The #1 Piano Album

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
As if the title -- The #1 Piano Album -- wasn't enough of a claim, the subtitle goes even further: "The best-loved piano works of all time." Of course it seems impossible to deliver on that statement even with two 75-minute-plus compact discs. But as the discs go rolling by -- as Uchida's elegantly turned interpretation of the opening Allegro of Mozart's famous "Sonata in C major, K. 545" is followed by Haebler's gracefully witty interpretation of Mozart's "Alla Turca" finale is followed by Arrau's sensually despairing interpretation of the opening movement of Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata is followed by Brendel's cool and clear interpretation of Beethoven's "Für Elise" ...
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All Music Guide - James Leonard
As if the title -- The #1 Piano Album -- wasn't enough of a claim, the subtitle goes even further: "The best-loved piano works of all time." Of course it seems impossible to deliver on that statement even with two 75-minute-plus compact discs. But as the discs go rolling by -- as Uchida's elegantly turned interpretation of the opening Allegro of Mozart's famous "Sonata in C major, K. 545" is followed by Haebler's gracefully witty interpretation of Mozart's "Alla Turca" finale is followed by Arrau's sensually despairing interpretation of the opening movement of Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata is followed by Brendel's cool and clear interpretation of Beethoven's "Für Elise" -- one begins to wonder if perhaps the claim is truly justified. And as Wilhelm Kempff's deeply moving interpretation of Schubert's "Impromptu in A flat" is followed by Bolet's passionate interpretation of Liszt's "Liebestraum" and Argerich's stunning interpretation of Brahms' "Rhapsody No. 2" and Richter's magnificent interpretation of Rachmaninov's "Prelude in G minor" and Rogé's pellucid interpretation of Satie's "Gymnopedie No. 1," one begins to think the producers did in fact put together not only "The best-loved piano works of all time," but even the best performances of the best-loved piano works. Of course, there are some less-than-best best-loved piano works -- could either of the two Shostakovich "Preludes" that close the second disc really be described as "best-loved?" And some of the performances are hardly the best performances. Surely Arrau's sweetly sexual performance of Chopin's "Nocturne in E flat" is preferable to Vasary's merely pretty performance. But, on balance, this pair of discs does come awfully close to being "The #1 Piano Album."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/2002
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947258926
  • Catalog Number: 472589
  • Sales rank: 25,766

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545: Allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Mitsuko Uchida (4:38)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  2. 2 Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): Alla Turca (Allegretto) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Ingrid Haebler (3:39)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  3. 3 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: Adagio sostenuto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Claudio Arrau (6:51)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
  4. 4 Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Alfred Brendel (3:29)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
  5. 5 Nocturne for piano in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109 - Frédéric Chopin & Tamás Vásáry (4:00)
    Composed byFrédéric Chopin
  6. 6 Mazurka for piano in B minor, Op. 33/4, CT. 75 - Frédéric Chopin & Nikita Magaloff (4:59)
    Composed byFrédéric Chopin
  7. 7 Waltz for piano in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212 - Frédéric Chopin & Tamás Vásáry (1:41)
    Composed byFrédéric Chopin
  8. 8 Polonaise for piano in A flat major, Op. 53, CT. 155 - Frédéric Chopin & Shura Cherkassky (6:31)
    Composed byFrédéric Chopin
  9. 9 Moment musical for piano in F minor ("Air russe"), D. 780/3 (Op. 94/3) - Franz Schubert & Mitsuko Uchida (1:49)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
  10. 10 Impromptu for piano in A flat major, D. 935/2 (Op. posth. 142/2) - Wilhelm Kempff & Franz Schubert (5:07)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
  11. 11 Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7 - Robert Schumann & Alfred Brendel (2:33)
    Composed byRobert Schumann
  12. 12 Romance for piano in F sharp major (Einfach), Op. 28/2 - Wilhelm Kempff & Robert Schumann (3:54)
    Composed byRobert Schumann
  13. 13 Rondo capriccioso, for piano in E major, Op. 14 - Felix Mendelssohn & Wilhelm Backhaus (6:30)
    Composed byFelix Mendelssohn
  14. 14 Song without Words for piano No. 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6 - Felix Mendelssohn & Daniel Barenboim (2:08)
    Composed byFelix Mendelssohn
  15. 15 Liebesträume, notturno for piano in A-flat major No. 3 (O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3) - Franz Liszt & Jorge Bolet (4:54)
    Composed byFranz Liszt
  16. 16 Hungarian Rhapsody, for piano No. 12 (aka "No. 2") in C sharp minor, S. 244/12 (LW A132/12) - Franz Liszt & Misha Dichter (8:57)
    Composed byFranz Liszt
  17. 17 Nocturne, lyric piece for piano, Op. 54/4 - Edvard Grieg & Emil Gilels (4:05)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  18. 18 Islamey--Oriental Fantasy, for piano - Julius Katchen & Mily Balakirev (7:58)
    Composed byMily Balakirev
  19. 19 Rhapsody for piano in G minor, Op. 79/2 - Johannes Brahms & Martha Argerich (6:33)
    Composed byJohannes Brahms
  20. 20 Etude for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 42/5 - Yevgeny Kissin & Alexander Scriabin (3:34)
    Composed byAlexander Scriabin
  21. 21 Prelude for piano No. 1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Shura Cherkassky (4:18)
    Composed bySergey Rachmaninov
  22. 22 Prelude for piano No.6 in G minor, Op. 23/5 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Sviatoslav Richter (3:45)
    Composed bySergey Rachmaninov
  23. 23 Prelude for piano No.16 in G major, Op. 32/5 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Vladimir Ashkenazy (3:20)
    Composed bySergey Rachmaninov
  24. 24 Goyescas (Guys in Love), 6 pieces in 2 books for piano, H. 64: Quejas o La maja y el ruiseñor - Enriqué Granados & Alicia de Larrocha (6:42)
    Composed byEnriqué Granados
  25. 25 Gymnopedie for piano No.1, for piano - Erik Satie & Pascal Rogé (3:12)
    Composed byErik Satie
  26. 26 Clair de lune, for piano, L. 75/3 - Jörg Demus & Claude Debussy (4:46)
    Composed byClaude Debussy
  27. 27 La fille aux cheveux de lin, prelude for piano, L. 117/8 - Claude Debussy & Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (2:48)
    Composed byClaude Debussy
  28. 28 Pour les arpèges composés, etudes for piano, L. 136/11 - Alexis Weissenberg & Claude Debussy (4:13)
    Composed byClaude Debussy
  29. 29 Jeux d'eau, for piano - Maurice Ravel & Martha Argerich (5:28)
    Composed byMaurice Ravel
  30. 30 Pavane pour une infante défunte, for piano (or orchestra) - Maurice Ravel & Vladimir Ashkenazy (6:03)
    Composed byMaurice Ravel
  31. 31 Le tombeau de Couperin, for piano: Toccata - Maurice Ravel & Pascal Rogé (3:40)
    Composed byMaurice Ravel
  32. 32 Allegro barbaro, for piano, Sz. 49, BB 63 - Béla Bartók & Zoltán Kocsis (2:32)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
  33. 33 Toccata for piano in C major, Op. 11 - Sergey Prokofiev & Martha Argerich (4:09)
    Composed bySergey Prokofiev
  34. 34 Preludes (3) for piano: Prelude No. 2 - Werner Haas & George Gershwin (3:35)
    Composed byGeorge Gershwin
  35. 35 Prelude for piano, in F major, Op. 34/23 - Olli Mustonen & Dmitry Shostakovich (1:21)
    Composed byDmitry Shostakovich
  36. 36 Prelude for piano, in D minor, Op. 34/24 - Olli Mustonen & Dmitry Shostakovich (1:06)
    Composed byDmitry Shostakovich
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