Classical Piano Giants (10CD)

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Classical Piano Giants

Sviatoslav Richter (piano), Maurizio Pollini (piano), Artur Rubinstein (piano), Vladimir Horowitz (piano), Van Cliburn (piano), Geza Anda (piano), Clara Haskil (piano), Leon Fleisher (piano), Julius Katchen (piano), Byron Janis (piano)

Ten of the world’s greatest pianists of the 20th century - Sviatoslav Richter, Maurizio Pollini, Artur Rubinstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Van Cliburn, Geza Anda, Clara Haskil, Leon Fleisher, Julius Katchen and Byron Janis - are featured in this special 10-CD box set of some of their best albums.

Collectively the hands of these outstanding artists brought to life, often in exceptional ways, the major works of the piano literature, both concertos and solo piano music. Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Liszt and Chopin are represented as are Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert and Schumann, Scriabin and Prokofiev. The result is a portrait of an epoch unique in its pianistic versatility.

The original artwork, both European and American, is printed on the sleeves of these 12 exemplary albums recorded by ten giants of the keyboard.


 

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 'March Funebre'

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Brahms:

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

Waltz, Op. 39 No. 1 in B major

Waltz, Op. 39 No. 2 in E major

Waltz, Op. 39 No. 3 in G sharp minor

Waltz, Op. 39 No. 4 in E minor

Waltz, Op. 39 No. 5 in E major

Waltz, Op. 39 No. 6 in C sharp major

Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Liszt:

Au bord d'une source (Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 No. 4)

Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 5)

Funérailles (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 7)

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 6 in D flat major

Rakoczi March, S242a/1 (first version, 1839/40)

Totentanz, S126 for piano & orchestra

Valse oubliée No. 1, S.215/1

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K330

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Prelude Op. 32 No. 5 in G major

Schubert:

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

Scriabin:

Prelude, Op. 11 No. 5 in D major

Prelude, Op. 22 No. 1 in G sharp minor

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23