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Freya Parr Five essential works by Chopin

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Polonaises

Poland’s national dance is a stately affair, but in Chopin’s hands, it become a passionate statement about his home country. Start with the A-major Polonaise.

Recommended recording:
Maurizio Pollini, Martha Argerich, Anatol Ugorski (piano) DG 477 5430

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Etudes

Chopin’s two books of studies test and stretch a player’s advanced technique. But the music contains depth and feeling.

Recommended recording:
Murray Perahia (piano)
Sony SK61885

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Waltzes

Singularly unimpressed with the Viennese ballroom scene, Chopin set about composing his own waltzes, published in 1819, which contain abandon, but a certain wistfulness too.

Recommended recording:
Ingrid Fliter (piano)
EMI 698 3512

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/2HQSsgsFKWZu0xGfocNkfQ

 

Piano Concerto No. 1

Composed shortly before he left Poland, Chopin shows his gift for long-arching melodic lines and filigree piano writing. The second movement, in particular, is ravishing.

Recommended recording:
Krystian Zimerman (piano), Polish Festival Orchestra
DG 459 6842

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/6VihhA5em01r0pkom28mNb

 

Ballades

Chopin puts his heart and soul into these astonishingly powerful works. Don’t be fooled by the title ‘Ballade’ – all four of them contain music of extreme drama and energy, as well as tenderness and lyricism.

Recommended recording:
Evgeny Kissin (piano)
RCA 09026632592

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Lester Young in the 1940s

Saxophonist Lester Young’s recordings from the 1940s, after leaving the Count Basie Band

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On this Day February 17, 2005

A 1965 Fender Stratocaster guitar belonging to Jimi Hendrix sold for £100,000 at an auction in London. Other Hendrix items sold included a poem written two weeks after his appearance at the
Monterey Pop Festival which went for £10,000 and the first Jimi Hendrix Experience’s single ‘Hey Joe’, signed by all the band sold for £2,000.

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Charles T. Downey Briefly Noted: In a Strange Land

In a Strange Land: Elizabethan Composers in Exile, Stile Antico
(released on January 11, 2019)
Harmonia Mundi HMM902266 | 71’10”
We have been following the British choir Stile Antico for over a decade at Ionarts. They are the inheritors of the work of the Tallis Scholars among the younger generation of early music singers, and each CD they release, especially of music from the English

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Alex Ross An ordinary evening in Los Angeles

Ryoji Ikeda’s 100 Cymbals and Alison Knowles’s Proposition #2: Make a Salad were performed last night at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The salad was quite delicious.

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On this Day February 16, 1999

Robbie Williams won three awards at this year’s Brit’s. The singer won Best British solo artist, Best Single for ‘Angels’ and Best Video for ‘Millennium.’
Manic Street Preachers won Best British Group, Natalie Imbruglia won Best International Female artist and Best Newcomer, Best International Group went to The Corrs.

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Mike Greenblatt The Struts: The next great British rock band?

Mike Greenblatt claims The Struts are the next great British rock band. After witnessing the band live, the author interviews frontman Luke Spiller.

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Mike Greenblatt The Struts: The next great British rock band?

Mike Greenblatt claims The Struts are the next great British rock band. After witnessing the band live, the author interviews frontman Luke Spiller.

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Goldmine1 Iron Maiden second set of ‘The Studio Collection – Remastered’ to be released next month

Iron Maiden ‘The Studio Collection – Remastered’ second set of CD digipak albums will be released on March 22.

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