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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.

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Performer: Krystian Zimerman, Claudio Arrau, Stefan Askenase, Anatol Ugorski, Maurizio Pollini, Jean-Marc Luisada, Lilya Zilberstein, Daniel Barenboim, Martha Argerich, Stanislav Bunin, Mikhail Pletnev, Kurt Bauer, Heidi Bung, Tamás Vásáry, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vovka Ashkenazy, Beaux Arts Trio, Anner Bylsma, Lambert Orkis, Mstislav Rostropovich, Elzbieta Szmytka, Martin Martineau
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini, Eliahu Inbal, Kiril Kondrashin, Willem Van Otterloo

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