Category Archive for 'Nocturnes'

Always a favorite, now a rarity. This just released Chopin Project single performed by William Kapell gold medalist, Arthur Greene, is an unusual edition of one of Chopin’s most beloved compositions, his Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9, No. …

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Arthur Greene:

“Today’s entry takes us into far more familiar Chopin territory. The Nocturne in E-flat, Op. 9 No. 2 comes from around 1830, -after Chopin had left

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Chopin Project Artistic Director Arthur Greene calls Chopin’s last nocturne a curious, but moving, work:

“It is rarely played.  Its absolute simplicity of texture may lead performers to experiment with ornamentation, but I believe that it is an expression of

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Chopin News, Views, Reviews, and Previews:

“All Robbins” is all pleasure at PNB
Seattle Times – United States

The Jerome Robbins Chopin-dance fever juggurnaut rumbles on in Seattle, with acclaimed productions by Pacific Northwest Ballet of “The Concert” and “In

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

A Country in the Moon, by Michael Moran
Independent – London,England,UK

Review declares Michael Moran’s new book about Poland to be an “absorbing, exasperating and ultimately rewarding travelogue.”

Moran emerges from these pages as

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Cross-posted from our companion daily blog site The Chopin Currency: By “Currency” we mean just how contemporary – and how powerfully it resonates in our own time, nearly 200 years since the composer’s birth.

This month we’re getting a compelling

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Chopin Videos:

The Film – “None of Us Are Free”

How “current” is Chopin? Look no further for powerful testimony than from this current PSA produced on commission from MTV networks to raise awareness for disaster relief in Myanmar (a/k/a

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Pianist Born to the Colors of Chopin
New York Times – United States


Veteran New York Times critic Bernard Holland isn’t thrilled about Ingrid Fliter‘s Beethoven and Schubert, but is charmed by her Chopin:

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Chopin/Radiohead update:

The “Matchup” of a Chopin prelude with Radiohead’s Exit Music for a Film is getting noticed all over the blogosphere (see the Chopin Currency for April 15), prompting this comment from ThisIsNotALabel Computer Music Blog :


This

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Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:


Gach plans all-Chopin recital at Escondido arts center

North County Times – Escondido,CA,USA

Palomar College pianist Peter Gach prepares for his annual appearance….

Gach has had a lifelong love affair with the music of

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Chopin Nocturnes Op. 48 Title page

“Magnificent in its breadth, it profound expression, and its tremendous sonority.” Dr. Frank Cooper‘s summation of this Chopin Nocturne, composed in 1841, just about says it all. But if you want to know more, click here. Or else

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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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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:

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:

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:


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 Performance of the Day: A Chopin Rarity from Chopin Project Artistic Director Arthur Greene:

“The Nocturne in E-flat, Op. 9 No. 2 comes from around 1830, -after Chopin had left Warsaw forever. But the version I’m playing here has

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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 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 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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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 News, Reviews, and Previews

Stark-Iochmans: No flash, but a workmanlike effort
Providence Journal – Providence,RI,USA
Stark-Iochmans turned to Chopin to close out the afternoon, the composer’s Fourth Ballade in F Minor. Again this contained some beautiful playing,
See

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