Monthly Archive for February, 2008




Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Diavolo to defy the laws of physics Saturday

Preview of Telluride appearance by innovative LA Dance Troupe incorporating Chopin into their latest show: “Diavolo is comprised of dancers, gymnasts, actors and rock climbers who

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What will undoubtedly be the first of many “career-retrospective” items about Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel as he begins his farewell tour of the USA.

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Chopin’s third waltz has been called a “piece full of melancholy, gloom and grief, expressed in mournful simplicity.”

Though, according to the Vancouver Chopin Society,

The composer Stephen Heller related that Chopin called this slow (Lento) waltz his favorite. When

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Chopin Commentary, News, Reviews, & Previews

Answers to Reader Questions

Celebrated neurologist and author Oliver Sacks responds to New York Times’ readers queries about “amusic” migraine auras. Sacks recounts a passage from his best-selling book “Musicophilia…”
New York

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

St. Petersburg Ballet pirouettes into the PAC

Well-written review from the UM-St. Louis student paper giving high marks and providing good context for the St. Petersburg Ballet Theater performance….”The program opened with one of the …

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Review: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at Auckland Town Hall

Lithuanian pianist Mûza Rubackyté getting some nice attention from the Kiwis: “The opening pages of Chopin’s E minor Piano Concerto can be worryingly stolid, but not on …

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Chopin News, Reviews, & Previews:

Ivo Pogorelich Plays (1987)

RAVE review of video release of a 1987 recital in a castle in Turin, Italy, of “Croatian superstar at his peak,” with special praise for his Chopin performances: “Pogorelich opens with

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Vienna calling

A unique mixture in Manila: old Vienna with indigenous Filipino culture. The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, led by guest Austrian conductor Ernest Hoetz, performs a traditional Vienna New Year’s Day Concert on Feb. 25th,

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Today the Chopin Project spotlight falls on Russian-born Michigan pianist Olga Kleiankina, performing the First Impromptu (in A-flat, Op. 29, No. 1) by Chopin. By its very title “Impromptu” is supposed to mean just that — just a perky, …

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Chopin News, Reviews, & Previews:

Pianist Diana Fanning

Well-traveled Middlebury-based pianist offers a recital in the Vermont state capital with an emphasis on Chopin: “I have chosen pieces that I have loved for years, and I think they illustrate different

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Chopin News, Reviews, & Previews:


Byron Janis Celebrates 80th Birthday 3/10 in Concert with Hensley

Celebrated Chopin interpreter (and more recently, composer of Broadway songs) Byron Janis is set to present two shows – celebrating his 80th birthday (and

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Chopin Reviews & Previews:

Ivan Hewett reviews Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Cédric Tiberghien at
Telegraph.co.uk – United Kingdom

French pianist Cedric Tiberghein receives rave reviews for his Chopin Ballades at his recital at London’s Wigmore Hall; critic is less enamored

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Paganini Chopin

This rare bit of Chopiniana was supposedly written after violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini came through Warsaw in the summer of 1829, a concert we know that Chopin attended. A month later he graduated from the Higher School of Music in …

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Chopin News, Reviews, & Previews:

Pianist Lim Dong-hyek Emerges From Slump With Bach

Hearing Bach’s Goldberg Variations used in a computer game prompts 23-year old Korean star (studying at Juilliard) to break out of artistic doldrums. Known as an interpreter

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Chopin News, Reviews, & Previews:

A touch of Old Vienna

The Vienna New Year’s Day Concert transported to the Philippines, featuring Filipino pianist Rudolf Golez, sole prize winner of the Chopin competition in Kuala Lumpur….
Inquirer.net – Philippines
28 and

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Chopin News, Reviews & Previews:

The Unknown Chopin

Pianist Boris Konovavlov will perform and discuss a special program, “The Unknown Chopin” in Yellowknife….
Northern News Services (subscription) – Yellowknife,Northwest Territories,Canada
“This time it will be some special event, because the

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Chopin, News, Reviews, and Previews:

Oboe and piano
Barre Montpelier Times Argus – Barre,VT,USA
The program features works by Chopin, Donizetti, Liszt, and Schumann. Award-winning Gallant is one of the world’s few virtuoso solo and chamber music
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Chopin News, Reviews, & Previews:

Finding the key Pianist marks 35 years of teaching
Waukegan News Sun – Waukegan,IL,USA
Frédéric Chopin wrote four scherzi for the piano. The first three are especially dark and dramatic. The composer Robert Schumann remarked

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Chopin Bicentennial (Chopin2010) News:

The Polish Minister for Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski has unveiled the main line of activities of his ministry, including the Chopin Bicentenary….

Culture ministry reveal plans

Thenews.pl – Warsaw,Poland
The programme of the

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Chopin News, Reviews, & Previews:

CHOPIN: 24 Preludes, Op. 28; 3 Nouvelles Etudes; Prelude in A-flat
Audiophile Audition – USA

“Moravec–and now Tharaud–remind us how much of the Romantic keyboard rhetoric the Preludes subsume.”
Tharaud performs his recital

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Restoring Luster to Two 20th-Century Dance Legends
New York Times – United States
These mazurkas are danced to Chopin; Limón choreographed them after his company had enjoyed huge success in Poland, where he had

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Chopin Mazurkas The Mazurkas, like the Polonaises, are the compositions closest to Chopin’s Polish roots. In fact, many Chopin scholars say the Mazurkas are Chopin at his most personal, experimental, and confessional: In his Mazurkas, you get to know

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Chopin News, Reviews & Previews:

Composer will be in audience
SunJournal.com (subscription) – Lewiston,ME,USA
Franco-American Heritage Center to hear pianist George Sebastian Lopez perform one of his works, along with compositions by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin.
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Chopin News, Reviews, & Previews:

A look at the mid-Michigan arts scene
The Saginaw News – MLive.com – Saginaw,MI,USA

Carl Michael Angelo, the director of music at First Congregational Church in Saginaw, teams up with former English/literature teacher Sharon Hunter …

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Chopin News & Reviews:

Clara and Robert Schumann/ Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn/ Chopin
Guardian Unlimited – UK
Her choice of lieder is questionable – Fanny Mendelssohn’s are dreadful, Chopin’s aren’t much better -but what is so amazing is the

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Chopin news & reviews:

Nosowska nominated for Polish ‘Grammy’
Thenews.pl – Warsaw,Poland
The nominees in the classical music categories include Rafał Blechacz, the winner of the 2005 Chopin International Competition (for a Deutsche Grammophon CD
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Chopin news & reviews:

Chopin inspires pianist performing at Capitol Friday
Northumberland Today – Cobourg,Ontario,Canada
With his perfect marriage between playing style and musical material, pianist Michael Costello is Chopin. Those who have seen Mr. Costello perform rave

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Chopin in the News:

The secret of Gabriela Montero’s improvisations
Times Online – UK
From the improvised vocal polyphony, called discantus, of medieval times to the extravagant exhibitions of Chopin and Liszt in the salons of 19th-century
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Chopin in the News:

DSO, guests Remmereit and Fliter all in impeccable form
Dallas Morning News – Dallas,TX,USA
But how adequately to praise Thursday’s performance of the Chopin F minor Piano Concerto, with Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter?
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Chopin in the News:

Poland to Broadway
Worcester News – Worcester News, UK
In the first section Chopin was shown as a composer of songs in particular, which Wendy sang in excellent Polish. Narzeczony was a strongly accentuated
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