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Release Date: 08/29/2006 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 70886   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinFranz LisztLudwig van BeethovenWolfgang Amadeus Mozart,   ... 
Performer:  Mikhail PletnevAndré WattsMoura LympanyStephen Kovacevich,   ... 
Conductor:  David ZinmanWayne MarshallLeonard BernsteinBryden Thomson,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony OrchestraAalborg Symphony OrchestraNational Orchestra d'Ile de France,   ... 
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Includes work(s) by various composers. Soloists: Martha Argerich, Sviatoslav Richter, Aldo Ciccolini, Edwin Fischer, Stephen Kovacevich, Maurizio Pollini. Includes work(s) by various composers. Soloists: Martha Argerich, Sviatoslav Richter, Aldo Ciccolini, Edwin Fischer, Stephen Kovacevich, Maurizio Pollini. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor, B 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830 
Notes: The attribution of this composition to Chopin is doubtful. 
2.
Transcendental Etudes (6) after Paganini, S 140: no 3 "La Campanella" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  André Watts (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Switzerland 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i): 3rd movement, Rondo alla turca by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Préludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
6.
Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94: no 3 in F minor by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1828; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
8.
The Piano: The Heart Asks for Pleasure First by Michael Nyman
Performer:  Michael Nyman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; England 
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:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Myra Hess. 
10.
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 
11.
Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Songs without words, vol 5, Op. 62: no 6, Andante grazioso in A major "Spring Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Stanislav Bunin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
13.
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 
14.
Rondo for Piano no 1 in D major, K 485 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Stanislav Bunin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Arabesques (2) for Piano: no 1 in E major, Andante con moto by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1891; France 
16.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
17.
Concerto for Piano no 26 in D major, K 537 "Coronation": 1st movement, Allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: This selection is presented in the excerpted form. 
18.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
19.
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  Wayne Marshall (Piano)
Conductor:  Wayne Marshall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Notes: This selection is presented in the excerpted form. 
20.
La belle excentrique: La Grande Ritournelle by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1902-1939; France 
21.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 5 in G flat major "Black Keys" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stanislav Bunin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
22.
Phantasiestücke (8) for Piano, Op. 12: no 2, Aufschwung by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
23.
Rondo capriccioso for Piano in E major, Op. 14: Andantino by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Helmut Roloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Germany 
24.
Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein": 1st movement - Excerpt by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: This selection is presented in the excerpted form. 
25.
Années de pčlerinage no 3, S 163: no 4, Les jeux d'eaux ŕ la Villa d'Este by Franz Liszt
Performer:  André Watts (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867-1877; Rome, Italy 
26.
Impromptu for Piano no 2 in F minor, Op. 31 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
27.
Le Piccadilly by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1904; France 
28.
Sonata for Piano no 16 in C major, K 545: 1st movement, Allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: This selection is presented in the excerpted form. 
29.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30: 1st movement, Allegro ma non tanto by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestra d'Ile de France
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
30.
Variations on "I got rhythm" for Piano and Orchestra by George Gershwin
Performer:  Wayne Marshall (Piano)
Conductor:  Wayne Marshall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
31.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
32.
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 1 by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
33.
Ręverie by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
34.
Concert Etudes (3) for Piano, S 144: no 3 in D flat Major, Un sospiro by Franz Liszt
Performer:  André Watts (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1848; Weimar, Germany 
35.
Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467: 2nd movement, Andante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
36.
Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "Espańa" by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; London, England 
37.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique": 2nd movement, Adagio cantabile by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
38.
Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b: no 1, Andante con moto in E major "Sweet Remembrance" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Daniel Adni (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
39.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Theme "Aria" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
40.
Waldszenen, Op. 82: no 7, Vogel als Prophet by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1849; Germany 
41.
Estampes (3) for Piano: no 1, Pagodes by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
42.
Pieces (2) for Piano left hand, Op. 9: no 2, Nocturne in D major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Russia 
43.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102: 2nd movement, Andante by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Dmitri Alexeev (Piano)
Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USSR 
44.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 12 in C minor, B 67 "Revolutionary" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stanislav Bunin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
45.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16: 1st movement, Allegro molto moderato by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
Notes: This selection is presented in the excerpted form. 
46.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor": 3rd movement, Rondo by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: This selection is presented in the excerpted form. 
47.
Polonaises (2) for Piano, Op. 40: no 1 in A major, B 120 "Military" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Poland 
Notes: This selection is presented in the excerpted form. 
48.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83: no 2 in E minor, Dumka by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Michel Béroff (Piano), Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
49.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8: no 12 in D sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Russia 
50.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 1 in C, BWV 846 - Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Edwin Fischer (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
51.
Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119: 1st Movement, Allegretto by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Peter Donohoe (Piano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
52.
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 
53.
Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
54.
Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31 no 2 "Tempest": 1st movement, Largo - Allegro by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
55.
Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Mallorca (Majorca),  
56.
Oriental Fantasy for Piano, Op. 18 "Islamey" by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1902; Russia 
57.
Pictures at an exhibition: no 16, The Great Gate of Kiev by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
58.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 1st movement, Allegro non troppo by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Russia 
59.
Canzone napolitana notturno, S 248a by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Weimar, Germany 
60.
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
61.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 1st movement, Moderato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900-1901; Russia 
62.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 15 in D flat major "Raindrop" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Paris, France 
63.
Valse romantique by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
64.
Jeux d'eau by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; France 
65.
Valse impromptu for Piano, S 213 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
66.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 15 in A flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
67.
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
68.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
69.
Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
70.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 413/L 125 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1754; Madrid, Spain 
71.
Piece for Piano in F major, K 33B (15hh) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Stanislav Bunin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1766; Zurich, Switzerland 
72.
Concert Etudes (3) for Piano, S 144: no 1 in A flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  André Watts (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1848; Weimar, Germany 
73.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
74.
Petite suite for Piano 4 hands: no 1, En bateau by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano), Michel Béroff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1886-1889; France 
75.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11: 1st movement, Allegro maestoso by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
76.
The maiden's prayer by T Badarzewska-Baranowska
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1856; Warsaw, Poland 
77.
Humoresque in F sharp major, B 138 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  André Watts (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884 
78.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
79.
Two-Part Invention no 1 in C major, BWV 772 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
80.
Variations on Handel's 'Harmonious Blacksmith' by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
81.
Premier livre de pičces: Troisičme Suite - Le coucou by Louis-Claude Daquin
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1735; France 
82.
Cançons i dansas (14): no 1, Petiteta l'han casada/La dansa de Castelltersol by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Gonzalo Soriano (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Paris, France 
83.
Children's Corner: no 6, Golliwogg's Cake-walk by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
84.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
85.
Two-Part Invention no 1 in C major, BWV 772 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
86.
Melodies (2) for Piano, Op. 3: no 1 in F major by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Russia 
87.
Les saisons, Op. 37b: no 11, Novembre "Troika" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1875 - 1876). 
88.
Les saisons, Op. 37b: no 6, Juin "Barcarolle" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1875 - 1876). 
89.
Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 1, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Stanislav Bunin (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
90.
Minuets (6) for Piano, WoO 10: no 2 in G major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1795; Vienna, Austria 
91.
Dolly, Op. 56: no 1, Berceuse by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano), Bruno Rigutto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
92.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, D 667/Op. 114 "Trout": 4th movement, Variations by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin String Quartet members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
93.
Gaspard de la nuit: 1st movement, Ondine by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
94.
Invitation to the Dance, in D flat major J 260/Op. 65 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Thierry de Brunhof (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Dresden, Germany 
95.
Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata": 3rd movement, Allegro ma non troppo-Presto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
96.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stanislav Bunin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1833; Poland 
97.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
98.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 

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