Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

The scared boy who dreamed… and the man who triumphed
Yorkshire Post – Leeds,England,UK

Approving profile of Yorkshire pianist-turned-textile-magnate-turned-arts- developer-turned-philanthropist Sir Ernest Hall, developer of the renowned Dean Clough arts and business complex, upon the publication of his memoir “How to Be a Failure and Succeed.” What lies ahead for him conquer? A certain composer…

The story of Dean Clough (he retired as chairman this year) will be told in a second book, which he hopes to finish by the end of the year. “But I’m very busy. I’ve still got the Chopin project,” he says, with enthusiasm. It has long been his ambition to record the complete works of Chopin – 14 CDs in all, of which he has so far recorded seven. He plans to complete the project in time for the bicentenary of Chopin’s birth, in 1810. “I shall be 80 years old,” he says. At 78, he’s still reaching, still transcending boundaries. “Dreams of achievement have an amazing power in your life,” he says. “You find that you are elevated by ambition itself.”

See all stories on this topic

Concerts at the Cadillac: “Piano for the People” by Chris Hess
Beyond Chron – San Francisco,CA,USA

If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to visit the Cadillac Hotel, for a concert called “Piano for the People: a Classical Piano Concert for Non-Classical Listeners.”

Chris will connect music written from 1840-1960 with the present day Tenderloin to excite and educate a general audience. Chris will play Chopin, Rachmaninoff and other romantic composers, interspersed with personal stories. For example, he will syncopate different rhythms in the right and left hands, show you how, and explain why it builds community.

See all stories on this topic

MKM Attila ilhan Hall / Ingrid Fliter / 8:00 pm
Turkish Daily News (subscription) – Ankara,Turkey

No day is complete her at the Chopin Currency without an Ingrid Fliter posting, today in advance of an appearance at the Caddebostan Culture Center with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra

“Chopin’s music has been one of the great standards of the classical repertoire for generations, and many audiences have enjoyed hearing it played well; however, and especially in this unique class of the art, there is to be found a rare, untouchable nuance that speaks directly to the heart,” as Fliter says, “and it is truly an extremely rare artist who can well demonstrate this treasure.” She is in love with her work, and it is her love that gives life to her art, so much appreciated by the public.

See all stories on this topic

Kapell Rediscovered: The Australian Broadcasts – 2-CD set
Audiophile Audition – USA

Typically thoughtful (if a bit wordy!) review from esteemed online publication that nonetheless pithily summarizes the new-old release from the late William Kapell: “Collectors will listen to it often, in spite of the sonic defects that make some moments almost unbearable…

Kapell always performed Chopin as a strong suit, and I remain fond of the B Minor Sonata and several of his mazurkas, the Op. 50, No. 3 in particular. His Barcarolle opens with massive chords and flamboyant ornaments; nothing effeminate in those trills. The gondolier’s waves become Charybdis and could swallow the world. The comeliness and confidence of the piece–the ease of period transitions–shine through despite grim sonic reproduction. The E-flat Major Nocturne has Ignaz Friedman as its champion, but Kapell finds his own treasures in its pearly, unhurried elegance, several times hinting at the E Minor Nocturne, Op. 72, No. 1. Brilliance and blazing speed of the Horowitz order for the pounding Scherzo in B Minor, whose middle section lullaby Kapell softens the entire ethos, permitting the polyphonic voices their blessed, embowered noels. The two stunning da capo chords and the final pages are Kapell’s version of the Atomic Bomb.

See all stories on this topic

Ed Harcourt: Revolution Of The Heart MP3
Filter Magazine – Los Angeles,CA,USA

New Chopin-themed download from piano-playing UK singer-songwriter….

“Revolution Of The Heart” is Harcourt at his best: pouring his heart and soul out over Chopin piano progressions and delightful sha-na-nas, sung by members
See all stories on this topic

Chopin in the Blogosphere:

Soloist and Friends
By Stephen Smoliar(Stephen Smoliar)

San Francisco writer blogs about a noontime concert by pianist William Corbett-Jones featuring new Preludes by Roger Nixon, and not Preludes, but polonaises, by Chopin…

There was at least one “Chopin connection” in the conception of the overall program: Liszt preceded the selections by Nixon and Mechem and Chopin followed them. The program concluded with two polonaises, Opus 40, Number 1 in C minor and Opus 53 in A-flat major. The latter is sometimes known as the “Heroic” polonaise, although, as the most familiar in the collection of polonaises that Chopin composed, it might better be called the “War-Horse!” Like the earlier “Military” polonaise, Opus 53 performs an interesting experiment with an ostinato pattern subjected to a gradual crescendo; and Corbett-Jones did a wonderful job of making that crescendo the backbone of the middle section of the work.

The Rehearsal Studio –