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listen  1. Chopin: Waltz No.5 in A flat, Op.42 - "Grande valse"Zoltán Kocsis 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Chopin: Impromptu No.1 in A flat, Op.29Bella Davidovich 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Chopin: Impromptu No.4 in C sharp minor, Op.66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu"Bella Davidovich 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 4. in E minorNikita Magaloff 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 7. in A majorNikita Magaloff0:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op.28 - 9. in E majorNikita Magaloff 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op.28 - 15. in D flat major ("Raindrop")Nikita Magaloff 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Chopin: Waltz No.7 in C Sharp Minor, Op.64 No.2Zoltán Kocsis 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Chopin: Nocturne No.8 in D flat, Op.27 No.2Claudio Arrau 6:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No. 12. in C Minor - "Revolutionary"Nikita Magaloff 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No. 5. in G Flat - "Black Keys"Nikita Magaloff 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No. 9 in G Flat, "Butterfly Wings"Nikita Magaloff 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - No.1 in A Flat - "Harp Study"Nikita Magaloff 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 3. Marche funèbre (Lento)Rafael Orozco 9:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Chopin: Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor, Op.31Rafael Orozco10:03Album Only
listen16. Chopin: Berceuse in D flat, Op.57Rafael Orozco 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Chopin: Waltz No.6 in D Flat, Op.64 No.1 -"Minute"Zoltán Kocsis 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Chopin: Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52Claudio Arrau12:05Album Only


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listen  1. Chopin: Barcarolle in F Sharp Major, Op.60Stephen Kovacevich 8:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Chopin: Nocturne No.17 in B, Op.62 No.1Stephen Kovacevich 8:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Chopin: Nocturne No.18 in E, Op.62 No.2Stephen Kovacevich 6:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Chopin: Impromptu No.3 in G flat, Op.51Stephen Kovacevich 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Chopin: Mazurka No.39 in B Op.63 No.1Stephen Kovacevich 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Chopin: Mazurka No.40 in F minor Op.63 No.2Stephen Kovacevich 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Chopin: Mazurka No.41 in C sharp minor Op.63 No.3Stephen Kovacevich 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Chopin: Polonaise No.7 in A flat, Op.61 Polonaise-FantaisieStephen Kovacevich13:47Album Only
listen  9. Chopin: Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23Adam Harasiewicz 8:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Chopin: Mazurka No.36 in A minor Op.59 No.1Nikita Magaloff 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Chopin: Mazurka No.37 in A flat Op.59 No.2Nikita Magaloff 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Chopin: Mazurka No.38 in F sharp minor Op.59 No.3Nikita Magaloff 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No. 3. in E "Tristesse"Nikita Magaloff 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Chopin: Polonaise No.6 in A flat, Op.53 -"Heroic"Gyorgy Cziffra 6:46$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 13, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B0000041BR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,738 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By hjonkers on October 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
These two discs were some of my first recordings and I have never regretted buying them. They offer a broad overview of Chopin's most important piano works. From the light-fast 'Grande Valse' to the dark and ominous fourth Ballade; from the dream-like Barcarolle to the Heroic Polonaise: all is inside. Philips has assembled all of its big cannons (Claudio rrau, Zoltan Kocsis, Stephen Kovacevich, Rafael Orozco and many more), so the final product has become a meeting of giants. All eight pianists are performing at their very best. Most impressing were ALL performances by Stephen Kovacevich (a fantastic Barcarolle!), and on the other hand the virtuoso Waltzes by Zoltan Kocsis. The impromptus by Bella Davidovich are gracious, gentle pieces, and Nikita Magaloff's Etudes and Preludes sound as ferocious (or calm) as they should be. As I said, there are no really weak points. The coda of Claudio Arrau's fourth Ballade could have been somewhat more ordened, but this is a minor thing.
It is a real shame that this set has been so underrated, when compared with Ashkenazy's best-selling 'favourite Chopin' set. I found this Philips set overall the best of the two. The fact that there are eight pianists included here offers a more 'mixed' sound than Ashkenazy's solo set has. Go for it!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By darreen on June 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album basically as a bargain of Kovacevich's Chopin performance. It made me so curious since he once said, he's got a little bit afraid of playing so, like other music of the Romanticism. While it terms out to be wired that he said so -- Kovacevich's got some extraordinary records here. Barcarolle, one of the most beautiful pieces of Chopin, terms out to be almost an impressionistic dream here, so do the two Nocturnes. What you'd always expect from Kovacevich, accuracy, elegance and transparency are still here, and there's the mellifluence. His performance's always magic... kind of ability that makes one indulged. Of course, we always get to know Chopin from Rubinstein, Arrau, Horowitz, ... those great and immortal recordings. While for some dreams, listen to Kovacevich.
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By Robert Craig on April 29, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This set is bargain priced and worth every penny just to get the Kovacevich pieces. He has critically acclaimed recordings of Beethoven, Schubert, and Brahms, but it turns out he is a born Chopin player as well. Giants such as Richter, Rubinstein, Lipatti, Argerich, Perahia, Pollini and many others have recorded the Barcarolle (arguably Chopin's single greatest work). The Kovacevich interpretation may be the best of all
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By LAVELL BAILEY on April 26, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
THIS ORDER CAME LIKE LIGHTINING I JUST ORDER IT ON WEDNESDAY AND IT'S HERE ON SATURDAY.
THE CD IS IN GREAT CONDITION AND I HEARD SEVERAL OF THE SONGS ON THE CD.
CHOPIN MAKES SUCH GOOD MUSIC.

THANK YOU FOR SUCH A FAST ORDER.
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4 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. Souto on May 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Most of this performances are a waste of time. Compared to Claudio Arrau, the one who mastered Chopin (mostly on keyboard solo), they sound childish. I recommend the 2 cd set by the same label where Arrau plays all the nocturnes and impromptus.
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