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Leopold Hofmann

Martha Argerich / Vladimir Horowitz / Arthur Rubinstein

Chopin Piano Works

  • Type CD
  • Label Diapason
  • UPC 3770003441892
  • Catalog number DIAP 02
  • Release date 22 January 2016

About the album

Bring together Mozart’s chamber music in a single box set? Schubert’s piano music? The Mahler symphonies? The principle is not new, but our particular method is unprecedented: the selection of thirteen hours of Chopin’s piano music was en- trusted to twenty-three experts. One team consisted of eight Diapason critics plus two of our highly esteemed colleagues, Jacques Drillon and Jed Distler. The other included a dozen pianists—and not just any pianists!—who agreed to enter into the spirit of the game. We sent seven or eight versions of the body of works they selected to Aldo Ciccolini, Nelson Freire, Nelson Goerner, Benjamin Grosvenor, Stephen Hough, Lang Lang, Nikolai Lugansky, Jean-Marc Luisada, Alain Planès, Alexandre Tharaud, Simon Trpecski and Daniil Trifonov. The fruits of their labours, their illuminations, and their ambivalences are summed up in the second half of this booklet. Certain groups of pieces implied a significant amount of work: hats off to Bertrand Boissard for leading us through the jungle of the Mazurkas, and the musicologist Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger, who worked through the twelve nocturnes. From Cortot to Rubinstein and Horowitz to Perlmuter, from the ageing Horszowski to the teenaged Pollini, this unparalleled survey celebrates Chopin’s creative imagination, as Nikolai Lugansky points out in the notes. We’ll be hearing more than thirty pianists, some of whose performances have long been fêted as definitive versions, others whose recordings are rarities, like Hofmann playing Ballade no. 4 in 1938. Novaes’s concert version of the Concerto No. 2 had only been issued in a limited edition, and at a very unlikely pitch, because the soundtrack went too quickly! We slowed things down to a plausible speed, an operation that was also carried out on several other 78s. For greater listening comfort we sometimes modified the order of the opus numbers in the polonaises and nocturnes, basing our decisions on the different sound qualities and key signatures. For the last two tracks on CD 10, critics and pianists are in perfect harmony. A few years ago the Diapason team held a round-table on the formidable Barcarolle, and actually came to the same conclusion as Alain Planès: of the eight versions he listened to blind, Dinu Lipatti and Martha Argerich emerged as clear favourites, proving that our game of compare and contrast was not a completely random and subjective exercise. 

  • 1
    1
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 C Major. Agitato
     
    00:39
  • 1
    2
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 A Minor. Lento
     
    02:16
  • 1
    3
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 G Major. Vivace
     
    00:59
  • 1
    4
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 E Minor. Largo
     
    01:48
  • 1
    5
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 D Major. Allegro molto
     
    00:37
  • 1
    6
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 B Minor. Lento assai
     
    01:49
  • 1
    7
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 A Major. Andantino
     
    00:37
  • 1
    8
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 F Sharp Minor. Molto agitato
     
    01:40
  • 1
    9
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 E Major. Largo
     
    01:13
  • 1
    10
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 C Sharp Minor. Allegro molto
     
    00:31
  • 1
    11
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 B Major. Vivace
     
    00:30
  • 1
    12
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 G Sharp Minor. Presto
     
    01:06
  • 1
    13
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 F Sharp Major. Lento
     
    02:32
  • 1
    14
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 E Flat Minor. Allegro
     
    00:33
  • 1
    15
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 D Flat Major
     
    04:42
  • 1
    16
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 B Flat Minor. Presto con fuoco
     
    01:03
  • 1
    17
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 A Flat Major. Allegretto
     
    02:38
  • 1
    18
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 F Minor. Allegro molto
     
    00:48
  • 1
    19
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 E Flat Major. Vivace
     
    01:15
  • 1
    20
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 C Minor. Largo
     
    01:24
  • 1
    21
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 B Flat Major. Cantabile
     
    01:36
  • 1
    22
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 G Minor. Molto agitato
     
    00:46
  • 1
    23
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 F Major. Moderato
     
    00:42
  • 1
    24
    24 Preludes, Op. 28 D Minor. Allegro appassionato
     
    02:32
  • 1
    25
    Ballade No. 1 in G Minor Op. 23
     
    08:42
  • 1
    26
    Ballade No. 2 in F Major Op. 38
     
    07:03
  • 1
    27
    Ballade No. 3 in A Flat Major Op. 47
     
    06:48
  • 1
    28
    Ballade No. 4 in F Minor Op. 52
     
    09:34
  • 1
    29
    Ballade No. 4 in F Minor Op. 52
     
    09:31
  • 1
    30
    Prelude in C Sharp Minor Op. 45
     
    04:07
  • 2
    1
    Études Op. 10 No. 1 in C Major
     
    01:54
  • 2
    2
    Études Op. 10 No. 2 in A Minor
     
    01:24
  • 2
    3
    Études Op. 10 No. 3 in E Major
     
    03:43
  • 2
    4
    Études Op. 10 No. 4 in C Sharp Minor
     
    02:00
  • 2
    5
    Études Op. 10 No. 5 in G Flat Major
     
    01:36
  • 2
    6
    Études Op. 10 No. 6 in E Flat Minor
     
    03:09
  • 2
    7
    Études Op. 10 No. 7 in C Major
     
    01:29
  • 2
    8
    Études Op. 10 No. 8 in F Major
     
    02:18
  • 2
    9
    Études Op. 10 No. 9 in F Minor
     
    02:08
  • 2
    10
    Études Op. 10 No. 10 in A Flat Major
     
    02:20
  • 2
    11
    Études Op. 10 No. 11 in E Flat Major
     
    02:10
  • 2
    12
    Études Op. 10 No. 12 in C Minor
     
    02:35
  • 2
    13
    Études Op. 25 No. 1 in A Flat Major
     
    02:54
  • 2
    14
    Études Op. 25 No. 2 in F Minor
     
    01:53
  • 2
    15
    Études Op. 25 No. 3 in F Major
     
    01:45
  • 2
    16
    Études Op. 25 No. 4 in A Minor
     
    01:51
  • 2
    17
    Études Op. 25 No. 5 in E Minor
     
    03:11
  • 2
    18
    Études Op. 25 No. 6 in G Sharp Minor
     
    02:12
  • 2
    19
    Études Op. 25 No. 7 in C Sharp Minor
     
    05:18
  • 2
    20
    Études Op. 25 No. 8 in D Flat Major
     
    01:06
  • 2
    21
    Études Op. 25 No. 9 in G Flat Major
     
    01:05
  • 2
    22
    Études Op. 25 No. 10 in B Minor
     
    04:04
  • 2
    23
    Études Op. 25 No. 11 in A Minor
     
    03:21
  • 2
    24
    Études Op. 25 No. 12 in C Minor
     
    02:58
  • 2
    25
    Trois Nouvelles Études No. 1 in F Minor
     
    02:05
  • 2
    26
    Trois Nouvelles Études No. 2 in A flat Major
     
    01:31
  • 2
    27
    Trois Nouvelles Études No. 3 in D flat major
     
    01:33
  • 2
    28
    Excerpts from the Études Op. 25 No. 5
     
    03:32
  • 2
    29
    Excerpts from the Études Op. 10 No. 8
     
    02:20
  • 2
    30
    Excerpts from the Études Op. 10 No. 7
     
    01:20
  • 2
    31
    Excerpts from the Études Op. 10 No. 12
     
    02:24
  • 2
    32
    Excerpts from the Études Op. 25 No. 6
     
    01:52
  • 2
    33
    Excerpts from the Études Nouvelle E?tude No. 2
     
    02:18
  • 2
    34
    Excerpts from the Études Op. 10 No. 1
     
    01:58
  • 3
    1
    Polonaise-Fantaisie in A flat Major Op. 61
     
    11:47
  • 3
    2
    Andante spianato and grande polonaise brillante in E flat Major Op. 22
     
    13:56
  • 3
    3
    Polonaise in E Flat Minor Op. 26 No. 2
     
    07:13
  • 3
    4
    Polonaise in B Flat Major Op. 71 No. 2
     
    04:26
  • 3
    5
    Polonaise in C Sharp Minor Op. 26 No. 1
     
    06:46
  • 3
    6
    Polonaise in F Sharp Minor Op. 44
     
    09:31
  • 3
    7
    Polonaise in A Major Op. 40 No. 1, “Military”
     
    05:30
  • 3
    8
    Polonaise in C Minor Op. 40 No. 2
     
    07:41
  • 3
    9
    Polonaise in A Flat Major Op. 53, “Heroic”
     
    05:59
  • 3
    10
    Polonaise in A Flat Major Op. 53, “Heroic”
     
    06:16
  • 4
    1
    Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B Flat Minor
     
    05:04
  • 4
    2
    Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 in E Flat Major
     
    04:33
  • 4
    3
    Nocturne Op. 9 No. 3 in B Major
     
    06:06
  • 4
    4
    Nocturne Op. 27 No. 1 in C Sharp Minor
     
    04:52
  • 4
    5
    Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2 in D Flat Major
     
    05:14
  • 4
    6
    Nocturne op. 32 No.2 in A flat major
     
    05:14
  • 4
    7
    Nocturne Op. 37 No. 2 in G Major
     
    05:39
  • 4
    8
    Nocturne Op. 48 No. 1 in C Minor
     
    05:53
  • 4
    9
    Nocturne Op. 55 No. 2 in E Flat Major
     
    04:38
  • 4
    10
    Nocturne Op. 62 No. 1 in B Major
     
    06:04
  • 4
    11
    Nocturne Op. 62 No. 2 in E Major
     
    05:35
  • 4
    12
    Lento con gran espressione
     
    04:26
  • 5
    1
    Nocturne Op. 15 No. 1 in F Major
     
    04:26
  • 5
    2
    Nocturne Op. 15 No. 2 in F Sharp Major
     
    03:19
  • 5
    3
    Nocturne Op. 15 No. 3 in G Minor
     
    04:10
  • 5
    4
    Nocturne Op. 48 No. 2 in F Sharp Minor
     
    07:15
  • 5
    5
    Nocturne Op. 32 No. 1 in B Major
     
    04:39
  • 5
    6
    Nocturne Op. 37 No. 1 in G Minor
     
    05:39
  • 5
    7
    Nocturne Op. 55 No. 1 in F Minor
     
    05:10
  • 5
    8
    Nocturne Op. 72 in E Minor
     
    04:34
  • 5
    9
    Impromptu No. 1 in A Flat Major Op. 29
     
    03:21
  • 5
    10
    Impromptu No. 2 in F Sharp Major Op. 36
     
    05:20
  • 5
    11
    Impromptu No. 3 in G Flat Major Op. 51
     
    04:45
  • 5
    12
    Fantaisie-Impromptu in C Sharp Minor Op. 66
     
    04:08
  • 5
    13
    Nocturne Op. 15 No. 2
     
    03:49
  • 5
    14
    Nocturne Op. 72
     
    03:36
  • 5
    15
    Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. 66
     
    04:41
  • 5
    16
    Impromptu No. 2 Op. 36
     
    05:56
  • 5
    17
    Impromptu No. 1 Op. 29
     
    03:37
  • 6
    1
    Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor Op. 20
     
    08:36
  • 6
    2
    Scherzo No. 2 in B Flat Minor Op. 31
     
    09:31
  • 6
    3
    Scherzo No. 3 in C Sharp Minor Op. 39
     
    06:56
  • 6
    4
    Scherzo No. 4 in E Major Op. 54
     
    08:45
  • 6
    5
    Mazurka D Flat Major Op. 30 No. 3
     
    03:03
  • 6
    6
    Mazurka C Sharp Minor Op. 30 No. 4
     
    03:48
  • 6
    7
    Mazurka C Sharp Minor Op. 50 No. 3
     
    04:56
  • 6
    8
    Mazurka F Sharp Minor Op. 59 No. 3
     
    03:09
  • 6
    9
    Mazurka F Minor Op. 63 No. 2
     
    01:45
  • 6
    10
    Mazurka C Sharp Minor Op. 63 No. 3
     
    02:02
  • 6
    11
    Mazurka C Major Op. 7 No. 5
     
    00:38
  • 6
    12
    Mazurka G Minor Op. 24 No. 1
     
    02:40
  • 6
    13
    Mazurka G Sharp Minor Op. 33 No. 1
     
    01:37
  • 6
    14
    Mazurka C Major Op. 33 No. 3
     
    01:30
  • 6
    15
    Mazurka E Minor Op. 41 No. 2
     
    02:21
  • 6
    16
    Mazurka C Minor Op. 56 No. 3
     
    05:15
  • 6
    17
    Mazurka G Minor Op. 67 No. 2
     
    01:39
  • 6
    18
    Mazurka A Minor Op. 68 No. 2
     
    02:24
  • 6
    19
    Mazurka Op. 68 No. 2
     
    03:09
  • 6
    20
    Mazurka Op. 33 No 4
     
    03:05
  • 7
    1
    Mazurka B Flat Major Op. 7 No. 1
     
    01:56
  • 7
    2
    Mazurka A Minor Op. 7 No. 2
     
    02:31
  • 7
    3
    Mazurka F Minor Op. 7 No. 3
     
    01:53
  • 7
    4
    Mazurka D Major Op. 33 No. 2
     
    02:05
  • 7
    5
    Mazurka B Flat Minor Op. 24 No. 4
     
    03:41
  • 7
    6
    Mazurka B Minor Op. 33 No. 4
     
    04:09
  • 7
    7
    Mazurka C Sharp Minor Op. 41 No. 1
     
    03:01
  • 7
    8
    Mazurka A Flat Major Op. 50 No. 2
     
    03:03
  • 7
    9
    Mazurka C Sharp Minor Op. 63 No. 3
     
    02:16
  • 7
    10
    Mazurka C Major Op. 67 No. 3
     
    01:12
  • 7
    11
    Mazurka A Minor Op. 67 No. 4
     
    02:01
  • 7
    12
    Mazurka A Minor Op. 68 No. 2
     
    02:29
  • 7
    13
    Mazurka C Minor Op. 30 No. 1
     
    01:32
  • 7
    14
    Mazurka A Flat Major Op. 41 No. 3
     
    01:57
  • 7
    15
    Mazurka A Minor Op. 59 No. 1
     
    03:21
  • 7
    16
    Mazurka A Flat Major Op. 59 No. 2
     
    02:25
  • 7
    17
    Mazurka F Sharp Minor Op. 59 No. 3
     
    03:12
  • 7
    18
    Mazurka A Minor Op. Posthumous “Dedicated to Emile Gaillard”
     
    02:08
  • 7
    19
    Mazurka B Flat Major Op. 17 No. 1
     
    02:28
  • 7
    20
    Mazurka E A Minor Op. 17 No. 2
     
    01:57
  • 7
    21
    Mazurka A Flat Major Op. 17 No. 3
     
    04:20
  • 7
    22
    Mazurka A Minor Op. 17 No. 4
     
    04:32
  • 7
    23
    Mazurka A Minor Op. 17 No. 4
     
    03:25
  • 7
    24
    Mazurka LA Flat Major Op. 24 No. 3
     
    01:45
  • 7
    25
    Mazurka B Minor Op. 30 No. 2
     
    01:15
  • 7
    26
    Mazurka G Minor Op. 67 No. 2
     
    01:37
  • 7
    27
    Mazurka F Major Op. 68 No. 3
     
    02:17
  • 7
    28
    Mazurka F Minor Op. 68 No. 4
     
    01:34
  • 7
    29
    Mazurka G Minor Op. 24 No. 1
     
    02:32
  • 7
    30
    Mazurka C Major Op. 24 No. 2
     
    02:12
  • 7
    31
    Mazurka A Flat Major Op. 24 No. 3
     
    01:50
  • 7
    32
    Mazurka B Major Op. 56 No. 1
     
    03:37
  • 7
    33
    Mazurka C Major Op. 56 No. 2
     
    01:38
  • 8
    1
    Waltz A Flat Major Op. 42
     
    03:28
  • 8
    2
    Waltz D Flat Major Op. 64 No. 1
     
    01:35
  • 8
    3
    Waltz A Flat Major Op. 69 No. 1
     
    03:11
  • 8
    4
    Waltz C Sharp Minor Op. 64 No. 2
     
    01:51
  • 8
    5
    Waltz G Flat Major Op. 70 No. 1
     
    01:23
  • 8
    6
    Waltz B Minor Op. 69 No. 2
     
    02:58
  • 8
    7
    Waltz E Minor Op. Posthumous
     
    02:10
  • 8
    8
    Waltz A Minor Op. 34 No. 2
     
    03:26
  • 8
    9
    Waltz F Major Op. 34 No. 3
     
    01:56
  • 8
    10
    Waltz F Minor Op. 70 No. 2
     
    01:19
  • 8
    11
    Waltz D Flat Major Op. 70 No. 3
     
    01:49
  • 8
    12
    Waltz A Flat Major Op. 64 No. 3
     
    02:38
  • 8
    13
    Waltz E Flat Major Op. 18
     
    04:10
  • 8
    14
    Waltz A Flat Major Op. 34 No. 1
     
    04:38
  • 8
    15
    Waltz A Flat Major Op. 34 No. 1
     
    03:51
  • 8
    16
    Waltz A Flat Major Op. 34 No. 1
     
    04:15
  • 8
    17
    Waltz E Flat Major Op. 18
     
    04:18
  • 8
    18
    Waltz D Flat Major Op. 70 No. 3
     
    01:57
  • 8
    19
    Waltz A Flat Major Op. 42
     
    03:38
  • 8
    20
    Waltz A Flat Major Op. 42
     
    03:42
  • 8
    21
    Waltz A Flat Major Op. 42
     
    03:45
  • 8
    22
    Waltz G Flat Major Op. 70 No. 1
     
    01:45
  • 8
    23
    Waltz A Minor Op. 34 No. 2
     
    04:23
  • 8
    24
    Waltz C Sharp Minor Op. 64 No. 2
     
    03:38
  • 8
    25
    Waltz E Minor Op. Posthumous
     
    01:44
  • 9
    1
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor Op. 11 Allegro maestoso
     
    20:14
  • 9
    2
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor Op. 11 Romance : Larghetto
     
    09:42
  • 9
    3
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor Op. 11 Rondeau : Vivace
     
    09:55
  • 9
    4
    Piano Concerto No 2 in F Minor Op. 21 Maestoso
     
    11:44
  • 9
    5
    Piano Concerto No 2 in F Minor Op. 21 Larghetto
     
    09:04
  • 9
    6
    Piano Concerto No 2 in F Minor Op. 21 Allegro vivace
     
    08:26
  • 9
    7
    Berceuse in D Flat Major Op. 57
     
    04:22
  • 9
    8
    Tarantella in A Flat Major Op. 43
     
    03:05
  • 9
    9
    Three E?cossaises Op. 72
     
    03:10
  • 10
    1
    Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor Op. 35, “The Funeral March” Grave – Doppio movimento
     
    07:35
  • 10
    2
    Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor Op. 35, “The Funeral March” Scherzo
     
    07:50
  • 10
    3
    Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor Op. 35, “The Funeral March” Marche funèbre. Lento
     
    09:18
  • 10
    4
    Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor Op. 35, “The Funeral March” Finale. Presto
     
    01:22
  • 10
    5
    Sonata No. 3 in B Minor Op. 58 Allegro maestoso
     
    08:50
  • 10
    6
    Sonata No. 3 in B Minor Op. 58 Scherzo (molto vivace)
     
    02:42
  • 10
    7
    Sonata No. 3 in B Minor Op. 58 Largo
     
    08:34
  • 10
    8
    Sonata No. 3 in B Minor Op. 58 Finale. Presto non tanto
     
    05:19
  • 10
    9
    Fantaisie in F Minor Op. 49
     
    11:58
  • 10
    10
    Barcarolle in F Sharp Major Op. 60
     
    08:28
  • 10
    11
    Barcarolle in F Sharp Major Op. 60
     
    08:07

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