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Chopin: Preludes & Impromptus Import


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To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth, Hyperion has excerpted some of the finest performances from Garrick Ohlsson's complete Chopin project, originally recorded for the Arabesque label and reissued on Hyperion as a 16-CD boxed set. These discs include some of the finest contemporary Chopin playing and include definitive performances of the complete etudes and marzurkas.

1. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 1 in C major. Agitato
2. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 2 in A minor. Lento
3. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 3 in G major. Vivace
4. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 4 in E minor. Largo
5. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 5 in D major. Allegro molto
6. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 6 in B minor. Lento assai
7. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 7 in A major. Andantino
8. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 8 in F sharp minor. Molto agitato
9. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 9 in E major. Largo
10. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 10 in C sharp minor. Allegro molto
11. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 11 in B major. Vivace
12. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 12 in G sharp minor. Presto
13. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 13 in F sharp major. Lento
14. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 14 in E flat minor. Allegro
15. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 15 in D flat major. Sostenuto
16. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 16 in B flat minor. Presto con fuoco
17. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 17 in A flat major. Allegretto
18. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 18 in F minor. Allegro molto
19. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 19 in E flat major. Vivace
20. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 20 in C minor. Largo
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Product Details

  • Conductor: none
  • Composer: Chopin
  • Audio CD (January 12, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B002W8IIOI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,263 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Pontus T. on February 7, 2010
Time for my 100th review and for some redemption, as it were. Until a few years ago, I was entirely oblivious of Ohlsson's mature Chopin playing on Arabesque. Once having got bitten by the bug, I became deeply infected. Even if I am likely to remain infected for the rest of my life, I have to acknowledge that I cannot quite hear the same level of greatness I did in my original review of Ohlsson's 1989 Preludes on Arabesque. Indeed, he brings out the refined beauty in the slower Preludes like no other pianist, but employing the same approach to the most feverish numbers, in spite of the unity it creates, partly misses the point--namely that the 24 Preludes brought the structured greatness of Bach's keyboard writing right into the revolutionary Romantic movement.

The G major is smooth to a fault, the F-sharp minor is passionate but with a poker face, the G-sharp minor is articulate but not menacing, the B-flat minor is dexterous but not earth-shattering, and the E-flat major is supple but not sparkling. Still, again, Ohlsson has few peers when it comes to realising the luxurious textures of the E minor, the A major, the F-sharp major, the D-flat major, the A-flat major and the B-flat major Preludes. Additionally, his C-sharp minor, E-flat minor, F minor and D minor are as thrilling as those of Pogorelich, Katsaris and Argerich. As a 'bonus' compared with the original Arabesque incarnation, this Helios reissue also includes the magnificent Op 45 Prelude, which Ohlsson plays to perfection (like Pogoerlich, some 50% slower than Argerich).

'Oh, so Ohlsson is no longer the greatest living Chopin interpreter?' Indeed, he is, which he proves in spades in the four Impromptus.
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