Top 10 Chopin recordings (2017 update)

Gramophone Tue 14th November 2017

Our guide to the ten best ways to expand your Chopin collection

One of the most loved and frequently recorded composers of all, here is our guide to the ten best ways to expand your Chopin collection

No 1

Piano Concertos

Martha Argerich pf Montreal SO / Charles Dutoit

(Warner Classics)

'Allure, brilliance and idiosyncrasy' Read review

 

No 2

Cello Sonata

Raphael Wallfisch vc John York pf

(Nimbus)

'The expressive weight of each phrase is carefully considered' Read review

 

No 3

Piano Sonatas

Janina Fialkowska pf

(ATMA Classique)

'Lesser mortals may well weep with envy at such unfaltering authority' Read review

 

No 4

Four Ballades

Murray Perahia pf

(Sony Classical) 

'Every intricacy is resolved with a translucency that few could equal' Read review

 

No 5

Etudes

Zlata Chochieva pf

(Piano Classics)

'The greatest on disc? I don’t know; but it is certainly one of the most consistently inspired, masterfully executed and beautiful-sounding versions I can recall.' Read review

 

No 6

Mazurkas

Pavel Kolesnikov pf

(Hyperion)

'I know of no other pianist who combines attention to the smallest detail with such nobility of phrase and cohesive sweep of the dance as a whole.' Read review

 

No 7

Nocturnes

Maria João Pires pf

(DG)

'Among the most eloquent master-musicians of our time' Read review

 

No 8

Polonaises

Arthur Rubinstein pf

(Naxos)

'Rubinstein played the piano as a fish swims in water or a bird flies through the air' Read review

 

No 9

Preludes, Op 28

Christian Budu pf 

(Claves)

'Recently it seems as if the tap were left running and we’re suddenly knee-deep in Chopin Preludes. Of those I’ve heard, including the sets by Goerner, Cho, Yundi and Sokolov, Budu’s are the most enduringly satisfying.' Read review

 

No 10

Waltzes

Dinu Lipatti pf

(Warner Classics)

'I doubt if the disc will ever find itself long absent from the catalogue' Read review

 

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