Monthly Archive for March, 2008

Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Pianist Emanuel Ax sparkles with the Madison Symphony Orchestra
Isthmus Daily Page – Madison,WI,USA

Madison reviewer likes the player, if not necessarily the repertoire…

For its March 28-30 concerts in Overture Hall, the Madison Symphony

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Rachmaninoff fails to fill the hall
Arizona Daily Star – Tucson,AZ,USA

Not “news,” but an interesting time capsule from February 1925:

Maybe folks went to the literature club’s discussion of “Modern English Novels” or possibly

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kay-zavislakThe third of Chopin’s four Ballades for the piano has been called “probably the only 19th century ballade with a happy ending (as well as being the only ballade of Chopin’s that ends on a major chord).”

But there’s quite …

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Horszowski: CASALS: Prelude; CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor; Mazurka in B-flat Minor…
Audiophile Audition – USA

Review of a CD compendium of two recitals (in 1984 and 1987) given by the venerable

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Vivid tribute show transforms theater into old Paris salon
San Jose Mercury News – CA, USA

Another glowing review for the San Francisco production of “Pauline Viardot and Friends,” with special praise for soprano Melody

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Rubinstein Piano Competition / The heat that shuffled the deck
Ha’aretz – Tel Aviv,Israel

Bravos for the competitors, brickbats for the orchestra, in the latest dispatch from Tel Aviv:

Contestant Irina Zahharenkova, for instance, chose

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Marc-André Hamelin: No Limits
Toronto Star – Ontario, Canada

Review of a new DVD of the Canadian artist in concert:

This DVD combines extensive background interviews with a recital at the Ruhr Piano Festival in

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Dyngus Day to proclaim Polish pride
Buffalo News – NY, United States

Today we tip our hat to the venerable Chopin Singing Society, proud keepers of the Dyngus Day flame in Western New York…

For the clueless, Dyngus Day

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Today’s Yundi Li Installment:

Yundi Li, pianist
Financial Times – London,England,UK

From the Financial Times, Yundi Li shares his fashion faves:

I wore this today because it’s comfortable but tonight (in Hong Kong to accept the South China Morning Post

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Chopin & George Sand
Barre Montpelier Times Argus – Barre,VT,USA

A preview of a WordStage Vermont production of “Frédéric & George,” — “an evening of letters, diaries, and memoirs penned by these two paradoxically matched lovers and …

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Dmitri Vorobiev

Hear pianist Dmitri Vorobiev play this poignant Nocturne in B major, Op. 62, No. 1 in a Chopin Project concert performance.

Here’s how it’s described in the 1905 book A Handbook to Chopin’s Works, by George C. Ashton …

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

At 90, ‘Piano Jazz’ personality going strong
Roanoke Times – Roanoke,VA,USA

Ageless pianist, author, and radio host Marian McPartland celebrates her 90th birthday, in grand style at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. She

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Opera’s elite celebrate music of Viardot
San Jose Mercury News – CA, USA

Another story on the Pauline Viardot stage show in San Francisco, with some fascinating insights from Marilyn Horne:

“She helped Wagner raise

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Chopin News, Rants, Raves, and Reviews:

Two piano stars, but only one dazzles
Toronto Star – Ontario, Canada

No, it’s *not* Lang Lang; this time Yundi Li is being compared to “Macedonian wonder Simon Trpceski:”

Beneath the metallic

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Marie WodzinksaIs this indeed Chopin’s “farewell” to his Polish fiancee Marie Wodzińska? The autographed manuscript has the inscription “Pour Mlle Marie.” We’ll let the “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” blog pick up the story…with a tip of the …

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Belbin, Agosto taking a classical approach
Boston Globe – United States

Chopin turns out to be the missing ingredient in the ice-dancing tandem’s Quest for Gold….

[Tanith] Belbin and [Ben] Agosto are the most successful

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:


Lauded opera legend Viardot honored in tailor-made show

Examiner.com – USA

Rave review for theatrical/music program dedicated to Chopin amie Pauline Viardot (see previous entry):

Their combined brilliance is astounding. Two of America’s greatest living

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Chinese pianist hits all right notes in concert
Colorado Springs Gazette – Colorado Springs,CO,USA

Glowing review of pianist Joyce Yang‘s appearance with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic…

But it was her performance of Chopin’s Piano

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Chopin Video of the Day:

Kurikinton Fox – F.Chopin – fantasy impromptu in Guitar!!!

Not bad at all!

This is Fantasy Impromptu AKA Gino’s piece. These guys did this in g-tar…Amazing:D.
music is everything, everything is music – http://fluteguitar.multiply.com/

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Kicking against convention: a scene from The Concert, a clever and
This is London – London,England,UK

Another one of Jerome Robbins’ famous interpretations of Chopin, from the New York City Ballet performance at the London Coliseum….(be sure to read

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Pianist’s intense preparation and talent have brought him global
Schenectady Gazette – Schenectady,NY,USA

Another preview for the current recital tour of 2000 Chopin Competition winner Yundi Li, who’ll play Sunday March 16th at …

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Method & madness: The oddities of the virtuosi
Independent – London,England,UK

This just in: A lot of great pianists of the ages have been more than a little crackers. A dissection on the eccentricities and

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Cellist Oh Ah-mi’s Courageous Crossover
Korea Times – South Korea

The world’s first self-described “crossover cellist,” breaks conventions by adding dance moves to the still-standing cello performance. “I am inspired by Vanessa Mae’s passionate playing

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

National Ballet’s versatility shines in triumphant trio
Globe and Mail – Canada

RAVE review for National Ballet of Canada program that leads off with post-modern interpretation of the Chopin Preludes, courtesy of Quebecois choreographer Marie

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:


Pianist Alfred Brendel to give his final Chicago performance

Chicago Tribune – United States

On his farewell tour of the USA, pianist Alfred Brendel is not in the mood to second-guess his repertory choices over …

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Music and ‘the Man’

In-depth profile of pianist Byron Janis, who describes his affinity for Chopin:

But it was a Polish composer who may have had the greatest influence: Chopin was always a favorite, and …

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Chopin News, Previews, Rants, and Reviews:

Live: Lang Lang

Yesterday we brought you two views of Yundi Li; today it’s the “other” superstar Chinese pianist’s turn. Mark Swed of the LA Times is both impressed and appalled:

Tuesday night, he

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The Waltz, c. 1806

Hear Artistic Director Arthur Greene play this brilliantly conceived Waltz in A-flat (Op. 42) live in a Chopin Project performance.

Chopinmusic calls it “the most ambitious and substantial of all Chopin’s waltzes.”

The Vancouver Chopin Society goes even

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What can a non-musician learn from a master class in piano?
Twin Cities Planet – Minneapolis,Minnesota,USA
He asked; “What emotion do you feel this Chopin Nocturne is communicating? “ For half an hour they went

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Chopin News, Previews, Rants, and Reviews:

New award recognizes contribution to the arts
Mississauga News – Ontario, Canada

Some true Chopin 2010 Information…

“Hollywood has its Oscars and Mississauga has its Freddys.
Mayor Hazel McCallion accepted the first Freddy in …

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