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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.
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 
3.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
4.
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 
5.
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 
6.
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 
7.
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 
8.
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 
9.
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 
10.
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 
11.
Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
12.
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 
13.
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 
14.
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 
15.
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 
16.
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 
17.
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 
18.
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 
19.
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 
20.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
21.
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 
22.
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 
23.
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 
24.
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 
25.
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 
26.
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),  
27.
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 
28.
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 
29.
Polish Songs (17), Op. 74 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Teresa Zylis-Gara (Soprano), Halina Czerny-Stefanska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1847 

Sound Samples

24 Preludes Op.28 : No.1 in C major: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.1 in C major
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.2 in A minor: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.2 in A minor
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.3 in G major: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.3 in G major
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.4 in E minor: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.4 in E minor
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.5 in D major: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.5 in D major
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.6 in B minor: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.6 in B minor
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.7 in A major: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.7 in A major
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.8 in F sharp minor: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.8 in F sharp minor
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.9 in E major: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.9 in E major
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.10 in C sharp minor: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.10 in C sharp minor
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.11 in B major: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.11 in B major
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.12 in G sharp minor: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.12 in G sharp minor
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.13 in F sharp major: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.13 in F sharp major
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.14 in E flat minor: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.14 in E flat minor
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.15 in D flat major, 'Raindrop': Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.15 in D flat major, 'Raindrop'
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.16 in B flat minor: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.16 in B flat minor
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.17 in A flat major: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.17 in A flat major
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.18 in F minor: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.18 in F minor
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.19 in E flat major: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.19 in E flat major
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.20 in C minor: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.20 in C minor
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.21 in C flat major: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.21 in C flat major
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.22 in G minor: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.22 in G minor
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.23 in F major: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.23 in F major
24 Preludes Op.28 : No.24 in D minor: Chopin : 24 Preludes Op.28 : No.24 in D minor
Fantasie in F minor Op.49: Chopin : Fantasie in F minor Op.49
Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise brillante in E flat major Op.22: Chopin : Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise brillante in E flat major Op.22
Ballade No.1 in G minor Op.23: Chopin : Ballade No.1 in G minor Op.23
Ballade No.2 in F major Op.38: Chopin : Ballade No.2 in F major Op.38
Ballade No.3 in A flat minor Op.47: Chopin : Ballade No.3 in A flat minor Op.47
Ballade No.4 in F minor Op.52: Chopin : Ballade No.4 in F minor Op.52
Scherzo No.1 in B minor Op.20: Chopin : Scherzo No.1 in B minor Op.20
Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor Op.31: Chopin : Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor Op.31
Scherzo No.3 in C sharp minor Op.39: Chopin : Scherzo No.3 in C sharp minor Op.39
Scherzo No.4 in E major Op.54: Chopin : Scherzo No.4 in E major Op.54
2 Polonaises Op.26 : No.1 in C sharp minor: Chopin : 2 Polonaises Op.26 : No.1 in C sharp minor
2 Polonaises Op.26 : No.2 in E flat minor: Chopin : 2 Polonaises Op.26 : No.2 in E flat minor
2 Polonaises Op.40 : No.1 in A major: Chopin : 2 Polonaises Op.40 : No.1 in A major
2 Polonaises Op.40 : No.2 in C minor: Chopin : 2 Polonaises Op.40 : No.2 in C minor
Polonaise in F sharp minor Op.44: Chopin : Polonaise in F sharp minor Op.44
Polonaise in A flat major Op.53: Chopin : Polonaise in A flat major Op.53
Polonaise-fantaisie in A flat major Op.61: Chopin : Polonaise-fantaisie in A flat major Op.61
Waltz No.4 in F major Op.34 No.3, 'Valse brillante': Chopin : Waltz No.4 in F major Op.34 No.3, 'Valse brillante'
Waltz No.5 in A flat major Op.42, 'Grande valse': Chopin : Waltz No.5 in A flat major Op.42, 'Grande valse'
Waltz No.6 in D flat major Op.64 No.1: Chopin : Waltz No.6 in D flat major Op.64 No.1
Waltz No.9 in A flat major Op.69 No.1: Chopin : Waltz No.9 in A flat major Op.69 No.1
Waltz No.7 in C sharp minor Op.64 No.2: Chopin : Waltz No.7 in C sharp minor Op.64 No.2
Waltz No.11 in G flat major Op.70 No.1: Chopin : Waltz No.11 in G flat major Op.70 No.1
Waltz No.10 in B minor Op.69 No.2: Chopin : Waltz No.10 in B minor Op.69 No.2
Waltz No.14 in E minor Op.posth.: Chopin : Waltz No.14 in E minor Op.posth.
Waltz No.3 in A minor Op.34 No.2: Chopin : Waltz No.3 in A minor Op.34 No.2
Waltz No.8 in A flat major Op.64 No.3: Chopin : Waltz No.8 in A flat major Op.64 No.3
Waltz No.12 in F minor Op.70 No.2: Chopin : Waltz No.12 in F minor Op.70 No.2
Waltz No.13 in D flat major Op.70 No.3: Chopin : Waltz No.13 in D flat major Op.70 No.3
Waltz No.1 in E flat major Op.18, 'Grande valse brillante': Chopin : Waltz No.1 in E flat major Op.18, 'Grande valse brillante'
Waltz No.2 in A flat major Op.34 No.1, 'Valse brillante': Chopin : Waltz No.2 in A flat major Op.34 No.1, 'Valse brillante'
Grand Duo on Themes from 'Robert Le Diable': Chopin : Grand Duo on Themes from 'Robert Le Diable'
Polonaise Brillante Op.3: Chopin : Polonaise Brillante Op.3
Cello Sonata in G minor Op.65 : I Allegro Moderato: Chopin : Cello Sonata in G minor Op.65 : I Allegro Moderato
Cello Sonata in G minor Op.65 : II Scherzo - Allegro con brio: Chopin : Cello Sonata in G minor Op.65 : II Scherzo - Allegro con brio
Cello Sonata in G minor Op.65 : III Largo: Chopin : Cello Sonata in G minor Op.65 : III Largo
Cello Sonata in G minor Op.65 : IV Finale - Allegro: Chopin : Cello Sonata in G minor Op.65 : IV Finale - Allegro
17 Songs Op.74 : No.17 "Spiew grobowy : Leca liscie z drzewa" [Hymn from the Tomb : Leaves are falling]: Chopin : 17 Songs Op.74 : No.17 "Spiew grobowy : Leca liscie z drzewa" [Hymn from the Tomb : Leaves are falling]
17 Songs Op.74 : No.2 "Dwojaki koniec" [Double Destiny]: Chopin : 17 Songs Op.74 : No.2 "Dwojaki koniec" [Double Destiny]
17 Songs Op.74 : No.7 "Posel" [The Envoy]: Chopin : 17 Songs Op.74 : No.7 "Posel" [The Envoy]
17 Songs Op.74 : No.3 "Smutna rzeka" [The Sad Stream]: Chopin : 17 Songs Op.74 : No.3 "Smutna rzeka" [The Sad Stream]
17 Songs Op.74 : No.9 "Melodia": Chopin : 17 Songs Op.74 : No.9 "Melodia"
17 Songs Op.74 : No.5 "Gdzie lubi" [There where she loves]: Chopin : 17 Songs Op.74 : No.5 "Gdzie lubi" [There where she loves]
17 Songs Op.74 : No.1 "Zyczenie" [The Wish]: Chopin : 17 Songs Op.74 : No.1 "Zyczenie" [The Wish]
17 Songs Op.74 : No.2 "Wiosna" [Spring]: Chopin : 17 Songs Op.74 : No.2 "Wiosna" [Spring]
Dumka [Reverie]: Chopin : Dumka [Reverie]
17 Songs Op.74 : No.12 "Moja pieszczotka" [My Darling]: Chopin : 17 Songs Op.74 : No.12 "Moja pieszczotka" [My Darling]
17 Songs Op.74 : No.16 "Piosenka litewska" [Lithuanian Song]: Chopin : 17 Songs Op.74 : No.16 "Piosenka litewska" [Lithuanian Song]
17 Songs Op.74 : No.8 "Sliczny chlopiec" [Handsome Lad]: Chopin : 17 Songs Op.74 : No.8 "Sliczny chlopiec" [Handsome Lad]
17 Songs Op.74 : No.14 "Pierscien" [The Ring]: Chopin : 17 Songs Op.74 : No.14 "Pierscien" [The Ring]
17 Songs Op.74 : No.13 "Nie ma czego trzeba" [I Want What I Have Not]: Chopin : 17 Songs Op.74 : No.13 "Nie ma czego trzeba" [I Want What I Have Not]

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