100 Best Chopin | EMI - 100 Best 9670472

100 Best Chopin

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Label: EMI - 100 Best

Cat No: 9670472

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 6

Release Date: 4th January 2010

Contents

Artists

Stephen Kovacevich
Ingrid Fliter
Dmitri Alexeev
Dinu Lipatti
Cecile Ousset
Stanislav Bunin
Nelson Goerner
Daniel Adni
Martha Argerich
Maurizio Pollini
Andrei Gavrilov
Claudio Arrau
Georges Cziffra
Samson Francois
Maria Tipo
Mikhail Pletnev
Leif Ove Andsnes
Ronald Smith
Artur Rubinstein
Yuri Egorov
Daniel Barenboim
Teresa Llacuna
Garrick Ohlsson

Works

Chopin, Frederic

Artists

Stephen Kovacevich
Ingrid Fliter
Dmitri Alexeev
Dinu Lipatti
Cecile Ousset
Stanislav Bunin
Nelson Goerner
Daniel Adni
Martha Argerich
Maurizio Pollini
Andrei Gavrilov
Claudio Arrau
Georges Cziffra
Samson Francois
Maria Tipo
Mikhail Pletnev
Leif Ove Andsnes
Ronald Smith
Artur Rubinstein
Yuri Egorov
Daniel Barenboim
Teresa Llacuna
Garrick Ohlsson

About

This 6 CD box set contains all the most familiar and best-loved works by the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin, performed by a galaxy of star pianists.

Chopin is universally acclaimed as one of the most original and innovative composers of music for the piano, especially in the romantic and lyrical field, but his compositions also demand brilliant technical virtuosity. Much of his music is deeply patriotic and infused with a love of his native Poland. He particularly exploited dance forms like the waltz, the mazurka and the polonaise, and he also developed the nocturne into a significant form of piano literature.

This collection covers all the main genres in which Chopin wrote, and includes the complete sets of Preludes and Études, the 14 Waltzes, plus a generous selection of the most familiar Polonaises, Mazurkas, Nocturnes and Impromptus, as well as single pieces like the soothing Berceuse, the evocative Barcarolle and the stirring Fantaisie-impromptu.

Works for piano and orchestra are represented by the Andante spianato et grand polonaise, Krakowiak, Fantasy on Polish Airs, Variations on ‘La ci darem la mano’ and extracts from the two piano concertos.

The pianists heard in this album include exciting new performers like Ingrid Fliter and Nelson Goerner, as well as many established stars like Leif Ove Ansdnes, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Stanislav Bunin, Stephen Kovacevich, Mikhail Pletnev and Maurizio Pollini. Other great artists of the keyboard who participate are Dmitri Alexeev, Claudio Arrau, Georges Cziffra, Yuri Egorov, Samson François, Andre Gavrilov, Garrick Ohlsson, Maria Tipo and Alexis Weissenberg. Also heard are two legendary pianists from an earlier time: Dinu Lipatti and Arthur Rubinstein.

Contents:
CD 1
Waltzes
- No.1 in E flat Op.18
- No.2 in A flat major Op.34 No.1 ('Valse brillante')
- No.3 in A minor Op.34 No.2
- No.4 in F major Op.34 No.3 ('Valse brillante')
- No.5 in A flat major Op.42 ('Grande Valse')
Stephen Kovacevich

Waltz in D flat Op.64 No.1 'Minute'
Waltz in C sharp minor Op.64 No.2 - Tempo giusto
Waltz in A flat Major, Op.64 No.3 - Moderato
Ingrid Fliter

Waltzes
- No.9 in A flat major Op.69 No.1
- No.10 in B minor Op.69 No.2
Dmitri Alexeev

- No.11 in G flat major, Op.70/1
- No.12 in F minor, Op.70/2
- No.13 in D flat major, Op.70/3
- No.14 in E minor, Op.posth.
Dinu Lipatti

Berceuse in D flat Op.57
Daniel Barenboim

4 Ballades - No.3 in A flat major Op.47
Cécile Ousset

Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor Op.66
Stanislav Bunin

CD 2
24 Preludes Op.28
Garrick Ohlsson

Barcarolle in F sharp minor, Op.60 - Allegretto
Nelson Goerner

Polonaise No.3 in A 'Military' Op.40 No.1
Daniel Adni

Polonaise No.6 in A flat 'Heroic' Op.53
Martha Argerich

CD 3
Variations in B Flat Major on "Là Ci Darem" Op.2
Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire

Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op.11
- II. Romanze (Larghetto)
- III. Rondo (Vivace)
Maurizio Pollini

Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21 - II: Larghetto
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

Andante Spianato And Grande Polonaise in E Flat Major Op.22
Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire

Krakowiak Op.14
Garrick Ohlsson

CD 4
12 Etudes Op.10
Andrei Gavrilov

12 Études Op.25
Claudio Arrau

CD 5
3 Impromptus
- No.1 in A flat Op.29
- No.2 in F sharp Op.36
- No.3 in G flat Op.51
Georges Cziffra

Nocturne No.1 In B Flat Minor Op.9 No.1
Samson François

Nocturne No.2 in E flat major Op.9 No.2
Samson François

Nocturne No.5 In F Sharp Major Op.15 No.2
Samson François

Nocturnes
- No.9 in B major Op.32 No.1
- No.10 in A flat major Op.32 No.2
- No.12 in G major Op.37 No.2
Garrick Ohlsson

- C sharp minor Op.posthumous
Maria Tipo

Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor Op.35 - III. Marche funèbre (Lento)
Mikhail Pletnev

Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58 - IV. Finale: Presto non tanto
Leif Ove Andsnes

CD 6
Mazurkas Nos 1-58
- No.2 in C sharp minor, Op.6 No.2
- No.5 in B flat major, Op.7 No.1
- No.8 in A flat major, Op.7 No.4
- No.20 in D flat major, Op.30 No.3
- No.23 in D major, Op.33 No.2
- No.24 in C major, Op.33 No.3
Ronald Smith

- No.39 in B Op.63 No.1
- No.40 in F minor Op.63 No.2
- No.42 in G Op.67 No.1
- No.43 in G minor Op.67 No.2
Artur Rubinstein

Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor, Op.31
Yuri Egorov

Polonaise-fantaisie in A flat Op.61
Daniel Barenboim

Rondo in C major for 2 pianos, Op.73
Teresa Llacuna

Fantasia on Polish National Airs Op.13
Garrick Ohlsson

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