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Chopin Masterworks, Vol. 2

Chopin Masterworks 2 / Various
Release Date: 11/16/2009 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 4687147   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikolai LuganskyMaria-Joao PiresJean-Bernard PommierCyprien Katsaris,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Chopin was an arch-improviser. What he wrote down was the tip of his creative iceberg, and perhaps it was this ability that sparked such structurally ground-breaking works as the 24 Préludes, the four Ballades and the Polonaise-Fantaisie. Combine that originality with the purity of Mozart and the contrapuntal lines of Bach, Chopin’s two favourite composers; add a passion for bel canto Italian opera, especially the mellifluous coloraturas of Bellini; and a dash of virtuoso glitter from Chopin’s sometime friend, sometime rival, Franz Liszt; and even then we are only a little way towards understanding something of what he was all about. Chopin was an arch-improviser. What he wrote down was the tip of his creative iceberg, and perhaps it was this ability that sparked such structurally ground-breaking works as the 24 Préludes, the four Ballades and the Polonaise-Fantaisie. Combine that originality with the purity of Mozart and the contrapuntal lines of Bach, Chopin’s two favourite composers; add a passion for bel canto Italian opera, especially the mellifluous coloraturas of Bellini; and a dash of virtuoso glitter from Chopin’s sometime friend, sometime rival, Franz Liszt; and even then we are only a little way towards understanding something of what he was all about. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
2.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48: no 1 in C minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
3.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
4.
Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
5.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
6.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 2 in E major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
7.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 3 in F major, B 118 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Paris, France 
8.
Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France; Paris, France 
9.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
10.
Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 1 in A flat major, B 95 "L'adieu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
11.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
12.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70: no 1 in G flat major, B 92 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
13.
Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 2 in B minor, B 35 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
14.
Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
15.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
16.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 3 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
17.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70: no 2 in F minor, B 138 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
18.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70: no 3 in D flat major, B 40 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
19.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
20.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 1 in A flat major, B 94 "Valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
21.
Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Vienna, Austria 
22.
Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
23.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
24.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
25.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
26.
Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
27.
Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1832; Poland 
28.
Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
29.
Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Mallorca (Majorca),  
30.
Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
31.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Frédéric Lodéon (Cello), Francois-René Duchable (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
32.
Polish Songs (17), Op. 74 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Teresa Zylis-Gara (Soprano), Halina Czerny-Stefanska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1847 

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