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Chopin: Waltzes (Virtuoso series)

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  • Audio CD (14 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00A1422R4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Chopin: Waltz No.1 in E Flat, Op.18 -"Grande valse brillante" 6:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Chopin: Waltz No.2 in A Flat, Op.34 No.1 - "Valse brillante" 6:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Chopin: Waltz No.3 in A Minor, Op.34 No.2 6:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Chopin: Waltz No.4 in F, Op.34 No.3 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Chopin: Waltz No.5 in A Flat, Op.42 - "Grande valse" 4:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Chopin: Waltz No.6 in D Flat, Op.64 No.1 -"Minute" 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Chopin: Waltz No.7 in C Sharp Minor, Op.64 No.2 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Chopin: Waltz No.8 in A Flat, Op.64 No.3 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Chopin: Waltz No.9 in A Flat, Op.69 No.1 -"Farewell" 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Chopin: Waltz No.10 in B Minor, Op.69 No.2 4:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Chopin: Waltz No.11 in G Flat, Op.70 No.1 2:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Chopin: Waltz No.12 in F Minor/A Flat, Op.70 No.2 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Chopin: Waltz No.13 in D Flat, Op.70 No.3 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Chopin: Waltz No.14 in E Minor, Op.Posth. 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Chopin: Waltz No.16 in A flat, Op.posth. 1:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Chopin: Waltz No.15 in E, Op.posth. 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Chopin: Waltz No.19 in A minor, Op.posth. 2:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Chopin: Waltz No.18 in E flat, Op.posth. 1:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Chopin: Waltz No.17 in E flat, Op.posth. 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By barthol on 4 Sept. 2010
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I don't think I would want - if I had to recommend just ONE version of the Chopin Waltzes - not to make that version the justly famous Dinu Lipatti recording. Many superlatives have rightly been used to describe its unique balance between energy and sparkle, on the one hand, and deep lyricism on the other.
However, I find this Claudio Arrau recording deeply satisfying, too, and I come back to it again and again. Arrau was 76 when he made it, and while some of the performances suggest waltzes as recollected rather than immediately lived (Arrau as a younger man was a keen dancer) there is a richness of harmonic understanding deployed, and he is usually admirable in his gentle maintenance of the long line in each piece. There is no "flashiness", but elegance and affection aplenty. Tempi are certainly often more unhurried than you can hear elsewhere, but none of the pieces is becalmed, and Arrau gives himself the space to bring out the eventfulness of each piece, in terms of its emotional world. Maybe not every listener will enjoy this approach.
Favourite performances for me are the Waltz No 2 in A flat ("brilliant" in elegance, but not flashiness), the elegiac No 7 in C sharp minor, the slow section of which becomes a rêverie in Arrau's hands, and the little G flat Waltz No 11.
I have often found with piano recordings of the last few decades that I enjoy them most if they are being played in the next room, rather than in the room that I am sitting in. (It would be unfair to describe the recording quality here as over-close: it is, in fact, both clear and warm.) Even so, when heard from nextdoor, with just a fraction less detail and more space around the piano, this record gives even more pleasure and delight.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anita Eberle on 20 July 2013
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Claudio Arrau paces Chopin's lovely, timeless waltzes perfectly; a master at making complex passages sound effortless and beautifully simple. Perfect for anyone at any age who is a romantic at heart. Therefore, the perfect music for dreaming in the sunshine (or in the evening instead of most television nonsense) with a glass of something delicious!....
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Some people love Arrau's Chopin, and some don't 21 Mar. 2004
By The Man in the Hathaway Shirt - Published on
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...And I do. Some people find Arrau's Chopin--especially his hanlding of works such as the waltzes--charmless and heavy. I don't. His tempi are slower than most others take these pieces, but to me they're never *heavy.* And listen to his TONE!! He makes the piano sing with a gorgeous burnished tone and ringing trebles. In his book on the great pianists, Harold C. Schonberg comments on the "high finish" or Arrau's pianism. That high finish is nowhere better evidenced than here. Recorded in 1979, the sound is crystal clear and gorgeous. And Arrau finds depth in the moodier waltzes that will make other performers sound like they're skimming.
There are, of course, other performances of these works I'd not want to be without--Rubinstein and Cortot come to mind--but this superb recording belongs in every classical piano-lover's collection. And these are the best-sounding set of Chopin waltzes I've ever heard. If this is out of print by now, it's worth a search in the used bins.
Historic - The world's first Compact Disc. 22 April 2014
By G. A. Skala - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Not really sure about the music, but this was the VERY FIRST compact disc made and sold for commercial use. Worth hearing just for that fact alone!
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