Collins Classics is a highly respected classical label formed by Pinnacle Entertainment in 1989 and now owned by Phoenix Music International. Featuring recordings from renowned London orchestras including the London Philharmonic, London Symphony and Consort of London, Collins Classics' catalogue covers a wide range of musical works from Bach to Britten and Shostakovich to Sibelius. The label’s 130 albums form a small yet important part of recorded music history.
The three piano trios which constitute Beethoven’s Opus 1 launched his public career in 1795. However, it may well be that the origins of the music were earlier. In any event, the dedication of the set to the composer’s staunch advocate, Prince Lichnowsky, and the presence of Haydn at one of the early private performances, combined to make this a work of highly special significance.
Frédéric Chopin is a classic figure of romance. A French-Pole exiled from a martyred country and a man whose piquantly obscure love life attracted the creators of sugarcoated fiction. A revolutionary yet stickler for social convention and a realist who, to quote his own words, was a dreamer in 'strange spaces'.
Chopin despised disorder and felt that 'the best things are those in which the first thoughts of inspiration are not spoiled by later reflection'. No other composer so whole heartedly committed to a single instrument, saying 'the piano is my solid ground, on that I stand the straightest'.
These words particularly resonated with us and we hope the piano works celebrated on 'Chopin and Chill' will help you find some head-space and stability in these turbulent times.