Chopin Gold

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
In honor of Frédéric Chopin's 200th birthday, Deutsche Grammophon compiled 32 tracks of its finest recordings for the 2010 double-disc collection, Chopin Gold, providing more than two hours of exquisite piano music. The roster of artists, which includes such luminaries as Martha Argerich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nelson Freire, Vladimir Horowitz, Lang Lang, Maria João Pires, Maurizio Pollini, Sviatoslav Richter, and 10 others, reveals both the depth of the label's catalog and the breadth of the selections here, for these are among the most celebrated and diverse masters of Chopin's oeuvre one could imagine, and their interpretations run the gamut, from the wildly exuberant ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
In honor of Frédéric Chopin's 200th birthday, Deutsche Grammophon compiled 32 tracks of its finest recordings for the 2010 double-disc collection, Chopin Gold, providing more than two hours of exquisite piano music. The roster of artists, which includes such luminaries as Martha Argerich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nelson Freire, Vladimir Horowitz, Lang Lang, Maria João Pires, Maurizio Pollini, Sviatoslav Richter, and 10 others, reveals both the depth of the label's catalog and the breadth of the selections here, for these are among the most celebrated and diverse masters of Chopin's oeuvre one could imagine, and their interpretations run the gamut, from the wildly exuberant and passionate to the coolly restrained and refined. Whether one is an experienced listener who favors some performers over others, or a complete beginner overwhelmed with the range of styles and expressions, this album is a generous survey of Chopin's best-known solo piano pieces. With the exception of the "Marche funèbre," which is taken from the "Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor," the program consists of whole pieces, so this is a satisfying survey that connoisseurs and newcomers can appreciate for its coherent coverage of Chopin's best loved works. One drawback, though, is the slight variability of sound, which is most noticeable in volume levels, but also evident in the quality of the audio. Deutsche Grammophon is famous for its extraordinary reproduction, but in side-by-side comparisons of the performances, the differences due to recording dates and venues can easily be detected.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/2010
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947787273
  • Catalog Number: 001397602
  • Sales rank: 73,009

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155 - Frédéric Chopin & Merle Kersten (7:10)
  2. 2 Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180 - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (4:56)
  3. 3 Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212 - Frédéric Chopin & Merle Kersten (1:57)
  4. 4 Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213 - Frédéric Chopin & Merle Kersten (3:44)
  5. 5 Etude for piano No. 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16 - Frédéric Chopin & Nelson Freire (4:13)
  6. 6 Etude for piano No. 12 in C minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, CT. 25 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (2:47)
  7. 7 Prelude for piano No. 4 in E minor, Op. 28/4, CT. 169 - Frédéric Chopin & Merle Kersten (2:14)
  8. 8 Prelude for piano No. 7 in A major, Op. 28/7, CT. 172 - Frédéric Chopin & Merle Kersten (1:03)
  9. 9 Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7 - Frédéric Chopin & Hélène Grimaud (4:55)
  10. 10 Polonaise for piano No. 3 in A major ("Military"), Op. 40/1, CT. 152 - Frédéric Chopin & Emil Gilels (5:45)
  11. 11 Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46 - Frédéric Chopin & Merle Kersten (5:48)
  12. 12 Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109 - Frédéric Chopin & Daniel Barenboim (4:39)
  13. 13 Ballade for piano No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23, CT. 2 - Frédéric Chopin & Merle Kersten (8:32)
  14. 14 Scherzo for piano No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31, CT. 198 - Frédéric Chopin & Merle Kersten (11:03)
  15. 15 Waltz for piano No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, CT. 207 - Frédéric Chopin & Merle Kersten (4:56)
  16. 16 Etude for piano No. 23 in A minor, Op. 25/11, CT. 36 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (3:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Nocturne for piano No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115 - Frédéric Chopin & Merle Kersten (6:14)
  2. 2 Etude for piano No. 4 in C sharp minor, Op. 10/4, CT. 17 - Frédéric Chopin & Nelson Freire (2:09)
  3. 3 Prelude for piano No. 3 in G major, Op. 28/3, CT. 168 - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (0:56)
  4. 4 Prelude for piano No. 6 in B minor, Op. 28/6, CT. 171 - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (1:54)
  5. 5 Mazurka for piano No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17/4, CT. 63 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Horowitz (4:02)
  6. 6 Scherzo for piano No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39, CT. 199 - Frédéric Chopin & Merle Kersten (8:04)
  7. 7 Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202: March funèbre - Frédéric Chopin & Hélène Grimaud (9:29)
  8. 8 Prelude for piano No. 11 in B major, Op. 28/11, CT. 176 - Frédéric Chopin & Friedrich Gulda (0:41)
  9. 9 Prelude for piano No. 20 in C minor, Op. 28/20, CT. 185 - Frédéric Chopin & Friedrich Gulda (1:46)
  10. 10 Ecossaises (3) for piano, Op. 72/3, CT. 11-13 - Frédéric Chopin & Merle Kersten (2:10)
  11. 11 Etude for piano No. 21 in G flat major, Op. 25/9, C. 34 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (1:01)
  12. 12 Nocturne for piano No. 10 in A flat major, Op. 32/2, CT. 117 - Frédéric Chopin & Merle Kersten (4:46)
  13. 13 Impromptu for piano in A flat major, Op. 29, CT. 43 - Frédéric Chopin & Merle Kersten (4:14)
  14. 14 Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6 - Frédéric Chopin & Merle Kersten (8:37)
  15. 15 Mazurka for piano No. 19 in B minor, Op. 30/2, CT. 69 - Frédéric Chopin & Merle Kersten (1:39)
  16. 16 Ballade for piano No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47, CT. 4 - Frédéric Chopin & Merle Kersten (7:15)
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