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Chopin at 200

03/01/10 3:00PM By Joe Goetz

 

The classical music world rejoices today, as we celebrate the 200th birthday of Poland's Frederic Chopin (1810-1849).  This afternoon, we'll have four distinct hours of Chopin's music, each covering a different aspect of his magnificent output.

In the 3 pm hour, we'll listen to his two finest piano sonatas: Nos. 2 and 3, performed by Helene Grimaud and Murray Perahia.

At 4, we explore Chopin's Polish roots through some of his early works for piano and orchestra.

From 5 to 6, we hear homage to Chopin given by other composers, highlighted by Rachmaninoff's set of variations on Chopin's C Minor Prelude.

Finally, at 6, we explore Chopin's love of the cello, the only solo instrument other than the human voice that he ever paired with the piano.

 

Playlist

3:02pm

Piano Sonata #2 "Funeral March" in b-f, Op. 35, B 128
Composer: Frederic Chopin
Soloists: Helene Grimaud, piano
CD/Album: Rachmaninoff, Chopin: Piano Sonatas, etc.
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 4048
 
 

3:29pm

Piano Sonata #3 in b, Op. 58, B 155
Composer: Frederic Chopin
Soloists: Murray Perahia, piano
CD/Album: Chopin: Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3 - Perahia
Record co./Cat #: Sony 32780
 
 

3:58pm

Trois Nouvelles Etudes: #3 in Db
Composer: Frederic Chopin
Soloists: Louis Lortie, piano
CD/Album: Chopin: The Complete Etudes
Record co./Cat #: Chandos 8482
 
 

4:07pm

Fantasia on Polish Airs in A, Op. 13, B 28
Composer: Frederic Chopin
Ensemble: Warsaw Philharmonic
Conductor: Kazimierz Kord
Soloists: Garrick Ohlsson, piano
CD/Album: Chopin: The Complete Piano Works, Vol. 9
Record co./Cat #: Arabesque 6702
 
 

4:23pm

Concert Rondo "Krakowiak" in F, Op. 14, B 29
Composer: Frederic Chopin
Ensemble: Warsaw Philharmonic
Conductor: Kazimierz Kord
Soloists: Garrick Ohlsson, piano
CD/Album: Chopin: The Complete Piano Works, Vol. 9
Record co./Cat #: Arabesque 6702
 
 

4:39pm

Andante Spianato & Grand Polonaise in Eb, Op. 22, B 58 & B 88
Composer: Frederic Chopin
Ensemble: Warsaw Philharmonic
Conductor: Kazimierz Kord
Soloists: Garrick Ohlsson, piano
CD/Album: Chopin: The Complete Piano Works, Vol. 9
Record co./Cat #: Arabesque 6702
 
 

4:55pm

Mazurka in C, Op. 24/2, B 89/2
Composer: Frederic Chopin
Soloists: Vassily Primakov, piano
CD/Album: Chopin: Mazurkas
Record co./Cat #: Bridge 9289
 
 

4:57pm

Mazurka in f, Op. 63/2
Composer: Frederic Chopin
Soloists: Vassily Primakov, piano
CD/Album: Chopin: Mazurkas
Record co./Cat #: Bridge 9289
 
 

5:07pm

Chopiniana: Polonaise and Mazurka, Op. 46
Composer: Alexander Glazunov
Ensemble: Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Vladimir Ziva
CD/Album: Glazunov: Orchestral Works Volume 17
Record co./Cat #: Naxos 8.555048
Note: (Polonaise Op. 40/1 in A, Mazurka Op. 50/3 in c#)
 
 

5:20pm

Variations on a Theme of Chopin
Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff
Soloists: Jorge Bolet, piano
CD/Album: Rachmaninov: Chopin Variations/Preludes
Record co./Cat #: London 421061
 
 

5:51pm

Les Sylphides: Grand Valse Brilliante in Eb, Op. 18, B 62
Composer: Frederic Chopin
Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
CD/Album: Essential Ballet
Record co./Cat #: London 436658
 
 

6:07pm

Introduction & Polonaise Brillante (piano solo version) in C, Op. 3, B 41 & B 52
Composer: Frederic Chopin
Soloists: Eva Osinska, piano
CD/Album: Chopin: Trio - Polonaise Brilliante - Cello Sonata
Record co./Cat #: Sony 53112
 
 

6:18pm

Etude in c#, Op. 25/7, B 98
Composer: Frederic Chopin
Soloists: Louis Lortie, piano
CD/Album: Chopin: the Complete Etudes
Record co./Cat #: Chandos 8482
 
 

6:26pm

Cello Sonata in g, Op. 65, B 160
Composer: Frederic Chopin
Soloists: David Finckel, cello ; Wu Han, piano
CD/Album: Grieg, Schumann, and Chopin: Works for Cello and PIano
Record co./Cat #: BBC 55
 
 

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