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Chopin: Over 2 Hours of Chopin's Greatest Masterpieces
     

Chopin: Over 2 Hours of Chopin's Greatest Masterpieces

 
As long as EMI was already reissuing many of its legendary performances in 2010 for its Essential twofer line, it likely occurred to someone to put out a generous collection of music by Frédéric Chopin to coincide with the 200th anniversary of his birth. The label certainly has an enormous backlist of great Chopin recordings to offer, and world-class pianists such as

Overview

As long as EMI was already reissuing many of its legendary performances in 2010 for its Essential twofer line, it likely occurred to someone to put out a generous collection of music by Frédéric Chopin to coincide with the 200th anniversary of his birth. The label certainly has an enormous backlist of great Chopin recordings to offer, and world-class pianists such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Martha Argerich, Andrei Gavrilov, Stephen Kovacevich, Garrick Ohlsson, Cécile Ousset, Maurizio Pollini, and Maria Tipo are just some of the artists included in this double-disc package. Chopin's piano works are evenly represented, so there are examples of his waltzes, mazurkas, nocturnes, preludes, etudes, polonaises, and pieces in other forms, and practically every track will instantly be recognized by even the most casual classical fan. Because the tracks are a mix of ADD and DDD recordings, there is a slight variability in sound, but the remastered selections are well balanced in volume and virtually free of any analog hiss. The only problem listeners might encounter is the likelihood of duplicating pieces that are on similar collections, but because Chopin's music is so frequently anthologized, some of that is inevitable. Yet newcomers to Chopin really will hear the essential works and find this collection an attractive introduction.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/23/2010
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099968858728
catalogNumber:
88587

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Tracks

  1. Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise for piano & orchestra, Op. 22
  2. Impromptu for piano in A flat major, Op. 29, CT. 43
  3. Mazurka for piano No. 24 in C major, Op. 33/3, CT. 74
  4. Nocturne for piano No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15/2, CT. 112
  5. Etude for piano No. 12 in C minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, CT. 25
  6. Etude for piano No. 5 in G flat major, Op. 10/5, CT. 18
  7. Waltz for piano No. 9 in A flat major ("L'adieu") Op. 69/1, CT. 215
  8. Scherzo for piano No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31, CT. 198
  9. Waltz for piano No. 3 in A minor, Op. 34/2, CT. 209
  10. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, CT. 203: 4. Finale: Presto non tanto
  11. Etude for piano No. 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16
  12. Mazurka for piano No. 23 in D major, Op. 33/2, CT. 73
  13. Mazurka for piano No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 7/4, CT. 59
  14. Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6
  15. Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155
  16. Prelude for piano No. 24 in D minor, Op. 28/24, CT. 189
  17. Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
  18. Mazurka for piano No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 7/1, CT. 56
  19. Mazurka for piano No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 6/2, CT. 52
  20. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romanze: Larghetto
  21. Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213
  22. Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212
  23. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202: 3. Marche funèbre: Lento
  24. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  25. Waltz for piano No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70/1, CT. 217
  26. Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7
  27. Polonaise for piano No. 3 in A major ("Military"), Op. 40/1, CT. 152
  28. Prelude for piano No. 7 in A major, Op. 28/7, CT. 172
  29. Prelude for piano No. 4 in E minor, Op. 28/4, CT. 169
  30. Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46
  31. Ballade for piano No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47, CT. 4
  32. Nocturne for piano No. 20 in C sharp minor, KK IVa/16, CT. 127 (B. 49)
  33. Waltz for piano No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, CT. 207

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