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Chopin - Complete Edition Vol 7 - Sonatas, Variations


Release Date: 11/09/1999 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 463066   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Lilya ZilbersteinMaurizio PolliniTamás VásáryVovka Ashkenazy,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Authoritative is the key word here. Whatever Pollini does is done with conviction as firm as his tone. Though aware that Chopin would not be Chopin without rubato, he never allows it to undermine the music's structure. In Sonata No. 2 his bold dynamic contrasts and purposeful, never lagging tread in the Funeral March itself, at once make that clear. Less objective in style than the masterful Duchable (Erato), he enjoys fuller, riper-sounding reproduction. And though in no way more perceptive than Perlemuter (Nimbus 2109—not submitted for review), that touchingly unforced, unaffected septuagenarian has not his younger rival's sheer physical exuberance in movements like the Scherzo of the B flat minor Sonata or the finale of the B Read more minor—besides sounding as if recorded in a large, reverberant acoustic. Pollini's aristocratically authoritative way of doing things is superb.

-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [8/1986]
reviewing Sonatas 2 and 3

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Other surprise reissues are notable in the rarer pieces. Lilya Zilberstein does her very musical best with the early Sonata No. 1, among other works.

-- Jessica Duchen, BBC Music Magazine
reviewing the First Sonata Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in C minor, B 23/Op. 4 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Lilya Zilberstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Poland 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 24 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  Hercules Hall, Munich, West Germany 
Length: 23 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  Hercules Hall, Munich, West Germany 
Length: 28 Minutes 27 Secs. 
4.
Introduction and Variations in E major on a German Air, B 14 "Der Schweizerbub" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/1965 
Venue:  Beethoven Hall, Hanover, West Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
5.
Variations for Piano in A major, B 37 "Souvenir de Paganini" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Lilya Zilberstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
6.
Variations for Piano in B flat major on a theme from Hérold's "Ludovic", B 80/Op. 12 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Lilya Zilberstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 15 Secs. 
7.
Variations for 2 Pianos in D major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 04/1982 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 31 Secs. 
8.
Variations for Piano no 6 in E major on a March by Bellini, B 113 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
9.
Allegro de concert in A major, B 72/Op. 46 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1981 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 37 Secs. 
10.
Bolero for Piano in C major/A major, B 81/Op. 19 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Anatol Ugorski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Rudolf Oetker Hall, Bielefeld, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 8 Secs. 
11.
Tarantella for Piano in A flat major, B 139/Op. 43 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Anatol Ugorski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Rudolf Oetker Hall, Bielefeld, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No.1 in C minor, Op.4: 1. Allegro maestoso
Piano Sonata No.1 in C minor, Op.4: 2. Minuetto (Allegretto)
Piano Sonata No.1 in C minor, Op.4: 3. Larghetto
Piano Sonata No.1 in C minor, Op.4: 4. Finale (Presto)
Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35: 1. Grave - Doppio movimento
Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35: 2. Scherzo - Piů lento - Tempo I
Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35: 3. Marche funčbre (Lento)
Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35: 4. Finale (Presto)
Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58: 1. Allegro maestoso
Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58: 2. Scherzo (Molto vivace)
Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58: 3. Largo
Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58: 4. Finale (Presto non tanto)
Introduction and Variations on a German National Air Op.posth. (KK 925-927)
Souvenir de Paganini
Variations brillantes, Op.12
Introduction, theme & Variations in D (1826)
Variations in E "Hexameron"
Allegro de concert in A, Op.46
Bolero in C, Op.19: Introduzione. Allegro molto - Allegro vivace
Tarantelle in A flat, Op.43: Presto

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