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Chopin: Nocturnes, Waltzes, Mazurkas / Alexis Weissenberg


Release Date: 09/12/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 73830   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Weissenberg's Chopin is erotic, bold and free. Chopin himself would have been seduced.

Alexis Weissenberg has an intriguing history: born in Bulgaria, he emigrated to Israel, trained in New York, converted to Catholicism and came out as a gay man when it took great courage. When he made these recordings, between 1967 and 1981, he looked more like a sexy athlete than a pianist. But he certainly was a pianist, as sleek and strong as a panther. This reissue is not for purists, because Weissenberg ignores many of Chopin’s dynamic markings (the trills in the Nocturne Op. 62/1 are less like a string of pearls than a cascade of diamonds), but it is most certainly for lovers of great piano-playing. Which means Weissenberg makes
Read more the music his own in terms of his temperament and physical rapport with the instrument. The benchmark is Garrick Ohlsson – intensely searching and spiritual, if studied. Weissenberg is erotic, bold and free. I think Chopin would be seduced.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- Adrian Jack, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
2.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 1 in B flat minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1967-69 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1967-69 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 3 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1967-69 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 50 Secs. 
5.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
6.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48: no 1 in C minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1967-69 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 19 Secs. 
7.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48: no 2 in F sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1967-69 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
8.
Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1967-69 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
9.
Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1967-69 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
10.
Nocturne for Piano in C minor, B 108 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1967-69 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
11.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 77/Op. 17: no 4 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1833; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1971 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
12.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 145/Op. 50: no 3 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1971 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
13.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 153/Op. 56: no 3 in C minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1971 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
14.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 12/1981 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
15.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 3 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1981 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
16.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70: no 3 in D flat major, B 40 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
Date of Recording: 12/1981 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
17.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1833 
Date of Recording: 1967-69 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 12 Minutes 59 Secs. 
18.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1967-69 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 12 Minutes 13 Secs. 
19.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1967-69 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 15 Secs. 
20.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1849; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1967-69 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 11 Minutes 58 Secs. 
21.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1967-69 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 34 Secs. 
22.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1967-69 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 13 Minutes 16 Secs. 
23.
Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1835 
Date of Recording: 12/1981 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 41 Secs. 

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