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Chopin: Complete Edition

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On the 150th anniversary of his death, Deutsche Grammophon released this impressive box set featuring the complete works of Frédéric Chopin. Spread out over 17 CDs, it contains some truly big-name artists--Argerich, Pollini, Barenboim, and Ashkenazy--and a few you've probably never heard of. The majority of the set's nine volumes contain some music newly produced for this undertaking, and a few items (Chopin's songs, for instance) were recorded specifically for this collection. A well-illustrated book is included--it contains an essay, dateline, and illustrations--and each volume in the set gets its own liner notes. The music? It varies from great to less than great, but most of it is worth hearing. Those accustomed to Rubinstein's readings of the Mazurkas will find those played by Jean-Marc Luisada less fluid and lacking Rubinstein's power. Chopin's songs, seldom heard and filled with elements of Polish folk dances and the less-than-stellar lyrics of the composer's friend Stefan Witwicki, get a college try here by soprano Elzbieta Szmytka. They sound as good as you'll hear anywhere (if you can find them). It probably goes without saying that Martha Argerich's rousing 26 Préludes are some of the set's more exciting moments. But, really, the entire collection is solid. It should be noted that budget label Naxos has released its own Chopin edition at less than half the price of this set. With Idil Biret as the only performer on that set, you miss out on some of the diverse performances and personalities found here. Also, to please those of us who already own favorite performances of these works, each two-CD volume in the Complete Chopin Edition can be purchased individually. Bravo. --Jason Verlinde

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 1. Allegro maestoso
  2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romance. Larghetto
  3. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 3. Rondo. Vivace
  4. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, CT. 48: 1. Maestoso
  5. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, CT. 48: 2. Larghetto
  6. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, CT. 48: 3. Allegro vivace

Disc: 2

  1. Variations on 'La ci darem' from Mozart's Don Giovanni, for piano & orchestra in B flat major, Op. 2, CT. 225
  2. Fantasy on Polish Airs for piano & orchestra in A major, Op. 13, CT. 41
  3. Rondo à la krakowiak for piano & orchestra in F major, Op. 14, CT. 194
  4. Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise for piano & orchestra, Op. 22: Andante spianato. Tranquillo -
  5. Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise for piano & orchestra, Op. 22: Polonaise. Allegro molto

Disc: 3

  1. Ballade for piano No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23, CT. 2
  2. Ballade for piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 38, CT. 3
  3. Ballade for piano No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47, CT. 4
  4. Ballade for piano No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52, CT. 5
  5. Fantasy for piano in F minor/A flat major, Op. 49, C. 42
  6. Trois nouvelles études, for piano, KK IIb/3, CT. 38-40 (B. 130): No. 1 in F minor: Andantino
  7. Trois nouvelles études, for piano, KK IIb/3, CT. 38-40 (B. 130): No. 2 in A flat major: Allegretto
  8. Trois nouvelles études, for piano, KK IIb/3, CT. 38-40 (B. 130): No. 3 in D flat major: Allegretto
  9. Funeral march for piano in C minor, Op. 72/2, CT. 50
  10. Ecossaises (3) for piano, Op. 72/3, CT. 11-13: No. 1 in D major: Vivace
  11. Ecossaises (3) for piano, Op. 72/3, CT. 11-13: No. 2 in G major
  12. Ecossaises (3) for piano, Op. 72/3, CT. 11-13: No. 3 in D flat major

Disc: 4

  1. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: No. 1 in C major: Allegro
  2. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: No. 2 in A minor: Allegro
  3. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: No. 3 in E major: Lento ma non troppo
  4. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: No. 4 in C sharp minor: Presto
  5. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: No. 5 in G flat major: Vivace
  6. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: No. 6 in E flat minor: Andante
  7. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: No. 7 in C major: Vivace
  8. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: No. 8 in F major: Allegro
  9. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: No. 9 in F minor: Allegro, molto agitato
  10. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: No. 10 in A flat major: Vivace assai
  11. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: No. 11 in E flat major: Allegretto
  12. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 10, CT. 14-25: No. 12 in C minor: Allegro con fuoco
  13. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37: No. 1 in A flat major: Allegro sostenuto
  14. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37: No. 2 in F minor: Presto
  15. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37: No. 3 in F major: Allegro
  16. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37: No. 4 in A minor: Agitato
  17. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37: No. 5 in E minor: Vivace
  18. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37: No. 6 in G sharp minor: Allegro
  19. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37: No. 7 in C sharp minor: Lento
  20. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37: No. 8 in D flat major: Vivace
  21. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37: No. 9 in G flat major: Allegro assai
  22. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37: No. 10 in B minor: Allegro con fuoco
  23. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37: No. 11 in A minor: Lento - Allegro con brio
  24. Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 25, CT. 26-37: No. 12 in C minor: Molto allegro, con fuoco
  25. Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6
  26. Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7

Disc: 5

  1. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 6, CT. 51-54: Mazurka No. 1 in F sharp minor
  2. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 6, CT. 51-54: Mazurka No. 2 in C sharp minor
  3. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 6, CT. 51-54: Mazurka No. 3 in E major: Vivace
  4. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 6, CT. 51-54: Mazurka No. 4 in E flat minor: Presto ma non troppo
  5. Mazurkas (5) for piano, Op. 7, CT. 56-59: Mazurka No. 1 in B flat major: Vivace
  6. Mazurkas (5) for piano, Op. 7, CT. 56-59: Mazurka No. 2 in A minor: Vivo ma non troppo
  7. Mazurkas (5) for piano, Op. 7, CT. 56-59: Mazurka No. 3 in F minor
  8. Mazurkas (5) for piano, Op. 7, CT. 56-59: Mazurka No. 4 in A flat major: Presto ma non troppo
  9. Mazurkas (5) for piano, Op. 7, CT. 56-59: Mazurka No. 5 in C major: Vivo
  10. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 17, CT. 60-63: Mazurka No. 1 in B flat major: Vivo e risoluto
  11. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 17, CT. 60-63: Mazurka No. 2 in E minor: Lento ma non troppo
  12. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 17, CT. 60-63: Mazurka No. 3 in A flat major: Legato assai
  13. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 17, CT. 60-63: Mazurka No. 4 in A minor: Lento ma non troppo
  14. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 24, CT. 64-67: Mazurka No. 1 in G minor: Lento
  15. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 24, CT. 64-67: Mazurka No. 2 in C major: Allegro ma non troppo
  16. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 24, CT. 64-67: Mazurka No. 3 in A flat major: Moderato
  17. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 24, CT. 64-67: Mazurka No. 4 in B flat minor: Moderato
  18. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 30, CT. 68-71: Mazurka No. 1 in C minor: Allegretto non tanto
  19. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 30, CT. 68-71: Mazurka No. 2 in B minor: Vivace
  20. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 30, CT. 68-71: Mazurka No. 3 in D flat major: Allegro non troppo
  21. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 30, CT. 68-71: Mazurka No. 4 in C sharp minor: Allegretto
  22. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 33, CT. 72-75: Mazurka No. 1 in G sharp minor: Mesto
  23. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 33, CT. 72-75: Mazurka No. 2 in D major: Vivace
  24. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 33, CT. 72-75: Mazurka No. 3 in C major: Semplice
  25. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 33, CT. 72-75: Mazurka No. 4 in B minor
  26. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 41, CT. 76-79: Mazurka No. 1 in E minor: Andantino
  27. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 41, CT. 76-79: Mazurka No. 2 in B major: Animato
  28. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 41, CT. 76-79: Mazurka No. 3 in A flat major: Allegretto
  29. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 41, CT. 76-79: Mazurka No. 4 in C sharp minor: Maestoso

Disc: 6

  1. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 50, CT. 80-82: Mazurka No. 1 in G major: Vivace
  2. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 50, CT. 80-82: Mazurka No. 2 in A flat major: Allegretto
  3. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 50, CT. 80-82: Mazurka No. 3 in C sharp minor: Moderato
  4. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 56, CT. 83-85: Mazurka No. 1 in B major: Allegretto non tanto
  5. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 56, CT. 83-85: Mazurka No. 2 in C major: Vivace
  6. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 56, CT. 83-85: Mazurka No. 3 in C minor: Moderato
  7. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 59, CT. 86-88: Mazurka No. 1 in A minor: Moderato
  8. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 59, CT. 86-88: Mazurka No. 2 in A flat major: Allegretto
  9. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 59, CT. 86-88: Mazurka No. 3 in F sharp minor: Vivace
  10. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 63, CT. 89-91: Mazurka No. 1 in B major: Vivace
  11. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 63, CT. 89-91: Mazurka No. 2 in F minor: Lento
  12. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 63, CT. 89-91: Mazurka No. 3 in C sharp minor: Allegretto
  13. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 67, CT. 92-95: Mazurka No. 1 in G major: Vivace
  14. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 67, CT. 92-95: Mazurka No. 2 in G minor: Cantabile
  15. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 67, CT. 92-95: Mazurka No. 3 in C major: Allegretto
  16. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 67, CT. 92-95: Mazurka No. 4 in A minor: Allegretto
  17. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 68, CT. 96-99: Mazurka No. 1 in C major: Vivace
  18. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 68, CT. 96-99: Mazurka No. 2 in A minor: Lento
  19. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 68, CT. 96-99: Mazurka No. 3 in F major: Allegro ma non troppo
  20. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 68, CT. 96-99: Mazurka No. 4 in F minor: Andantino
  21. Mazurka for piano in A minor ('à Émile Gaillard'), KK IIb/5, CT. 106 (B. 140)
  22. Mazurka for piano in A minor ('Notre temps'), KK IIb/4, CT. 105 (B. 134)
  23. Mazurka for piano in B flat major, KK IIa/3
  24. Mazurka for piano in B flat major, KK IIa/2, CT. 101 (B. 16/2)
  25. Mazurka for piano in A flat major, KK IVb/4, CT. 104 (B. 85)
  26. Work(s): Mazurka in C major, KK 1225-1226
  27. Mazurka for piano in B flat major, KK IVb/1, CT. 103 (B. 73)
  28. Mazurka for piano in D major, KK IVb/2

Disc: 7

  1. Nocturnes (3) for piano, Op. 9, CT. 108-110: Nocturne No. 1 in B flat minor

Disc: 8

  1. Nocturnes (3) for piano, Op. 9, CT. 108-110: Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major
  2. Nocturnes (3) for piano, Op. 9, CT. 108-110: Nocturne No. 3 in B major

Disc: 9

  1. Nocturnes (3) for piano, Op. 15, CT. 111-113: Nocturne No. 4 in F major

Disc: 10

  1. Nocturnes (3) for piano, Op. 15, CT. 111-113: Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major
  2. Nocturnes (3) for piano, Op. 15, CT. 111-113: Nocturne No. 6 in G minor

Disc: 11

  1. Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 27, CT. 114-115: Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor

Disc: 12

  1. Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 27, CT. 114-115: Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major

Disc: 13

  1. Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 32, CT. 116-117: Nocturne No. 9 in B major

Disc: 14

  1. Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 32, CT. 116-117: Nocturne No. 10 in A flat major

Disc: 15

  1. Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 37, CT. 118-119: Nocturne No. 11 in G minor

Disc: 16

  1. Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 37, CT. 118-119: Nocturne No. 12 in G major

Disc: 17

  1. Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 48, CT. 120-121: Nocturne No. 13 in C minor

Disc: 18

  1. Nocturnes (2) for piano, Op. 48, CT. 120-121: Nocturne No. 14 in F sharp minor


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  • Composer: F. Chopin
  • Audio CD (October 12, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 17
  • Format: Box set
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  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00001X58Z
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