Chopin: Prelude Op. 28 No. 2 in A minor

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Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2

Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2


Chopin:

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

Recorded in RCA Studio No. 2, New York City on 11th, 18th and 29th March 1946

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Recorded in RCA Studio No. 2, New York City on 10th 11th and 20th June, 1946

Trois Nouvelles Études

Recorded in Manhattan Center, New York on 21st April 1958

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Recorded in Manhattan Center, New York on 21st April 1958

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Recorded in France in 1957


This fourth instalment in the Naxos series of Rubinstein’s middle period Chopin recordings (after the two Piano Concertos on 8111296, the Polonaises on 8111346 and the Waltzes and Impromptus on 8111365) presents recordings from the two extreme ends of the period. The Sonata and Preludes were recorded in 1946 and first issued on 78 rpm discs, while the remaining selections were recorded on tape in 1957 and 1958. When the recording of the Preludes, Rubinstein’s only committal of the work to disc, was issued in the UK in 1955, Gramophone declared: ‘As a whole, this masterly performance is the best we have had so far of Chopin’s great work’.

Reissue Producer & Audio Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn

“Here, in recordings dating from 1946-58, superbly remastered, is Rubinstein in all his early glory. Made long before the occasional sobriety that afflicted him later in life, all these performances have a swagger and brio...no living pianist would or could play or record with such abandon and personal commitment. This disc, the eighth in Naxos's bargain series of Rubinstein's Chopin, is beyond price.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

Naxos Historical Great Pianists - 8111369

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Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays Chopin

Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays Chopin


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Nocturne No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9 No. 1

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor, Op. post.

Waltz No. 2 in A flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 1

Waltz No. 3 in A minor 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 2

Waltz No. 4 in F major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 3

Waltz No. 19 in A minor, Op. post., KKIVb:11, B 150


These recordings were originally recorded for Denon and are now available on CD for the first time in nearly 20 years.

These are the only recordings of the Chopin Preludes by Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

Dal Segno - DSPRCD060

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Heart

Heart


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Scriabin:

Preludes, Op. 11 (24)


Natalia Nikolai (piano)

Solo Musica - SM149

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Chopin: 24 Preludes

Chopin: 24 Preludes


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Prelude Op. 45 in C sharp minor (No. 25)

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor, Op. post.


Daniel Grimwood (Erard Piano 1851)

SFZ MUSIC, the independent label for His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, are pleased to announce their latest release, a welcome return of the acclaimed partnership of Daniel Grimwood and the 1851 Erard piano. Their previous outing together, a recording of

the complete Années de Pèlerinage by Liszt was met with universal acclaim, having been Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, Telegraph CD of the week and awarded five stars in BBC Music Magazine. For this recording, the piano has been completely reconditioned, giving it greater depth in the bass, clarity in the treble, and evenness across the whole range. The piano is tuned to the Bach-Lehmann temperament, creating new dimensions of tonal character and expressiveness.

“as Grimwood says: 'The pianist is at liberty to play melodies with a full-throatedness which would sound vulgar on a modern instrument.' This is the key to what makes his interpretations so impressive...Grimwood conjures some remarkable sounds...He also has a beautifully natural way of allowing contrasts to speak at full value without exaggerating them.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011 ****

sfz music - SFZM0210

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Maurizio Pollini plays Chopin

Maurizio Pollini plays Chopin

Live in Warsaw, March 1960


Chopin:

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

Mazurka No. 32 in C sharp minor, Op. 50 No. 3

Mazurka No. 24 in C major, Op. 33 No. 3

Mazurka No. 38 in F sharp minor, Op. 59 No. 3

Prelude Op. 28 No. 2 in A minor

Prelude Op. 28 No. 8 in F sharp minor

Prelude Op. 28 No. 24 in D minor

Étude Op. 25 No. 10 in B minor

Étude Op. 25 No. 11 in A minor 'Winter Wind'

Étude Op. 10 No. 1 in C major

Nocturne No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1

Polonaise No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44


Archipel Records - ARPCD0510

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Géza Anda plays Chopin

Géza Anda plays Chopin

Mozarteum 27/7/1965


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Études (12), Op. 10

Études (12), Op. 25


Géza Anda (piano)

Sensational: a first recording by Géza Anda of Chopin’s 12 Etudes Op. 10. He once said of Op. 10 No. 1 that you have to have been a pianist for 25 years before you can play it. The Hungarian pianist Géza Anda (1921–76) was a celebrated interpreter of classical and romantic repertoire. Particularly noted for his performances and recordings of Mozart, he was also a tremendous interpreter of Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and Bartók. In his heyday he was regarded as an amazing artist, possessed of a beautiful, natural and flawless technique that gave his concerts a unique quality. But since his death in 1976 at the age of fifty-four, his high reputation has faded somewhat from view.

“the "Black Key" is bouncy and well-characterised, No. 6's melody and tenor accompaniment exquisitely shaded, the left-hand arpeggios of the "Revolutionary" articulated to the proverbial nines, while Nos. 9 and 10 boast impressive textural differences.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or - C824102B

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Hélène Tysman plays Chopin

Hélène Tysman plays Chopin


Chopin:

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

Preludes (24), Op. 28


Hélène Tysman (piano)

Hélène Tysman has the ability to take the listener’s hand, at the outset of a Prélude or of a Sonata movement, and to lead and hold your attention until the very last bar, due to the outstanding range of colours she conjures up. She studied at the Paris Conservatory and has performed with many orchestras including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Oehms - OC752

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Ophelie Gaillard & Edna Stern play Chopin

Ophelie Gaillard & Edna Stern play Chopin

arranged for cello & piano by Edna Stern and Ophélie Gaillard


Chopin:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65

Prelude Op. 28 No. 2 in A minor

Nocturne No. 12 in G major, Op. 37 No. 2

Prelude Op. 28 No. 4 in E minor

Nocturne No. 11 in G minor, Op. 37 No. 1

Introduction and Polonaise Brillante in C, Op. 3

Nocturne No. 19 in E minor, Op. 72 No. 1

Waltz No. 19 in A minor, Op. post., KKIVb:11, B 150


Ophélie Gaillard (cello) & Edna Stern (Pleyel piano 1843)

Edna Stern has been teaching at the Royal College of Music in London since September 2009. Her playing has prompted Diapason to say “Her piano playing bears the mark of three great pianists who formed her and of whom she managed to create an improbable synthesis : The panache of Martha Argerich, the musicality of Leon Fleisher and the impeccable finish of Krystian Zimerman.”

Forthcoming releases from Ophélie Gaillard will include Dreams: a collaboration with producer Craig Leon, whose album for Joshua Bell of transcriptions for violin and orchestra was unanimously acclaimed.

Aparté - AP003

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Sheila Arnold plays Chopin

Sheila Arnold plays Chopin


Chopin:

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Preludes (24), Op. 28


Sheila Arnold (piano)

Sheila Arnold’s performances show Chopin’s works in a new light; through the thrilling grasps of the perfomer, born in India and now a German pianist, who grapples intensively with historical instruments on all levels, producing a different sound and a complete new dimension on the pieces. She performs on an Érard Fortepiano (Paris 1839).

Avi Music - AVI8553183

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Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28

Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1

Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2

Mazurka No. 10 in B flat major, Op. 17 No. 1

Mazurka No. 11 in E minor, Op. 17 No. 2

Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4

Waltz No. 12 in F minor, Op. 70 No. 2

Waltz No. 13 in D flat major, Op. 70 No. 3


Christina Bjorkoe (piano)

Classico - 220561

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