Romantique: Piano Works by Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn and Schumann

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Amounting to a glorified sampler of Romantic piano favorites, this double-disc from Naïve is too scattered, multifarious, and excerpt-oriented to be comprehended on one hearing. Either the focus should have been on fewer performers, or the selections narrowed down to a handful of works played in their entirety. As it is, one must find a strategy to absorb the performing styles of ten different pianists, and to sort out the 41 short pieces and extracted movements by Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, and Mendelssohn without much guidance from the scant liner notes. Close attention must be paid to the track listing to know whether one is being overpowered by Grigory Sokolov, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Amounting to a glorified sampler of Romantic piano favorites, this double-disc from Naïve is too scattered, multifarious, and excerpt-oriented to be comprehended on one hearing. Either the focus should have been on fewer performers, or the selections narrowed down to a handful of works played in their entirety. As it is, one must find a strategy to absorb the performing styles of ten different pianists, and to sort out the 41 short pieces and extracted movements by Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, and Mendelssohn without much guidance from the scant liner notes. Close attention must be paid to the track listing to know whether one is being overpowered by Grigory Sokolov, seduced by Rafael Orozco, charmed by Janusz Olejniczak, or dazzled by Jenö Jandó. With several more selections performed by Laurent Cabasso and Péter Nagy, and only one each by Philippe Cassard, Paul Gulda, Karl Engel, and Danielle Laval, the listener may easily lose track of the roster and become distracted from enjoying the music itself. The simplest way to approach this overabundant collection is to try it out as background music, and to check the credits when something extraordinary is heard. The performances and sound are palatable, so this potpourri is at least recommendable for those reasons, if for few others.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2004
  • Label: Valois
  • UPC: 822186049761
  • Catalog Number: 4976
  • Sales rank: 195,966

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prelude for piano No. 16 in B flat minor, Op. 28/16, CT. 181 - Frédéric Chopin & Grigory Sokolov (1:05)
  2. 2 Prelude for piano No. 8 in F sharp minor, Op. 28/8, CT. 173 - Frédéric Chopin & Grigory Sokolov (2:14)
  3. 3 Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202: Marche funèbre - Frédéric Chopin & Grigory Sokolov (9:40)
  4. 4 Etude for piano No. 14 in F minor, Op. 25/2, CT. 27 - Frédéric Chopin & Grigory Sokolov (1:36)
  5. 5 Etude for piano No. 18 in G sharp minor, Op. 25/6, CT. 31 - Frédéric Chopin & Grigory Sokolov (1:58)
  6. 6 Prelude for piano No. 24 in D minor, Op. 28/24, CT. 189 - Frédéric Chopin & Grigory Sokolov (2:41)
  7. 7 Nocturne for piano No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15/2, CT. 112 - Frédéric Chopin & Rafael Orozco (3:17)
  8. 8 Mazurka for piano No. 47 in A minor, Op. 68/2, CT. 97 - Frédéric Chopin & Janusz Olejniczak (3:25)
  9. 9 Mazurka for piano No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17/4, CT. 63 - Frédéric Chopin & Janusz Olejniczak (4:31)
  10. 10 Polonaise for piano No. 3 in A major ("Military"), Op. 40/1, CT. 152 - Frédéric Chopin & Janusz Olejniczak (5:17)
  11. 11 Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155 - Frédéric Chopin & Janusz Olejniczak (7:14)
  12. 12 Prelude for piano No. 4 in E minor, Op. 28/4, CT. 169 - Frédéric Chopin & Grigory Sokolov (2:24)
  13. 13 Prelude for piano No. 1 in C major, Op. 28/1, CT. 166 - Frédéric Chopin & Grigory Sokolov (0:49)
  14. 14 Prelude for piano No. 20 in C minor, Op. 28/20, CT. 185 - Frédéric Chopin & Grigory Sokolov (2:04)
  15. 15 Etude for piano No. 24 in C minor, Op. 25/12, CT. 37 - Frédéric Chopin & Grigory Sokolov (2:30)
  16. 16 Sonetto del Petrarca No. 104 (Pace non trovo; II) for piano (Années II/5), S. 161/5 (LW A55/5) - Franz Liszt & Rafael Orozco (5:09)
  17. 17 Feux-follets, etude for piano in B flat major (Transcendental Etude No. 5), S. 139/5 (LW A172/5) - Franz Liszt & Rafael Orozco (3:33)
  18. 18 Aprés une lecture du Dante II, fantasia quasi sonata, for piano (Années II/7) S. 161/7 (LW 159/7) - Franz Liszt & Rafael Orozco (16:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 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 & Rafael Orozco (4:10)
  2. 2 Valse oubliée, for piano No. 1, S. 215/1 (LW A311/1) - Franz Liszt & Philippe Cassard (3:04)
  3. 3 Hungarian Rhapsody, for piano No. 15 in A minor (Rákóczi-Marsch III), S. 244/15 (LW A132/15) - Franz Liszt & Jenö Jandó (5:59)
  4. 4 Carnaval No. 11 ("Chiarina") for piano, Op. 9/11 - Robert Schumann & Jenö Jandó (1:24)
  5. 5 Carnaval No. 12 ("Chopin") for piano, Op. 9/12 - Robert Schumann & Jenö Jandó (1:20)
  6. 6 Kinderszenen No. 5 ("Glückes genug"), for piano, Op. 15/5 - Robert Schumann & Jenö Jandó (1:36)
  7. 7 Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7 - Robert Schumann & Jenö Jandó (2:46)
  8. 8 Kreisleriana No. 6, for piano in B flat major, Op. 16/6: "Äußert bewegt" - Robert Schumann & Laurent Cabasso (2:43)
  9. 9 Kreisleriana, 8 fantasies for piano, Op. 16: "Sehr aufgeregt" - Robert Schumann & Laurent Cabasso (4:40)
  10. 10 Waldszenen No. 7 ("Vogel als Prophet"), for piano, Op. 82/7 - Robert Schumann & Paul Gulda (3:33)
  11. 11 Fantasiestück ("Aufschwung"), for piano, Op. 12/2 - Robert Schumann & Laurent Cabasso (3:15)
  12. 12 Fantasiestück ("Traumes Wirren"), for piano, Op. 12/7 - Robert Schumann & Laurent Cabasso (2:30)
  13. 13 Gesänge der Frühe (5), for piano, Op. 133: Excerpt - Robert Schumann & Laurent Cabasso (2:25)
  14. 14 Nachtstücke (Night Pieces) for piano, Op. 23: Excerpt - Robert Schumann & Laurent Cabasso (4:08)
  15. 15 Arabeske for piano in C major, Op. 18 - Robert Schumann & Rafael Orozco (6:07)
  16. 16 Phantasiestücke (3 Fantasy Pieces) for piano, Op. 111 - Robert Schumann & Karl Engel (3:52)
  17. 17 Song without Words for piano No. 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6 - Felix Mendelssohn & Péter Nagy (2:19)
  18. 18 Song without Words for piano No. 34 in C major ("Spinnerlied"), Op. 67/4 - Felix Mendelssohn & Péter Nagy (1:54)
  19. 19 Song without Words for piano No. 12 in F sharp minor ("Venetianisches Gondollied"), Op. 30/6 - Felix Mendelssohn & Péter Nagy (3:06)
  20. 20 Song without Words for piano No. 2 in A minor, Op. 19b/2 - Felix Mendelssohn & Péter Nagy (2:19)
  21. 21 Song without Words for piano No. 27 in E minor ("Trauermarsch"), Op. 62/3 - Felix Mendelssohn & Péter Nagy (3:20)
  22. 22 Rondo capriccioso, for piano in E major, Op. 14 - Felix Mendelssohn & Danielle Laval (6:55)
  23. 23 String Quartet No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 12: Canzonetta - Felix Mendelssohn & Danielle Laval (4:06)
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