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Frédéric Chopin

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


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Yesterday

Imogen Cooper Plays Liszt and Wagner

My Classical NotesLiszt/Wagner: As performed by Imogen Cooper Liszt: Valse oubliée No. 2, S.215/2 Gretchen aus Faust-Symphonie, S513 Sposalizio (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 1) Il penseroso (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 2) Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 3) Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 5) Nuages gris, S199 La Lugubre Gondola I, S200 No. 1 Isolde’s Liebestod (after Wagner), S447 Bagatelle sans tonalite, S216a c1885 Wagner: Elegy in A flat Einleitung zu ‘Tristan und Isolde’, WWV 90 Performed by Imogen Cooper (piano) After highly successful recordings of works by Brahms, the Schumanns, and Chopin, Imogen Cooper plunges into the world of another great romantic, Franz Liszt, and places him alongside that another giant, Richard Wagner. This is an interesting program of original compositions and intimate transcriptions. Here is Imogen Cooper playing the music of Liszt:

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March 10

Vladimir Horowitz Plays Chopin

There are some musicians and performers whose name says it all. So much has been written that adding more seems futile. On this recording we get to listen to the following: Chopin: Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61 ‘Polonaise-fantaisie’ Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23 Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2 Nocturne No. 3 in B major, Op. 9 No. 3 Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1 Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60 Étude Op. 25 No. 7 in C sharp minor Étude Op. 10 No. 5 in G flat major ‘Black Key’ Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15 No. 1 Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 Waltz No. 9 in A flat major, Op. 69 No. 1 ‘Farewell Waltz’ Performed by Vladimir Horowitz (piano) I love the fact that the compositions are so varied. You will, too. Here is the Ballade number 1 by Chopin:






Frédéric Chopin
(1810 – 1849)

Frédéric François Chopin (22 February 1810 / 1 March - 17 October 1849) was a Polish composer, virtuoso pianist, and music teacher, of French-Polish parentage. He was one of the great masters of Romantic music. Chopin is also known as "The poet of the Piano". Chopin was born in ?elazowa Wola, a village in the Duchy of Warsaw. A renowned child-prodigy pianist and composer, he grew up in Warsaw and completed his musical education there. Following the Russian suppression of the Polish November 1830 Uprising, Chopin settled in Paris as part of the Polish Great Emigration. He supported himself as a composer and piano teacher, giving few public performances. From 1837 to 1847 he carried on a relationship with the French woman writer George Sand. For most of his life, Chopin suffered from poor health; he died in Paris in 1849 at the age of 39. Most of Chopin's works involve the piano. They are technically demanding but emphasize nuance and expressive depth. Chopin invented the musical form known as the instrumental ballade and made major innovations to the piano sonata, mazurka, waltz, nocturne, polonaise, étude, impromptu and prélude.



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