The Very Best of Chopin

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All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
The 2005 compilation The Very Best of Chopin draws on Turkish pianist Idil Biret's prize-winning recordings of the complete solo piano works and concertos of Frédéric Chopin for the Naxos label done in the 1990s. Biret is an extremely talented musician who drew praise from Emil Gilels and Wilhelm Kempff as a young performer. Her affinity for Chopin's music won her high honors in Chopin's homeland. What's included here are the most beloved of Chopin's works, played with thorough musicianship by Biret, from the flowing "Barcarolle" to the carefree "Minute Waltz, Op. 64/1," or "Mazurka in D major, Op. 33/2," to the patriotism of the "Héroic Polonaise, Op. 53." Her sensitive ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
The 2005 compilation The Very Best of Chopin draws on Turkish pianist Idil Biret's prize-winning recordings of the complete solo piano works and concertos of Frédéric Chopin for the Naxos label done in the 1990s. Biret is an extremely talented musician who drew praise from Emil Gilels and Wilhelm Kempff as a young performer. Her affinity for Chopin's music won her high honors in Chopin's homeland. What's included here are the most beloved of Chopin's works, played with thorough musicianship by Biret, from the flowing "Barcarolle" to the carefree "Minute Waltz, Op. 64/1," or "Mazurka in D major, Op. 33/2," to the patriotism of the "Héroic Polonaise, Op. 53." Her sensitive phrasing and touch highlight the slow movement from each of the piano concertos. Also included are the sparkling "Grand Polonaise for piano and orchestra, Op. 22," and the Funeral March from the "Piano Sonata No. 2." Also, fitting in nicely with Biret's perceptive interpretations and another of Chopin's lyrical treasures is the Largo from the "Cello Sonata, Op. 65," performed by Maria Kliegel and Bernd Glemser. All in all, this album is a great choice for an introduction to the music of Chopin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 730099210720
  • Catalog Number: 8552107-08
  • Sales rank: 44,943

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6 - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (8:43)
  2. 2 Etude for piano No. 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16 - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (4:34)
  3. 3 Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109 - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (4:33)
  4. 4 Sonata for cello & piano in G minor, Op. 65, CT. 204: Largo - Frédéric Chopin & Bernd Glemser (3:28)
  5. 5 Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212 - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (1:49)
  6. 6 Nocturne for piano No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115 - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (6:17)
  7. 7 Scherzo for piano No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31, CT. 198 - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (10:58)
  8. 8 Nocturne for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/1, CT. 114 - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (4:03)
  9. 9 Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, CT. 48: Larghetto - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (9:26)
  10. 10 Nocturne for piano No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15/2, CT. 112 - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (3:49)
  11. 11 Mazurka for piano No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17/4, CT. 63 - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (4:36)
  12. 12 Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202: Marche funèbre - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (9:13)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Etude for piano No. 12 in C minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, CT. 25 - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (2:59)
  2. 2 Ballade for piano No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47, CT. 4 - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (7:40)
  3. 3 Nocturne for piano No. 19 in E minor, Op. 72/1, CT. 126 - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (4:43)
  4. 4 Waltz for piano No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, CT. 207 - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (5:34)
  5. 5 Grande Polonaise for piano & orchestra (or solo piano) in E flat major, Op. 22, CT. 149 - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (9:34)
  6. 6 Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180 - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (5:50)
  7. 7 Mazurka for piano No. 23 in D major, Op. 33/2, CT. 73 - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (2:36)
  8. 8 Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46 - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (5:30)
  9. 9 Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213 - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (3:58)
  10. 10 Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155 - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (7:16)
  11. 11 Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7 - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (4:41)
  12. 12 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: Romanza-Larghetto - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (11:43)
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