Chopin Gold

Chopin Gold


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Chopin Gold

In honor of Frédéric Chopin's 200th birthday, Deutsche Grammophon compiled 32 tracks of its finest recordings for the 2010 double-disc collection, Chopin Gold, providing more than two hours of exquisite piano music. The roster of artists, which includes such luminaries as Martha Argerich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nelson Freire, Vladimir Horowitz, Lang Lang, Maria João Pires, Maurizio Pollini, Sviatoslav Richter, and 10 others, reveals both the depth of the label's catalog and the breadth of the selections here, for these are among the most celebrated and diverse masters of Chopin's oeuvre one could imagine, and their interpretations run the gamut, from the wildly exuberant and passionate to the coolly restrained and refined. Whether one is an experienced listener who favors some performers over others, or a complete beginner overwhelmed with the range of styles and expressions, this album is a generous survey of Chopin's best-known solo piano pieces. With the exception of the "Marche funèbre," which is taken from the "Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor," the program consists of whole pieces, so this is a satisfying survey that connoisseurs and newcomers can appreciate for its coherent coverage of Chopin's best loved works. One drawback, though, is the slight variability of sound, which is most noticeable in volume levels, but also evident in the quality of the audio. Deutsche Grammophon is famous for its extraordinary reproduction, but in side-by-side comparisons of the performances, the differences due to recording dates and venues can easily be detected.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2010
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947787273
catalogNumber: 001397602
Rank: 88528


  1. Ballade for piano No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47, CT. 4
  2. Mazurka for piano No. 19 in B minor, Op. 30/2, CT. 69
  3. Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6
  4. Impromptu for piano in A flat major, Op. 29, CT. 43
  5. Nocturne for piano No. 10 in A flat major, Op. 32/2, CT. 117
  6. Etude for piano No. 21 in G flat major, Op. 25/9, C. 34
  7. Ecossaises (3) for piano, Op. 72/3, CT. 11-13
  8. Prelude for piano No. 20 in C minor, Op. 28/20, CT. 185
  9. Prelude for piano No. 11 in B major, Op. 28/11, CT. 176
  10. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202: March funèbre
  11. Scherzo for piano No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39, CT. 199
  12. Mazurka for piano No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17/4, CT. 63
  13. Prelude for piano No. 6 in B minor, Op. 28/6, CT. 171
  14. Prelude for piano No. 3 in G major, Op. 28/3, CT. 168
  15. Etude for piano No. 4 in C sharp minor, Op. 10/4, CT. 17
  16. Nocturne for piano No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115
  17. Etude for piano No. 23 in A minor, Op. 25/11, CT. 36
  18. Waltz for piano No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, CT. 207
  19. Scherzo for piano No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31, CT. 198
  20. Ballade for piano No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23, CT. 2
  21. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  22. Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46
  23. Polonaise for piano No. 3 in A major ("Military"), Op. 40/1, CT. 152
  24. Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7
  25. Prelude for piano No. 7 in A major, Op. 28/7, CT. 172
  26. Prelude for piano No. 4 in E minor, Op. 28/4, CT. 169
  27. Etude for piano No. 12 in C minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, CT. 25
  28. Etude for piano No. 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16
  29. Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213
  30. Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212
  31. Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
  32. Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155

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