1 through 19 recorded at the Salle Wagram, Paris, in May and June 1966 I believe this to be the first French issue. A true keyboard maverick, Francois' playing boasts a flair and visionary quality that leaves many of his contemporaries sounding bland by comparison. He was a risk taker, and while all of his gambits did not succeed, these Chopin Nocturnes are marvelously characterized, imbued with blazing conviction, high drama, and stirring poetry stunning! At the wonderful music retailer ArkivMusic, one can find the following review. The nocturnes, recorded twelve years later, in 1966, possess the same burnished colour that characterises a Rembrandt background, despite the more analytical clarity cast by stereo sound.Once again it is Arrau, who, by voluntarily darkening his range of colours, seems to come nearest to this sultry vision of the nocturnes, while another leading interpreter of the cycle, the Polish pianist Stefan Askenase, was to fix his gaze obstinately in the direction of moonlight and the bel canto aesthetic. The set comes with a superb full-size, 12-page booklet featuring rare photographs of Francois at home with his son, an appreciation of the pianist by Bernard Gavoty, and extensive notes on the music by Maurice Fleuret (all texts are in French only). The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor. The condition of the box is near-MINT. There is minor shelf wear, but really that is all. There are no corner breaks, seam splits, bends, owners' markings or other defects, and the remains whole perfectly solid, bright, and very striking in appearance a fine collector's copy. The condition of the full-size, 6-page booklet is near-MINT.
Again, there are no flaws to speak of, the pages are crisp and bright, the binding perfect. The condition of the 2 LPs is NM. Although the surfaces are not absolutely silent and thus I have rated it NM vs.
MINT these are fine copies and playback is superb. All LPs are provided with a new Nagaoka (or Nagaoka-style) inner sleeve. FEEDBACK: I will promptly leave feedback for all buyers. Please let me know before making a return.Please see my other classical LP and CD auctions, and feel free to write with any questions, I'll be glad to help. The item "François Chopin 19 Nocturnes Columbia/EMI CCHS 1087/8 (2LP box set), ED1, NM" is in sale since Sunday, July 8, 2018. This item is in the category "Music\Records".
The seller is "redgarnett" and is located in El Cros. This item can be shipped worldwide.