March 1 - March 7, 2010
"100 Best Chopin"

This week marks the 200th birth anniversary of pianist and composer Frederic Chopin and our CD of the week is a terrific collection of over seven hours of the best in Chopin.
100 BEST CHOPIN CLASSICS is the next release in EMI's highly successful 100 BEST series. This 6 CD box set contains all the most familiar and best-loved works by the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin, performed by a galaxy of star pianists. The pianists heard in this album include exciting new performers like Ingrid Fliter and Nelson Goerner, as well as many established stars like Leif Ove Ansdnes, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Stanislav Bunin, Stephen Kovacevich, Mikhail Pletnev and Maurizio Pollini. This collection covers all the main genres in which Chopin wrote, and includes the complete sets of Preludes and Études, the 14 Waltzes, plus a generous selection of the most familiar Polonaises, Mazurkas, Nocturnes and Impromptus, as well as single pieces like the soothing Berceuse, the evocative Barcarolle and the stirring Fantaisie-impromptu. Works for piano and orchestra are represented by the Andante spianato et grand polonaise, Krakowiak, Fantasy on Polish Airs, Variations on `La ci darem la mano' and extracts from the two piano concertos. It's on sale this week at Arkivmusic.com.