Monthly Archive for June, 2008


Chopin News, Reviews, & Previews:

Flying bison and half a cup of coffee

Three out of four stars in this review in the UK Spectator of Michael Moran’s much-discussed new book A Country in the Moon: Travels in the Heart

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

In Poland, Chopin’s heart may hold secret of his death AFP –

“Leading Polish medical experts are betting that DNA tests on his heart — perfectly preserved in what appears to be cognac — could

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Chopin Videos:

Reilly, Chopin And Strayhorn
By Rifftides

From jazz journalist Doug Ramsey’s Rifftides blog on Artsjournal.com, a fascinating performance by jazz pianist Jack Reilly

That led to a search that turned up video of Reilly in a performance

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Joe Jackson @ Bridgewater Hall
Manchester Evening News – Manchester,England,UK

Raves for a live show – and new CD – by the “musically literate former Angry Young Man…: “Rain captures all that singular brew …

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Decades before Maurice Ravel came along, Chopin also found inspiration in the old Spanish dance known as the Bolero, defined as "A Spanish dance and song, in moderate tempo and triple metre, popular at the end of the 18th century and throughout the 19th, often performed with guitar and castenets." In fact, the Spanish Bolero was rythmically related to the polonaise of Chopin's native country, and even Beethoven wrote a Bolero a solo ... it's one of his minor "without Opus" works, WoO 158. Xiaofeng Wu of the Chopin Project plays it live...

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Chopin News, Views, and Reviews:

Maurizio Pollini: when inspiration flows through to the third encore
Telegraph.co.uk – United Kingdom

London critic finds the essence of the Italian artist’s mastery in a brief Chopin etude:

When everything clicks in a Maurizio

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[Robbins ballet photo]Chopin News, Views, and Reviews:

A Comedic Ballet With Legs
Wall Street Journal – USA

WSJ critic marvels at the staying power of Jerome Robbins’ Chopinistic comedic creation….

“Death,” one showbiz quip has it, “is easy; comedy is hard.” However

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Rafael Viñoly’s Musical Refuge
New York Sun – United States

The world-famous concert-hall architect somehow finds time to practice, practice, practice…

The Uruguayan-born Mr. Viñoly is no mere collector. He is a bona fide musician …

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This delicate, haunting Waltz in another work that adds to the mystery and mastery of Chopin. This Waltz has long been a favorite of amateur pianists, as it’s one of the least difficult pieces of Chopin’s to play. Well, the …

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Chopin News, Views, and Reviews:

‘The Spies of Warsaw’ by Alan Furst
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA

Furst’s books are like Chopin’s nocturnes: timeless, transcendent, universal. One does not so much read them as fall under their spell and

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Chopin in the blogosphere:

Robbins’s Definitive Chopin at the NYC Ballet
By nahnopenotquite

The Jerome Robbins Celebration for the 2008 spring season at the New York City Ballet is on now. I saw a program last night called Definitive Chopin

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:


Preview: Playing a fugue of his favourite things
New Zealand Herald – New Zealand

Aussie pianist Piers Lane prepares to play a “friendly” in neighboring New Zealand…Chopin friends and colleagues Charles Alkan and Liszt, not

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Chopin News, Views, Reveiws and Previews:

Musical home of Chopin, Mendelssohn and Lou Reed? It’s Glasgow, of Course!
Times Online – UK

Glasgow civic officials are in Paris on a mission to convince UNESCO that the city deserves

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Christina Thayer plays Chopin's Nocturne in G minor, Op. 15, No. 3 - an early success by Chopin

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Chopin CSI News:

Chopin did not die of TB
Polish Radio External Service – Poland

It was Cystic Fibrosis (not classified as a disease until 1932) that felled him, according to professor Wojciech Cichy of the Medical University in Poznan

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Chopin News, Views, Reviews, and Previews:

Chopin Manuscript’ wins top Audie
Arizona Daily Star – Tucson,AZ,USA

And the winner is… The Audie Awards (the so-called “Oscars of the Audiobook Industry”) hand out the top prize to The Chopin Manuscript

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