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Chopin - The Essentials

Chopin / Chiu / Engerer / Kern / Nakamatsu / Plane
Release Date: 02/09/2010 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 2908375  
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Frederic ChiuAlain PlančsJon NakamatsuOlga Kern,   ... 
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Idealised by romantic myth, Frederic Chopin is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated composers in history. This virtuoso pianist devoted his whole output to his instrument and developed a unique style which made him 'an extraordinary artist' (Berlioz). Here the musicians of harmonia mundi present some of his most famous pieces, a glimpse of the inner world of this genius who 'made use of art solely to fulfil his own tragic destiny' (Liszt) Idealised by romantic myth, Frederic Chopin is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated composers in history. This virtuoso pianist devoted his whole output to his instrument and developed a unique style which made him 'an extraordinary artist' (Berlioz). Here the musicians of harmonia mundi present some of his most famous pieces, a glimpse of the inner world of this genius who 'made use of art solely to fulfil his own tragic destiny' (Liszt) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
3.
Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 1 in A flat major, B 95 "L'adieu" by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
4.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
5.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 3 in E major, B 74 "Tristesse" by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
6.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 6 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
7.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 15 in D flat major "Raindrop" by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Paris, France 
8.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March": 3rd movement, Marche funébre by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
9.
Mazurkas (5) for Piano, B 61/Op. 7: no 1 in B flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic" by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
11.
Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
12.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
13.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11: 3rd movement, Rondo by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
14.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 1 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
15.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 12 in C minor, B 67 "Revolutionary" by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
16.
Work(s) by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Frederic Chiu (Piano), Alain Plančs (Piano), Jon Nakamatsu (Piano),
Olga Kern (Piano), Cédric Tiberghien (Piano), Alexandre Tharaud (Piano),
Nobuyuki Tsuji (Piano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 

Sound Samples

Andante spianato, Op. 22
Nocturnes, Op. 9: No. 2 in E-Flat Major. Andante
Valse No. 1 en La bémol majeur, Op. 69
"Grande valse brillante" en Mi bémol majeur, Op. 18
Ballade Op. 23
12 Études, Op. 10: III. In E Major
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 6 in B Minor: Prélude, Op. 28 No. 6 in B Minor
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 15 in D-Flat Major: Prélude, Op. 28 No. 15 in D-Flat Major
Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 35: III. Marche funčbre: Lento
Five Mazurkas, Op. 7: No. 1 in B-Flat Major
Polonaise in A-Flat Major, Op. 53
Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op.66
12 Études, Op. 10: I. In C Major
12 Études, Op. 10: XII. In C Minor
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11: III. Rondo: Vivace

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