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: 24,355

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545: Allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Mitsuko Uchida (4:38)
  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)
  3. 3 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: Adagio sostenuto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Claudio Arrau (6:51)
  4. 4 Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Alfred Brendel (3:29)
  5. 5 Nocturne for piano in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109 - Frédéric Chopin & Tamás Vásáry (4:00)
  6. 6 Mazurka for piano in B minor, Op. 33/4, CT. 75 - Frédéric Chopin & Nikita Magaloff (4:59)
  7. 7 Waltz for piano in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212 - Frédéric Chopin & Tamás Vásáry (1:41)
  8. 8 Polonaise for piano in A flat major, Op. 53, CT. 155 - Frédéric Chopin & Shura Cherkassky (6:31)
  9. 9 Moment musical for piano in F minor ("Air russe"), D. 780/3 (Op. 94/3) - Franz Schubert & Mitsuko Uchida (1:49)
  10. 10 Impromptu for piano in A flat major, D. 935/2 (Op. posth. 142/2) - Wilhelm Kempff & Franz Schubert (5:07)
  11. 11 Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7 - Robert Schumann & Alfred Brendel (2:33)
  12. 12 Romance for piano in F sharp major (Einfach), Op. 28/2 - Wilhelm Kempff & Robert Schumann (3:54)
  13. 13 Rondo capriccioso, for piano in E major, Op. 14 - Felix Mendelssohn & Wilhelm Backhaus (6:30)
  14. 14 Song without Words for piano No. 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6 - Daniel Barenboim & Felix Mendelssohn (2:08)
  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)
  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)
  17. 17 Nocturne, lyric piece for piano, Op. 54/4 - Edvard Grieg & Emil Gilels (4:05)
  18. 18 Islamey--Oriental Fantasy, for piano - Julius Katchen & Mily Balakirev (7:58)
  19. 19 Rhapsody for piano in G minor, Op. 79/2 - Martha Argerich & Johannes Brahms (6:33)
  20. 20 Etude for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 42/5 - Yevgeny Kissin & Alexander Scriabin (3:34)
  21. 21 Prelude for piano No. 1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Shura Cherkassky (4:18)
  22. 22 Prelude for piano No.6 in G minor, Op. 23/5 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Sviatoslav Richter (3:45)
  23. 23 Prelude for piano No.16 in G major, Op. 32/5 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Vladimir Ashkenazy (3:20)
  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)
  25. 25 Gymnopedie for piano No.1, for piano - Pascal Rogé & Erik Satie (3:12)
  26. 26 Clair de lune, for piano, L. 75/3 - Jörg Demus & Claude Debussy (4:46)
  27. 27 La fille aux cheveux de lin, prelude for piano, L. 117/8 - Claude Debussy & Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (2:48)
  28. 28 Pour les arpèges composés, etudes for piano, L. 136/11 - Alexis Weissenberg & Claude Debussy (4:13)
  29. 29 Jeux d'eau, for piano - Maurice Ravel & Martha Argerich (5:28)
  30. 30 Pavane pour une infante défunte, for piano (or orchestra) - Maurice Ravel & Vladimir Ashkenazy (6:03)
  31. 31 Le tombeau de Couperin, for piano: Toccata - Maurice Ravel & Pascal Rogé (3:40)
  32. 32 Allegro barbaro, for piano, Sz. 49, BB 63 - Béla Bartók & Zoltán Kocsis (2:32)
  33. 33 Toccata for piano in C major, Op. 11 - Martha Argerich & Sergey Prokofiev (4:09)
  34. 34 Preludes (3) for piano: Prelude No. 2 - Werner Haas & George Gershwin (3:35)
  35. 35 Prelude for piano, in F major, Op. 34/23 - Olli Mustonen & Dmitry Shostakovich (1:21)
  36. 36 Prelude for piano, in D minor, Op. 34/24 - Olli Mustonen & Dmitry Shostakovich (1:06)
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