Chopin News, Reviews, and Previews:

Joe Jackson @ Bridgewater Hall
Manchester Evening News – Manchester,England,UK

Raves for a live show – and new CD – by the “musically literate former Angry Young Man…: “Rain captures all that singular brew of bile and beauty which drove Jackson’s best work.” – and apparently helps him find his inner Fryderyk…

The centrepiece was the new song Solo (So Low), introduced by its creator as “a bit of a wrist-slasher, but it does have its funny side..or maybe that’s just me”. Yes it is just you, Joe, for what the hushed crowd heard was one of the most striking hymns to loneliness ever sung, Jackson’s grand piano underpinning his bleak poetry with something akin to a Chopin piano study.

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Sixteen-year-old Fremont grad goes on to Julliard
Fremont Bulletin – California, United States

Local girl Ashley Hsu is packing her bags for the big city, wich help from the Chopin Foundation…

A talented pianist, Hsu has won multiple awards and scholarships, including a 2006-2007 scholarship from the Chopin Foundation of the United States for her performances of the works of Chopin. She is also the silver medalist in the 2008 Schimmel International Piano Competition where she competed against young artists from China, South Korea, Israel, Canada and other countries.

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Chopin in the Blogosphere:

Could it be the start of a trend? Playing the Eternal Sonata video game is sparking interest in Chopin’s compositions?

oddly enough playing eternal sonata has got me into Chopin (3)
By ♪ ☆ Anonymous Popstar ☆ ♪
can anyone recommend some more songs from that stand out.

Music @4-ch –

What’s the story, morning glory? What’s the word, humming bird?
By Mew(Mew)
As much fun as the battle system was and how freakin’ pretty Chopin is was, the game was…a little lacking. I didn’t feel too attached to the characters, the story seemed a bit rushed, and the plot was a bit boring.
Mew –