Chopin: Études (12), Op. 25

This page lists all recordings of Études (12), Op. 25, by Frédéric François Chopin (1810-49) on CD, SACD, DVD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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The 1980 Ambassador Auditorium Recital

The 1980 Ambassador Auditorium Recital


Chopin:

Études (12), Op. 25

Mozart:

Fantasia in C minor, K475

Schumann:

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17


Youri Egorov (piano)

Russian born pianist Youri Egorov first came to international prominence as the clear favorite among the 1977 Van Cliburn Competition’s semifinalists. Egorov’s playing has drawn parallels with that of pianist Dinu Lipatti - both men gave their final concert performances at the age of 33, each knowing at the time that he was afflicted with a fatal illness and had but months to live. 1978 was the year in which Egorov’s career took flight.

After his January début in New York the critics compared him to Horowitz, Richter and Rachmaninov.

“[The Schumann] is filled with ideas and fairly bursts with rhythmic vitality. The Chopin Op. 25 Etudes contain some very exciting and beautiful piano-playing” Gramophone Magazine, July 2016

First Hand - FHR44

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Valentina Lisitsa: Études

Valentina Lisitsa: Études


Chopin:

Études (12), Op. 10

Études (12), Op. 25

Schumann:

Études symphoniques, Op. 13


Following her recent well-received Michael Nyman recording Chasing Pianos, Valentina now turns her attention to the Romantic Era and the Études of Chopin and Schumann.

Chopin’s Études were the first to be seen as true piano works rather than merely studies. Quickly becoming a regular part of the concert repertoire, these are some of the most challenging and evocative works for piano.

Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes, believed to be some of the most difficult music for the piano are also featured on this release, including five additional movements restored by Brahms in 1890 after Schumann’s death.

No other artist on a major label has offered this exciting combination, totalling 85 minutes of music on one CD.

“Lisitsa pulls off the technical high jinks of Chopin's etudes with fleet fingerwork, though they don't sound enough like musical poems.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 **

Decca - 4787697

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Chopin - Etudes

Chopin - Etudes


Chopin:

Études (12), Op. 10

Études (12), Op. 25


“Ashkenazy's 1971-2 recording of the Etudes is among the finest Chopin he recorded for Decca. Seasoned listeners might still prefer his more youthful Melodiya set, but the Decca version is consistently rewarding.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2009 ****

Decca - Originals - 4780350

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Chopin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3 & 24 Études

Chopin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3 & 24 Études


Chopin:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor, Op. 4

Études (12), Op. 25

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Études (12), Op. 10

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58


“An exciting and fiery interpretation of the Etudes. Ashkenazy's magnificent rendition of the famous Revolutionary Study (Op. 10 No. 12) is one of the best - rhythmically well-grounded and strong-pulsed.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2006

Decca - Double Decca - 4662502

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Malcolm Binns plays Chopin

Malcolm Binns plays Chopin


Chopin:

Études (12), Op. 10

Études (12), Op. 25

Trois Nouvelles Études


Pearl - SHE9641

(CD)

$12.50

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Chopin - Études

Chopin - Études


Chopin:

Études (12), Op. 10

Études (12), Op. 25


“I expected good things from Maurizio Pollini, but his recording on Deutsche Grammophon provided more passion, more colour, more drama, than my wildest dreams.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2006

Building a Library

First Choice - September 2006

DG - 4137942

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Chopin - Complete Etudes

Chopin - Complete Etudes


Chopin:

Études (12), Op. 10

Études (12), Op. 25

Trois Nouvelles Études


Nikita Magaloff (piano).

Chopin raised the pedagogic 'study' (etude) to entirely new levels with his Opp. 10 and 25. Virtuoso studies testing the technique of any pianist, there are also incredibly poetic works. Here they are unforgettably played by Nikita Magaloff and the Trois Nouvelles Etudes, three tiny gems that were posthumously published, complete this oeuvre.

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4643702

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Roland Smith plays Chopin, volume 2

Roland Smith plays Chopin, volume 2


Chopin:

Études (12), Op. 10

Études (12), Op. 25

Trois Nouvelles Études


Ronald Smith (piano)

APR - APR5567

(CD)

$10.25

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Chopin: Études

Chopin: Études

Recorded in Funkhaus Nalepastrassse Saal 1 on 21-23 April 2015


Chopin:

Études (12), Op. 10

Études (12), Op. 25


Amir Katz (piano)

Vladimir Horowitz’s admissions about the twelve Etudes op. 10 and the twelve of op. 25 by Frédéric Chopin, all of which he found dreadful, or to be precise, dreadfully difficult, are both revealing and disarmingly frank: “For me, the most difficult is the one in C major, op. 10/1. I cannot play it, and the other one in C, op. 10/7, is no better. And I can’t really play the one in A minor op. 10/2 properly.” – Even if his outspoken confessions contain more of a degree of playfulness than some similar statements made by the famous Chopin performer Arthur Rubinstein, it is indeed the case that well into the 1970s the Chopin Etudes were deemed so technically difficult that it was the norm for any pianist not to play them all in public or record them in one go, but to play them one at a time like Horowitz and Rubinstein. That said, the musical ranking of the individual works has always been a matter of controversy. The fact that the complete recordings by the few pianists whose names are still familiar – Backhaus, Cortot, Arrau – are from artists who all share an interpretational style and choice of repertoire that is decidedly serious in approach could be an indication that these exponents, who after all had the necessary technical skills at their fingertips, were also concerned with the great musical context.

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Orfeo - C922171A

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Chopin: Etudes, Op. 10 & Etudes, Op. 25

Chopin: Etudes, Op. 10 & Etudes, Op. 25


Chopin:

Études (12), Op. 10

Études (12), Op. 25


John Browning (piano)

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RCA - G0100036895017

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