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Best Chopin 100


Release Date: 01/26/2010 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 58513  
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stephen KovacevichIngrid FliterDmitri AlexeevDinu Lipatti,   ... 
Conductor:  Stanislaw SkrowaczewskiPaul KletzkiCharles DutoitJerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Society of the Conservatory Concerts OrchestraPhilharmonia OrchestraMontreal Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Mono & Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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.

His works have been heard in many contexts including ballets such as Le Sylphides,
Read more Dances at a Gathering and A Month in the Country; films like The Pianist, The Truman Story, A Song to Remember and many others, as well as popular songs such as I’m Always Chasing Rainbows, Till the End of Time and Could It Be Magic.

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.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
2.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1838 
3.
Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France; Paris, France 
4.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ingrid Fliter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
5.
Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dmitri Alexeev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1835 
6.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1841 
7.
Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
8.
Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
9.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
10.
Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stanislav Bunin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
11.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
12.
Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nelson Goerner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
13.
Polonaises (2) for Piano, Op. 40: no 1 in A major, B 120 "Military" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Daniel Adni (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Poland 
14.
Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
15.
Variations for Piano and Orchestra in B flat major on Mozart's "Lŕ ci darem", Op. 2 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Society of the Conservatory Concerts Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
16.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11: 2nd movement, Romanze by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Paul Kletzki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
17.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11: 3rd movement, Rondo by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Paul Kletzki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
18.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21: 2nd movement, Larghetto by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
19.
Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Society of the Conservatory Concerts Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in F major, Op. 14 "Krakowiak" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Poland 
21.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1833; Poland 
22.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
23.
Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
24.
Impromptu for Piano no 2 in F sharp major, B 129/Op. 36 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
25.
Impromptu for Piano no 3 in G flat major, b 149/Op. 51 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  György Cziffra (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
26.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 1 in B flat minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
27.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
28.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Samson François (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
29.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
30.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37: no 2 in G major, B 127 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
31.
Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6 by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
32.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March": 3rd movement, Marche funébre by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
33.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58: 4th movement, Presto non tanto by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
34.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 60/Op. 6: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ronald Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Vienna, Austria 
35.
Mazurkas (5) for Piano, B 61/Op. 7: no 1 in B flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ronald Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Vienna, Austria 
36.
Mazurkas (5) for Piano, B 61/Op. 7: no 4 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ronald Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Vienna, Austria 
37.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 105/Op. 30: no 3 in D flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ronald Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
38.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 115/Op. 33: no 2 in D major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ronald Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; Paris, France 
39.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 115/Op. 33: no 3 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ronald Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; Paris, France 
40.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 162/Op. 63: no 2 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
41.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 2 in G minor, B 167 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Paris, France 
42.
Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
43.
Polonaise-fantaisie for Piano in A flat major, B 159/Op. 61 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Poland 
44.
Rondo for 2 Pianos in C major, B 27/Op. 73 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Teresa Llacuna (Piano), Danielle Laval (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Poland 
45.
Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra in A major on Polish Airs, Op. 13 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Poland 

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