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#1 Piano Album
     

The #1 Piano Album

 
As if the title -- The #1 Piano Album -- wasn't enough of a claim, the subtitle goes even further: "The best-loved piano works of all time." Of course it seems impossible to deliver on that statement even with two 75-minute-plus compact discs. But as the discs go rolling by -- as Uchida's elegantly turned interpretation of the opening

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As if the title -- The #1 Piano Album -- wasn't enough of a claim, the subtitle goes even further: "The best-loved piano works of all time." Of course it seems impossible to deliver on that statement even with two 75-minute-plus compact discs. But as the discs go rolling by -- as Uchida's elegantly turned interpretation of the opening Allegro of Mozart's famous "Sonata in C major, K. 545" is followed by Haebler's gracefully witty interpretation of Mozart's "Alla Turca" finale is followed by Arrau's sensually despairing interpretation of the opening movement of Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata is followed by Brendel's cool and clear interpretation of Beethoven's "F�r Elise" -- one begins to wonder if perhaps the claim is truly justified. And as Wilhelm Kempff's deeply moving interpretation of Schubert's "Impromptu in A flat" is followed by Bolet's passionate interpretation of Liszt's "Liebestraum" and Argerich's stunning interpretation of Brahms' "Rhapsody No. 2" and Richter's magnificent interpretation of Rachmaninov's "Prelude in G minor" and Rog�'s pellucid interpretation of Satie's "Gymnopedie No. 1," one begins to think the producers did in fact put together not only "The best-loved piano works of all time," but even the best performances of the best-loved piano works. Of course, there are some less-than-best best-loved piano works -- could either of the two Shostakovich "Preludes" that close the second disc really be described as "best-loved?" And some of the performances are hardly the best performances. Surely Arrau's sweetly sexual performance of Chopin's "Nocturne in E flat" is preferable to Vasary's merely pretty performance. But, on balance, this pair of discs does come awfully close to being "The #1 Piano Album."

Product Details

Release Date:
11/12/2002
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947258926
catalogNumber:
472589
Rank:
46835

Tracks

  1. Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545: Allegro
  2. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): Alla Turca (Allegretto)
  3. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: Adagio sostenuto
  4. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  5. Nocturne for piano in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  6. Mazurka for piano in B minor, Op. 33/4, CT. 75
  7. Waltz for piano in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212
  8. Polonaise for piano in A flat major, Op. 53, CT. 155
  9. Moment musical for piano in F minor ("Air russe"), D. 780/3 (Op. 94/3)
  10. Impromptu for piano in A flat major, D. 935/2 (Op. posth. 142/2)
  11. Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
  12. Romance for piano in F sharp major (Einfach), Op. 28/2
  13. Rondo capriccioso, for piano in E major, Op. 14
  14. Song without Words for piano No. 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6
  15. Liebesträume, notturno for piano in A-flat major No. 3 (O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3)
  16. Hungarian Rhapsody, for piano No. 12 (aka "No. 2") in C sharp minor, S. 244/12 (LW A132/12)
  17. Nocturne, lyric piece for piano, Op. 54/4
  18. Islamey--Oriental Fantasy, for piano
  19. Rhapsody for piano in G minor, Op. 79/2
  20. Etude for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 42/5
  21. Prelude for piano No. 1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2
  22. Prelude for piano No.6 in G minor, Op. 23/5
  23. Prelude for piano No.16 in G major, Op. 32/5
  24. Goyescas (Guys in Love), 6 pieces in 2 books for piano, H. 64: Quejas o La maja y el ruiseñor
  25. Gymnopedie for piano No.1, for piano
  26. Clair de lune, for piano, L. 75/3
  27. La fille aux cheveux de lin, prelude for piano, L. 117/8
  28. Pour les arpèges composés, etudes for piano, L. 136/11
  29. Jeux d'eau, for piano
  30. Pavane pour une infante défunte, for piano (or orchestra)
  31. Le tombeau de Couperin, for piano: Toccata
  32. Allegro barbaro, for piano, Sz. 49, BB 63
  33. Toccata for piano in C major, Op. 11
  34. Preludes (3) for piano: Prelude No. 2
  35. Prelude for piano, in F major, Op. 34/23
  36. Prelude for piano, in D minor, Op. 34/24

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