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Frédéric Chopin: Préludes - Piano Sonata No. 2

Martha Argerich

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24 Préludes, Op.28  
1
No. 1 In C Major
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
0:32
2
No. 2 In A Minor
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
2:10
3
No. 3 In G Major
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
0:51
4
No. 4 In E Minor
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
1:52
5
No. 5 In D Major
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
0:30
6
No. 6 In B Minor
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
1:47
7
No. 7 In A Major
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
0:44
8
No. 8 In F Sharp Minor
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
1:29
9
No. 9 In E Major
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
1:31
10
No. 10 In C Sharp Minor
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
0:24
11
No. 11 In B Major
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
0:33
12
No. 12 In G Sharp Minor
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
0:58
13
No. 13 In F Sharp Major
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
2:44
14
No. 14 In E Flat Minor
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
0:29
15
No. 15 In D Flat Major
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
4:51
16
No. 16 In B Flat Minor
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
1:00
17
No. 17 In A Flat Major
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
2:49
18
No. 18 In F Minor
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
0:48
19
No. 19 In E Flat Major
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
1:04
20
No. 20 In C Minor
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
1:32
21
No. 21 In B Flat Major
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
1:34
22
No. 22 In G Minor
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
0:34
23
No. 23 In F Major
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
0:43
24
No. 24 In D Minor
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
2:18
25
Prélude No. 25 In C Sharp Minor, Op.45
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
4:06
26
Prélude No. 26 In A Flat, Op.posth.
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
0:45
Piano Sonata No.2 In B Flat Minor, Op.35  
27
I. Grave - Doppio movimento
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
6:41
28
II. Scherzo - Più lento - Tempo I
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
6:05
29
III. Marche funèbre
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
8:35
30
IV. Finale
Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich
1:27
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    61:26
"... (her) way with the 24 Préludes achieves a storm of contradictions. Mood follows mood, flashing and alternating like the play of the elements themselves ... her overall response could hardly be more vivid."
- Gramophone

"At her most explosive in 1975, Argerich conveys the originality of the Sonata to perfection. Yes, she may play fast and loose with some of the composer's instructions, but when it's done with such conviction it seems entirely apt."
- BBC Music Magazine

"Recording of the Month ... I cannot imagine that anyone would quibble at the application of the term 'legendary' in this case ... (on the Préludes) the tigress of the keyboard laid down one of her finest Chopin performances ... for many this is the finest Chopin prélude set ever recorded ... Argerich’s rendering of (the Second Sonata), an impossibly smooth sounding combination of speed and virtuosity with restrained dynamic, I find unrivalled ... the whole work has an overall power that is uniquely Argerich. A great Chopin disc."
- MusicWeb International

This classic 1977 release features a stunning interpretation of Chopin's Préludes by pianist Martha Argerich, still considered a reference recording of the set by many critics. The programme also an equally impressive Piano Sonata No. 2, recorded in 1975.
192 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Deutsche Grammophon Studio Masters

Executive Producer: Rainer Brock
Recording Producer: Rainer Brock (opp. 28, 35); Heinz Wildhagen (op. 45, op. posth.)
Tonmeister (Balance Engineer): Heinz Wildhagen
Recording Engineer: Wolf-Dieter Karwatky (op. 28), Gernot Westhäuser (op. 45, op. posth.); Jobst Eberhardt (op.35)
Cover Photo: Klaus Hennch
Artist Photos: Susesch Bayat (p. 2), Lelli Masotti (p. 5), Mike Evans (p. 7)
Art Direction: Hartmut Pfeiffer

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