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Chopin: Préludes, Impromptus, Waltzes, Ballades, Etc / Arrau


Release Date: 10/09/2001 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 468391   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau
Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 7 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 7 Hours 36 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you're seeking Philips' hard-to-find six-disc "Arrau Edition" boxed set devoted to the late pianist's solo Chopin recordings, it's now repackaged and features an extra disc containing the two Chopin concertos. Arrau's majestic sonority, serious mien, and fastidious attention to detail transport Chopin's music from the intimate salon to the big arena. You'll find little if any of the surface elegance, scintillating display, and sheer charm typical of Chopin players trained in the Slavic tradition. Rather than bring out so-called "inner voices" à la Cortot, Horowitz, Hofmann, or Moiseiwitsch, Arrau always gives shape and specificity to the melodic threads that bind rapid passagework. Cogent examples of this can Read more be found in Arrau's treatment of the G minor Ballade's scherzando section (starting at measure 138), the B minor Scherzo's coda, the slower-than-usual E-flat minor Prelude, the Op. 42 Waltz, and the rhetorically inflected Impromptus.

The Op. 28 Preludes are projected with large-scale drama, as are the Nocturnes. Arrau considered the latter to be Chopin's most searching, tumultuous works, and his conceptions certainly will challenge listeners used to Artur Rubinstein or Ivan Moravec's lyrical grace and calm introspection. Sometimes Arrau's between-the-line readings impede the music's natural flow, as in the more extroverted Waltzes, the Fourth Scherzo (no match for Richter's light-fingered poise), and the Barcarolle. On the other hand, the F minor Fantasy radiates both momentous drive and heroic breadth in one of Arrau's most inspired recordings of anything.

Some listeners may find the concertos overly ruminative and bass heavy on the soloist's part. Others will discover a richer polyphonic dimension to the piano writing, abetted by Eliahu Inbal's scrupulously prepared orchestral framework, which offers more than mere accompaniment. I detect no sonic differences from the aforementioned 1991 "Arrau Edition" transfers. Note, however, that the Nocturnes, Barcarolle, and Fantasy gain warmth in the higher frequencies and all around presence in 24-bit transfers made for the "Philips 50 Great Recordings" series.

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

1.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
2.
Prelude for Piano in C sharp minor, B 141/Op. 45 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
3.
Prelude for Piano in A flat major, B 86 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Paris, France 
4.
Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
5.
Impromptu for Piano no 2 in F sharp major, B 129/Op. 36 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
6.
Impromptu for Piano no 3 in G flat major, b 149/Op. 51 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
7.
Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
8.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1838 
9.
Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France; Paris, France 
10.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
11.
Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1835 
12.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1841 
13.
Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
14.
Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 21 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
15.
Waltz for Piano in E major, B 44 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
16.
Waltz for Piano in A minor, B 150 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1843; Paris, France 
17.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 46 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
18.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 133 "Sostenuto" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Paris, France 
19.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
20.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
21.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
22.
Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
23.
Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
24.
Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
25.
Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1832; Poland 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
26.
Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
27.
Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Mallorca (Majorca),  
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
28.
Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
29.
Polonaise-fantaisie for Piano in A flat major, B 159/Op. 61 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Poland 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
30.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
31.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1833 
32.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
33.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
34.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1849; Paris, France 
35.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
36.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
37.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
38.
Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
39.
Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor, B 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830 
Notes: The attribution of this composition to Chopin is doubtful. 
40.
Nocturne for Piano in C minor, B 108 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
41.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
42.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
43.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 

Sound Samples

24 Préludes, Op.28: 1. in C major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 2. in A minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: No.3. in G Major
24 Préludes, Op.28: No.4. in E Minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 5. in D major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 6. in B minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: No.7 in A Major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 8. in F sharp minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: No.9 in E Major
24 Préludes, Op.28: No.10 in C Sharp Minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 11. in B major
24 Préludes, Op.28: No.12 in G Sharp Minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 13. in F sharp major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 14. in E flat minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: No.15 in D Flat Major - "Raindrop"
24 Préludes, Op.28: 16. in B flat minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 17. in A flat major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 18. in F minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 19. in E flat major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 20. in C minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 21. in B flat major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 22. in G minor
24 Préludes, Op.28: 23. in F major
24 Préludes, Op.28: 24. in D minor
Prélude No.25 in C sharp minor, Op.45
Prélude No.26 in A flat, Op.posth.
Impromptu No.1 in A flat, Op.29
Impromptu No.2 in F sharp, Op.36
Impromptu No.3 in G flat, Op.51
Impromptu No.4 in C Sharp Minor, Op.66 - "Fantaisie-Impromptu"
Waltz No.1 in E flat, Op.18 -"Grande valse brillante"
Waltz No.2 in A flat, Op.34 No.1 - "Valse brillante"
Waltz No.3 in A minor, Op.34 No.2
Waltz No.4 in F, Op.34 No.3
Waltz No.5 in A flat, Op.42 - "Grande valse"
Waltz No.6 in D flat, Op.64 No.1 -"Minute"
Waltz No.7 in C sharp minor, Op.64 No.2
Waltz No.8 in A flat, Op.64 No.3
Waltz No.9 in A flat, Op.69 No.1 -"Farewell"
Waltz No.10 in B minor, Op.69 No.2
Waltz No.11 in G flat, Op.70 No.1
Waltz No.12 in F minor/A flat, Op.70 No.2
Waltz No.13 in D flat, Op.70 No.3
Waltz No.14 in E minor, Op.posth.
Waltz No.16 in A flat, Op.posth.
Waltz No.15 in E, Op.posth.
Waltz No.19 in A minor, Op.posth.
Waltz No.18 in E flat, Op.posth.
Waltz No.17 in E flat, Op.posth.

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