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Comp Nocturnes/Comp Impromptus


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  • Audio CD (Sept. 2 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B0000041ND
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,111 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Nocturnes: No. 1 In B Flat Minor, Op. 9 No. 1
2. Nocturnes: No. 2 In E Flat, Op. 9 No. 2
3. Nocturnes: No. 3 In B, Op. 9 No. 3
4. Nocturnes: No. 4 In F, Op. 15 No. 1
5. Nocturnes: No. 5 In F Sharp, Op. 15 No. 2
6. Nocturnes: No. 6 In G Minor, Op. 15 No. 3
7. Nocturnes: No. 7 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No.1
8. Nocturnes: No. 8 In D Flat, Op. 27 No. 2
9. Nocturnes: No. 9 In B, Op. 32 No. 1
10. Nocturnes: No. 10 In A Flat, Op. 32 No. 2
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Disc: 2
1. Nocturnes: No. 14 In F Sharp Minor, Op. 48 No. 2
2. Nocturnes: No. 15 In F Minor, Op. 55 No. 1
3. Nocturnes: No. 16 In E Flat, Op. 55 No. 2
4. Nocturnes: No. 17 In B, Op. 62, No. 1
5. Nocturnes: No. 18 In E, Op. 62 No. 2
6. Nocturnes: No. 19 In E Minor, Op. 72 No. 1
7. Nocturnes: No. 20 In C Sharp Minor, Op. Posth.
8. Nocturnes: No. 21 In C Minor, Op. Posth.
9. Impromptus: No. 1 In A Flat Major, Op. 29
10. Impromptus: No. 2 In F Sharp Major, Op. 36
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Claudio Arrau considered the Nocturnes among Chopin's deepest, most searching works, rather than mere descriptive mood paintings, and he plays them that way. The same can be said vis-à-vis Arrau's Impromptus, with brooding textures and cosmic breadth that leave the drawing room behind. --Jed Distler

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This is an absolutely beautiful performance of Chopin's Nocturnes. I listened to several other samples of the other pianists who have released this same collection. Most of them seemed to be flat and sterile compared to this recording by Arrau. In my ears, they seemed to be missing something that this artist had captured in the pieces.
Still, I was hesitant to buy it due to the reviews I had read about the heavy breathing being too distracting to enjoy the music. I decided to take a chance that the reviewers were just being over critical and purchased the cd.
After I got it, I listened to it immediately on my home stereo. Absolutely beautiful and I didn't hear any of the breathing they were talking about. I was relieved and felt great about my decision to purchase the cd. However, the next day I decided to take it with me in my car. There was the breathing loud as could be! Sometimes it was louder than the music! Very distracting and not just on 1 or 2 tracks. The entire cd is riddled with pockets of constant panting as if Claudio were working out on a stairmaster while playing.
Some would say that this is just the mark of a man passionate about the pieces and we should be thankful that so much energy went into his performance. I whole-heartedly agree! My issue isn't with Claudio Arrua's magnificent interpretation but with the poor microphone placement technique and engineering quality of this recording. Even though this a recording from 1978, there is just no excuse for it.
That all being said, I'm still glad I chose to purchase this recording. Even with the breathing I still would rather have this one than the other less soulful recordings we have to chose from. I listen to it often and every time I notice the breathing less and less as this truly beautiful performance of this truly beautiful music unfolds.
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I have rediscovered Arrau's Chopin after a lapse of a few years. In between I have been listening to lots of Cortot and Lipatti, Horszowski, some of Moravec, Sauer, Egon Petri, and Moriz Rosenthal and Ignaz Friedman and then a litte of Rachmaninoff, Hofmann and Fiorentino and Simon Barere, and some Horowitz too.
The best recorded Chopinists so far would be Rosenthal and Friedman. Simon barere is generally much more stunning than Horowitz and definitely more touching, allbeit that their similarities are strikingly obvious. Ashkenazy is simply not my cup of tea.
With Horszowski, it's not very easy to tell who's Chopin and who is Mozart. To a lesser extent is the case for Horowitz. Fiorentino's rendition is very modern and needless to say the sound quaility is superb, but overall it's less poetic. It's somewhat like painting a tonal picture in watercolour instead of oil, definitely not a sculpture and not much of a tonal poem.
Moravec ditigalized version of the 50's is deeply lyrical and the sound, both of the the piano and of the recording is very good too. But it's less magnetic than Arrau's. We have even more rubato in Moravec, even though on the whole the tempo of Arrau is slower, in neither case the flow is broken. He is an alternative to Arrau. If one ever wonders how Edwin Fischer would play Chopin, then one should perhaps listen to Arrau and see how this admirer of Fischer interprete chopin.
Of course, Cortot would be nice if your can withstand the achive sound. Likewise is the case of Rosenthal ( his Pearl II is preferred because of the better transferred sound ) or Friedman, Rachmaninoff is a category of his own: "steel hands with a golden heart" is very telling.
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I have rediscovered Arrau's Chopin after a lapse of a few years. In between I have been listening to lots of Cortot and Lipatti, Horszowski, some of Moravec, Sauer, Egon Petri, and Moriz Rosenthal and Ignaz Friedman and then a litte of Rachmaninoff, Hofmann and Fiorentino and Simon Barere, and some Horowitz too.
The best recorded Chopinists so far would be Rosenthal and Friedman. Simon barere is generally much more stunning than Horowitz and definitely more touching, allbeit that their similarities are strikingly obvious. Ashkenazy is simply not my cup of tea.
With Horszowski, it's not very easy to tell who's Chopin and who is Mozart. To a lesser extent is the case for Horowitz. Fiorentino's rendition is very modern and needless to say the sound quaility is superb, but overall it's less poetic. It's somewhat like painting a tonal picture in watercolour instead of oil, definitely not a sculpture and not much of a tonal poem.
Moravec ditigalized version of the 50's is deeply lyrical and the sound, both of the the piano and of the recording is very good too. But it's less magnetic than Arrau's. We have even more rubato in Moravec, even though on the whole the tempo of Arrau is slower, in neither case the flow is broken. He is an alternative to Arrau. If one ever wonders how Edwin Fischer would play Chopin, then one should perhaps listen to Arrau and see how this admirer of Fischer interprete chopin.
Of course, Cortot would be nice if your can withstand the achive sound. Likewise is the case of Rosenthal ( his Pearl II is preferred because of the better transferred sound ) or Friedman, Rachmaninoff is a category of his own: "steel hands with a golden heart" is very telling.
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