....a roundup of Chopiniana: current news, views, reviews, recordings and performances in the runup to the 200th birthday of the matchless Polish keyboard composer.

Monday, February 4, 2008

The Chopin Currency: Feb. 4, 2008

Chopin in the News:

The secret of Gabriela Montero's improvisations
Times Online - UK
From the improvised vocal polyphony, called discantus, of medieval times to the extravagant exhibitions of Chopin and Liszt in the salons of 19th-century ...
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A night out with Chopin!
Huddersfield Examiner - Huddersfield,UK
In Monday’s concert, which begins at 7.30pm, he will play Chopin’s Ballade No 1 in G minor, Nocturnes No 13 in C minor and No 14 in F sharp minor, ...
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Waleed Howrani lives up to reputation at AUB
Daily Star - Lebanon - Beirut,Lebanon
By the time Howrani began playing Chopin's etudes, the audience was transfixed. An etude is a composition designed to challenge an instrumentalist to ...
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• Symphony, guest artist set auditorium aglow
The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com - Grand Rapids,MI,USA
Kobrin, Gold Medalist in the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, was guest soloist in Frederic Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1. ...
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Cyber snapshot
Dubuque Telegraph Herald - Dubuque,IA,USA
Project Gutenberg volunteers also have been digitizing public-domain sheet music, including works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Mozart and others. ...
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Step Up
By George Jackson
Wheeldon’s intermingling of Frederic Chopin and Kurt Weill songs takes getting used to. When the Washington Ballet first performed the work a couple of seasons ago (staged by Ashley Wheater), Chopin’s lyric ardor and Weill’s gritty ...
danceviewtimes - http://www.danceviewtimes.com/

Chopin in the blogosphere:

Preludes
By mallorcaphotoblog
Frédéric Chopin spent three months in Mallorca in the Winter of 1838-39, some 169 years ago. He came in the company of George Sand and her two children from her marriage with Count Dudevant. Chopin suffered from tuberculosis and had ...
- http://mallorcaphotoblog.wordpress.com

Chopin Preludes
By wolfy(wolfy)
Chopin's first prelude is welcoming. Being in a Major key (c)and having a simple form suggests a certain amount of accessibility. The The two-note melodic gestures that make up this piece make me think of a visual welcoming gesture. ...
Music of the Spheres - http://fanfarefortheuncommon.blogspot.com/

Eternal Sonata
Eternal Sonata is the latest RPG from Tri-Crescendo, starring – of all potential heroes – Frederic Chopin. Yes, that Chopin – the Poet of the Piano, the famous composer who tragically died of tuberculosis aged only 39. ...
- http://www.bonafidereviews.com

Warsaw's inadequate airport
By W-wa Jeziorki(W-wa Jeziorki)
"On behaf ow LOT Połlysz Erlajnz, aj łud lajk tu łelkam ju tu Fryderyk Chopin Internaszonal Erport. Lokal tajm iz tłenty tu ten..." Sorry - Fryderyk Chopin what? No one - and I mean no one - calls Okęcie Airport by this name, ...
W-wa Jeziorki - http://jeziorki.blogspot.com/

Chopin Audios & Videos

Chopin: Mazurkas, Valses & autres danses / Arthur Schoonderwoerd
By e-man
Com This recording reconstructs an imaginary ball of the 1840’s, with all dances to Chopin’s polonaises, ländler, écossaises, mazurkas… The use of a piano by Ignaz Pleyel built in 1836 gives a special dimension to the [...]
All Free Download Links - http://allfreedownloadlinks.com

Steinway & Sons Model B Grand Piano Demo II: Chopin Mazurka
By admin
This recording is of my Steinway & Sons model B. Sorry it’s incomplete. This video was also made to demonstrate the tone of the piano, which I was selling at the time. I no longer own this instrument. ShareThis.
Mess Video - http://www.messvideo.com/

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....is a roundup of all things Chopin leading up to the 200th anniversary of the matchless Polish composer for the piano in March 2010.