Monthly Archive for July, 2008

Marc-André Hamelin - "a pianist of icy composure," refuses to melt even during a warm and humid night at the Lanaudière Festival in Quebec....and a review of Chopin Chocolate from Poland...

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How did Chopin die? It matters
The popular image is of Chopin as a frail consumptive – we should be given the chance to find out whether this is true.
Guardian Unlimited: Arts blog – music

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Pianist Gabriela Montero revives the art of improvisation

Times Online – UK

On the eve of her Edinburgh Festival debut, a fascinating story on a fascinating personality: “Making it up

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Wessel Edition Cover page: Chopin\'s Impromptu No. 2 For years one of the knocks on Chopin’s music is that he was a “ladies’ composer,” spinning out his piano pieces for the sighing, swooning denizens of Parisan salons, the result being that his remarkable compositions were often trivialized or …

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Chopin Broadcasts:

Waltz in A-flat, Op. 69, no. 1 “L’Adieu”
Performance Today – American Public Media

Today’s edition of Performance Today – the most popular classical-music show in the USA – will feature a performance from The Chopin Project: …

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Today’s edition of Performance Today – the most popular classical-music show in the USA – will feature a performance from The Chopin Project: Chih-Long Hu‘s live interpretation of Chopin’s Waltz in A-flat, Op. 69, no. 1 “L’Adieu”

Produced and …

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

A Souvenir From Vladimir Horowitz
New York Sun – United States

A just-released “souvenir” CD from “one of the great uneven performers in all history” Vladimir Horowitz’s very last recital (from June of 1987) …

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

‘The Year of Sembrich’ features pianist Simon Mulligan as part of
Schenectady Gazette – Schenectady,NY,USA

News of a series of events marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Polish-American soprano and vocal instructor …

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"In his Mazurkas, you get to know the very soul of Poland and Chopin never forgot his home land or the poor farmers singing the Mazurkas during the time of harvest." All right, the Piano Society's prose on Chopin's 58 Mazurkas may be a bit purple, but it does appear that the Mazurkas are close to Chopin's Polish soul. Esteemed pianist and scholar Charles Rosen has also declared the Mazurkas as Chopin's "R & D Lab" - where

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