Chopin: Complete Edition
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!
Catalog Number: BRI94660
Label: Brilliant Classics
Composer: Frédéric Chopin
Conductor: Heribert Beissel, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
Performer: Abbey Simon, Alessandra Maria Ammara, Alessandro Deljavan, Alwin Bär, Anna Haase, Duccio Ceccanti, Earl Wild, Ewa Kupiec, Folke Nauta, Frank Van De Laar, Fred Oldenburg, Ivan Moravec, Lucius Rühl, Marian Mika, Rem Urasin, Rodolfo Alessandrini, Sara Bartolucci, Simone Gragnani, Vittorio Ceccanti, Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy