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Essential Piano
     

Essential Piano

 
EMI's Essential Piano has 38 tracks on two CDs that offer some of the most celebrated piano pieces of all time. The most important composers of keyboard music are represented, including Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin (who claims

Overview

EMI's Essential Piano has 38 tracks on two CDs that offer some of the most celebrated piano pieces of all time. The most important composers of keyboard music are represented, including Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin (who claims the lion's share of the program), Liszt, and Brahms, along with 10 other masters, and all of the selections are well-established in the repertoire. An even greater number of performers are presented, such as Daniel Adni, Martha Argerich, Moura Lympany, Garrick Ohlsson, John Ogdon, Maria Tipo, Christian Zacharias, and other important pianists who recorded for EMI. The recording dates span from 1968 to 2008, so there are both analog and digital recordings in this collection, though the album is reasonably well-balanced in volume and the sound quality is quite clear throughout. In the interest of attracting casual listeners, the label has identified popular films where these selections have been used. While they may help jog a few memories, many will find the movie references are not necessary for enjoyment, because the pieces recommend themselves through their own fame and excellence.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2010
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099962792523
catalogNumber:
27925

Tracks

  1. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for piano: The Great Gate at Kiev
  2. Etude for piano No. 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16
  3. The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37: 11. November
  4. The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37: 2. February
  5. Etude for piano No. 12 in C minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, CT. 25
  6. La fille aux cheveux de lin, prelude for piano, L. 117/8
  7. Song without Words for piano No. 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6
  8. Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/6
  9. Minuet for piano in G major, WoO 10/2
  10. Children's Corner, suite for piano (or orchestra), L. 113: Golliwog's Cakewalk
  11. Dolly, suite for piano, 4 hands or orchestra, Op. 56: Berceuse
  12. La Campanella I, etude for piano in B minor (Transcendental Paganini Etude No. 3), S. 140/3 (LW A52/3)
  13. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202: 3. Marche funèbre: Lento
  14. Marche Militaire for piano, 4 hands in D major, D. 733/1 (Op. 51/1)
  15. Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545: 1. Allegro
  16. Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
  17. Gymnopedie for piano No. 1
  18. Waltz for piano in A flat major, Op. 39/15
  19. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  20. Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155
  21. Polonaise for piano No. 3 in A major ("Military"), Op. 40/1, CT. 152
  22. Pavane pour une infante défunte, for piano (or orchestra)
  23. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  24. Impromptu for piano in A flat major, D. 899/4 (Op. 90/4)
  25. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: 2. Adagio cantabile
  26. Prelude for piano No.1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2
  27. Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
  28. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): Rondo alla turca
  29. Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213
  30. Gnossienne for piano No. 1
  31. Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212
  32. Suite bergamasque, for piano, L. 75: Clair de lune
  33. Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5
  34. Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3)
  35. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria
  36. Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46
  37. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto [Extract]
  38. Waltz for piano No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, CT. 207

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