Ultimate Classical Piano

Ultimate Classical Piano

     
 
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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2006
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947580911
catalogNumber:
000766402

Tracks

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

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