Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Felder completes composer trilogy with ‘Beethoven’ premiere
North County Times – Escondido,CA,USA

Really having more to do with Ludwig than Fryderyk, a preview of Hershey Felder’s new one-man show in San Diego…

Like the other two plays, “Beethoven, As I Knew Him” is a roughly 100-minute, intermissionless play with music written by and starring Felder (a piano prodigy who grew in Canada’s Yiddish theater circuit) telling the composer’s story in words and music from the piano bench.

“Gershwin Alone” features the brash, Brooklyn-born Jazz Age composer recounting his life up until his tragic 1937 death from a brain aneurysm at age 38. “Monsieur Chopin” finds the Polish composer Frederic Chopin in his Parisian salon a few years before his 1849 tuberculosis death at age 39, explaining his struggle with “melancholy” (bipolar disorder), his love affair with George Sand and his life and music.

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From disparate halves, a thrilling whole
Buffalo News – NY, United States

Gabriela Montero’s first half gets the better grade in Buffalo, though Chopin still suffers…

The two halves to Montero’s concert were vastly different. The first half was all classical — the Bach/Busoni, then Chopin’s Ballade No. 3, then the Sonata No. 1, by Alberto Ginastera.

You would have to have been dead not to have been thrilled and excited by that Bach. Busoni knew how to work a piece for showmanship, how to bring out its contrasts and climaxes, and Montero played right along. Besides drama, the piece had depth and emotion.[…]

The Chopin sounded a bit frantic, not as romantic as it could have been. Poor thing. It was sandwiched between that Bach and the stormy Ginastera, and Montero might have worked herself into a bit of a lather…

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Montreal pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin wows crowd at the Gilmore Festival
Kalamazoo Gazette – MLive.com – Kalamazoo,MI,USA

Meanwhile, in Kalamazoo, the parade of A-list pianists continues, with generous amounts of Chopin on their programs:

The Chopin Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58 presented a different set of challenges in its stark contrasts between virtuosic outbursts and tender, thinly scored romantic tunes. Hamelin displayed remarkable control at the lowest dynamic levels, caressing every note of Chopin’s beautiful melodies.

The second movement Scherzo had incredible drive as a result of his very ambitious tempo and meticulous articulation. The precious nature of the scant two- and three-part writing of the third movement Largo was nurtured along with the utmost care. Then, Hamelin unleashed a hitherto unheard power in the “Finale: Presto” non tanto that proved a perfect foil to the delicate third movement.

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Chopin Downloads, Legal and otherwise…

Chopin – 24 Preludes op 28, Grigory Sokolov

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Composed by Fryderyk Chopin Grigory Sokolov, piano Live Paris 17th June 1990. Grigory Sokolov (born April 18, 1950 in Leningrad) is a Russian pianist. Sokolov began studying the piano at the age of five, entering the Leningrad
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Jorgeous : Tributo a Chopin
By Jorgeous

Starts off sounding more like Satie than Chopin…

Jorgeous – Tributo a Chopin. Jorgeous – Tributo a Chopin.
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Chopin Photos:

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Click on the link to see the row house in the Scottish capital…

ianharrywebb posted a photo:. Chopin. Chopin’s home while in Edinburgh.
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