Essential Piano

Essential Piano

     
 

EMI's Essential Piano has 38 tracks on two CDs that offer some of the most celebrated piano pieces of all time. The most important composers of keyboard music are represented, including Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin (who claimsSee more details below

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EMI's Essential Piano has 38 tracks on two CDs that offer some of the most celebrated piano pieces of all time. The most important composers of keyboard music are represented, including Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin (who claims the lion's share of the program), Liszt, and Brahms, along with 10 other masters, and all of the selections are well-established in the repertoire. An even greater number of performers are presented, such as Daniel Adni, Martha Argerich, Moura Lympany, Garrick Ohlsson, John Ogdon, Maria Tipo, Christian Zacharias, and other important pianists who recorded for EMI. The recording dates span from 1968 to 2008, so there are both analog and digital recordings in this collection, though the album is reasonably well-balanced in volume and the sound quality is quite clear throughout. In the interest of attracting casual listeners, the label has identified popular films where these selections have been used. While they may help jog a few memories, many will find the movie references are not necessary for enjoyment, because the pieces recommend themselves through their own fame and excellence.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2010
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099962792523
catalogNumber:
27925
Rank:
174866

Tracks

  1. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for piano: The Great Gate at Kiev  - Modest Mussorgsky  - Alexis Weissenberg
  2. Etude for piano No. 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16  - Frédéric Chopin  - Andrei Gavrilov
  3. The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37: 11. November  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Mikhail Pletnev
  4. The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37: 2. February  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Mikhail Pletnev
  5. Etude for piano No. 12 in C minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, CT. 25  - Frédéric Chopin  - Andrei Gavrilov
  6. La fille aux cheveux de lin, prelude for piano, L. 117/8  - Claude Debussy  - Moura Lympany
  7. Song without Words for piano No. 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Daniel Adni
  8. Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/6  - Edvard Grieg  - Leif Ove Andsnes
  9. Minuet for piano in G major, WoO 10/2  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Moura Lympany
  10. Children's Corner, suite for piano (or orchestra), L. 113: Golliwog's Cakewalk  - Claude Debussy  - Moura Lympany
  11. Dolly, suite for piano, 4 hands or orchestra, Op. 56: Berceuse  - Gabriel Fauré  - Jean-Philippe Collard  - Bruno Rigutto
  12. La Campanella I, etude for piano in B minor (Transcendental Paganini Etude No. 3), S. 140/3 (LW A52/3)  - Franz Liszt  - John Ogdon  - Ferruccio Busoni
  13. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202: 3. Marche funèbre: Lento  - Frédéric Chopin  - Mikhail Pletnev
  14. Marche Militaire for piano, 4 hands in D major, D. 733/1 (Op. 51/1)  - Franz Schubert  - Jacques Février
  15. Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545: 1. Allegro  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Christian Zacharias
  16. Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180  - Frédéric Chopin  - Garrick Ohlsson
  17. Gymnopedie for piano No. 1  - Erik Satie  - Aldo Ciccolini
  18. Waltz for piano in A flat major, Op. 39/15  - Johannes Brahms  - Moura Lympany
  19. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Moura Lympany
  20. Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155  - Frédéric Chopin  - Martha Argerich
  21. Polonaise for piano No. 3 in A major ("Military"), Op. 40/1, CT. 152  - Frédéric Chopin  - Daniel Adni
  22. Pavane pour une infante défunte, for piano (or orchestra)  - Maurice Ravel  - Cécile Ousset
  23. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109  - Frédéric Chopin  - Garrick Ohlsson
  24. Impromptu for piano in A flat major, D. 899/4 (Op. 90/4)  - Franz Schubert  - Andor Foldes
  25. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: 2. Adagio cantabile  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Stephen Kovacevich
  26. Prelude for piano No.1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - John Ogdon
  27. Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7  - Robert Schumann  - Moura Lympany
  28. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): Rondo alla turca  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Andrei Gavrilov
  29. Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213  - Frédéric Chopin  - Ingrid Fliter
  30. Gnossienne for piano No. 1  - Erik Satie  - Aldo Ciccolini
  31. Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212  - Frédéric Chopin  - Ingrid Fliter
  32. Suite bergamasque, for piano, L. 75: Clair de lune  - Claude Debussy  - Moura Lympany
  33. Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5  - Johannes Brahms  - Michel Béroff  - Jean-Philippe Collard
  34. Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3)  - Franz Liszt  - John Ogdon
  35. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Maria Tipo
  36. Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46  - Frédéric Chopin  - Daniel Adni
  37. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto [Extract]  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Moura Lympany
  38. Waltz for piano No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, CT. 207  - Frédéric Chopin  - Stephen Kovacevich

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