Chopin: Solo Piano Works

Chopin: Solo Piano Works

by Vladimir Ashkenazy

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Chopin: Solo Piano Works

Reissued in 2010 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Frédéric Chopin's birth, Vladimir Ashkenazy's recordings of the solo piano pieces have long been admired and held to be among the pianist's best work. This 13-CD box set brings together all the major works, including the piano sonatas, preludes, nocturnes, ballades, scherzos, polonaises, mazurkas, waltzes, and études, along with other miscellaneous pieces that are less familiar for not being included in less comprehensive collections. Ashkenazy recorded these selections between 1974 and 1984, so they fall in the transitional period where analog technology reached its apex but was replaced by digital recording processes that had not quite been perfected. To the extent that an experienced listener can detect the differences in reproduction, the tracks will be a little variable, but because there is no chronological layout or clear division of ADD and DDD tracks, it is difficult to judge the value of the set on its sound quality. One should let Ashkenazy's bravura style be the determining factor, for his playing is energetic, exciting, and fun to hear; even though there are a few rhythmic inaccuracies and he sometimes sounds like a thumper in the loudest passages, Ashkenazy is deserving of praise for highlighting the inner voices and for coaxing an almost orchestral variety of timbres from the instrument. Whether his Chopin is tasteful, subtle, or sufficiently refined can be debated, and more rarefied performances of this music can be found. But this collection is hard to beat for its communicability and forthright vigor, and Ashkenazy certainly matches anyone else for charisma.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/30/2010
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947822820
catalogNumber: 001406702
Rank: 145308

Tracks

  1. Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6
  2. Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7
  3. Galopp for piano in A flat major, KK IVc/13
  4. Bourrées (2) for piano (arrangement), KK. VIIb/1, 2
  5. Wiosna (Spring), song for voice & piano, Op. 74/2, CT. 130: [Excerpt]
  6. Moderato for piano in E major, KK IVb/12, CT. 107 (B. 151)
  7. Fugue for piano in A minor, KK IVc/2 (B. 144)
  8. Tarantelle for piano in A flat major, Op. 43, CT. 205
  9. Trois nouvelles études, for piano, KK IIb/3, CT. 38-40 (B. 130)
  10. Allegro de concert for piano in A major, Op. 46, CT. 1
  11. Largo for piano in E flat major, KK IVb/5, CT. 49 (B. 109)
  12. Variation on the March from Bellini's I Puritani, for piano in E major (No. 6 of collaborative work "Hexaméron"), KK IIb/2, CT. 230
  13. Cantabile for piano in B flat major, KK. IVb/6, CT. 9 (B. 84)
  14. Bolero for piano in C major/A major, Op. 19, CT. 8
  15. Introduction in C minor and Rondo in E flat major for piano, Op. 16, CT. 195
  16. Variations brillantes on "Je vends des scapulaires" from Hérold's Ludovic, for piano in B flat major, Op. 12, CT. 226
  17. Variations for piano in A major ("Souvenir de Paganini"), KK IVa/10, CT. 229 (B. 37) (spurious)
  18. Variations on a theme of Moore, for piano, 4 hands, in D major, KK IVa/6, CT 228 (B. 12a)
  19. Rondo for 2 pianos (or solo piano) in C major, Op. 73, CT. 196
  20. Contredanse for piano in G flat major, KK. Anh.Ia/4 (B. 84) (spurious)
  21. Ecossaise for piano No. 2 in G major, Op. 72/2, CT. 12
  22. Rondo à la Mazur for piano in F major, Op. 5. CT. 193
  23. Ecossaises (3) for piano, Op. 72/3, CT. 11-13
  24. Rondo for piano in C minor, Op. 1, CT. 192
  25. Variations on "Non più mesta" from Rossini's La Cenerentola, for flute & piano in E major, KK Anh.Ia/5 (B. 9) (spurious)
  26. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor, Op. 4, CT. 201
  27. Fantasy for piano in F minor/A flat major, Op. 49, C. 42
  28. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, CT. 203
  29. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202
  30. Mazurka for piano No. 49 in F minor, Op. 68/4, CT. 99
  31. Mazurka for piano in D major, KK IVb/2
  32. Mazurka for piano in D major, KK IVb/2
  33. Mazurka for piano in B flat major, KK IIa/3
  34. Mazurka for piano in C major, KK IVb/3 (B. 82)
  35. Mazurka for piano in A flat major, KK IVb/4, CT. 104 (B. 85)
  36. Mazurka for piano in G major, KK II/2, CT. 100 (B. 16/1)
  37. Mazurka for piano in B flat major, KK IIa/3
  38. Mazurka for piano in A minor ("Notre temps"), KK IIb/4, CT. 105 (B. 134)
  39. Mazurka for piano in A minor ("à Émile Gaillard"), KK IIb/5, CT. 106 (B. 140)
  40. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 68, CT. 96-99
  41. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 67, CT. 92-95
  42. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 63, CT. 89-91
  43. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 59, CT. 86-88
  44. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 56, CT. 83-85
  45. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 50, CT. 80-82
  46. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 30, CT. 68-71
  47. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 24, CT. 64-67
  48. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 17, CT. 60-63
  49. Mazurkas (5) for piano, Op. 7, CT. 56-59
  50. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 6, CT. 51-54
  51. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 41, CT. 76-79
  52. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 33, CT. 72-75
  53. Waltz for piano in E flat major (spurious), KK IVa/14 (B. 46)
  54. Waltz for piano in E flat major, KK IVb/10, CT. 223
  55. Waltz for piano in A flat major, KK IVa/13, CT. 221 (B. 21)
  56. Waltz for piano in A minor, KK IVb/11, CT. 224 (B. 150)
  57. Waltz for piano in E major, KK IVa/12, CT. 220 (B. 44)
  58. Waltz for piano in E minor, KK IVa/15, CT. 222 (B. 56)
  59. Waltzes (3) for piano, Op. 70, CT. 217-219
  60. Waltzes (2) for piano, Op. 69, CT. 215-216
  61. Waltzes (3) for piano, Op. 64, CT. 212-214
  62. Waltz for piano No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42, CT. 211
  63. Waltzes (3) for piano, Op. 34, CT. 208-210
  64. Waltz for piano No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, CT. 207
  65. Polonaise for piano in G sharp minor, KK IVa/3, CT. 163 (B. 6)
  66. Polonaise for piano in A flat major, KK IVa/2, CT. 162 (B. 5)
  67. Polonaise for piano in B flat major, KK IVa/1, CT. 160 (B. 3)
  68. Polonaise for piano in G minor, KK IIa/1, CT. 161 (B. 1)
  69. Polonaise for piano in G flat major, KK IV/a8, CT. 165 (B. 36)
  70. Polonaise for piano in B flat major, KK IVa/1, CT. 160 (B. 3)
  71. Polonaises (3) for piano, Op. 71, CT. 157-159
  72. Polonaise-fantasy for piano No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156
  73. Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155
  74. Polonaise for piano No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44, CT. 154
  75. Polonaises (2) for piano, Op. 40, CT. 152-153
  76. Polonaises (2) for piano, Op. 26, CT. 150-151
  77. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37
  78. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25
  79. Nocturne for piano in C minor, KK IVb/8, CT. 128 (B. 108)
  80. Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6
  81. Nocturne for piano No. 19 in E minor, Op. 72/1, CT. 126
  82. Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 62, CT. 124-125
  83. Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 55, CT. 122-123
  84. Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 48, CT. 120-121
  85. Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 37, CT. 118-119
  86. Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 32, CT. 116-117
  87. Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 27, CT. 114-115
  88. Nocturnes (3) for piano, Op. 15, CT. 111-113
  89. Nocturnes (3) for piano, Op. 9, CT. 108-110
  90. Scherzo for piano No. 4 in E major, Op. 54, CT. 200
  91. Scherzo for piano No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39, CT. 199
  92. Scherzo for piano No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31, CT. 198
  93. Scherzo for piano No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20, CT. 197
  94. Ballade for piano No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52, CT. 5
  95. Ballade for piano No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47, CT. 4
  96. Ballade for piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 38, CT. 3
  97. Ballade for piano No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23, CT. 2
  98. Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46
  99. Impromptu for piano in G flat major, Op. 51, CT. 45
  100. Impromptu for piano in F sharp major, Op. 36, CT. 44
  101. Impromptu for piano in A flat major, Op. 29, CT. 43
  102. Prelude for piano No. 26 in A flat major ("Presto con leggerezza"), KK IVb/7, CT. 191 (B. 86)
  103. Prelude for piano No. 25 in C sharp minor, Op. 45, CT. 190
  104. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189

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