Chopin Complete Edition
17 CD, Box Set
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Audio CD, Box set, January 26, 2010
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The piano pieces of Chopin have continually enchanted, awed and fascinated listeners (including his fellow composers) for the better part of two centuries. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of his birth, here's the ultimate Chopin collection: his complete works as performed by Argerich, Pires, Pollini, Zimerman and more of the greatest Chopin interpreters of our time. You'll hear the new generation of piano masters, too, such as Rafal Blechacz and Yundi Li as you hear Piano Concertos; Works for Piano and Orchestra; Mazurkas; Nocturnes; Polonaises; Preludes; Impromptus; Scherzos; Rondos; Piano Sonatas; Waltzes; Chamber Music; Songs , and more, drawn from the very best recordings from the Deutsche Grammophon and Decca catalogs!
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All in all, though, it's easy to see why musical caricaturist Liberace seized upon Chopin's material so much--particularly "Polonaise # 6" that Perry Como also made "Till the End Of Time" out of. I listen to that piece and I can almost envision brother George bringing in the candelabra. Except I'm not about to go hunting for an LED candelabra to place on my Ensoniq digital. Or hear Liberace's comment; "Hope ya like my new jacket--ya paid for it". But Chopin's work is flamboyant enough as it is without Liberace exaggerating it still further. So you're better off listening to Chopin as interpreted by the players featured in this set. My next piano-oriented classical purchase will be Debussy. Whose work doesn't lend itself so much to caricature.
From my vocation for these performers appreciate that history has preserved this music and 200 years later to enjoy it.
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