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Amazing Chopin Recitals or Recordings in General

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Initial post: Mar 28, 2012 7:47:42 AM PDT
club 7 says:
i can point out some of the chopin discs that are amazing like murray perahia's ballade's with waltz's, mazurkas, and etudes.
also rubinstein's piano sonatas 2,3.
pollini's etudes on dg.
List some of the most outstanding Chopin recordings!

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 8:53:46 AM PDT
rustic says:
my taste for chopin is going through a rebirth. i lived on a steady diet of chopin years ago and just got so sick of it that i didn't listen to him for years. now that i have "rediscovered" him i am assessing my cd collection and turning to what i think are some great performances of some new purchases.

first of all, i am off cds completely (except for my car, but my next car will have a usb port). i have taken all of my cds and uploaded them onto my computer. i use itunes which allows me to share through wifi on all my other devices. so i can listen to my iphone upstairs in the shower to all of my music (tmi?)

i have pretty much rejected all of my chopin cds and purchased new mp3s of what are considered "great" performances or ones that i like a great deal. at this point i have the following:
piano concertos: zimerman
chamber music: emanuel ax
nocturnes: ashkenazy. yes out of all of the choices (moravec leading the pack) i chose ahkenazy. i found the sound to be great, and the performances to be not overly sentimental with too much rubato (arrau) which drives me crazy. i a-b'd a lot of cds and really fell in love with this one. on cd i had barenboim and they left me a little cold. i never warmed up to them.
sonatas: i have on naxos and am quite pleased with this cd.

my upcoming purchases will be:
etudes: pollini again, just the right amount of emotion for me mixed with technical hot doggery.
scherzos: pogorelich
impromptus: perahia
preludes: pollini or pogorelich

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 10:00:50 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 28, 2012 10:04:31 AM PDT
D. M. Ohara says:
Nelson Goerner did an EMI debut CD of Chopin which included the 3rd sonata and several other major late pieces.
It was very well received, and the BBC Record Review Building a Library picked this as the best version of the Sonata.

I see that the Wigmore Hall has also issued a couple of his live recitals on CD, including one of Chopin.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 3:32:02 PM PDT
Rubenstein - Nocturnes
Pollini - Etudes
Biret on Naxos - Polonaises, Preludes, Sonatas
Weisenberg - Complete works for Piano & Orchestra and Sonatas 2 & 3 & Polonaise Fantasie (inexpensive 3 disc set on EMI).

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 3:35:25 PM PDT
John Spinks says:
I'm really liking Louis Lortie's new Chopin disc with the Ballades, Nocturnes etc... the download is just $5.99.

Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Volume 2

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 5:48:25 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 28, 2012 6:17:16 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
While not suggesting these are the greatest perfrmances of these works the 2 [LIVE} Chopin Piano Concerti
of the @ 12year old Evgeny Kissin have knocked me for a loop for tone , technique and brio.

They can be found on this 4 CD collection.
Evgeny Kissin in Concert; Historic Russian Archives.
Number of Discs: 4 --Label: Brilliant Classics --ASIN: B000274T8U

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2012 6:24:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 28, 2012 6:25:43 PM PDT

I have those Kissin performances on an old Olympia CD. They are very good. The recording I have also has a few Mazurkas he threw in for an encore. A very impressive performance for anybody let alone a 12 year old.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 5:23:49 AM PDT
scarecrow says:
I like Rubenstein-Chopin first,then in no order; Pollini, Argerich, Gilels, Richter . . . what more does one need. . .

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 7:50:15 AM PDT
John Spinks says:
Arrau puts together a pretty decent set of Nocturnes:

Chopin: The Complete Nocturnes And Impromptus

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 9:04:23 AM PDT
rustic says:
yes, arrau was in my top 5 choices to purchase, but everyone kept complaining about his breathing noises. apparently they were bad enough to really pi$$ off some people. i have my share of gould and keith jarrett cds so i thought i'd try someone else.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 1:49:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 29, 2012 1:50:52 PM PDT
Edgar Self says:
:Rubinstein, Moiseiwitsch, and Cortot do it for me, with some good individual performances by Zimerman and (surprise!) Lang Lang, both in the concertos, Polish Nationals for Z., Vienna Phil/Mehta. for LL; Juana Zayas, Weissenberg, Michelangeli, one Raoul Koczalski concerto, Cziffra's etudes, Pollini, Gianluca Cascioli, Maurizio Baglini, Witold Malcyczynski, Maria Joao Pires, some Vladimir Sofronitsky, Stefan Askenase, carefully selected Horowitz. For other historics, Ignaz Friedmann, Josef Lhevinne, some Rosenthal, one or two Paderewski, very little Josef Hofmann in Chopin.

Richter and Arrau don't do it for me in their Chopin.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2012 1:57:42 PM PDT
club 7 says:
i think murray perahia's recordings of the ballade's and the etudes are some of the best chopin ever recorded.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 1:14:59 PM PDT
Hank Drake says:
* Concertos: Zimerman - Primakov
* Ballades: Rubinstein - Perahia
* Etudes: Perahia - Wild
* Impromptus: Rubinstein (1960s version) - Perahia
* Mazurkas: Rubinstein (1930s version) - Ohlsson (also, selected Mazurkas from Horowitz and Kapell)
* Nocturnes: Rubinstein (1930s version) - Pires
* Polonaises: Rubinstein (1950s version) - Ohlsson [Ohlsson's version also includes rarely heard early polonaises]
* Preludes: Argerich - Ohlsson
* Scherzos: Rubinstein (1930s version) - Pogorelich (because every piano collection should have some unadulterated wierdness)
* Sonata No. 1: Why bother? But if you must, go with Ohlsson or Ashkanazy
* Sonata No. 2: Rubinstein (1960s version) - Horowitz (1962 version)
* Sonata No. 3: Kapell - Rubinstein
* Waltzes: Lipatti - Rubinstein (preferably both the 1953 and 1963 versions, which are very different from each other)

Miscellaneous compositions:
* Trois Nouvelle Etudes: Rubinstein (1958 version preferably over 1960s version)
* Introduction and Rondo, Op. 16: Horowitz
* Berceuse: Rubinstein (1958) - Cherkassky

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 5:12:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 31, 2012 9:01:52 AM PDT
D. M. Ohara says:
Well, I like Cortot in the Preludes and the Etudes, Pollini in the mature Polonaises, and Lipatti in the 3rd sonata.

Lipatti's two sets of waltzes were both recorded in 1950: the commercial set at the studios of Radio Geneva in early July, and the live set at his last recital in Besancon, France on 16 September. He only managed 13 of the usual 14 at the last recital, being too exhausted to finish. He died on 2nd December.

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 5:34:51 AM PDT
ER Kostic says:
I don't think anyone has mentioned him yet but for me Solomon holds a special place
Complete Chopin Recordings ~ Solomon

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2012 6:13:42 AM PDT
D. M. Ohara says:
Solomon is very special, and it is a pity that his complete Chopin recordings - all made as 78s - barely fill a single CD. Among the works he and Walter Legge had planned to record for LP were the Chopin 2nd and 3rd sonatas, works he often played in recital: but his stroke intervened, and prevented the completion of his Beethoven sonata project as well.

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 6:45:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 31, 2012 1:40:57 PM PDT
Here are some of my favorites:

Sviatoslav Richter--Chopin: Etudes / Nocturnes / Polonaise
Augustin Anievas--Chopin: Etudes/Ballades/Waltzes
Halina-Czerny Stefanska--Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1, Andante spianato and grande polonaise, Mazurkas, and her 'historic' Pearl CD.
Maryla Jonas--Piano Masters: Maryla Jonas
Dubravka Tomsic--Chopin: 4 Impromptus; 4 Nocturnes; Fantasie
Ivan Moravec--Chopin: 24 Preludes Ballade in F Minor, and Scherzi Etudes & Mazurkas
Claudio Arrau--Chopin: Nocturnes, Barcarolle, Fantaisie
Nelson Freire--Nelson Freire: Great Pianists of the 20th Century
Samson Francois--The Complete EMI Recordings

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 7:49:07 AM PDT
Thanks to Dichterliebe for recommending the Moravec Nocturnes on an earlier thread - I loved it - very poetic...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2012 1:29:07 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
Seinemeyer fan and Dan

Sad about the dearth of Solomon's Chopin recoridings.
This performanc for dynamics, tone and phrasing knocked me out of my chair on first hearing. Now I use my seat belt. ENJOY!!!!!

CHOPIN Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2 by Solomon

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2012 2:46:25 PM PDT
MacDoom says:
Absolutely beautiful. Chopin playing doesn't get any better than this for me. And that from someone who never got into any Solomon recording before.

Exquisite. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2012 3:19:19 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
MacDoom says:
Absolutely beautiful. Chopin playing doesn't get any better than this for me. And that from someone who never got into any Solomon recording before.

Exquisite. Thanks.

Yoi are welcome. Solomon is a master IMO.


Posted on Mar 31, 2012 5:01:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 31, 2012 5:27:29 PM PDT
Dichterliebe says:
As usual, MR Simpson provides a great list.

Do you ever get a hankering for a certain piece or section of a certain work and have to listen to it over and over to satisfy? Today, something inside me demanded that I listen to Chopin's 'Bell' Prelude (no. 17). Chopin handles the suspensions, the ever-present major/minor (especially the flatted sixth), the long pedal point with the repeated bell tones, the steady yet ever-changing triplet figure, and the overall structure all so beautifully -- this prelude is a small miracle. It brings tears to my eyes (especially when played badly). I compared Pollini, Perahia, and Vasary. Pollini won.

Edit to add: Thanks, Rasmus -- it's a stunning recording and I'm really glad you enjoy it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2012 6:46:49 PM PDT
Edgar Self says:
Solomon's solo records I remember best are that D-flat Nocturne Op. 27/2, Fantasy in F-minor Op. 49, I think the F-minor Etude, and a Brahms Intermezzo in B-flat minor. He also has a tremendous Liszt "Hungarian Fantasy", better even than his friend and bridge partner Benno Moiseiwitsch's.

Gerald Moore, Solomon, and Moiseiwitsch got the most beautiful piano tone available on HMV plum-labels or the full-price Nippers.
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2012 10:38:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 31, 2012 10:40:01 PM PDT
D. M. Ohara says:
I certainly agree about Solomon's [only] Nocturne, and about the Fantasy in f minor: the latter seems almost demented, paranoid: it brings out something dark and manic in the writing that most pianists don't even seem to notice.
Odd, isn't it, that Solomon's and Moiseiwitsch's 78s were issued on the [cheaper] plum label by HMV. They used the red label for Rubinstein.


Posted on Apr 1, 2012 12:32:40 AM PDT
George says:
Marston - A Century of Romantic Chopin (an incredible survey of rare and classic Chopin performances. Not to be missed.)

Any Rosenthal or Cortot performance


Ballades - Tipo (live, Ermitage), Moravec, Arrau (1950s)
Nocturnes - Arrau, Wasowski, Tipo, Moravec
Preludes - Sokolov, Moiseiwitch, Moravec (Supraphon), Fiorentino
Berceuse - Darre, Koczalski
Scherzos - Pogorelich
Concertos - Zimerman (DG, with Polish Orchestra)
Mazurkas - Rubinstein (1930s and 1950s), Luisada (DG, reissued on Newton), Wasowski
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