50 Greatest Chopin Recordings

A comprehensive list of the finest Chopin recordings has been released in the October issue of the prestigious Gramophone Magazine. The list includes 50 artistic and musical benchmarks, recorded as early as 1929! Every recording included has received the approval of Gramophone’s critics and as such, are Gramophone Award-winning albums, Recordings of the Month, or Editor’s Choice discs from Rubinstein, Argerich, Pollini, Perahia, Cortot, and Grosvenor. Below is a sample of the albums from the list, whose complete, original reviews can be foundhere.

  • Piano Concertos – Martha Argerich pf Montreal Symphony Orchestra / Charles Dutoit (Warner Classics)
  • Piano Concertos – Eldar Nebolsin – piano, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra / Antoni Wit (Naxos – 2 Vols)
  • Piano Concertos: Murray Perahia  – piano, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra / Zubin Mehta (Sony Classical)
  • Piano Concerto No 1. Ballade in G minor, Op 23. Nocturnes. Polonaise No 6, ‘Heroic’: Maurizio Pollini – piano, Philharmonia Orchestra / Paul Kletzki (Warner Classics)
  • Piano Concerto No 1. Four Ballades. Barcarolle. Nocturnes. Preludes. Waltz No 14: Friedrich Gulda – piano, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Adrian Boult (DG)
  • Cello Sonata. Etude, Op 10 No 6: Raphael Wallfisch – cello, John York  – piano (Nimbus)
  • Cello Sonata. Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C: Mstislav Rostropovich – cello, Martha Argerich  – piano (DG)
  • Piano Sonatas Nos 2 & 3. Scherzo No 3: Martha Argerich  – piano (DG)
  • Piano Sonata No 2. Ballade No 2. Mazurkas Nos 22-25. Waltzes Nos 2-4. Impromptu No 2: Maurizio Pollini  – piano (DG)
  • Piano Sonatas Nos 2 & 3. Fantasie, Op 49: Arthur Rubinstein – piano (RCA Victor Red Seal)

[Source: gramophone.co.uk]