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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 — a “serial thriller” named Audiobook of the Yearat the 13th annual Audie Awards banquet Friday in Los Angeles.

But don’t go looking for “The Chopin Manuscript” on the bookshelf.

There is no print version.

For the first time ever, the top audio production is available only as a download from its producer, Audible Inc. Read by Alfred Molina, this World War II-era thriller revolves around the search for a document that may or may not have been connected to composer Frederic Chopin.

It is reported to have been hidden by the Nazis in Kosova. Nine best-selling mystery-thriller writers, headed by Jeffery Deaver, wrote “The Chopin Manuscript,” which came out in serial form starting last September. This is very much the way Stephen King’s “The Green Mile” debuted in 1996.

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Eternal Sonata Review
Game Reviews – Phoenix,AZ,USA

The Chopin-based video game gets high praise from the major game-review site TGM (8.5/10 overall)

Eternal Sonata, developed by Japanese studio tri-Crescendo and published by Namco, is a JRPG with a difference. It takes you on the final journey of famed Polish classical pianist Frederic Chopin through his final dream when lying in his bed just before dying in his house in Paris in 1849. It won’t come as a surprise to learn that the design team behind this captivating game are all musicians. Hiroya Hatsushiba is an audio programmer who has worked with fellow tri-Crescendo founder Motoi Sakuraba, who is in fact a composer, on many other JRPG’s including the likes off Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile for parent studio tri-Ace.

Eternal Sonata is one of those rare and wonderful games completely based on musical history. Throughout the game you will hear wonderful music from the famed pianist that the game is based on. In addition, there are some original songs that round off an amazing soundtrack….


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All-Robbins program doesn’t miss a step
Seattle Post Intelligencer – USA

Another rave review for the Pacific Northwest Ballet production of two Chopin-based Jerome Robbins creations: “Into the Night, and “The Concert:”

One of the opening gambits of Peter Boal, as PNB artistic director, was “In the Night.” It is among Robbins’ most memorable ballets for its limpid moodiness and subtle shifts of tone. Three couples dance to Chopin’s evanescent nocturnes, played with nuance by pianist Dianne Chilgren. The first is young and perfect; the second more formal and restrained, and the third restless and troubled. Pantastico and Olivier Wevers, who danced in the original cast, repeated their performances. They were a perfect realization of idealized love. The second couple, Ariana Lallone and Stanko Milov, were new to the roles, at least to me. They are a distinctive couple, and they offered distinctive dancing. The action of the third couple is realized more with the woman than the man. Nadeau, who danced in the original cast, was turbulent yet appealing. Karol Cruz was her able partner.

“The Concert” was given its PNB premiere at the fall gala. It was a sensation then and is so now. There is so much that is amusing or outright hilarious. It is supposed to be a parody of a concert, thus the name, but goes so far beyond those perimeters that one easily forgets the premise….

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All Robbins Showcases PNB’s Acting Chops
Seattlest – Seattle,USA

Chopin in the Blogosphere:

Best Audio Book Of The Year
By M.J. Rose

Amazement at the Chopin Manuscript victory: “As one of our esteemed authors said – beating God and Harry Potter is one thing — but beating Colbert? Now that’s impressive.”

The Chopin Manuscript is an original serialized thriller created exclusively for audio by a stellar list of thriller writers — for a joint project between Audible.com and ITW – a project that Steve Feldber and I only imagined would
Buzz, Balls & Hype – http://mjroseblog.typepad.com/buzz_balls_hype/


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