Essential Piano / Argerich, Ciccolini, Collard, et al

Audio Samples

>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>     1. Adagio sostenuto [Extract]
>Chopin, Frédéric : Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations
>     Aria
>Liszt, Franz : Liebestraume for Piano, S 541
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5
>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque
>     Clair de lune
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for piano no 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne 1
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for piano no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Piano Sonata, K. 331
>     Rondo alla turca
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
>     2. Adagio cantabile
>Schubert, Franz : Impromptu no 4 in A flat major, D899, Op. 90, no 4
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
>Ravel, Maurice : Pavane pour une infante défunte
>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise for piano no 3 in A major ("Military"), Op. 40/1, CT. 152
>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise for piano no 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
>Brahms, Johannes : Waltz
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 16 in C
>     1. Allegro
>Schubert, Franz : March militaire
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March"
>     3. Marche funèbre
>Liszt, Franz : Transcendental Etudes (6) after Paganini, S 140
>Fauré, Gabriel : Dolly Suite
>     Berceuse
>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
>     Golliwog's Cakewalk
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Minuets (6) for piano (or orchestra), WoO 10
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words
>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 12 in C minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, CT. 25
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons
>     2. February
>     11. November
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an Exhibition
>     The Great Gate at Kiev

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>Chopin, Frédéric : Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations
>Liszt, Franz : Liebestraume for Piano, S 541
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5
>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for piano no 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne 1
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for piano no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Piano Sonata, K. 331
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
>Schubert, Franz : Impromptu no 4 in A flat major, D899, Op. 90, no 4
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
>Ravel, Maurice : Pavane pour une infante défunte
>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise for piano no 3 in A major ("Military"), Op. 40/1, CT. 152
>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise for piano no 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
>Brahms, Johannes : Waltz
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 16 in C
>Schubert, Franz : March militaire
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March"
>Liszt, Franz : Transcendental Etudes (6) after Paganini, S 140
>Fauré, Gabriel : Dolly Suite
>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Minuets (6) for piano (or orchestra), WoO 10
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words
>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 12 in C minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, CT. 25
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an Exhibition
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Polish composer Frederic Chopin is acknowledged as one of the finest composers of piano music and some of his best-loved works are in this collection, including his brilliant Waltz No.1, heard in the film The Hudsucker Proxy, the dazzling 'Minute' Waltz and the superb Fantaisie-impromptu. Beethoven is another of the great composers for the piano, and his two most popular piano solos - Fur Elise and the Moonlight Sonata - are both heard here. Other composers represented are Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Grieg, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Ravel, Faure and Satie. The collection ends with the massive 'Great Gate at Kiev' from Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky played by Alexis Weissenberg. Other pianists include Martha Argerich, Aldo Ciccolini, Ingrid Fliter, Andrei Gavrilov, Stephen Kovacevich, John Ogdon, Garrick Ohlsson, Mikhail Pletnev and Christian Zacharias.



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>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante"
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831-1832

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight" :: 1. Adagio sostenuto [Extract]
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46
  • Performer: Daniel Adni (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations :: Aria
  • Performer: Maria Tipo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741

>Liszt, Franz : Liebesträume for Piano, S 541
  • Performer: John Ogdon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1850

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5
  • Performers: Michel Béroff (Piano); Jean-Phillipe Collard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858-1868

>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque :: Clair de lune
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for piano no 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212
  • Performer: Ingrid Fliter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846-1847

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne 1
  • Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for piano no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213
  • Performer: Ingrid Fliter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846-1847

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Piano Sonata, K. 331 :: Rondo alla turca
  • Performer: Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1783.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3
  • Performer: John Ogdon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique" :: 2. Adagio cantabile
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Schubert, Franz : Impromptu no 4 in A flat major, D899, Op. 90, no 4
  • Performer: Andor Foldes (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1827

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Ravel, Maurice : Pavane pour une infante défunte
  • Performer: Cécile Ousset (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1899

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Polonaise for piano no 3 in A major ("Military"), Op. 40/1, CT. 152
  • Performer: Daniel Adni (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Polonaise for piano no 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1843

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1810

>Brahms, Johannes : Waltz
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1865

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
  • Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Prelude for piano no 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 16 in C :: 1. Allegro
  • Performer: Christian Zacharias (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1788

>Schubert, Franz : March militaire
  • Performer: Jacques Février (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: circa 1822

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March" :: 3. Marche funèbre
  • Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Liszt, Franz : Transcendental Etudes (6) after Paganini, S 140
  • Performer: John Ogdon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1840

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Dolly Suite :: Berceuse
  • Performers: Jean-Phillipe Collard (Piano); Bruno Rigutto (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893-1896

>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner :: Golliwog's Cakewalk
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1908

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Minuets (6) for piano (or orchestra), WoO 10
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1795

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words
  • Performer: Daniel Adni (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 06/01/1842

>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Etude for piano no 12 in C minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, CT. 25
  • Performer: Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons :: 2. February
  • Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons :: 11. November
  • Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Etude for piano no 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16
  • Performer: Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an Exhibition :: The Great Gate at Kiev
  • Performer: Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874