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Chopin: Complete Piano Works / Nikita Magaloff

Chopin / Magaloff
Release Date: 07/26/2011 
Label:  Newton Classics   Catalog #: 8802076   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff
Number of Discs: 13 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 1997 Philips reissued Nikita Magaloff's 1974-78 complete Chopin piano works cycle as a budget-priced, space-saving boxed set that did not last in the catalog very long. It now reappears courtesy of Newton Classics' ongoing reissues of out-of-print items from Universal Classics' back catalog.

Technically, Magaloff always plays well, although the recordings are not consistently inspired. On one hand, for example, the obscure student C minor sonata exudes tremendous panache and light-fingered bravura while the B minor sonata is understated but elegantly shaped. By contrast, clunky phrasing and matter-of-fact musicality add up to a less than memorable B-flat minor sonata.

Certain Op. 28 Preludes emerge in
Read more relatively pedantic light (Nos. 2, 17, & 20), yet Magaloff finds poetic allure elsewhere (Nos. 3, 10, 12, & 19). Considering Magaloff's tellingly-contoured bass lines that generate an extra kick in the Polonaises, his left hand accompaniments in the Waltzes come off sounding casual and underplayed, and the Etudes are solid but generally cautious.

However, the sensitively sculpted yet strongly projected Nocturnes hold their own with the catalog's best. So do the less individually distinctive Ballades and Scherzos, while the Mazurkas boast enough fetching ornaments and subtle harmonic underpinnings to satisfy the pickiest Chopin maven. Magaloff's freshly conceived, digitally sparkling way with the Rondos truly enlivens these obscure works, and the same goes for the two duo works abetted by Michel Dalberto. Philips' engineering ranges from up close and clangy (the B-flat minor sonata) to warm and spacious (the Nocturnes). Certainly Magaloff's best Chopin efforts are worth a place in any extensive piano collection.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in C minor, B 23/Op. 4 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Poland 
4.
Tarantella for Piano in A flat major, B 139/Op. 43 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
5.
Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
6.
Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Mallorca (Majorca),  
7.
Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
8.
Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1832; Poland 
9.
Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
10.
Contredanse for Piano in G flat major, B 17 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1827; Poland 
11.
Bolero for Piano in C major/A major, B 81/Op. 19 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
12.
Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
13.
Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
14.
Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
15.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
16.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
17.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
18.
Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
19.
Impromptu for Piano no 3 in G flat major, b 149/Op. 51 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
20.
Impromptu for Piano no 2 in F sharp major, B 129/Op. 36 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
21.
Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
22.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1833 
23.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
24.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1849; Paris, France 
25.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
26.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
27.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
28.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
29.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
30.
Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
31.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
32.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1833; Poland 
33.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
34.
Polonaises (3) for Piano, Op. 71 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825-1828; Poland 
35.
Polonaises (2) for Piano, Op. 40 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Paris, France 
36.
Polonaises (2) for Piano, B 90/Op. 26 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
37.
Polonaise-fantaisie for Piano in A flat major, B 159/Op. 61 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Poland 
38.
Polonaise for Piano in F sharp minor, B 135/Op. 44 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
39.
Polonaise for Piano in B flat minor, B 13 "Adieu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Poland 
40.
Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
41.
Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Vienna, Austria 
42.
Variations for Piano in A major, B 37 "Souvenir de Paganini" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
43.
Funeral March for Piano in C minor, B 10/Op. 72 no 2 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
44.
Fugue for Piano in A minor, B 144 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1842; Paris, France 
45.
Ecossaises (3) for Piano, B 12/Op. 72 no 3 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Poland 
46.
Allegro de concert in A major, B 72/Op. 46 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1841; Paris, France 
47.
Mazurka(s) for Piano by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 

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