The Essential Piano - 40 Popular Classics (2CD)

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Most of us at one time or another have been compelled to undertake piano lessons, with varying degrees of success and enjoyment! This double CD of popular classics will bring back all the memories to delight and entrance listeners. In amongst themore traditional classical “hits” such as Beethoven's Fur Elise, Debussy's Clair de Lune and Satie's Gymnopedie No. 1, you will encounter such gems as Jessica's Theme from The Man From Snowy River, Gershwin's I Got Rhythm and Scott Joplin's The Entertainer.

There is something for everyone on this 2CD extravaganza of more than two and a half hours of popular classics.

Features stunning performances from such pianists as Roger Woodward, Stephanie McCallum, Gerard Willems, Donna Coleman, John Champ, Duncan Gifford and many more...

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Michael Kieran Harvey, Roger Woodward, Stephanie McCallum, David Stanhope, Gerard Willems, John Champ, Sally Whitwell, Donna Coleman, Gerard Williams, Roberto Cominati, Antony Gray, Chu-Fang Huang, William Chen, Kathryn Selby, Tamara Anna Cislowska, Scott Davie, Leslie Howard, Duncan Gifford, Slawomir Wilk

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CD 1

  1. BACH Prelude in C major
  2. MOZART Minuet in G major
  3. BEETHOVEN Bagatelle in A minor, 'Für Elise'
  4. SCHUMANN Träumerei from Kinderszenen
  5. CHOPIN 'Military' Polonaise
  6. LISZT Liebestraum in A-flat major
  7. BEETHOVEN Adagio sostenuto from 'Moonlight' Sonata
  8. CHOPIN 'Raindrop' Prelude
  9. SCULTHORPE Left Bank Waltz
  10. SATIE Gymnopédie No. 1
  11. GRIEG Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
  12. RACHMANINOV Prelude No. 1 in C-sharp minor
  13. DEBUSSY Clair de lune
  14. NYMAN The Heart Asks Pleasure First
  15. KATS-CHERNIN Russian Rag
  16. GERSHWIN I Got Rhythm
  17. MOZART Allegro from Piano Sonata in C major, K545
  18. BEETHOVEN Adagio cantabile from Piano 'Pathétique' Sonata
  19. CHOPIN Prelude in G major, Op. 28 No. 3
  20. BRAHMS Intermezzo in A major, Op. 118 No. 2

CD 2

  1. ROWLAND Jessica's Theme from The Man from Snowy River
  2. BACH Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  3. HAYDN Allegro from Sonata No. 60 in C major
  4. MOZART Rondo alla turca from Piano Sonata No. 11
  5. BRAHMS Lullaby
  6. RAVEL Pavane pour une infant défunte
  7. BLAKE Walking in the Air from Lifecycle
  8. JARRETT Part IIc from The Köln Concert
  9. JOPLIN The Entertainer
  10. DEBUSSY L'Isle joyeuse
  11. PÄRT Für Alina
  12. MUSSORGSKY Promenade from Pictures from an Exhibition
  13. SINDING Rustle of Spring
  14. TRADITIONAL Irish Tune from County Derry, 'Danny Boy'
  15. DEBUSSY The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
  16. CHOPIN Prelude in E minor, Op. 28 No. 4
  17. SCHUBERT Impromptu in G-flat major
  18. MENDELSSOHN Song without Words, Op. 19 No. 4
  19. LISZT Consolation No. 1
  20. CHOPIN Barcarolle