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Essential Piano - The Ultimate Piano Collection


Release Date: 02/14/2005 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000397202   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenJohann Sebastian BachSergei RachmaninovFrédéric Chopin,   ... 
Performer:  Vladimir AshkenazyAndrás SchiffZoltán KocsisRadu Lupu,   ... 
Conductor:  Edo De WaartSir Colin DavisLorin MaazelVladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony OrchestraBBC Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 31 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The best-loved classical piano melodies played by the best Decca has to offer -- Ashkenazy, Bolet, Lupu, Rogé, Schiff, de Larrocha, and more. The best-loved classical piano melodies played by the best Decca has to offer -- Ashkenazy, Bolet, Lupu, Rogé, Schiff, de Larrocha, and more. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Theme "Aria" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2nd movement, Adagio sostenuto by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900-1901; Russia 
4.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
5.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Radu Lupu (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
6.
Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172: no 3 in D flat major, Lento placido by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
7.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
8.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16: 2nd movement, Adagio by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
9.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julius Katchen (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Myra Hess. 
10.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 2nd movement, Andantino semplice by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Russia 
11.
Melodies (2) for Piano, Op. 3: no 1 in F major by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Russia 
12.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
13.
Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467: 2nd movement, Andante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Radu Lupu (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Uri Segal
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94: no 3 in F minor by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Radu Lupu (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1828; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
17.
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
18.
Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466: 2nd movement, Romanze by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: This selection is presented in an excerpted form. 
19.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique": 2nd movement, Adagio cantabile by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Children's Corner: no 6, Golliwogg's Cake-walk by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
21.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 3 in G flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Radu Lupu (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
22.
Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i): 3rd movement, Rondo alla turca by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
23.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor": 2nd movement, Adagio un poco mosso by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
24.
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 32: no 3, Rustles of spring by Christian Sinding
Performer:  Joseph Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Germany 
25.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
26.
Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488: Excerpt(s) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
27.
Nocturne for Piano no 1 in E flat minor, Op. 33 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1875; France 
28.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102: 2nd movement, Andante by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Cristina Ortiz (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USSR 
29.
Suite española, Op. 47: no 3, Sevilla by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Madrid, Spain 
30.
Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jorge Bolet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 

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