, Op. 32/1, CT. 116  - Frédéric Chopin  - Garrick Ohlsson
  21. Nocturne for piano No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15/2, CT. 112  - Frédéric Chopin  - Samson François
  22. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109  - Frédéric Chopin  - Samson François
  23. Nocturne for piano No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9/1, CT. 108  - Frédéric Chopin  - Samson François
  24. Impromptu for piano in G flat major, Op. 51, CT. 45  - Frédéric Chopin  - György Cziffra
  25. Impromptu for piano in F sharp major, Op. 36, CT. 44  - Frédéric Chopin  - György Cziffra
  26. Impromptu for piano in A flat major, Op. 29, CT. 43  - Frédéric Chopin  - György Cziffra
  27. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37  - Frédéric Chopin  - Claudio Arrau
  28. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25  - Frédéric Chopin  - Andrei Gavrilov
  29. Rondo à la krakowiak for piano & orchestra in F major, Op. 14, CT. 194  - Frédéric Chopin  - Jerzy Maksymiuk  - Garrick Ohlsson  -  Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowice
  30. Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise for piano & orchestra, Op. 22  - Frédéric Chopin  - Stanislaw Skrowaczewski  - Alexis Weissenberg  -  Orchestre des Concerts du Conservatoire
  31. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, CT. 48: 2. Larghetto  - Frédéric Chopin  - Martha Argerich  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  32. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47  - Frédéric Chopin  - Paul Kletzki  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Maurizio Pollini
  33. Variations on "La ci darem" from Mozart's Don Giovanni, for piano & orchestra in B flat major, Op. 2, CT. 225  - Frédéric Chopin  - Stanislaw Skrowaczewski  - Alexis Weissenberg  -  Orchestre des Concerts du Conservatoire
  34. Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155  - Frédéric Chopin  - Martha Argerich
  35. Polonaise for piano No. 3 in A major ("Military"), Op. 40/1, CT. 152  - Frédéric Chopin  - Daniel Adni
  36. Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6  - Frédéric Chopin  - Nelson Goerner
  37. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189  - Frédéric Chopin  - Garrick Ohlsson
  38. Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212  - Frédéric Chopin  - Ingrid Fliter
  39. Waltz for piano No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42, CT. 211  - Frédéric Chopin  - Stephen Kovacevich
  40. Waltz for piano No. 4 in F major, Op. 34/3, CT. 210  - Frédéric Chopin  - Stephen Kovacevich
  41. Waltz for piano No. 3 in A minor, Op. 34/2, CT. 209  - Frédéric Chopin  - Stephen Kovacevich
  42. Waltz for piano No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 34/1, CT. 208  - Frédéric Chopin  - Stephen Kovacevich
  43. Waltz for piano No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, CT. 207  - Frédéric Chopin  - Stephen Kovacevich
  44. Untitled CD-ROM Track  -  Unspecified
  45. Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46  - Frédéric Chopin  - Stanislav Bunin
  46. Ballade for piano No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47, CT. 4  - Frédéric Chopin  - Cécile Ousset
  47. Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7  - Frédéric Chopin  - Daniel Barenboim
  48. Waltz for piano in E minor, KK IVa/15, CT. 222 (B. 56)  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  49. Waltz for piano No. 13 in D flat major, Op. 70/3, CT. 219  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  50. Waltz for piano No. 12 in F minor, Op. 70/2, CT. 218  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  51. Waltz for piano No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70/1, CT. 217  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dinu Lipatti
  52. Waltz for piano No. 10 in B minor, Op. 69/2, CT. 216  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dmitri Alexeev
  53. Waltz for piano No. 9 in A flat major ("L'adieu") Op. 69/1, CT. 215  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dmitri Alexeev
  54. Waltz for piano No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64/3, CT. 214  - Frédéric Chopin  - Ingrid Fliter
  55. Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213  - Frédéric Chopin  - Ingrid Fliter

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100 Best Chopin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BNMomES More than 1 year ago
My 13 year old selected this set, partly due to the price vs number of desired works included. She has thoroughly enjoyed it and is progressing rapidly with her piano pieces by Chopin, declaring "now I get it..." Performances were professionally executed. For the price, it far exceeded expectations!