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    Quote Originally Posted by Sebastien Melmoth View Post
    Really I like 'em all; favourites include the Nocturnes, Waltzes, and especially the four Impromptus--all preferably performed by Claudio Arrau.

    http://www.amazon.com/Claudio-ARRAU-...hor_title_full
    The very first record I bought as a lad was Arrau's Chopin Preludes so all recordings ultimately get compared with his interpretation. Arrau is a great choice for Chopin, as is Rubinstein.

    Sorry, there is no way for me even to begin picking a favorite Chopin work. I'll take them all please!

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    Ditto.

    Surprizingly, in the late-1950s Wilhelm Kempff recorded a good batch of Chopin about which I feel the same way. Vasary was good as well.

    Of younger generation Chopinists, I prefer Cyprien Katsaris, Krystian Zimerman, and Maria João Pires.

    Of course, Ohlsson is popular.


    But as you say, overall I'd take Arrau.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harvey View Post
    What is/are your favorite Chopin work(s)?

    I like his fourth Ballade most. Just perfect.

    Of many, many favourites I like - I love! - The Nocturnes the most. They are almost all as wonderful. Prefer to listen to Rubinstein´s 60ies recordings if I have to choose.

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    I like practically all of his music, except from the Polonaises and the Etudes. The 24 Preludes are probably a sort of condensed version of his work and style, and they show the widest range within the oeuvre, I guess ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sebastien Melmoth View Post
    Ditto.

    Surprizingly, in the late-1950s Wilhelm Kempff recorded a good batch of Chopin about which I feel the same way. Vasary was good as well.

    Of younger generation Chopinists, I prefer Cyprien Katsaris, Krystian Zimerman, and Maria João Pires.

    Of course, Ohlsson is popular.


    But as you say, overall I'd take Arrau.
    I've only heard Kempff's Beethoven and I've never heard any Varary recordings. I need to expand my collection! Thanks for the recommendations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joen_cph View Post
    I like practically all of his music, except from the Polonaises and the Etudes. The 24 Preludes are probably a sort of condensed version of his work and style, and they show the widest range within the oeuvre, I guess ...
    Funny, I used to feel the same way about all of Chopin's 'dance' music, the waltzes, polonaises, mazurkas, and now I love them as much as the ballades, nocturnes, and other 'more serious' works. There is so much musical poetry in those works, it is nice that I neglected so much of it for so long for now it's like discovering new Chopin works.

    You sum up the Preludes well. Listening to them all is an incredible journey, however, I heard in a BBC show about the Preludes that Chopin never played them all together as a single piece, but only publicly played a handful (ok, couldn't resist the pun) at a time.

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    30 years ago I had Kempff's Chopin on London LPs.
    Decca released them on CD in the '90s; they were more recently re-released by an Italian knock-off, remastered and tolerable.

    Decca Vol. 1 http://www.amazon.com/Kempff-Plays-C...5227175&sr=1-3

    Decca Vol. 2 http://www.amazon.com/Wilhelm-Kempff...5227175&sr=1-4

    Italian knock-off http://www.amazon.com/Wilhelm-Kempff...5227175&sr=1-1


    Unfortunately, Katsaris' Chopin work on Sony is OOP. His realizations were highly praised in the 1990s.

    Vasary's Chopin was highly praised in the late-1950s-1960s; good stuff, released on DG CDs TRIO issues.

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    I love all of Chopin's music, but if I had to narrow it down to my "top 3", I'd have to say Andante Spianiato et Grande Polonaise Brillante, Fantasie-Impromptu, and 1st Piano Concerto.

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    I'm not much of a fan of Chopin, so I don't care much about his works. I just like listening to the Variations on 'La ci darem la mano' every so often because it's fun.

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    Havent listened to THAT much Chopin in my time, but from what Ive listened to this one stuck out Etude #6 in E flat op. 10/6

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    I love almost everything but one really stands out for me, the Db prelude. Not only do I find it mesmerizing to listen to, but I can sort of play it at a sort of reasonable level, haha. A pianist I am not but anything that can be that beautiful coming from my inexperienced fingertips is just genius.

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    I like on of his Etudes best: opus 10 nr. 3. It is well known.

    I still need to master it. Beautiful piece!

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    Piano Sonata no.1

    Just amazing!

    Prelude Favourite: Op. 28, No. 04
    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt-NZMiCQLg[/YT]

    Nocturne favourite: C Sharp minor no. 20
    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5qeuVOIbHk[/YT]
    Last edited by Duke; Mar-12-2011 at 19:10.

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    I love his works. All of them, but most pretty are the Études, Nocturnes, Polonaises, Mazurkas and Preludes.

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    Etudes and the two concertos are probably my favorites.

    favorite etudes are 11 and 12 of op 28....stunning.

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