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The Best of Chopin [CD]

Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin Audio CD
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  • Composer: Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin
  • Audio CD (29 Aug 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000014H5
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,684 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47 7:430.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mazurka No. 23 in D major, Op. 33, No. 2 2:340.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21: Larghetto 9:28Album Only
Listen  4. Waltz No. 9 in A flat major, Op. posth. 69, No. 1, "Farewell" 5:020.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2 4:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57 4:420.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Fantasy-Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op. 66 5:290.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. 12 Etudes, Op. 10: Etude No. 3 in E major, Op. 10, No. 3 4:340.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64, No. 1, "Minute" 1:490.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53, "Heroic" 7:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. 24 Preludes, Op. 28: Prelude No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28, No. 15, "Raindrop" 5:520.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 3110:58Album Only
Listen13. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35: Marche funebre 9:11Album Only

Product Description

Frédéric Chopin : Ballade n°3 Op. 47 - Berceuse Op. 57 - Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. 66 - Scherzo No. 2 Op. 31 - Nocturnes - Valses / Idil Biret, piano

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Frederic Chopin, 1810-1849, Polish.

"Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art". (Frederic Chopin).

This Naxos CD is aimed at the beginner or occasional classical music listener and aims to provide a cross section of the entire works of Chopin on a single CD of around one hour duration. It's difficult of course to achieve a satisfactory representation of a composer's lifetime achievements in such short time, but this CD does achieve its aim in that it offers an affordable introduction to Chopin which may enable the listener to either pursue these works further, or simply to collect the entire Naxos `Best Of' range.

If the intention is to collect the series it will provide a good, although slightly abbreviated, library of classical music. Those requiring further listening are helped by the sleeve notes which give recommended further listening (all Naxos label CD's of course!).

It should be noted that the Naxos 2CD `Very Best Of' releases offer slightly better value than the single CD versions in this `Best Of' series.

That said, this is a good introduction to classical music for those on a careful budget.

The complete Naxos `Best Of' series (those indicated* also have `Very Best Of' releases):

Bach*, Bartok, Beethoven*, Berlioz, Bizet, Brahms, Chopin*, Debussy*, Dvorak*, Elgar*, Faure, Gershwin, Glazunov, Grieg*, Handel*, Haydn, Liszt, Lutoslawski, Mendelsshon, Mozart*, Paganini, Prokofiev, Puccini*, Rachmaninov*, Ravel*, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rossini, Saint-Saens, Schubert, Schumann, Satie*, Shostakovich*, Sibelius*, Strauss (Johann) II*, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky*, Verdi*, Vivaldi*, Wagner, Weber.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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I would like to say something about the composer, then something about the artist and the Naxos label, for the beneift of those new to classical music.
Chopin was a musical genius of Mozartian abilities. For pianists, he was indeed as seminal a figure as Mozart, or Beethoven. He inspired Franz Liszt. he introduced pedalling techniques, melodies and keyboard technique that defined much of romantic piano music. And therein lies the crux of the matter. Chopin, sadly, composed for almost no other instrument. Had he composed just a couple of symphonies, maybe just one opera, perhaps we would not just talk of Mozart and Beethoven, but Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven. He was to Piano what Wagner was to opera. Maybe he would have composed music for these instruments later inlife, but sadly tuberculosis killed him aged only 39.
Secondly, about the artist, recording and label. There's alot of snobbery in classical music, and some would say that Idil Biret is somebody who churns out notes, whereas the musicianship of another famous Chopin pianist such as Murray Perahia may be less precise but carries the weight and emotion intended by the composer.
I have one thing to say to that - Garbage!
Idil Biret plays wonderfully. She gives interpretations (and I own several of her CDs) which are patently better than those made by more famous artists such as Daniel Barenboim. Compare her Chopin Nocturnes to his recently released recordings of the same pieces to see what I mean.
She has won a host of prizes for her playing, and was rated as the greatest young pianist ever by her mentor, Wilhelm Kempf. Kempf, (as well as being a member of the clergy!) is a pianist who is mentioned in the same breath as Horowitz, Brendel, Cziffra etc. if she is good enough for him, then she's good enough for me!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best classical album I own 3 July 2004
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I never failed to be moved by Idil Biret's performance on this recording of some of the best music ever composed. If your collection is missing some essential Chopin then you simply must buy this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Item received and in very good condition. 5 Mar 2013
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A great composer and pianist however, some of the tracks are a little harsh on the ear.
The softer and more melody driven tracks are a delight!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite delighted 20 Sep 2013
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Superb mastery of technique and style. Had never heard this player before but as usual with Naxos recordings, she outclasses many more highly promoted and publicised performers. Very fine interpretation indeed - am quite delighted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD 21 Dec 2013
By Mark
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Arrived in time and in good condition, works fine. "The Best of" is a good range. Good quality recording and very enjoyable.
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