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Chopin: The Complete Works [Box set, Import]

Frederic Chopin , Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra , Garrick Ohlsson , Ewa Podles , Leila Josefowicz Audio CD
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  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson, Ewa Podles, Leila Josefowicz
  • Orchestra: Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Composer: Frederic Chopin
  • Audio CD (November 11, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 16
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B001F4YGUA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,882 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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109 of 116 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Being a proud owner of the complete original Arabesque Recordings incarnations, I don't really have any intention of buying this box--other than as a safe copy for my safe deposit box--or a possible freeze down. The reasons?: (1) Chopin is the greatest piano composer the world has seen; (2) Garrick Ohlsson is the greatest Chopin interpreter in the stereo era; (3) this is one of the most valuable complete composer cycles ever, notwithstanding the fact that the closest competition is limited--Biret being about as complete (save the chamber works and songs) but still uncompetitive on all accounts, the DG and Brilliant Classics complete cycles being spread over various good and less good pianists, Ashkenazy and Magaloff including the solo piano works only, and Rubinstein, Francois and Arrau being collections rather than complete surveys.

To make a rather long story short, Chopin's piano music has been my great musical love since 12 years of age. I did play a fair proportion of it during my teenage years; I've been listening to it, thinking of it, humming it, studying it and in every single aspect of the word cherishing it ever since.

I must try to be moderate, considering the scope and guidelines of this review format, though awfully difficult it is: I have never heard Chopin's piano music played with such beauty, naturalness, command and total perfection! Mr Ohlsson is obviously born with some kind of unique sense of how Chopin's music is to be realised. Superficially considering some of his tempos, rubatos and dynamics, they may appear a trifle self-confident or exaggerated; however, hearing them in their context, they always sound perfectly natural, motivated and infinitely beautiful--or, in short, perfect if there ever was any such thing in music interpretation.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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In the wake of the coming of the 'Chopin year', one is always tempted to hunt for Chopin recordings.
As the Chinese saying goes, Garrick Ohlsson's comnplete Chopin Works box set is a 'single statement' (yi jia zhi yan) on the composer's output, and should by no means be ignored.
after listening to most of the 16 discs in the set by now, I would add that this set could not be ignored by (1) piano music lovers; and (2) Chopin followers.
Ohlsson's Chopin isn't everybody's cup of tea. His approach to Chopin is what I'd term 'cerebral'. That is not to say that he is 'cold' or 'mechancial'; rather, his approach is never flowery or melodramatic, nor 'soft' or 'willowy'. For the Parisians, Ohlsson's Chopoin may be a trifle too 'basic'. For 'salon Chopin' lovers, Ohlsson's can be too 'rural'. However,Ohlsson's interpretations are nonetheless convincing - he goes right back to the compositions' basics - the harmonics, the rhythms, and not just the melodic lines.
One is awe-stricken by his Mazurkas, with the lilt of the rural dances so vividly brought out as NO other pianist ever did.
His two concerti prove beyond a doubt that Ohlsson is rightly called 'the contemproary king of piano concerti', with over 70 concerti in his performance repertoire. The No. 2 concerto is the best ever, probably even so if compared with another great interpretor of this piece Dang Thai Son.
Another highly impressive reading lies in the 3 sonatas. Ohlsson has absolutely no problem with the technical aspects. That leaves one totally free to enjoy his interpretation. He is never wilful in these works. One would almost say that his playing is exactly what the composer would want of those works.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CAN IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS!! November 24, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I am immediately enthralled and mezmerized by Mr. Ohlsson playing and interpretations. He ranks up there with the greats, Cortot, Rubinstein, Pollini, Ashkenazy, Moravec and Arrau. Even surpassing some of them! Plus the sound the engineers gave his piano is bloomingly warm, full, spacious, and detailed!

The thing about this set is it contains absolutely everything Chopin wrote, complete on 16 full cd's in slip cases in a hard glossy cardboard box.

All of the styles of music, and each type of piano style are given their own category on the discs which keeps them organized and the liner notes are excellent...they review each of Chopin's composition and has a 2 page writeup by Mr. Ohlsson on playing Chopin and on the making of these recordings.

I would have never imagnined a Chopin cycle so commanding and authoritative, not to mention consistent in playing and sound quality!

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Man comes with Big Deal. January 11, 2010
By BigG
Format:Audio CD
Here are some basic things you need to know about this box set. >>> The set is the reproduction of Arabseque's with bargain price(also try The box contains with 16 Cds. Mr. Ohlsson performed on 3 different pianos.

1.Bosendorfer Imperial Grand No.33808, the piano has a very rich, dark and powerful tone, and I wonder that it might be the same piano Mr.Ohlsson used in his records of Busoni concerto, Rachmaninov concerto 2, Tchaikovsky concerto 1 and Grieg concerto. This represent another interpretation of Chopin musics because most of the records use Steinway or any other pianos that have lighter and more joyful sound, so Chopin will be darker in this record (This is just my opinion, some may thinks different, but I like dark).
2. Mason & Hamlin CC28051, which has a deep tone and more comfortable sound than Bosendorfer.
3. Steinway and Sons No. 527530, which was used in Cd 13 and 14 ( Concertos and Orchestral works). Again you will hear a lot different between Bosendorfer and Steinway.

Vol.1 Sonatas - To be honest, I never listen to the first sonata before, but Mr.Ohlsson made me like this sonata. It is such a neglected piece. 1st movement contains with sad emotion and 4th movement "Presto" starts with C octave, now you hear the power of Bosendorfer, such a violent. Sonata No.2 and No.3 are all excellent, especially No.3 the 4 movement is one of the fastest and most aggresive I have heard. ***** for Vol.1

Vol.2 Preludes - Chopin preludes are not my taste, so I didn't listen to them much. In preludes I think Ohlsson played some parts too loud and too agressive(in the left hand) and some too soft. In No.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent perfomances but not sublime
Few pianists have produced complete surveys of the works of Frederic Chopin, so Garrick Ohlsson’s traversal is an important one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joseph Kline PhD, MD
5.0 out of 5 stars Reluctant fan
As I fan of Rubinstein's Chopin I will freely admit that when this recording came to my attention it was my intention to dislike it and upon scoffing at it, reaffirm in my mind the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 discs defective
The overall condition of the product was fine. Of course, the music is superb. 2 discs had some cracks and skips, some of which I kinda repaired, but they still make for noisy and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Velma Valverde
3.0 out of 5 stars Recording quality hides the masterful interpretation by Ohlsson....
Garrick Ohlsson is an excellent interpreter of Chopin. eg. He plays Nocturns much slower than others; but much faster with Piano Concertos.... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kim Kyung-Hyun
5.0 out of 5 stars complete Chopin piano works
This definitely is one of the best collections of piano music I have heard! I love Chopin, and I really like Garrick Ohlsson's playing.

I would recommend it to anyone.
Published 13 months ago by Keith Newsom
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I had expected more from the this artist who won the Chopin Piano competition in Warsaw many years ago. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Chopin Box Set!!!
This is hands down the BEST Chopin box set on the market. You get everything he composed and Garrick Ohlsson's playing is top notch. Read more
Published on September 11, 2012 by Fast Freddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly sublime.
Chopin is considered one of the finest composers in history for a reason; his music has a certain melancholy that resonates, without becoming depressing and forlorn to the point of... Read more
Published on March 14, 2012 by G. Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars A real pleasure
I'm not a musician. Just a guy in the audience. For what it's worth, I love this collection. Guaranteed to smooth you out during a long drive.
Published on March 11, 2012 by Shorty McCoy
5.0 out of 5 stars amazon uk has it for less!
I was prepared to pay $127 USD, but thanks to another reviewer bought it on amazon uk for $60 USD, including shipping!
Published on January 15, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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