Chopin, F.: Piano Works - 24 Preludes, Op. 28 / Nocturnes / Waltzes

Chopin, F.: Piano Works - 24 Preludes, Op. 28 / Nocturnes / Waltzes

Elfrun Gabriel

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Tracklist

  • Prelude No. 1 in C Major, Op. 28, No. 1

    Elfrun Gabriel

    0:36

  • Prelude No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 28, No. 2

    Elfrun Gabriel

    2:20

  • Prelude No. 3 in G Major, Op. 28, No. 3

    Elfrun Gabriel

    1:00

  • Prelude No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 28, No. 4

    Elfrun Gabriel

    1:47

  • Prelude No. 5 in D Major, Op. 28, No. 5

    Elfrun Gabriel

    0:42

  • Prelude No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 28, No. 6

    Elfrun Gabriel

    1:53

  • Prelude No. 7 in A Major, Op. 28, No. 7

    Elfrun Gabriel

    0:52

  • Prelude No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 28, No. 8

    Elfrun Gabriel

    1:53

  • Prelude No. 9 in E Major, Op. 28, No. 9

    Elfrun Gabriel

    1:51

  • Prelude No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 28, No. 10

    Elfrun Gabriel

    0:35

  • Prelude No. 11 in B Major, Op. 28, No. 11

    Elfrun Gabriel

    0:47

  • Prelude No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 28, No. 12

    Elfrun Gabriel

    1:22

  • Prelude No. 13 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 28, No. 13

    Elfrun Gabriel

    3:04

  • Prelude No. 14 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 28, No. 14

    Elfrun Gabriel

    0:28

  • Prelude No. 15 in D-Flat Major, Op. 28, No. 15, "Raindrop"

    Elfrun Gabriel

    5:14

  • Prelude No. 16 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 28, No. 16

    Elfrun Gabriel

    1:19

  • Prelude No. 17 in A-Flat Major, Op. 28, No. 17

    Elfrun Gabriel

    3:24

  • Prelude No. 18 in F Minor, Op. 28, No. 18

    Elfrun Gabriel

    1:02

  • Prelude No. 19 in E-Flat Major, Op. 28, No. 19

    Elfrun Gabriel

    1:43

  • Prelude No. 20 in C Minor, Op. 28, No. 20

    Elfrun Gabriel

    1:55

  • Prelude No. 21 in B-Flat Major, Op. 28, No. 21

    Elfrun Gabriel

    1:58

  • Prelude No. 22 in G Minor, Op. 28, No. 22

    Elfrun Gabriel

    0:46

  • Prelude No. 23 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 23

    Elfrun Gabriel

    1:04

  • Prelude No. 24 in D Minor, Op. 28, No. 24

    Elfrun Gabriel

    2:49

  • Prelude No. 25 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 45

    Elfrun Gabriel

    4:18

  • Fantasy-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 66

    Elfrun Gabriel

    5:08

  • Scherzo No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 39

    Elfrun Gabriel

    7:49

  • Nocturne No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 9, No. 1

    Elfrun Gabriel

    5:51

  • Nocturne No. 17 in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1

    Elfrun Gabriel

    6:51

  • Mazurka No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 6, No. 2

    Elfrun Gabriel

    2:32

  • Mazurka No. 32 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 50, No. 3

    Elfrun Gabriel

    5:54

  • Polonaise No. 6 in A-Flat Major, Op. 53, "Heroic"

    Elfrun Gabriel

    7:22

  • Waltz No. 6 in D-Flat Major, Op. 64, No. 1, "Minute"

    Elfrun Gabriel

    1:56

  • Waltz No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2

    Elfrun Gabriel

    4:02

  • Waltz No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 18

    Elfrun Gabriel

    6:00

  • Waltz No. 5 in A-Flat Major, Op. 42

    Elfrun Gabriel

    4:34

  • Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52

    Elfrun Gabriel

    11:48

  • Total playing time

    1:54:46

Album review

“These two discs, featuring Chopin's Op. 28 Preludes and a smattering of other works from the composer's oeuvre, is a re-release and compilation of two older albums. Although it is now marketed as a "Reference" collection on the Berlin Classics label, pianist Elfrun Gabriel's performance of these works does not warrant such a lofty adjective. For starters, the sound quality throughout both discs is rather thin, with almost no "punch" or gripping resonance in the left hand. Fast, dense passages are also somewhat unclear, making individual notes difficult to pick out. Apart from these acoustical considerations, Gabriel's technique is adequate, but nothing spectacular. Musically, her tempo selections throughout the Op. 28 Preludes are sometimes overly safe and uninteresting. There's also no overabundance of character infused into any of the mazurkas, polonaises, or waltzes. While there's nothing egregiously wrong or distasteful about this recording, there's certainly nothing remarkable about it, either. Listeners truly in the market for a "Reference" album of Chopin's works will need to look elsewhere as Gabriel cannot compete with the depth of sound achieved by Rubinstein or the dazzling, technical brilliance associated with Pollini.”

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Credits

    Released

    2007

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