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Chopin: Complete Piano Music

Chopin: Complete Piano Music Lowest new price: $57.61
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This 15-disc set, recorded from 1990 to 1992, is a truly complete survey of Chopin's piano music, including juvenilia and the works for piano and orchestra. It may not be quite the triumph of Biret's Brahms set, in which the performances are competitive with the best to be heard anywhere. But all of this playing is thoroughly worthy of the music, and Biret's technique is strong enough to deal with such hurdles as the Études and Scherzi without flinching. Her style is a bit more straightforward than that of the most famous Chopin poets (such as Rubinstein and Cortot), making these recordings a particularly good bet for students and listeners who are first learning to love Chopin. One can often come up with a (more expensive) recording that expresses even more of the poetry of the music than Biret does: Moravec's Nocturnes, Rubinstein's Mazurkas, Zayas's Études, and so on. And occasionally some of the lesser-known music (such as the First Sonata) might be better skipped except by scholars and curious listeners who want to know why these pieces are so obscure. But finding 15 well-filled CDs of such great music, in such excellent performances, so well recorded, for such an absurdly low price becomes an irresistible bargain. Even connoisseurs who know the great Chopin recordings of the past may well find these recordings a refreshing alternate view of the music. --Leslie Gerber


Chopin: Complete Edition

Chopin: Complete Edition Lowest used price: $159.99

On the 150th anniversary of his death, Deutsche Grammophon released this impressive box set featuring the complete works of Frédéric Chopin. Spread out over 17 CDs, it contains some truly big-name artists--Argerich, Pollini, Barenboim, and Ashkenazy--and a few you've probably never heard of. The majority of the set's nine volumes contain some music newly produced for this undertaking, and a few items (Chopin's songs, for instance) were recorded specifically for this collection. A well-illustrated book is included--it contains an essay, dateline, and illustrations--and each volume in the set gets its own liner notes. The music? It varies from great to less than great, but most of it is worth hearing. Those accustomed to Rubinstein's readings of the Mazurkas will find those played by Jean-Marc Luisada less fluid and lacking Rubinstein's power. Chopin's songs, seldom heard and filled with elements of Polish folk dances and the less-than-stellar lyrics of the composer's friend Stefan Witwicki, get a college try here by soprano Elzbieta Szmytka. They sound as good as you'll hear anywhere (if you can find them). It probably goes without saying that Martha Argerich's rousing 26 Préludes are some of the set's more exciting moments. But, really, the entire collection is solid. It should be noted that budget label Naxos has released its own Chopin edition at less than half the price of this set. With Idil Biret as the only performer on that set, you miss out on some of the diverse performances and personalities found here. Also, to please those of us who already own favorite performances of these works, each two-CD volume in the Complete Chopin Edition can be purchased individually. Bravo. --Jason Verlinde


Rough Guide to the Music of France

Rough Guide to the Music of France Lowest new price: $2.99
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Model: 09264786

The Rough Guide To The Music Of France embraces a bewildering array of styles. This excellent introduction typically fulfils the stereotypes of spidering accordions and husky, ear-licking vocals, but there are also representatives from every corner of the country, sometimes sung in languages or dialects that you've never heard before. These diverse folk forms from within France are mingled with relatively recent cultural imports from North Africa and beyond. The selection's authoritatively compiled by radio producer and journalist Guillaume Veillet, from Grenoble. Les Ogres De Barback manage to take traditional elements and upset them with a dynamic punk spirit, while Lo'Jo do the same by creating a catchy-chorus pop sensibility. The Massilia Sound System fuses hip-hop scratching with Occitan (southern) folk traditions and La Talvera retain a determinedly grainy, authentic feel. Meanwhile, Les Primitifs Du Futur feature a fruitful meeting between cartoonist R. Crumb and two North African guests, and Bagad Men Ha Tan and Doudou N'Diaye Rose combine Breton small piping with Senegalese drumming. If that's not enough already, there's also Corsican choral polyphony, some hurdy gurdy introspection, gypsy jazz guitars and vintage material from the more obvious Edith Piaf and Ferre. --Martin Longley

The Rough Guide To The Music Of France embraces a bewildering array of styles. This excellent introduction typically fulfils the stereotypes of spidering accordions and husky, ear-licking vocals, but there are also representatives from every corner of the country, sometimes sung in languages or dialects that you've never heard before. These diverse folk forms from within France are mingled with relatively recent cultural imports from North Africa and beyond. The selection's authoritatively compiled by radio producer and journalist Guillaume Veillet, from Grenoble. Les Ogres De Barback manage to take traditional elements and upset them with a dynamic punk spirit, while Lo'Jo do the same by creating a catchy-chorus pop sensibility. The Massilia Sound System fuses hip-hop scratching with Occitan (southern) folk traditions and La Talvera retain a determinedly grainy, authentic feel. Meanwhile, Les Primitifs Du Futur feature a fruitful meeting between cartoonist R. Crumb and two North African guests, and Bagad Men Ha Tan and Doudou N'Diaye Rose combine Breton small piping with Senegalese drumming. If that's not enough already, there's also Corsican choral polyphony, some hurdy gurdy introspection, gypsy jazz guitars and vintage material from the more obvious Edith Piaf and Ferre. --Martin Longley

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Jazz Guitar Bach

Jazz Guitar Bach Lowest new price: $49.00
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Author: André Benichou

Bach in the Modern Age. With Electric guitar, guitar, lute and viheula, Andre Benichou transcribes Bach merging Jazz with Boroque. Minuets, Preludes, Chorales and Fugue. A must for the Jazz efficionado and the Classical liberal.

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  • COUNTRY: United States
  • RECORD NUMBER: H-71069
  • COVER GRADE: NM
  • VINYL GRADE: VG++
  • TITLE: Jazz Guitar Bach


John Williams & Friends

John Williams & Friends Lowest new price: $16.16
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Rafael Puyana: Baroque Masterpieces for the Harpsichord

Rafael Puyana: Baroque Masterpieces for the Harpsichord

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Chabrier: Espana / Joyeuse Marche / Danse Slave (from Le Roi Malgre Lui) / Suite Pastorale / Gwendoline Overture / Bourree Fantasque

Chabrier: Espana / Joyeuse Marche / Danse Slave (from Le Roi Malgre Lui) / Suite Pastorale / Gwendoline Overture / Bourree Fantasque Lowest new price: $68.95
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Complete Edition 5: Polonaises

Complete Edition 5: Polonaises Lowest new price: $8.50
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Set of 2 cds representing Complete Chopin Edition: Polonaises: Andante Spianato Minor Works. Performed by Maurizio Pollini, Martha Argerich and Anatol Ugorski.


Andres Segovia: The Intimate Guitar [Audio Cassette]

Andres Segovia: The Intimate Guitar [Audio Cassette] Lowest used price: $5.50

Cassette issue of these hard-to-find classic Segovia recordings. Not reissued on CD! Tracks: BENDA: Sonatina in D; Sonatina in D Minor; SCARLATTI: Two-Sonatas: Larghetto; Minuet; SOR: Andante in C Minor & Minuet in C; Minuet in A; Minuet in C; WEISS: Bourree; BACH: Cello Suite No. 1: Prelude; Sarabande; Minuet I, Minuet II: ASENCIO: Dipso; PONCE: Preiude in E.


Chopin: Complete Piano Music 10

Chopin: Complete Piano Music 10 Lowest new price: $4.70
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