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Philippe Entremont
Chopin: The Favorite Polonaises

  (Item #: chopientremont_polonaises_1909) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This superb 1970 release from master pianist (and Chopin expert) Phillipe Entremont arrives with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound and fairly quiet vinyl from first note to last
  • The transparency and clarity of this vintage pressing are wonderful - sound this good makes it easy to appreciate the subtlety of the Entremont's remarkable virtuosity
  • So big, rich and real - we guarantee this will become one of the best sounding solo piano recordings in your collection, and, of course, the performances are beyond reproach
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Brahms, Handel, Chopin - Lincoln Mayorga, Pianist

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  (Item #: variobrahm_mayorga) 



This IMMACULATE Sheffield Direct-to-Disc LP with Very Little Sign Of Play (VLSOP) is one of the best Sheffields. Lincoln Mayorga is an accomplished classical pianist: this is arguably his best work. (I had a chance to see him perform at a recital of Chopin's works early in 2010 and he played superbly -- for close to two hours without the aid of sheet music I might add.)

You might want to try reversing the phase when playing this LP; it definitely helps the sound, a subject we discuss below.

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Chopin - Scherzo #2 - Auer

Reviewed in 2008

  (Item #: chopischer_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This is an IMMACULATE RCA Direct-to-Disc LP with SUPERB SOUND! This recording is every bit as good as the famous RCA Beethoven Direct Disc and ten times as rare. You will have a very hard time finding a better sounding solo piano recording.

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Chopin / Ashkenazy in Concert

Reviewed in 2009

  (Item #: chopiashke_6575) 



Superb sounding Decca British Import LP!

This live recording has very natural sound. I normally do not care for Ashkenazy's playing, but here he plays with a conviction that is usually lacking. Check out the 2nd movement on the sonata.

This album includes Chopin's Sonata No. 2, Two Nocturnes, Mazurka in A and Grande Valse Brillante.

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Chopin / Concerto No. 1 / Rubinstein / Skrowaczewski

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: chopiconce_2575_2012) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

You'll find Super Hot Stamper sound on side one of this minty and rare Shaded Dog pressing, with more space and more hall than most of Rubinstein's recordings on RCA -- this is a closer approximation of live music than we expected, and in that sense a pleasant surprise. The strings have lovely Living Stereo texture as well. There is of course no shortage of Tubey Magic (and a bit too much of it on side two.)

A reviewer on Amazon mentioned that this performance shows Rubinstein's deep understanding of the work, having played it for forty years. On that basis alone it should stand the test of time.

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Chopin / Fantasy - Impromptu, more / Philippe Entremont

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: chopifanta_2014) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

The subtitle of the album reads Philippe Entremont Plays Best-Loved Piano Pieces.

After hearing this one as well as another exceptionally good sounding copy, we would like to amend that to Philippe Entremont Plays the Hell Out of These Best-Loved Piano Pieces.

Truly this is an undiscovered gem from Columbia in 1966.

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Chopin / In Stereophonic Sound / Reubart

Reviewed in 2012

  (Item #: chopiinste_2012) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This is SUPERB piano recording, with some of the most natural solo piano reproduction we have ever heard. The sound here is so clear and distortion-free you will think you are playing a direct to disc recording, or perhaps a master tape.

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Chopin / The Chopin Scherzos / Rubinstein

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: chopischer_2368_2012) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This is an original RCA Living Stereo (LSC 2368) Shaded Dog from 1960 with EXCELLENT SOUND. Side one was at least A++; without more copies it would be hard to know if it could get much better, and clean copies of a title like this do not come our way very often. These solo piano showpieces are performed with consumate skill and deep feeling by the legendary Arthur Rubinstein.

The strengths of this particular LP are not hard to hear: reasonably good vinyl and super-transparent mids and highs. Like most of Rubinstein's records on RCA, there is not enough weight to the piano, but at least on this pressing the smear, compression and congestion common to practically every original is nowhere to be found.

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Chopin / The Chopin Scherzos / Rubinstein

Reviewed in 2008

  (Item #: chopichopi_2368_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This is an RCA Living Stereo reissue LP with EXCELLENT SOUND. The strengths of this particular LP are not hard to hear: super quiet vinyl, which no original would have, and super transparent mids and highs, again something that no original (in our experience) has ever had.

Like most of Rubinstein's records on RCA, there is no real weight to the piano, but at least on this pressing the smear and noise common to practically every original is GONE! Lovely music too.

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Chopin / The Mazurkas / Rubinstein / 3 LP Box Set

Reviewed in 2004

  (Item #: chopimazur_6177_2004) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

There’s some wonderful music and wonderful sound in here. The stamper should be the same with better vinyl. Side 2, Cuts 3, 4 & 5 are gorgeous! This music has so much soul, and shows Rubinstein at his greatest. Brailowsky on Columbia is also fabulous. You can't go wrong with either one. A beautiful set that belongs in your collection. Chopin's music is sublime, as anyone who saw The Pianist knows full well.

I had the opportunity to hear Lincoln Mayorga himself perform these works from memory in a church not far from here. I am no expert on these works but I thought he played them about as well as they could be played.

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Chopin / Various Works / Badura-Skoda

Reviewed in 2011

  (Item #: chopbadur_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

TWO SUPER HOT SIDES for this collection of solo piano works by one of the instrument's foremost composers. Big, clear and solid on both sides, this is superb music performed and captured with honesty.

If you can handle a bit of noise, this is an excellent way to hear some of the finest piano music ever written, beautifully laid out on a big soundstage.

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Chopin and Delibes / Les Sylphides / Maag / PCO

Reviewed in 2005

  (Item #: chopilessy_2005) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

A dynamic and excellent pressing. This record has lovely string tone. Lots of tubey magic. Not one of the rarest Londons, but certainly one of the most enjoyable.

[This is a very old commentary so take it for what it's worth.]

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Chopin, Rachmaninoff et al. / Richter

Reviewed in 2011

  (Item #: chopiricht_2611_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This collection of WONDERFUL solo piano works, here performed by one of our favorite pianists. Sviatoslav Richter, has SUPERB Living Stereo sound, earning a Super Hot Stamper sonic grade on side one. On this White Dog original pressing the piano is present and clear, with no smear whatsoever. Although the sound is big and rich, without more weight to the piano -- the kind you rarely hear outside of a live event -- we could not award the full Three Pluses. In practically every other way the sound was Hard To Fault (HTF).

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Offenbach & Chopin / Gaite Parisienne & Les Sylphides

Reverse Your Polarity

  (Item #: offengaite_rd_2016) 



This is one of the pressings we’ve discovered with Reversed Polarity.

Amazing in every way! The top end of this record is clear, clean and correct. No other copy sounded like this one on the first side. When you hear all the percussion instruments -- the tambourines, triangles, wood blocks and what-have-you -- you know instantly that they sound RIGHT.

The overall sound is very different from many of the other recordings of the work that we have offered in the past. Rather than smooth, rich and sweet, the sound here is big and bold and clear like nothing we have ever played.

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Philippe Entremont - The Chopin I Love

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: chopichopi_2015) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This is an undiscovered Columbia gem from 1970. Both musically and sonically this record is superb. Who knew Columbia could record a piano this well? You could play fifty vintage piano recordings and not find one as good as this! We know, we've played plenty, including a number of Entremont's Columbia records that don't sound too good to us. Maybe we need to find a Hot Stamper of some of the weaker titles, but it hasn't happened yet. A word of advice: avoid the piano concertos. We have yet to hear a good one. Those steely Columbia strings are far from our idea of good sound.

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