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Solo Piano Works Box set, Import


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  • Audio CD (June 24 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 13
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Decca - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B0000041KB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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By A Customer on Feb. 10 2004
Format: Audio CD
There is Chopin. There is Ashkenazy. There is the London recording. That combination sounds like it should be excellent. It's not. It's way, way, w-a-y better than that. This is the stuff you stop what you're doing and dream by. Chopin's music is so wonderful in so many ways. Ashkenazy has it in his soul and in his fingers. I cannot imagine any other pianist doing it better. Yes, there are other superb players of this music, and some may equal, but none will better Asheknazy's interepretations and technique. The London recording is, as usual with the Polygram labels, up close and personal. A reviewer said it felt like he was sitting next to Ashkenazy as he played. Oh, to have such an experience. But I have to agree, this is as close as you will come to that. These discs are for me, and will be for you, always close at hand and have a very, very special place in your musical life.
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By A Customer on Feb. 8 2004
Format: Audio CD
Apart from the superb technique and glorious interpretation of this magnificent music, what I like best is the recording ambiance that sounds like I'm sitting on the bench right next to Ashkeanzy as he plays. Somebody elsewhere said this set had the piano sounding like its was ringing. Well, when you sit on the bench and play, the sound on this CD is exactly what a concert grand sounds like. This is most definitely not one of those middle-of-the-auditorium sounds like some other labels serve up. This is a you-are-right-there kind of sound and I love it.
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By Mort on Dec 12 2003
Format: Audio CD
In a few words, the early 80s starts the new era for Ashkenazy and most of piano recordings past that days are odd and tasteless. Well, it's business. But this recording is great, brilliant technique and good interpretation. Who prefer brilliant interpretation and good technique, look for Magaloff's box set(also 13CD, the same repertoire - Phillips).
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By Jazzcat on Nov. 4 2003
Format: Audio CD
I can't say exactly how much I enjoy this box set. All Chopin's piano music played by one of the best, if not the overall best Chopin expert. This music is so beautiful, so perfect, so complete, so full, so emotional that each time I put one of the cd's of this box in my player I immediatly feel happy, calm, relaxed, amazed. Just sit down in front of your stereo system, closed your eyes and that's it. When I do it my bad days change completly. I'm so happy I did buy this box. I know it is an investment for life. I will listen to this music for ever and never will be tired of. 13 cd's of pure delight without a single weak moment. Pure art.
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What a great set - 13 discs of Chopin delivered with technical elan and profound feeling. This is a treasure trove of great music which will provide years of listening enjoyment.
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I have listened to the works of a number of composers, but Chopin always stands out with his remarkable ability to translate raw human emotion into musical tones from the piano. In my opinion, what other composers might have sought to accomplish with the variety of voices in the orchestra, Chopin was able to do with one instrument. To replicate this is no easy task, and Ashkenazy does a fantastic job in this set of CDs.
The music of Chopin contains so much pure poetic beauty, but I think his true genius comes through in pieces written in the minor keys. Chopin was a truly great blues composer of his time. I suppose that the most common vehicle for expressing "blues" or "tragedy" in that era was the opera. But Chopin could accomplish it without the need for words. He knew how to express human pain and angst. Take the Nocturne in E minor, for example (Opus 72 #1). If you can appreciate the blues, then I'm sure you'd have no trouble hearing the pathos in that piece played by Ashkenazy. To understand, appreciate, and especially to play the blues, one must be able to feel the blues. And again, to express this musically is no easy task. For the piano, it requires subtle technique with dynamics and license in meter (which Chopin was occasionally criticized for) to truly translate the emotion. Ashkenazy does this quite well.
I'm no expert in judging the electronic quality of a recorded CD, but I detected no flaws in that respect. I am an appreciator of the music. And in that light, I definitely recommend this CD set.
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