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The Complete Chopin Nocturnes (2-CD's)
Fryderyk Chopin, Earl Wild, Frederick Chopin
The Complete Chopin Nocturnes (2-CD's)
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (9) - Disc #2

Grammy® award-winner, Earl Wild, in a magnificent new recording of all 21 Chopin Nocturnes. Stylish and impassioned. (DDD) Recorded 1996. Mastered using 20-Bit State-of-the-Art Technology ? HDCD Encoded

      
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All Artists: Fryderyk Chopin, Earl Wild, Frederick Chopin
Title: The Complete Chopin Nocturnes (2-CD's)
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Label: Ivory Classics
Original Release Date: 12/1/1997
Re-Release Date: 12/10/1997
Genre: Classical
Styles: Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830), Modern, 20th, & 21st Century
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 644057070120

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Grammy® award-winner, Earl Wild, in a magnificent new recording of all 21 Chopin Nocturnes. Stylish and impassioned. (DDD) Recorded 1996. Mastered using 20-Bit State-of-the-Art Technology ? HDCD Encoded

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The Mount Everest of Nocturnes?
Robert Thomas | Los Angeles, CA | 09/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Are these the best complete nocturnes ever recorded? Is it possible that these masterpieces in miniature could be played with even more poetry, artistry and passion than the revered recording by the late Artur Rubenstein?

THE ANSWER: Possibly, depending on your taste.
In a back to back listening, I find that although Earl Wild's awesome technique outshines Rubenstein in certain difficult runs and passages, Rubenstein on the whole has a slightly better feel for these pieces, although not in all cases. In a cold breakdown, I'd have to give Rubenstein a 60-40 advantage.

Still, Wild's supreme use of pedal, judicious use of rubato, and delicacy of phrasing catapults this recording into the pantheon of all-time greats, heads above Vasary, Moravec, and Ashkenazy (all notable, though lesser, recordings).

All in all, one of the 2 best (along with Rubenstein) complete nocturne recordings ever put to disk.

A must have for all Chopin lovers, nocturne lovers, and humans with a pulse and a credit card.


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