Chopin Complete Edition

Chopin Complete Edition
Composer Frédéric Chopin
Artist various artists
Format 17 CD
Cat. number 94660
EAN code 5028421946603
Release April 2015

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The master of the piano must surely be Frédéric Chopin. Every one of his compositions includes the piano in some form, yet within his oeuvre there is still an exciting variety of music to be found. Chopin made the solo piano form into an art, extensively developing various styles – including the piano sonata, waltz, polonaise and impromptu – and heavily popularising others for the first time, such as the Polish mazurka, the form he often chose to express his nationalism. Chopin straddled the divide between the Classical and Romantic worlds, and the changes that took place in his writing is clear to see on an authoritative edition such as this one. His masterful études remain less virtuosic than those of his contemporaries, such as Liszt; the emphasis is still on the technical aspect, and they reveal Chopin’s supreme talent for the piano, as a performer as well as a composer. His waltzes were the first to move away from pieces composed for dancing; rather, they were designed to be performed in salons, and therefore gave the potential for a faster tempo and freer sense of rhythm. Never fading from popularity, Chopin has long been regarded as a symbol of Romanticism, appreciated both in his own lifetime and in the years since his death.

This release features a mixture of consummate Chopin performers and new artists. Rem Urasin, the 1992 winner of the Moscow Chopin Competition, plays Chopin’s complete mazurkas. He is one of a number of well-known pianists featured on this collection; Earl Wild, who performs the nocturnes, was previously praised for conveying a "convincing dark foreboding" by MusicWeb for his performance of the Nocturne in C sharp minor KK Anh.la No.6. EwaKupiecis joined by the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra for Chopin’s piano concertos; the Polish pianist feels a special connection with Chopin, and celebrated his 200th birthday with three specially selected Chopin recital programmes. Also shining a light on Chopin’s orchestral music is renowned American pianist Abbey Simon, whose 1999 all-Chopin recital in Carnegie Hall was praised by the New York Times for mixing "architectural clarity" with a "free-spirited quality". These experienced Chopin performers are joined by newer artists, such as Alessandro Deljavan, whose prize-winning performance of Chopin’s études were praised by the New York Concert Review as ‘beautiful’.

Brilliant Classics is proud to offer a new release to add to its growing collection of authoritative composer editions. This box set is excellent value for money. An excellent gift idea for any lover of Romantic piano music: it spans the length of Chopin’s illustrious career, and celebrates the best of his innovative and enchanting music.

This 17CD set is the third Chopin Edition by Brilliant Classics, an all-time favourite of one of the most popular and universally loved composers of all times. The piano works of the Polish master touch the heart chords of every listener and music lover around the world, they speak the universal language of beauty, melancholy, tenderness and passion.
This third Edition is also the best: it contains no less than 7 new recordings and several new licensed recordings. New recordings are: Etudes (Alessandro Deljavan, one of the most extraordinary performances ever recorded), Waltzes (Alessandro Deljavan), Piano Sonatas 2 & 3, Preludes, Ballades, Impromptus (Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy, wonderfully idiomatic, “Fanciful, illuminating, stimulating and compelling” Classics today), Mazurkas (Rem Urasin). The piano concertos are played by Ewa Kupiec, the other works for piano and orchestra by Abbey Simon. The Nocturnes are played by Earl Wild (“silvery, deeply felt”), the Scherzi by Ivan Moravec, one of the best Chopin recordings by the Czech master.
An important and high quality set, not to be missed at bargain price!

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11: I. Allegro maestoso
  2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11: II. Larghetto
  3. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11: III. Rondo. Vivace
  4. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: I. Maestoso
  5. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: II. Larghetto
  6. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: III. Allegro vivace

Disk 2

  1. Variations on “Là ci darem la mano” in B-Flat Major, Op. 2
  2. Grande fantaisie sur des airs polonais in A Major, Op. 13
  3. Krakowiak in F Major, Op. 14
  4. Andante spianato and grande polonaise in E-Flat Major, Op. 22

Disk 3

  1. Cello sonata in G Minor, Op. 65: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Cello sonata in G Minor, Op. 65: II. Scherzo. Allegro con brio
  3. Cello sonata in G Minor, Op. 65: III. Largo
  4. Cello sonata in G Minor, Op. 65: IV. Finale. Allegro
  5. Grand duo concertant sur des thèmes de Robert Le Diable in E Major, B. 70
  6. Introduction and polonaise brillante in C Major, Op. 3
  7. Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 8: I. Allegro con fuoco
  8. Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 8: II. Scherzo. Con moto, ma non troppo
  9. Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 8: III. Adagio sostenuto
  10. Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 8: IV. Finale. Allegretto

Disk 4

  1. Polish Songs Op. 74: I. Zyczenie (The Wish)
  2. Polish Songs Op. 74: II. Wiosna (Spring)
  3. Polish Songs Op. 74: III. Smutna rzeka (The Sad Stream)
  4. Polish Songs Op. 74: IV.Hulanka (Merrymaking)
  5. Polish Songs Op. 74: V. Gdzie lubi (There where she loves)
  6. Polish Songs Op. 74: VI. Precz z moich oczu! (Out of my sight!)
  7. Polish Songs Op. 74: VII. Poseł (The Envoy)
  8. Polish Songs Op. 74: VIII. S´liczny chłopiec (Handsome Lad)
  9. Polish Songs Op. 74: IX. Melodya (Elegy)
  10. Polish Songs Op. 74: X. Wojak (The Warrior)
  11. Polish Songs Op. 74: XI. Dwojaki koniec (The Double End)
  12. Polish Songs Op. 74: XII. Moja pieszczotka (My Darling)
  13. Polish Songs Op. 74: XIII. Nie ma czego trzeba (There is no need)
  14. Polish Songs Op. 74: XIV. Piers´cien´ (The Ring)
  15. Polish Songs Op. 74: XV. Narzeczony (The Bridegroom)
  16. Polish Songs Op. 74: XVI. Piosnka litewska (Lithuanian Song)
  17. Polish Songs Op. 74: XVII. S´piew grobowy (Hymn from the tomb)
  18. Polish Songs Op. 74: XVIII. Czary (Charms)
  19. Polish Songs Op. 74: XIX. Dumka (Reverie)

Disk 5

  1. Études, Op. 10: I. Etude in C Major “Waterfall”. Allegro
  2. Études, Op. 10: II. Etude in A Minor. Allegro
  3. Études, Op. 10: III.Etude in E Major “Tristesse. Lento ma non troppo
  4. Études, Op. 10: IV. Etude in C-Sharp Minor. Presto
  5. Études, Op. 10: V. Etude in G-Flat Major “Black keys”. Vivace
  6. Études, Op. 10: VI. Etude in E-Flat Minor. Andante
  7. Études, Op. 10: VII. Etude in C Major. Vivace
  8. Études, Op. 10: VIII. Etude in F Major. Allegro
  9. Études, Op. 10: IX. Etude in F Minor. Allegro molto agitato
  10. Études, Op. 10: X. Etude in A-Flat Major. Vivace assai
  11. Études, Op. 10: XI. Etude in E-Flat Major. Allegretto
  12. Études, Op. 10: XII. Etude in C Minor “Revolutionary”. Allegro con fuoco
  13. Études, Op. 25: I. Etude in A-Flat Major “Aeolian Harp”. Allegro sostenuto
  14. Études, Op. 25: II. Etude in F Minor. Presto
  15. Études, Op. 25: III. Etude in F Major. Allegro
  16. Études, Op. 25: IV. Etude in A Minor. Agitato
  17. Études, Op. 25: V. Etude in E Minor. Vivace
  18. Études, Op. 25: VI. Etude in G-Sharp Minor. Allegro
  19. Études, Op. 25: VII. Etude in C-Sharp Minor. Lento
  20. Études, Op. 25: VIII. Etude in D-Flat Major. Vivace 1’13
  21. Études, Op. 25: IX. Etude in G-Flat Major “Butterfly”. Allegro assai
  22. Études, Op. 25: X. Etude in B Minor. Allegro con fuoco
  23. Études, Op. 25: XI. Etude in A Minor “Winter Wind”. Lento
  24. Études, Op. 25: XII. Etude in C Minor. Allegro molto con fuoco
  25. 3 Nouvelles études, B. 130: I. Andantino in F Minor
  26. 3 Nouvelles études, B. 130: II. Allegretto in D-Flat Major
  27. 3 Nouvelles études, B. 130: III. Allegretto in A-Flat Major

Disk 6

  1. Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
  2. Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
  3. Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat, Op. 47
  4. Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
  5. Impromptu No. 1 in A-Flat Major, Op. 29
  6. Impromptu No. 2 in F-Sharp, Op. 36
  7. Impromptu No. 3 in G-Flat Major, Op. 51
  8. Fantasy-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 66

Disk 7

  1. Andante spianato and grande polonaise in G Major, Op. 22
  2. Polonaise in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 26
  3. Polonaise in E-Flat Minor, Op. 26
  4. Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40: I. “Military”
  5. Polonaise in C Minor, Op. 40
  6. Polonaise in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 44
  7. Polonaise in A-Flat Major, Op. 53 “Heroic”
  8. Polonaise-fantaisie in A-Flat Major, Op. 61

Disk 8

  1. 3 Polonaises, Op. 71: Polonaise in D Minor
  2. 3 Polonaises, Op. 71: Polonaise in B-Flat Major
  3. 3 Polonaises, Op. 71: Polonaise in F Minor
  4. Polonaise in G Minor, Op. S 1, B. 1
  5. Polonaise in B-Flat Minor, B. 13, KKIVa
  6. Polonaise in A-Flat Major, B. 5, KKIVa
  7. Polonaise in G-Sharp Minor, B. 6, KKIVa
  8. Polonaise in B-Flat Minor, B. 13, KKIVa
  9. Polonaise in G-Flat Major, KKIVa
  10. Bourrée No. 1, Op. D2 in G Major
  11. Bourrée No. 2, Op. D2 in A Major
  12. Moderato in E Major, B. 151: No. 12 “Albumblatt”
  13. Largo in E-Flat Major , B. 109
  14. Sostenuto in E-Flat Major
  15. Hexaméron: Variation No. 6
  16. Fugue in A Minor, B. 144
  17. Canon in F Minor, No. 1

Disk 9

  1. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 4: I. Allegro maestoso
  2. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 4: II. Menuetto
  3. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 4: III. Larghetto
  4. Piano sonata No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 4: IV. Finale. Presto
  5. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: I. Grave – Doppio movimento
  6. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: II. Scherzo
  7. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: III. Marche funèbre. Lento
  8. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: IV. Finale. Presto
  9. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58: I. Allegro maestoso
  10. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58: II. Scherzo. Molto vivace
  11. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58: III. Largo
  12. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58: IV. Finale. Presto non tanto

Disk 10

  1. Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20
  2. Scherzo No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 31
  3. Scherzo No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 39
  4. Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54
  5. Fantaisie in F Minor, Op. 49
  6. Berceuse in D-Flat Major, Op. 57
  7. Barcarolle in F-Sharp Major, Op. 60

Disk 11

  1. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in C Major. Agitato
  2. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in A Minor. Lento
  3. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in G Major. Vivace
  4. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in E Minor. Largo
  5. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in D Major. Allegro molto
  6. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in B Minor. Lento assai
  7. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in A Major. Andantino
  8. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in F-Sharp Minor. Molto agitato
  9. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in E Major. Largo
  10. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in C-Sharp Minor. Allegro molto
  11. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in B Major. Vivace
  12. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in G-Sharp Minor. Presto
  13. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in F-Sharp. Lento
  14. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in E-Flat Minor. Allegro
  15. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in D-Flat Major “Raindrop”. Sostenuto
  16. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in B-Flat Minor. Presto con fuoco
  17. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in A-Flat Major. Allegretto
  18. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in F Minor. Allegro molto
  19. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in E-Flat Major. Vivace
  20. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in C Minor. Largo
  21. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in B-Flat Major. Cantabile
  22. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in G Minor. Molto agitato
  23. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in F Major. Moderato
  24. Preludes, Op. 28: I. Prelude in D Minor. Allegro appassionato
  25. Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 45
  26. 3 Écossaises, Op. 72 No. 3: I. Écossaise in D Major. Vivace
  27. 3 Écossaises, Op. 72 No. 3: Écossaise in G Major
  28. 3 Écossaises, Op. 72 No. 3: Écossaise in D-Flat Major
  29. Waltz in F Minor, Op. Posth. 70 No. 2 (for Elise Gavard, original version)
  30. Waltz in F Minor, Op. Posth. 70 No. 2(after Fontana)
  31. Marche funèbre in C Minor, Op. 72 No. 2 (after Fontana
  32. Marche funèbre in C Minor, Op. 72 No. 2 (Oxford Edition)
  33. Cantabile in B-Flat Major, B. 84
  34. Presto con leggerezza in A-Flat Major

Disk 12

  1. 2 Mazurkas, B. 16: I. Mazurka in G Major
  2. 2 Mazurkas, B. 16: II. Mazurka in B-Flat Major
  3. Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 68 No. 2
  4. Mazurka in C Major, Op. 68 No. 1
  5. Mazurka in F Major, Op. 68 No. 3
  6. Mazurkas Op. 6: I. Mazurka in F-Sharp Minor
  7. Mazurkas Op. 6: II. Sotto voce in C--Sharp Minor
  8. Mazurkas Op. 6: III. Vivace in E Major
  9. Mazurkas Op. 6: IV. Presto ma non troppo in E-Flat Minor
  10. Mazurkas, Op. 7: I. Vivace in B-Flat Major
  11. Mazurkas, Op. 7: II. Vivo, ma non troppo in A Minor
  12. Mazurkas, Op. 7: III. Mazurka in F Minor
  13. Mazurkas, Op. 7: IV. Presto in A-Flat Major
  14. Mazurkas, Op. 7: V. Vivo in C Major
  15. Mazurka in B-Flat Major, Op.P2 No. 1 “Wolowska”
  16. Mazurka in D Major, B. 71
  17. Mazurkas Op. 17: I. Vivo e risoluto in B-Flat Major
  18. Mazurkas Op. 17: II. Lento, ma non troppo in E Minor
  19. Mazurkas Op. 17: III. Legato assai in A-Flat Major
  20. Mazurkas Op. 17: IV. Lento, ma non troppo in A Minor
  21. Mazurka in C Major, Op. 68
  22. Mazurka in A-Flat Major, B. 85
  23. Mazurkas, Op. 24: I. Lento in G Minor 3’24
  24. Mazurkas, Op. 24: II. Allegro non troppo in C Major
  25. Mazurkas, Op. 24: III. Moderato con anima in A-Flat Major
  26. Mazurkas, Op. 24: IV. Moderato in B-Fflat Minor
  27. Mazurkas, Op. 67: III. Sllegretto in C Major
  28. Mazurkas, Op. 67: I. Vivace in G Major
  29. Mazurkas, Op. 30: I. Allegretto non tanto in C Minor
  30. Mazurkas, Op. 30: II. Vivace in B Minor
  31. Mazurkas, Op. 30: III. Allegro non troppo in D-Flat Major
  32. Mazurkas, Op. 30: IV. Allegretto in C-Sharp Minor
  33. Mazurka in A Minor, B. 140 (ded. Émile Gaillard)

Disk 13

  1. Mazurkas, Op. 33: I. Mesto in G-Sharp Minor
  2. Mazurkas, Op. 33: II. Vivacee in D Major
  3. Mazurkas, Op. 33: III. Semplice in C Major
  4. Mazurkas, Op. 33: IV. Mesto in B Minor
  5. Mazurkas, Op. 41: I. Maestoso in C-Sharp Minor
  6. Mazurkas, Op. 41: II. Andantino in E Minor
  7. Mazurkas, Op. 41: III. Animato in B Major
  8. Mazurkas, Op. 41: IV. Allegretto in A-Flat Major
  9. Mazurka in A Minor, B. 140: “Notre temps”
  10. Mazurkas, Op. 50: I. Vivace in G Major
  11. Mazurkas, Op. 50: II. Allegretto in A-Flat Major
  12. Mazurkas, Op. 50: III. Moderato in C-Sharp Minor
  13. Mazurkas, Op. 56: I. Allegro non tanto in B Major
  14. Mazurkas, Op. 56: II. Vivace in C Major
  15. Mazurkas, Op. 56: III. Moderato in C Minor
  16. Mazurkas, Op. 59: I. Moderato in A Minor
  17. Mazurkas, Op. 59: II. Allegretto in A-Flat Major
  18. Mazurkas, Op. 59: III. Vivace in F-Sharp Minor
  19. Mazurkas, Op .63: I. Vivace in B Major
  20. Mazurkas, Op .63: II. Lento in F Minor
  21. Mazurkas, Op .63: III. Allegretto in C-Sharp Minor
  22. Mazurkas, Op. 67: IV. Moderato animato in A Minor
  23. Mazurkas, Op. 67: II. Cantabile in G Minor
  24. Mazurkas, Op. 68: No. 4 in F Minor

Disk 14

  1. Nocturnes, Op. 48: I. Lento in C Minor
  2. Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, B. 49 No. 6
  3. Nocturnes, Op. 15: II. Larghetto in F-Sharp Major
  4. Nocturnes, Op. 32: I. Nocturne in B Major
  5. Nocturne in E Minor, Op. 72 No. 1
  6. Nocturnes, Op. 62: II. Nocturne in E Major
  7. Nocturnes, Op. 9: III. Allegretto in B Major
  8. Nocturnes, Op. 37: II. Andantino in G Major
  9. Nocturnes, Op. 32: II. Nocturne in A-Flat Major
  10. Nocturnes, Op. 27: II. Lento sostenuto in D-Flat Major
  11. Nocturnes, Op. 9: I. Larghetto in B-Flat Minor
  12. Nocturnes, Op. 15: III. Lento in G Minor

Disk 15

  1. Nocturnes, Op. 48: II. Andantino in F-Sharp Minor
  2. Nocturnes, Op. 62: I. Nocturne in B Major
  3. Nocturnes, Op. 9: II. Andante in E-Flat Major
  4. Nocturnes, Op. 55: I. Andantie in F Minor
  5. Nocturnes, Op. 55: II. Lento sostenuto in E-Flat Majro
  6. Nocturnes, Op. 27: I. Larghetto in C-Sharp Minor
  7. Nocturnes, Op. 15: I. Andante cantabile in F Major
  8. Nocturnes, Op. 37: I. Andante sostenuto in G Minor
  9. Nocturne in C Minor, B. 108
  10. Rondo in C Major, Op. 73
  11. Variations sur un air national de Moore, B. 12a

Disk 16

  1. Grande valse brillante in E-Flat Major, Op. 18
  2. Waltzes, Op. 34: I. Vivace in A-Flat Major
  3. Waltzes, Op. 34: II. Lento in A Minor
  4. Waltzes, Op. 34: III. Vivace in F Major
  5. Waltz in A-Flat Major, Op. 42
  6. Waltzes, Op. 64: I. Waltz in D-Flat Major “Minute Waltz”
  7. Waltzes, Op. 64: II. Waltz in C-Sharp Minor
  8. Waltzes, Op. 64: III. Waltz in A-Flat Major
  9. Waltzes, Op. 69: I. Waltz in A-Flat Major
  10. Waltzes, Op. 69: II. Waltz in B Minor
  11. Waltzes, Op. 70: I. Waltz in G-Flat Major
  12. Waltzes, Op. 70: II. Waltz in F Minor
  13. Waltzes, Op. 70: III. Waltz in D-Flat Major
  14. Waltz in A-Flat Major, B. 21
  15. Waltz in E Major, B. 44
  16. Waltz in E Minor, B. 56
  17. Waltz in A Minor, B. 150
  18. Waltz in E-Flat Major: No. 10. Sostenuto
  19. Waltz in E-Flat Major: No. 14

Disk 17

  1. Variations brillantes in B-Flat Major, Op. 12
  2. Rondo in C Minor, Op. 1
  3. Variations sur un air national allemand in E Major, B. 14
  4. Rondo à la mazur in F Major, Op. 5
  5. Allegro de concert in A Major, Op. 46
  6. Bolero in A Minor, Op. 19
  7. Rondo in E-Flat Major, Op. 16
  8. Tarantella in A-Flat Major, Op. 43
  9. Variations in A Major, B. 37