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MUSIC, AMBIENCE AND SOUND ART => Now Playing => Topic started by: DeepR on February 26, 2010, 04:13:29 AM

Title: Chopin 200 years
Post by: DeepR on February 26, 2010, 04:13:29 AM
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 10/1
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': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa0Z6g1XJkU

The famous Grand Polonaise Op. 53: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZFilY0KBF4

The great Ballades.
Ballade 1 (featured in the movie The Pianist)
Ballade 4

Nocturne 9/1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZbuA7r17uk&fmt=18
Nocturne 27/1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAcAWWU_0mE

Prelude 28/24 ('The Storm'): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71oCexIXk9Q

but there is much more to explore... enjoy!
Title: Re: Chopin 200 years
Post by: ffcal on February 26, 2010, 08:25:46 AM
Hey, DeepR.  Thanks.  Didn't know it was (or about) Chopin's 200th.  He is definitely one of classical's biggies, and a deep and complex one, too.  My favorite interpreter of his work is Artur Rubinstein.

Title: Re: Chopin 200 years
Post by: 1000snakes on February 26, 2010, 05:13:27 PM
Yes, thank you, DeepR!
I always enjoy a Chopin experience. I think I will spin a few in his honor later this evening.
Peace, Kirk
Title: Re: Chopin 200 years
Post by: False Mirror on February 26, 2010, 06:27:53 PM
Yeah I also enjoy Chopin's music quite a lot. Happy birthday Frédéric!
Title: Re: Chopin 200 years
Post by: drone on on April 25, 2010, 10:03:09 PM
Arguably the greatest classical composer.  Played a lot of his pieces when I studied piano as a kid.  My late father's favorite piece of music was one of the nocturnes.