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Best Chopin 50

Best Chopin 50 / Various
Release Date: 10/12/2010 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 31666   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stephen KovacevichIngrid FliterDmitri AlexeevDinu Lipatti,   ... 
Conductor:  Stanislaw SkrowaczewskiPaul KletzkiCharles DutoitJerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Society of the Conservatory Concerts OrchestraPhilharmonia OrchestraMontreal Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Chopin is universally acclaimed as one of the most original and innovative composers of music for the piano, especially in the romantic and lyrical field, but his compositions also demand brilliant technical virtuosity. Much of his music is deeply patriotic and infused with a love of his native Poland. He particularly exploited dance forms like the waltz, the mazurka and the polonaise, and he also developed the nocturne into a significant form of piano literature.

His works have been heard in many contexts including ballets such as Le Sylphides, Dances at a Gathering and A Month in the Country; films like The Pianist, The Truman Story, A Song to Remember and many others, as well as popular songs such as I’m Always Chasing
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The 50 Best Series offers an impressive assortment of well-known and beloved classical repertoire featuring performances by great artists from Menuhin to Kennedy, Callas to Te Kanawa. Each release on the 50 Best Series is grouped thematically across 3CDs. Spectacular value and an amazingly low price on one of the world's most respected classical labels.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
2.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1838 
3.
Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France; Paris, France 
4.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ingrid Fliter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
5.
Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dmitri Alexeev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1835 
6.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1841 
7.
Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
8.
Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
9.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
10.
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 
11.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
12.
Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nelson Goerner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
13.
Polonaises (2) for Piano, Op. 40: no 1 in A major, B 120 "Military" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Daniel Adni (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Poland 
14.
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 
15.
Variations for Piano and Orchestra in B flat major on Mozart's "Là ci darem", Op. 2 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Society of the Conservatory Concerts Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
16.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11: 2nd movement, Romanze by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Paul Kletzki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
17.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11: 3rd movement, Rondo by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Paul Kletzki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
18.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21: 2nd movement, Larghetto by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
19.
Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Society of the Conservatory Concerts Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in F major, Op. 14 "Krakowiak" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Poland 

Sound Samples

Waltzes: No. 1 in E flat Op. 18
Waltzes: No. 2 in A flat major Op. 34 No. 1 ('Valse brillante')
Waltzes: No. 3 in A minor Op. 34 No. 2
Waltzes: No. 4 in F major Op. 34 No. 3 ('Valse brillante')
Waltzes: No. 5 in A flat major Op. 42 ('Grande Valse')
Waltz in D flat Op.64 No.1 'Minute'
Waltz in C sharp minor Op.64 No.2 - Tempo giusto
Waltzes: Waltz in A flat Major, Op. 64 No. 3 - Moderato
Waltzes: No. 9 in A flat major Op. 69 No. 1
Waltzes: No. 10 in B minor Op. 69 No. 2
Waltzes (1997 Digital Remaster): No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70/1
Waltzes (1997 Digital Remaster): No. 12 in F minor, Op. 70/2
Waltzes (1997 Digital Remaster): No. 13 in D flat major, Op. 70/3
Waltzes (1997 Digital Remaster): No. 14 in E minor, Op. posth.
Berceuse in D flat Op. 57
4 Ballades: No. 3 in A flat major Op. 47
Fantaisie-impromptu cis-moll O
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 1 in C major (Agitato)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 2 in A minor (Lento)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 3 in G major (Vivace)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 4 in E minor (Largo)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 5 in D major (Allegro molto)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 6 in B minor (Lento assai)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 7 in A major (Andantino)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 8 in F sharp minor (Molto agitato)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 9 in E major (Largo)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 11 in B major (Vivace)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 12 in G sharp minor (Presto)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 13 in F sharp major (Lento)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 15 in D flat major (Sostenuto) ["Raindrop"]
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 16 in B flat minor (Presto con fuoco)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 17 in A flat major (Allegretto)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 18 in F minor (Allegro molto)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 19 in E flat major (Vivace)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 20 in C minor (Largo)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 21 in B flat major (Cantabile)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 22 in G minor (Molto agitato)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 23 in F major (Moderato)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 24 in D minor (Allegro appassionato)
Barcarolle in F sharp minor, Op. 60: Allegretto
Polonaise No. 3 in A 'Military' Op. 40 No. 1 (1990 Digital Remaster)
Polonaise No. 6 in A flat 'Heroic' Op. 53

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