Biret: Chopin - Complete Piano Music Vol.01-15 (15 CD, APE)
Biret: Chopin - Complete Piano Music Vol.01-15 (15 CD, APE)

Performer: Idil Biret
Composer: Frederic Chopin
Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
SPARS Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 15
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Naxos
Size: 3.02 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Volume 1: Ballades • Berceuse • Fantaisie • Trois nouvelles etudes • Galop Marquis • Largo • Marche funebre • Cantabile
01. Ballade No. 1 in G minor, op. 23
02. Ballade No. 2 in F major, op. 38
03. Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, op. 47
04. Ballade No. 4 in F minor, op. 52
05. Berceuse in D flat major, op. 57
06. Trois nouvelles etudes, op. posth. – No. 1 in F minor
07. Trois nouvelles etudes, op. posth. – No. 2 in A flat major
08. Trois nouvelles etudes, op. posth. – No. 3 in D flat major
09. Fantaisie in F minor, op. 49
10. Galop Marquis in A flat major
11. Largo in E flat major, BI 109
12. Marche funebre
13. Cantabile in B flat major

Volume 2: Etudes
01. Etudes, op. 10 – No. 1 in C major
02. Etudes, op. 10 – No. 2 in A minor
03. Etudes, op. 10 – No. 3 in E major
04. Etudes, op. 10 – No. 4 in C sharp minor
05. Etudes, op. 10 – No. 5 in G flat major, «Black Keys»
06. Etudes, op. 10 – No. 6 in E flat minor
07. Etudes, op. 10 – No. 7 in C major
08. Etudes, op. 10 – No. 8 in F major
09. Etudes, op. 10 – No. 9 in F minor
10. Etudes, op. 10 – No. 10 in A flat major
11. Etudes, op. 10 – No. 11 in E flat major
12. Etudes, op. 10 – No. 12 in C minor, «Revolutionary»
13. Etudes, op. 25 – No. 1 in A flat major
14. Etudes, op. 25 – No. 2 in F minor
15. Etudes, op. 25 – No. 3 in F major
16. Etudes, op. 25 – No. 4 in A minor
17. Etudes, op. 25 – No. 5 in E minor
18. Etudes, op. 25 – No. 6 in G sharp minor
19. Etudes, op. 25 – No. 7 in C sharp minor
20. Etudes, op. 25 – No. 8 in D flat major
21. Etudes, op. 25 – No. 9 in G flat major
22. Etudes, op. 25 – No. 10 in B minor
23. Etudes, op. 25 – No. 11 in A minor, «Winter Wind»
24. Etudes, op. 25 – No. 12 in C minor

Volume 3: Mazurkas. Volume 1
01. No. 1 in F sharp minor, op. 6/1
02. No. 2 in C sharp minor, op. 6/2
03. No. 3 in E major, op. 6/3
04. No. 4 in E flat minor, op. 6/4
05. No. 5 in B flat major, op. 7/1
06. No. 6 in A minor, op. 7/2
07. No. 7 in F minor, op. 7/3
08. No. 8 in A flat major, op. 7/4
09. No. 9 in C major, op. 7/5
10. No. 10 in B flat major, op. 17/1
11. No. 11 in E minor, op. 17/2
12. No. 12 in A flat major, op. 17/3
13. No. 13 in A minor, op. 17/4
14. No. 14 in G minor, op. 24/1
15. No. 15 in C major, op. 24/2
16. No. 16 in A flat major, op. 24/3
17. No. 17 in B flat minor, op. 24/4
18. No. 18 in C minor, op. 30/1
19. No. 19 in B minor, op. 30/2
20. No. 20 in D flat major, op. 30/3
21. No. 21 in C sharp minor, op. 30/4
22. No. 22 in G sharp minor, op. 33/1
23. No. 23 in D major, op. 33/2
24. No. 24 in C major, op. 33/3
25. No. 25 in B minor, op. 33/4
26. No. 26 in C sharp minor, op. 41/1

Volume 4: Mazurkas. Volume 2
01. No. 27 in E minor, op. 41/2
02. No. 28 in B major, op. 41/3
03. No. 29 in A flat major, op. 41/4
04. No. 30 in G major, op. 50/1
05. No. 31 in A flat major, op. 50/2
06. No. 32 in C sharp minor, op. 50/3
07. No. 33 in B major, op. 56/1
08. No. 34 in C major, op. 56/2
09. No. 35 in C minor, op. 56/3
10. No. 36 in A minor, op. 59/1
11. No. 37 in A flat major, op. 59/2
12. No. 38 in F sharp minor, op. 59/3
13. No. 39 in B major, op. 63/1
14. No. 40 in F minor, op. 63/2
15. No. 41 in C sharp minor, op. 63/3
16. No. 42 in G major, op. 67/1
17. No. 43 in G minor, op. 67/2
18. No. 44 in C major, op. 67/3
19. No. 45 in A minor, op. 67/4
20. No. 46 in C major, op. 68/1
21. No. 47 in A minor, op. 68/2
22. No. 48 in F major, op. 68/3
23. No. 49 in F minor, op. 68/4
24. No. 50 in A minor, op. posth.
25. No. 51 in A minor, op. posth.

Volume 5: Nocturnes. Volume 1
01. B flat minor, op. 9, no. 1
02. E flat major, op. 9, no. 2
03. B major, op. 9, no. 3
04. F major, op. 15, no. 1
05. F sharp major, op. 15, no. 2
06. G minor, op. 15, no. 3
07. C sharp minor, op. 27, no. 1
08. D flat major, op. 27, no. 2
09. B major, op. 32, no. 1
10. A flat major, op. 32, no. 2
11. C minor, BI 108
12. C sharp minor, BI 49

Volume 6: Nocturnes. Volume 2
01. G minor, op. 37, no. 1
02. G major, op. 37, no. 2
03. C minor, op. 48, no. 1
04. F sharp minor, op. 48, no. 2
05. F minor, op. 55, no. 1
06. E flat major, op. 55, no. 2
07. B major, op. 62, no. 1
08. E major, op. 62, no. 2
09. E minor, op. 72, no. 1 (posth.)

Volume 7: Piano Sonatas
01. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor, op. 4 – Allegro maestoso
02. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor, op. 4 – Menuetto
03. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor, op. 4 – Larghetto
04. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor, op. 4 – Finale
05. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B flat minor, op. 35 – Grave – Doppio movimento
06. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B flat minor, op. 35 – Scherzo
07. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B flat minor, op. 35 – Marche funebre: Lento
08. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B flat minor, op. 35 – Finale: Presto
09. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, op. 58 – Allegro maestoso
10. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, op. 58 – Scherzo: Molto vivace
11. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, op. 58 – Largo
12. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, op. 58 – Finale: Presto, non tanto

Volume 8: Polonaises. Volume 1
01. C sharp minor, op. 26, no. 1
02. E flat minor, op. 26, no. 2
03. A major, op. 40, no. 1, «Military»
04. C minor, op. 40, no. 2
05. F sharp minor, op. 44
06. A flat major, op. 53, «Heroic»
07. A flat major, op. 61, «Polonaise-fantaisie»

Volume 9: Polonaises. Volume 2
01. D minor, op. 71, no. 1
02. B flat major, op. 71, no. 2
03. F minor, op. 71, no. 3
04. G minor, BI 1
05. B flat major, BI 3
06. A flat major, BI 5
07. G sharp minor, BI 6
08. B flat minor, «Adieu», BI 13
09. G flat major, BI 36
10. Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise in E flat major, op. 22 – Andante spianato
11. Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise in E flat major, op. 22 – Grande Polonaise

Volume 10: Preludes (Including «The Raindrop») • Barcarolle • Bolero
01. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 1
02. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 2
03. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 3
04. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 4
05. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 5
06. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 6
07. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 7
08. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 8
09. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 9
10. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 10
11. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 11
12. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 12
13. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 13
14. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 14
15. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 15
16. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 16
17. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 17
18. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 18
19. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 19
20. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 20
21. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 21
22. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 22
23. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 23
24. 24 Preludes, op. 28 – No. 24
25. Prelude in A flat major, op. posth.
26. Prelude in C sharp minor, op. 45
27. Barcarolle. op. 60
28. Bolero, op. 19
29. Bourree I
30. Bourree II
31. Wiosna
32. Feuille d’Album
33. Fugue

Volume 11: Rondos and Variations
01. Rondo, op. 1
02. Rondo a la Mazurka, op. 5
03. Rondo, op. 16
04. Rondo, op. 73
05. Mazurka in G major, BI 16
06. Mazurka in B flat major, BI 16
07. Mazurka in B flat major, BI 73
08. Mazurka in C major, BI 82
09. Mazurka in A flat major, BI 7
10. Mazurka in D major, BI 4
11. Variations brillantes, op. 12
12. Variations on a German air
13. Variations on a March from Bellini’s I Puritani
14. Variations «Souvenir de Paganini»
15. Variations in D major for two pianos (with Martin Sauer, second pianist)

Volume 12: Scherzos and Impromptus • Allegro de concert
01. Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, op. 20
02. Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, op. 31
03. Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, op. 39
04. Scherzo No. 4 in E major, op. 54
05. Impromptu No. 1 in A flat major, op. 29
06. Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major, op. 36
07. Impromptu No. 3 in G flat major, op. 51
08. Impromptu No. 4 in C sharp minor, op. 66, «Fantaisie-impromptu»
09. Allegro de concert, op. 46

Volume 13: Waltzes • Contredanse • Ecossaises • Tarantelle
01. Valse brillante in E flat major, op. 18
02. Grande Valses Brillantes – in A flat major, op. 34/1
03. Grande Valses Brillantes – in A minor, op. 34/2
04. Grande Valses Brillantes – in F major, op. 34/3
05. Valse in A flat major, op. 42
06. Valse in D flat major, op. 64/1, «Minute»
07. Valse in C sharp minor, op. 64/2
08. Valse in A flat major, op. 64/3
09. Valse in A flat major, op. 69/1, «L’adieu»
10. Valse in B minor, op. 69/2
11. Valse in G flat major, op. 70/1
12. Valse in F minor, op. 70/2
13. Valse in D flat major, op. 70/3
14. Valse in A flat major, BI 21
15. Valse in E major, BI 44
16. Valse in E minor, BI 56
17. Valse in A minor, BI 150
18. Valse in E flat major, BI 133, «Sostenuto»
19. Valse in E flat major, BI 46
20. Contredanse in G flat ajor, BI 17
21. Ecossaises, op. 72/2 – No. 1 in D major
22. Ecossaises, op. 72/2 – No. 2 in G major
23. Ecossaises, op. 72/2 – No. 3 in D
24. Tarantelle in A flat major, op. 43

Volume 14: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
01. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, op. 11 – Allegro maestoso
02. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, op. 11 – Romanza: Larghetto
03. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, op. 11 – Rondo: Vivace
04. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, op. 21 – Maestoso
05. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, op. 21 – Larghetto
06. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, op. 21 – Allegretto vivace

Volume 15: Fantasia on Polish Airs • Variations on «La ci darem la mano» • Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise
01. Fantasia on Polish Airs, op. 13 – Introduction: Largo non troppo
02. Fantasia on Polish Airs, op. 13 – Air: Juz miesiac zaszedi: Andantino
03. Fantasia on Polish Airs, op. 13 – Theme de Charles Kurpinski: Allegretto
04. Fantasia on Polish Airs, op. 13 – Kujawiak: Vivace
05. Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise, op. 22 – Allegro maestoso
06. Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise, op. 22 – Scherzo: Molto vivace
07. Variations om «La ci darem la mano» from Mozart’s «Don Giovanni», op. 2 – Introduction: Largo
08. Variations om «La ci darem la mano» from Mozart’s «Don Giovanni», op. 2 – Tema: Allegretto
09. Variations om «La ci darem la mano» from Mozart’s «Don Giovanni», op. 2 – Variation I: Brillante
10. Variations om «La ci darem la mano» from Mozart’s «Don Giovanni», op. 2 – Variation II: Veloce, ma accuratamente
11. Variations om «La ci darem la mano» from Mozart’s «Don Giovanni», op. 2 – Variation III: Sempre sostenuto
12. Variations om «La ci darem la mano» from Mozart’s «Don Giovanni», op. 2 – Variation IV: Con bravura
13. Variations om «La ci darem la mano» from Mozart’s «Don Giovanni», op. 2 – Variation V: Adagio – Alla polacca
14. Krakowiak, op. 14 – Introduction: Andantino quasi allegretto
15. Krakowiak, op. 14 – Rondo: Allegro non troppo

Excellent Interpretation of Chopin

I’ve enjoyed the recordings in this set for a long time now, and they seem to just get better. At 15 full-length cd’s, this was a monumental effort by Idil Biret. Chopin’s works for solo piano are not easy. She put a great deal of thought into interpretation and style, and produced a result Chopin would have been pleased with, I would think. I am particularly fond of the Nocturnes, Polonaises, and Ballades, but that’s hardly unusual for an admirer of Chopin.

3 Comments

  1. Fantastic share!!! Thank you, Chopin is perfection beyond words!

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