Ultimate Classical Piano

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All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
Ultimate Classical Piano is part of Decca's "Ultimate" series of box sets, released in 2006. The five discs each contain 20 tracks of some of the most familiar and famous piano works ever written, performed by some of greatest pianists, all pulled from Decca's vast archive. The selections range from the Baroque music of Rameau, Daquin, and Bach, to the 20th century music of Rachmaninov and Falla, but they are not organized in any particular fashion. There are a few transcriptions Saint-Saëns' "The Swan," arias from Bach cantatas, a couple of Dvorák's "Slavonic Dances" performed in the original piano duet versions, and even a waltz by Arensky for two pianos. Just a few of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
Ultimate Classical Piano is part of Decca's "Ultimate" series of box sets, released in 2006. The five discs each contain 20 tracks of some of the most familiar and famous piano works ever written, performed by some of greatest pianists, all pulled from Decca's vast archive. The selections range from the Baroque music of Rameau, Daquin, and Bach, to the 20th century music of Rachmaninov and Falla, but they are not organized in any particular fashion. There are a few transcriptions Saint-Saëns' "The Swan," arias from Bach cantatas, a couple of Dvorák's "Slavonic Dances" performed in the original piano duet versions, and even a waltz by Arensky for two pianos. Just a few of the highlights are Vladimir Ashkenazy playing Chopin, Alicia de Larrocha playing Albéniz and Granados, and Julius Katchen playing Brahms. There's something for everyone here: Chopin's rousing "Heroic Polonaise," Debussy's humorous "Golliwogg's Cakewalk," MacDowell's gentle "To a Wild Rose," the nocturnal opening of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," and everything in between to suit your mood. The sound quality is overall very good, but does vary from track to track as is expected in a collection of this kind. Casual classical piano admirers should not be disappointed by this assortment of music and performers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2006
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947580911
  • Catalog Number: 000766402
  • Sales rank: 124,378

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (1:55)
  2. 2 Consolation, for piano No. 3 in D flat major "Lento placido", S. 172/3 (LW A111a/2/2) - Franz Liszt & Rhonda Gillespie (3:59)
  3. 3 Jesu, meine Freude (II), chorale prelude for organ (incomplete), BWV 753 (BC K124) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Julius Katchen (3:47)
  4. 4 Song without Words for piano No. 34 in C major ("Spinnerlied"), Op. 67/4 - András Schiff & Felix Mendelssohn (2:05)
  5. 5 Etude for piano No. 12 in C minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, CT. 25 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (2:47)
  6. 6 Souvenir de Porto Rico, marche des gibaros for piano, Op. 31, D. 147 (RO 250) - Louis Moreau Gottschalk & Ivan Davis (5:58)
  7. 7 Golliwogg's Cakewalk, for piano (Children's Corner No. 6), L. 113/6 - Pascal Rogé & Claude Debussy (2:59)
  8. 8 Rhapsody for piano in G minor, Op. 79/2 - Julius Katchen & Johannes Brahms (5:51)
  9. 9 An die Musik ("Du holde Kunst..."), song for voice & piano, D. 547 (Op. 88/4) - Franz Schubert & Joseph Cooper (1:48)
  10. 10 España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37: Tango - Isaac Albéniz & Alicia de Larrocha (2:44)
  11. 11 Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: Adagio cantabile - Ludwig van Beethoven & Radu Lupu (7:09)
  12. 12 Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7) - Antonin Dvorák & Joseph Cooper (3:08)
  13. 13 Polonaise for piano No. 3 in A major ("Military"), Op. 40/1, CT. 152 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (5:10)
  14. 14 Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: The Swan - Camille Saint-Saëns & Varda Nishry (3:13)
  15. 15 Suite for 2 pianos, Op. 15: Waltz - Anton Arensky & Bracha Eden (4:59)
  16. 16 Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 5, Op. 54: Notturno - Edvard Grieg & Alicia de Larrocha (4:13)
  17. 17 Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): 3. Rondo alla turca - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & András Schiff (3:41)
  18. 18 A Maiden's Prayer (Molitwa dziewicy) for piano, Op. 3 (or Op. 4) - Tekla Badarzewska & Joseph Cooper (3:04)
  19. 19 Die Forelle (II), transcription for piano (after Schubert, D. 550), S. 564 (LW A127) - Franz Liszt & Varda Nishry (3:49)
  20. 20 Waltz for piano No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, CT. 207 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (4:55)
  21. 21 Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (5:19)
  22. 22 Le Coucou, rondeau for harpsichord in E minor (Pièces de clavecin, Suite No. 3) - Louis-Claude Daquin & Varda Nishry (1:53)
  23. 23 Suite española No. 1, for piano, Op. 47, B. 7: Sevilla - Isaac Albéniz & Alicia de Larrocha (4:40)
  24. 24 Rustle of Spring, Op 32/3 - Christian Sinding & Joseph Cooper (2:59)
  25. 25 Un sospiro, for piano in D flat major (Grande études de concert No. 3), S. 144/3 (LW A118/3) - Franz Liszt & Jorge Bolet (5:37)
  26. 26 Etude for piano No. 5 in G flat major, Op. 10/5, CT. 18 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (1:45)
  27. 27 Gymnopedie for piano No.1 - Pascal Rogé & Erik Satie (3:13)
  28. 28 Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5 - Julius Katchen & Johannes Brahms (2:16)
  29. 29 Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (4:07)
  30. 30 Song without Words for piano No. 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6 - András Schiff & Felix Mendelssohn (2:52)
  31. 31 Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7 - Robert Schumann & Ileana Vered (3:35)
  32. 32 Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 35), BWV 633 (BC K63b) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Harriet Cohen (3:39)
  33. 33 Prelude for piano No.6 in G minor, Op. 23/5 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Vladimir Ashkenazy (3:57)
  34. 34 Waltz for piano No. 3 in A minor, Op. 34/2, CT. 209 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (4:40)
  35. 35 Intermezzo for piano in A minor, Op. 118/1 - Julius Katchen & Johannes Brahms (6:10)
  36. 36 Recuerdos de viaje, pieces (7) for piano, Op. 71, B. 18: Puerta de tierra. Bolero - Isaac Albéniz & Alicia de Larrocha (3:34)
  37. 37 Moment musical for piano in F minor ("Air russe"), D. 780/3 (Op. 94/3) - Franz Schubert & Radu Lupu (1:51)
  38. 38 Images (3), for piano, Set I, L. 110: Reflections in the Water - Pascal Rogé & Claude Debussy (5:06)
  39. 39 Mazurka for piano No. 41 in C sharp minor, Op. 63/3, CT. 91 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (2:33)
  40. 40 Slavonic Dance No. 1 for orchestra in C major, B. 83/1 (Op. 46/1) - Antonin Dvorák & Bracha Eden (4:37)
  41. 41 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 & Jorge Bolet (4:55)
  42. 42 Romance for piano in F sharp major (Einfach), Op. 28/2 - Robert Schumann & Alicia de Larrocha (3:34)
  43. 43 Etude for piano No. 23 in A minor, Op. 25/11, CT. 36 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (3:52)
  44. 44 Arabesque, for piano No. 1 in E major, L. 66/1 - Pascal Rogé & Claude Debussy (3:57)
  45. 45 Melodies (2) for piano, Op. 3: Melody in F - Anton Rubinstein & Shura Cherkassky (4:24)
  46. 46 Goyescas (Dandies in Love), pieces (6) in 2 books for piano, H. 64: La maja y el ruiseñor - Enriqué Granados & Joseph Cooper (6:37)
  47. 47 Mazurka for piano No. 23 in D major, Op. 33/2, CT. 73 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (2:13)
  48. 48 Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/1 - Julius Katchen & Johannes Brahms (2:58)
  49. 49 Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: The Girl with the Flaxen Hair - Pascal Rogé & Claude Debussy (2:33)
  50. 50 Humoresques de concert (6), for piano, Op 14, No. 1, Menuett célèbre, Op. 14/1 - Ignace Jan Paderewski & Joseph Cooper (4:22)
  51. 51 Nocturne for piano No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55/1, CT. 122 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (4:57)
  52. 52 Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545: Allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Julius Katchen (2:18)
  53. 53 Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), song for voice & piano, Op. 34/2 - Julius Katchen & Felix Mendelssohn (4:17)
  54. 54 Woodland Sketches for piano, Op. 51: No. 6, To a Water-lily - Edward MacDowell & Joseph Cooper (2:50)
  55. 55 Cantata No. 22, "Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe," BWV 22 (BC A48): Sanctify us - Johann Sebastian Bach & Harriet Cohen (3:21)
  56. 56 Waltz for piano, 4 hands in B minor, Op. 39/11 - Julius Katchen & Johannes Brahms (1:14)
  57. 57 Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/6 - Edvard Grieg & Joseph Cooper (6:10)
  58. 58 Widmung (Liebeslied), transcription for piano (after Schumann, I & II), S. 566 (LW A133) - Franz Liszt & Joseph Cooper (4:50)
  59. 59 Song without Words for piano No. 3 in A major ("Jägerlied"), Op. 19b/3 - Jorge Bolet & Felix Mendelssohn (2:46)
  60. 60 Nocturne for piano No. 9 in B major, Op. 32/1, CT. 116 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (5:11)
  61. 61 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: Adagio sostenuto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Vladimir Ashkenazy (6:10)
  62. 62 Prelude for piano No.1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Vladimir Ashkenazy (4:34)
  63. 63 Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (3:32)
  64. 64 Waldszenen No. 7 ("Vogel als Prophet"), for piano, Op. 82/7 - Robert Schumann & Varda Nishry (3:29)
  65. 65 Schmetterling (Butterfly), lyric piece for piano, Op. 43/1 - Edvard Grieg & Joseph Cooper (2:06)
  66. 66 Mazurka for piano No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 7/1, CT. 56 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (1:57)
  67. 67 Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in D flat major, WoO 1/6 - Julius Katchen & Johannes Brahms (3:16)
  68. 68 Histoires (Stories), pieces (10) for piano & piano, 4 hands: Le petit âne blanc - Jacques Ibert & Varda Nishry (2:20)
  69. 69 Country Gardens, folk song for piano (BFMS 22) - Percy Grainger & Joseph Cooper (2:34)
  70. 70 Waltz for piano No. 9 in A flat major ("L'adieu") Op. 69/1, CT. 215 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (4:05)
  71. 71 Song without Words for piano No. 12 in F sharp minor ("Venetianisches Gondollied"), Op. 30/6 - András Schiff & Felix Mendelssohn (2:49)
  72. 72 Ritual Fire Dance, for orchestra (from "El Amor brujo") - Manuel de Falla & Julius Katchen (4:21)
  73. 73 Intermezzo for piano in B flat minor, Op. 117/2 - Julius Katchen & Johannes Brahms (4:40)
  74. 74 Impromptu for piano in G flat major, D. 899/3 (Op. 90/3) - Franz Schubert & Radu Lupu (6:38)
  75. 75 Waltz for piano No. 10 in B minor, Op. 69/2, CT. 216 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (3:49)
  76. 76 The Flight of the Bumble Bee, musical picture for orchestra (from The Tale of Tsar Saltan) - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov & Ivan Davis (1:22)
  77. 77 Funeral march for piano in C minor, Op. 72/2, CT. 50 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (9:06)
  78. 78 Waltz for piano, 4 hands in B major, Op. 39/1 - Julius Katchen & Johannes Brahms (0:54)
  79. 79 Woodland Sketches for piano, Op. 51: No. 1, To a Wild Rose - Edward MacDowell & Joseph Cooper (2:14)
  80. 80 Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (6:20)
  81. 81 Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Vladimir Ashkenazy (3:02)
  82. 82 La Campanella II, etude for piano in G sharp minor (Grand Paganini Étude No. 3), S. 141/3 (LW A173/3) - Franz Liszt & Jorge Bolet (5:15)
  83. 83 Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3 - Pascal Rogé & Claude Debussy (5:38)
  84. 84 Andaluza (Playera), for guitar or other instrument (arrangement of No. 5 of 12 Spanish Dances) - Enriqué Granados & Alicia de Larrocha (4:27)
  85. 85 Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (4:58)
  86. 86 Wiegenlied ("Guten Abend, gut Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4 - Julius Katchen & Johannes Brahms (1:25)
  87. 87 La Poule, for harpsichord in G minor (Nouvelles suites) - Jean-Philippe Rameau & Varda Nishry (4:41)
  88. 88 Valses oubliées (4), for piano, S. 215 (LW A311): Valse oubliée No. 1 - Franz Liszt & Joseph Cooper (3:44)
  89. 89 Etude for piano No. 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (4:27)
  90. 90 Song without Words for piano No. 25 in G major, Op. 62/1 - András Schiff & Felix Mendelssohn (2:31)
  91. 91 Slavonic Dance No. 8 for cello & piano in G minor, B. 172 (Op. 46/8) - Antonin Dvorák & Bracha Eden (4:19)
  92. 92 Jeux d'eau, for piano - Maurice Ravel & Pascal Rogé (5:56)
  93. 93 Etude for piano "La jongleuse," Op. 52/4 - Moritz Moszkowski & Jorge Bolet (2:09)
  94. 94 Nocturne for piano No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15/2, CT. 112 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (3:55)
  95. 95 Poissons d'or, for piano, L. 111/3 - Pascal Rogé & Claude Debussy (4:19)
  96. 96 Ballade for piano in G minor, Op. 118/3 - Julius Katchen & Johannes Brahms (3:11)
  97. 97 Mazurka for piano No. 44 in C major, Op. 67/3, CT. 94 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (1:35)
  98. 98 Waltz for piano, 4 hands in E major, Op. 39/2 - Julius Katchen & Johannes Brahms (1:08)
  99. 99 Song without Words for piano No. 3 in A major ("Jägerlied"), Op. 19b/3 - Jorge Bolet & Felix Mendelssohn (6:59)
  100. 100 Waltz for piano No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70/1, CT. 217 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (2:11)
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