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Chopin: Over 2 Hours of Chopin's Greatest Masterpieces

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/2010
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099968858728
  • Catalog Number: 88587
  • Sales rank: 146,588

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Waltz for piano No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, CT. 207 - Frédéric Chopin & Stephen Kovacevich (5:07)
  2. 2 Nocturne for piano No. 20 in C sharp minor, KK IVa/16, CT. 127 (B. 49) - Frédéric Chopin & Maria Tipo (4:25)
  3. 3 Ballade for piano No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47, CT. 4 - Frédéric Chopin & Cécile Ousset (6:47)
  4. 4 Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46 - Frédéric Chopin & Daniel Adni (4:56)
  5. 5 Prelude for piano No. 4 in E minor, Op. 28/4, CT. 169 - Frédéric Chopin & Garrick Ohlsson (2:07)
  6. 6 Prelude for piano No. 7 in A major, Op. 28/7, CT. 172 - Frédéric Chopin & Garrick Ohlsson (0:49)
  7. 7 Polonaise for piano No. 3 in A major ("Military"), Op. 40/1, CT. 152 - Frédéric Chopin & Daniel Adni (5:37)
  8. 8 Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7 - Frédéric Chopin & Daniel Barenboim (4:44)
  9. 9 Waltz for piano No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70/1, CT. 217 - Frédéric Chopin & Agustín Anievas (2:07)
  10. 10 Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109 - Frédéric Chopin & Garrick Ohlsson (4:13)
  11. 11 Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202: 3. Marche funèbre: Lento - Frédéric Chopin & Mikhail Pletnev (9:22)
  12. 12 Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212 - Frédéric Chopin & Ingrid Fliter (1:52)
  13. 13 Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213 - Frédéric Chopin & Ingrid Fliter (3:38)
  14. 14 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romanze: Larghetto - Frédéric Chopin & Paul Kletzki (10:22)
  15. 15 Mazurka for piano No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 6/2, CT. 52 - Frédéric Chopin & Ronald Smith (2:06)
  16. 16 Mazurka for piano No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 7/1, CT. 56 - Frédéric Chopin & Ronald Smith (2:18)
  17. 17 Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180 - Frédéric Chopin & Garrick Ohlsson (5:04)
  18. 18 Prelude for piano No. 24 in D minor, Op. 28/24, CT. 189 - Frédéric Chopin & Garrick Ohlsson (2:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155 - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (6:37)
  2. 2 Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6 - Frédéric Chopin & Nelson Goerner (8:12)
  3. 3 Mazurka for piano No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 7/4, CT. 59 - Frédéric Chopin & Ronald Smith (1:04)
  4. 4 Mazurka for piano No. 23 in D major, Op. 33/2, CT. 73 - Frédéric Chopin & Ronald Smith (2:23)
  5. 5 Etude for piano No. 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16 - Frédéric Chopin & Andrei Gavrilov (4:17)
  6. 6 Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, CT. 203: 4. Finale: Presto non tanto - Frédéric Chopin & Leif Ove Andsnes (5:08)
  7. 7 Waltz for piano No. 3 in A minor, Op. 34/2, CT. 209 - Frédéric Chopin & Stephen Kovacevich (5:27)
  8. 8 Scherzo for piano No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31, CT. 198 - Frédéric Chopin & Youri Egorov (9:48)
  9. 9 Waltz for piano No. 9 in A flat major ("L'adieu") Op. 69/1, CT. 215 - Frédéric Chopin & Dmitri Alexeev (5:07)
  10. 10 Etude for piano No. 5 in G flat major, Op. 10/5, CT. 18 - Frédéric Chopin & Andrei Gavrilov (1:33)
  11. 11 Etude for piano No. 12 in C minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, CT. 25 - Frédéric Chopin & Andrei Gavrilov (2:27)
  12. 12 Nocturne for piano No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15/2, CT. 112 - Frédéric Chopin & Garrick Ohlsson (3:37)
  13. 13 Mazurka for piano No. 24 in C major, Op. 33/3, CT. 74 - Frédéric Chopin & Ronald Smith (2:09)
  14. 14 Impromptu for piano in A flat major, Op. 29, CT. 43 - Frédéric Chopin & Agustín Anievas (4:10)
  15. 15 Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise for piano & orchestra, Op. 22 - Frédéric Chopin & Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (13:36)
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