Chopin: Favourite Piano Works
 
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Chopin: Favourite Piano Works

19 Feb 2014

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  Song Title
Time
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1
Chopin: Waltz No.1 in E flat, Op.18 -"Grande valse brillante"
4:52
2
Chopin: Impromptu No.4 in C sharp minor, Op.66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu"
4:57
3
Chopin: Nocturne No.2 in E Flat, Op.9 No.2
4:08
4
Chopin: Waltz No.3 in A minor, Op.34 No.2
4:41
5
Chopin: Mazurka No.23 in D Op.33 No.2
2:14
6
Chopin: Scherzo No.2 in B Flat Minor, Op.31
9:56
7
Chopin: Waltz No.9 in A flat, Op.69 No.1 -"Farewell"
4:05
8
Chopin: Nocturne No.5 in F sharp, Op.15 No.2
3:55
9
Chopin: Waltz No.10 in B minor, Op.69 No.2
3:50
10
Chopin: Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23
9:53
11
Chopin: Mazurka No.5 in B flat Op.7 No.1
1:57
12
Chopin: Waltz No.11 in G flat, Op.70 No.1
2:14
13
Chopin: Nocturne No.9 in B, Op.32 No.1
5:11
14
Chopin: Polonaise No.6 in A Flat, Op.53 -"Heroic"
6:28
Disc 2
1
Chopin: Ballade No.3 in A flat, Op.47
7:31
2
Chopin: Prélude No.25 in C sharp minor, Op.45
4:43
3
Chopin: Waltz No.6 in D flat, Op.64 No.1 -"Minute"
1:55
4
Chopin: Waltz No.7 in C sharp minor, Op.64 No.2
3:26
5
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No. 12 in C minor "Revolutionary"
2:47
6
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No. 5 in G flat "Black Keys"
1:42
7
Chopin: Nocturne No.15 in F minor, Op.55 No.1
4:57
8
Chopin: Polonaise No.3 in A, Op.40 No.1 - "Military"
5:09
9
Chopin: Barcarolle in F Sharp, Op.60
8:52
10
Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 5. in D major
5:20
11
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No. 11 in A minor "Winter Wind"
3:51
12
Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No. 3 In E "Tristesse"
4:23
13
Chopin: Scherzo No.3 in C sharp minor, Op.39
6:46


Product details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 2:09:43
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  • ASIN: B003TYBP9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,578 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great choice, but get the Philips too 12 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
There is not that much to add to the other reviewer's comments: these two discs are a bargain and unreservedly recommended. Ashkenazy is indeed the very best overall Chopin interpreter around. I immensely enjoyed his treatment of pieces such as the second scherzo and the g minor ballade. Not to mention the etudes, the preludes, etc. etc. All is crisp and clear, and the fact that some recordings are analogue doesn't matter at all: in fact, they are hard to be discovered.
But keep something in mind: as I said, Ashkenazy is arguably overall the best. This implies that he can be bettered in some ways. Philips has also released a Best-of Chopin set, which contains better renditions of some Waltzes (Kocsis), the Barcarolle and Mazurkas (Kovacevich) and the impromptus (Davidovich). Additionally, the Philips discs give you the Marcia funebre, the Fantaisie-Polonaise and the fourth Ballade, three big pieces that cannot be found over here. Overall it is more balanced too. So if you are going to buy just one best-of-Chopin set, go for the Philips. The best choice, however, is to get both of them!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best introduction possible 16 Feb 2006
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As an avid lover of Chopin I felt a "Best of" collection would lack depth, however i found this to be simply not the case. From the deeply moving Nocturns, powerful Ballades to the surprisingly interesting waltzes and Sherzos this collection is the best introduction to a brilliant composer. Ashkenazy as ever plays Chopin's works with more fluency than almost anyone on modern record, enough to spark anyone's interest in Chopin and his era of piano musc, i strongly urge you to buy this collection and then expand upon it!
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 1 Nov 2000
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Vladimir Ashkenazy brings Chopin's piano works to life in this CD. The Grande Valse brillante, op.18 is played with such vigour and enthusiasm, starting the CD off at a brilliant pace. Much of Chopin's pieces are ridiculously difficult to play on the piano and Ashkenazy plays each note so clearly and to sheer perfection that it sounds easy. If you do not know of Chopin's piano pieces then I would advise anyone to buy this CD (in fact I have bought it as a gift for many people and none have been disappointed - most of whom had never enjoyed piano music before) - it is very pretty and delicate but (usually) fast-paced music.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this recording 25 Oct 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Ashkenazy plays superbly throughout this recording.There are no noticeable irritating personal manerisms. His musicality is so pure, with perfect balance and wonderful neatness. He truly is one of the greatest pianists.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, wonderful music! 29 Dec 2010
By Jon
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After an excruciating three week wait for delivery (no thanks to Royal Mail) my copy of this CD finally arrived and I have to say it's simply sublime. Ashkenazy is a consummate artist and his interpretation and delivery of these piano works by Chopin is second to none- definitely worth owning a physical copy and if you absolutely must rip to your PC to carry around on your iPod, it's worth doing so at the highest possible bit rate- the sound reproduction is close to perfect and you can literally hear every last quiver of the strings on the piano.

As a collection this is practically perfect, and would serve as a fantastic introduction not only to Chopin, but to the wonderful world of Piano for any budding classical music fan. Invest! You will not regret adding this to your collection.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT 28 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
Chopin to me is a musical genius his piano works are almost immortal.Vladimir Ashkenazy bring touch and feeling to this recording
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chopin at his best 25 Feb 2014
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
Gentle soothing piano music played by the brilliant Vladimir Ashkenazy, If you want to escape from the hectic 21st century try listening to this and regain your sanity its just wonderful.
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