Dunno why I post this here but I thought it might interest some.
These days is the celebration of Chopin 200th birthday (they are unsure about his birthday being 22 february or 1 march). The Polish composer and piano god.
It's quite a big event in the classical music world, with special recitals and even music marathons all over the world.
I've been listening a lot to his music in the last months and I am in awe. This is simply some of the greatest melodic and passionate music ever made. So for those who are interested and don't really know his music, here is a small personal selection of recommended recordings played by the best of the best pianists.
My favorites are the Etudes. Originally meant as technical exercises, they are also musically very interesting and imaginative. Here is a bunch of 'm played by pianist Pollini who set the standard in playing them.
Etude 10/3 ('Tristesse')
Etude 10/12 ('Revolutionary')
Etude 25/1 ('Aeolian Harp')
Etude 25/11 ('Winter Wind')
Some other pieces:
The famous 'Fantasie Impromptu':
The famous Grand Polonaise Op. 53:
The great Ballades.
Ballade 1 (featured in the movie The Pianist)
Prelude 28/24 ('The Storm'):
but there is much more to explore... enjoy!