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Comp Nocturnes/Comp Impromptus

Frederic Chopin Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Claudio Arrau Plays Superb!! Feb. 5 2004
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What an amazing double compact disc of fine classical music! Although Mr. Claudio Arrau has remarkable piano playing ability, he was a bit slow in some of the original master pieces composed by Fryderyck Chopin, and I DIDN'T MIND IT A BIT! Mr. Arrau was remarkable during his highest point in performance. I'm so glad the executors of this CD captured this recording with some of my favorite classic pieces of Fryderyck Chopin performed very well by Claudio Arrau. Awesome work. 2.4.04
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Chopin was a genius Dec 27 2003
By Everett
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As my favorite composer, Chopin delivers a masterfpiece of songs in the complete collection of Nocturne's and Impromptu's on CD, fully remastered, and played impeccably by another genius in the making, Arrau.
Like so many other wonderful composers such as Beethoven, and Mozart, Fredyryc Chopin didn't make much money on his beautiful music until he was deceased. But be that as it may, they left us their wonderful music for the whole wrold to enjoy. In my opinion, Nocturne was worth getting the CD. Imromptu is wonderful too, but Nocturne is just so soothing, and graceful in the name of music. There is a certain song I do recommend on Nocturne. It's Nocturne in E minor Op.72 number 1. If it sounds familiar you may also hear it on the secret garden from 1987. As one composer to another, Chopin is highly underrated, except for those of us who do appreciate them. Don't make any hesitations about buying this collection of Masterful music. You could cherish it for life.
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1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed Sept. 24 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This Chopin Album is nice music but the heavy breathing on it ruins it for me, making it impossible to listen to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance April 29 2003
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I like the performance by Arrau very much. However, as someone else has already noted, the heavy breathing of the performer is sometimes heard quite loudly and it can be somewhat distracting.
Very good value.
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By BLee
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars All things considered, the best Chopin interpreter so far
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2003 by BLee
5.0 out of 5 stars All things considered, the best Chopin interpreter so far
I have rediscovered Arrau's Chopin after a number of years. In between I have been listening to lots of Cortot and Lipatti, Horszowski, some of Moravec, Sauer, Egon Petri, and... Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2003 by BLee
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrau's Nocturnes live up to Chopin'd expectations...
This was the first complete collection of Chopin's Nocturnes I was fortunate enough to purchase. I have heard various interpretations since, and I find Arrau's to be the most... Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2002 by A. OBrien
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't find any better Nocturnes than those
This is one of the most rewarding Chopin recordings ever. Listen to Arrau at night, and you will understand why. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much, not enough
Just a short one... Arrau plays Chopin's Nocturnes with far too much rubato and no restraint (which Chopin was noted for), the record, while listenable and sometimes beatiful,... Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2001 by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars The master version of Nocturnes
I agree with our friend that considers Arrau an underrated interpreter of Chopin. And this CD is for everyone a strong argument. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2001 by biliescu@necomm.ro
5.0 out of 5 stars The master version of Nocturnes
I agree with our friend that considers Arrau an underrated interpreter of Chopin. And this CD is for everyone a strong argument. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2001 by biliescu@necomm.ro
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