(5 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, okay, you somehow stumbled on this great CD, but you've got no idea what's on it since the tracks aren't listed, and unfortunately Naxos makes it slightly confusing. You see there are ten CDs under the title "Romantic Piano Favorites" (Volume 1-10). But there are also two box sets which contain five of the CDs and are confusingly labelled volume 1 and 2. So be carefull what you buy. I advise you to get the box sets, because they're very inexpensive.Also the name of the collection is somewhat misleading. The piano pieces are not all from the Romantic Era (although some are) and they're not romantic in nature (some are dark, others just dance pieces).And don't be afraid by Naxos. I've heard some people tell me that they don't buy from inexpensive labels fearing the sound quality would be subpar. But Naxos has never dissapointed me and this box set is wonderful. The piano sounds great and the pianist themselves are very talented.This box set is Volume 2 (which contains Volume 6-10). By the way if you want to hear some of the samples then find the single CDs (rather than the box set) and you can hear them. The first CD of this box set (Vol. 6) begins wonderfully from works by Haydn, Grieg, and Schumann. What's wonderful here is that some of the pieces are ones you'd never here unless you picked up this box set. Vol. 7 has Brahms craddle song (which everyone could easily recognize) and his 5th Hungarian Dance, Vol. 8 Rosas famous Sobre las olas, Vol. 9 Mozart version of the famous French lullabye (We know it as Twinkle, twinkle little Star), And finally Vol. 10 the Danse Macabre.This is trully a great collection! Buy it!"