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Fryderyck Chopin

Fryderyck Chopin was born near Warsaw, probably on 1 March 1810. His short life encompassed miraculous musical achievements, the legacy of which has been revered by generations of pianists since his death from tubercolosis on 17 October 1849.

A selection of M&V articles about Fryderyck Chopin

Full Marks - Bill Newman listens to Nikolai Demidenko

Ensemble. Open-air Performance - A triptych of ballet on tour, with dancing in the monumental Roman ruins, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

CD Spotlight. Dance-like Vitality - Nick van Bloss plays Chopin, heard by Andrew Schartmann. '... unprecedented freshness ...'

A Compelling Overall Experience - Mike Wheeler listens to Italian pianist Leonora Armellini

Deeper Probings - A recital by Jong-Gyung Park, heard by Mike Wheeler

Consummate Elegance - Mike Wheeler listens to Sarah Beth Briggs

CD Spotlight. A Special Affinity - Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt from Viktor Bijelovic, heard by Andrew Schartmann. '... beautiful voicing and highly sensitive phrasing.'

The Magic of Performance - Part II - On the Elusive Nature of the Nationalist Spirit in Music, by Andrew Schartmann

CD Spotlight. Dazzling Tracks - Dinu Lipatti, heard by Joanne Chang. '... skillfully and brilliantly carried out.'

Andrew Schartmann's Musical Tidbits - From Pedantry to Masterwork. A Note on Chopin's Étude in C major, Op 10, No 1

Ensemble. Finely Judged - Chinese pianist Di Xiao, heard by Mike Wheeler

Most Impressive - Bill Newman listens to Swiss-Italian pianist Francesco Piemontesi

Lucidity of Touch - Leonora Armellini plays for the Keyboard Trust, heard by Bill Newman

Mazurka for Laptop - Gloria DeVidas Kirchheimer's adventures with downloading music

Superbly Realised - Llyr Williams plays for the Chopin Society UK, heard by Bill Newman

Ensemble. The Flame of Music - Malcolm Troup reports on new arrivals from China and Lithuania at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe's Summer Festival in London

Ensemble. Beauty of Tone - Danill Trifonov's prizewinner's concert from the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition, reviewed by Bill Newman

CD Spotlight. Most Remarkable - Jamaican pianist Orrett Rhoden, heard by Bill Newman

Ensemble. Superb Playing - Bill Newman listens to a selection of instrumental chamber music in London

Emotional Impressions - Bill Newman listens to Neapolitan pianist Clelia Cafiero

South Bank Pianists - Bill Newman listens to Peter Donohoe, Richard Goode and Peter Jablonski

Expressive Insights - A recital by Lara Melda, heard by Mike Wheeler

Superbly Interpreted - Jonathan Biss plays Beethoven and Janácek, heard by Bill Newman

Fun-and-games Time - Mike Wheeler listens to Venetian pianist Alessandro Taverna

Ensemble. 2011 Specials - A roundup of London concerts enjoyed by Bill Newman, featuring recitals by Alice Sara Ott, the Emerson Quartet, Martin Fröst and Roland Pontinen, the Orchestra of the Polish EU Presidency, Kreeta-Julia Heikkilä and Roope Grondahl, and Martino Tirimo's Rosamunde Trio

CD Spotlight. Glorious - Henri Barda plays Brahms, Beethoven and Chopin, recommended by Bill Newman. 'The performances are in a class of their own.'

Ensemble. Flying Colours - Yelian He and Yasmin Rowe play Chopin, Beethoven and Piazzolla, heard by Bill Newman

Courage and Finesse - A recital by pianist Arisu Nakao, heard by Bill Newman

CD Spotlight. Innumerable Delights - Rubinstein plays Chopin, heard by Robert Anderson. '... recordings of remarkable consistency ...'

Ensemble. Rapturous Praises - Yasmin Rowe, Sarah Sew and Tadashi Imai at London's Wigmore Hall, heard by Bill Newman

Vividly Captured - A piano recital by Richard Uttley, heard by Mike Wheeler

Turning Gravity into Grace - Malcolm Troup has three encounters with the sublime

Consummate Artists - Malcolm Troup reports on the BPSE Summer Festival at London's Regent Hall, where for the first time Music, not consumerism, called the shots

Ever Responsive - Two recitals by Alberto Portugheis impress Malcolm Miller

Profile. All-Involving - Turkish pianist Idil Biret talks to Bill Newman

CD Spotlight. Compelling and Pleasurable - Arthur Friedheim plays Liszt, Chopin, Gottschalk and Henselt, heard by Patric Standford. '... a slightly improvisatory interpretation ...'

Ensemble. Serious Intentions - Bill Newman listens to Stephen Hough

CD Spotlight. Unaffected Restraint - Halida Dinova plays music that tells stories, heard by Howard Smith. '... a mesmerising interpreter ...'

Ensemble. Musical Outlooks - Bill Newman attends a selection of concerts at London's Wigmore Hall

CD Spotlight. Outside the Box - A recital by Gunnar Johansen, heard by Howard Smith. '... a floodtide of seismic power and romantic fervor ...'

Ensemble. A Great Success - Sergey Sobolev plays Chopin, Liszt and Schumann, heard by Bill Newman

Ensemble. Zip and Sparkle - Alexandra Dariescu plays Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin and Constantin Silvestri, heard by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Richly Expressive - The Cleveland Orchestra begins its annual South Florida residency, by Lawrence Budmen

Ensemble. High Standards - Bill Newman listens to various artists at London's Wigmore Hall

Absolutely Outstanding - Kotaro Fukuma's performances of Schumann, Chopin and Liszt amaze Bill Newman

CD Spotlight. Deeply Satisfying - Elena Kuschnerova plays J S Bach, selected by Howard Smith. '... decisive and fresh as a dewfall.'

Subtly Controlled - Spanish pianist Javier Perianes plays Schubert, Chopin, Debussy and Falla, heard by Mike Wheeler

An Ever-Active Hive - Robert Anderson examines the latest score from Acuta Music

New Year Blues - A roundup of recent London concerts by Bill Newman

Boundless Energy - Warren Mailley-Smith, heard by Mary Isaac

Drama and Poetry - Mary Isaac listens to Russian pianist Olga Stezhko

Highly Impressive - A recital by Michael Ierace, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Vigour and Energy - Benjamin Frith saves the day, heard by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Much to Enjoy - Johannes Goritzki and Julian Jacobson at London's Royal College of Music, heard by Robert Anderson

CD Spotlight. Striking Musicianship - Elena Kuschnerova plays Prokofiev, heard by Howard Smith. '... sparkling, lyrical and appropriately balletic ...'

Liquid Finger-work - Mike Wheeler listens to a piano recital by Cordelia Williams

Ensemble. Better Late than Never - The BPSE Late Summer Festival, attended by Malcolm Troup

Ensemble. A Memorable Night - The Israel Camerata Orchestra Jerusalem, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Flying Colours - A piano recital by Theresia Renelt, appreciated by Mary Isaac

Ensemble. Highly Effective - Bax, Chopin and Prokofiev from Artur Pizarro, Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Beautifully Subtle - Bobby Chen launches Derby Chamber Music's new season, heard by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Pilgrimages of the Soul - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Italy's Sagra Musicale Umbra

CD Spotlight. A Wondrous Variety - Piano music by Chopin and Liszt, heard by Robert Anderson. '... Dominic Piers Smith survives not only intact but triumphant ...'

Majesty, Moment and Control - Ben Bloor's concluding recital for Derby Cathedral's 2010 summer organ series impresses Tony Westerman

CD Spotlight. Enviable Ease - Irena Portenko plays Chopin, recommended by Robert Anderson. '... easy fluidity of touch and tone ...'

CD Spotlight. Spellbinding Artistry - Jonathan Plowright plays Chopin, recommended by Howard Smith. '... positively hair-raising.'

Ensemble. Neatly Balanced - A City Lit music gala, enjoyed by Malcolm Miller

Stimulating Fare - Eugene Alcalay plays Bartók, Dutilleux and Beethoven, enjoyed by Malcolm Miller

CD Spotlight. Thrilling Mastery - Tanja Becker-Bender plays Paganini, reviewed by Howard Smith. '... sparkling clarity and power ...'

Deeply Expressive - Helen Cha plays John Mackenzie, Bach, Haydn and Chopin, heard by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Charm and Elan - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ingrid Fliter and the Cleveland Orchestra, heard by Lawrence Budmen

Ask Alice - On the appointment of a masterchef for musicians, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

CD Spotlight. Formidably Difficult - Antonín Dvorák's Piano Concerto, heard by Stephen Francis Vasta. '... commendable, as far as it goes.'

Ensemble. Sense of Purpose - Beate Toyka and Thomas Solzbacher celebrate Chopin, heard by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Splendidly Imaginative - Julian Jacobson and Meng Yang Pan celebrate Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year, enjoyed by Mary Isaac

Ready for 2010 - Carolyn Ellis deals with a not so pleasant Christmas surprise

Eleven Days without 'Aunt Mary' - Carolyn Ellis describes an unusual problem whilst travelling

CD Spotlight. A Diverse Miscellany - Rachel Barton Pine's tribute to Maud Powell, welcomed by Howard Smith. '... irresistible artistry ...'

A dream come true - Carolyn Ellis on buying a new piano

Thank You Mama - Bill Newman talks to pianist Igor Tchetuev

Ardent Charms - Bill Newman reviews two recitals by pianist Igor Tchetuev

Bizarre Perception - Alistair Hinton discusses a recent article on English music by David Hamilton

Outstanding and unforgettable - Lilya Zilberstein's recital at London's Wigmore Hall impresses Bill Newman

Ensemble. Unity of Conception - Malcolm Troup was at the BPSE Summer Festival in London

Thoughtfulness of Approach - A recital by Australian pianist Jayson Gillham, reviewed by Bill Newman

Ensemble. True Artistry - Howard Smith attends New Zealand's Music Fair of Japan 2009

Ensemble. An Immensely Successful Event - Thomas Bielinski reports from the West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2009

Ensemble. Excellent Throughout - A lunchtime piano recital by Maiko Mori, heard by Bill Newman

Ensemble. Exceptional Gifts - Lawrence Budmen reports from the 2009 Miami International Piano Festival

Ensemble. Refreshingly Different - Mike Wheeler listens to the Prague Symphony Orchestra

Ensemble. Humanity and Generosity - Malcolm Miller attends a memorial concert for David Sonin

Vigorous and Declamatory - Sacha Grynyuk plays for Derby Chamber Music, heard by Mike Wheeler

Record Box. Admirable Musicianship - Caroline Clemmow and Anthony Goldstone play Chopin and entertain Robert Anderson

Record Box. Playful Scope - Marc-André Hamelin's Chopin delights Robert Anderson

Record Box. A Lovely Recital - Valentina Igoshina plays Chopin, recommended by Robert Anderson

CD Spotlight. Striking Originality - Chamber music by Roger Smalley, recommended by Howard Smith. '... the performance may be regarded as definitive.'

Thought and Understanding - Wanda Jeziorska finds food for thought in Mishka Momen's latest recital

Mightily Impressed - Nikolai Demidenko plays Chopin, enjoyed by Bill Newman

A Natural Approach - Alex Kobrin plays Haydn, Beethoven and Chopin, heard by Bill Newman

An Enviable Technique - Matthew Schellhorn's Wigmore Hall début recital, reviewed by Robert Hugill

Penetrating Musical Insight - Evgenia Rubinova plays Chopin with the Orchestra of Opera North in Huddersfield and Leeds, heard by Patric Standford

Prizewinner's Recital - Malcolm Miller applauds Julian Clef at London's Foundling Museum

Nota Bene - K C Devereaux tells the story of the second best piano student in the class

Ensemble. Playfulness and Spirit - Mike Wheeler joins the Hallé Orchestra's 150th birthday celebrations

An Inspiring Read - Anthony Davie reads Victor Lederer's book 'Chopin: A Listener's Guide to the Master of the Piano'

DVD Spotlight. A Memorable Experience - 'Fedora', reviewed by Robert Anderson. 'Giordano's wishes were admirably followed ...'

CD Spotlight. Intense Seriousness - A recital by Canadian pianist Robert Silverman, recommended by Gordon Rumson

Record Box. Noble and Poetic - Sequeira Costa plays Chopin, reviewed by Bill Newman

Ensemble. A Chinese Wunderkind - Nine-year-old Niu Niu's Wigmore Hall début, admired by Malcolm Troup

A Force to Reckon With - Malcolm Miller enjoys a Wigmore Hall recital by the young Bulgarian pianist Vesselin Stanev

Ensemble. Piano meets Sitar - Malcolm Miller at a CD launch of Peter Feuchtwanger's exotic piano music

A Touch of Authenticity - A recital by Karolina Marchlewska, reviewed by Tau Wey

Ensemble. Full of Life - Compositions by M Zachary Johnson premièred at Steinway Hall, reviewed by Anna Franco

Provocative thoughts, from Patric Standford - School music

Ensemble. To the Manner Born - Marcella Crudeli's recital at London's Leighton House, enjoyed by Malcolm Troup

Ensemble. Deeply satisfying - A piano recital by Jane Ford, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Bravura virtuosity - Lawrence Budmen was at the Miami International Piano Festival

Ensemble. Contrasting pianists - by Bill Newman

A singular event - Sergei Podobedov plays Bach/Busoni, Liadov, Boris Goltz and Chopin, reviewed by David Braid

Ensemble. Commanding performances - Valerie Tryon at the Chopin Society on VE Day Anniversary, appreciated by Malcolm Miller

Ensemble. Sizzling Prokofiev - A recital by Adam Neiman, reviewed by Lawrence Budmen

CD Spotlight. Individuated lyricism - Marianna Rashkovetsky plays Chopin, reviewed by John Bell Young. '... luscious tone and interpretive ardency.'

CD Spotlight. Passion for Bach - Dominic Miller's 'Shapes', reviewed by Tess Crebbin. '... he is a genius.'

Ensemble. Changing the world - Lang Lang displays musical excellence at the Rheingau Music Festival, reviewed by Tess Crebbin

Ensemble. Poetic Chopin - Lawrence Budmen enjoyed the Seventh Miami International Piano Festival Discovery Series

Transcending virtuosity - Alistair Hinton comments on points made in Gordon Rumson's recent Chopin review

CD Spotlight. Brave heart - Angela Lear's search for the essential Chopin, by Gordon Rumson. '... heroic single-mindedness.'

Ensemble. A special treat - Maria Nockin enthuses over Ewa Podles' recent recital for San Diego Opera

CD Spotlight. Overall control - Hsia-Jung Chang plays Chopin, reviewed by Robert Anderson. '... dazzling technique ...'

Japanese Fantasy - Malcolm Miller admires the virtuosity of Hiromi Okada and the Sonata by Akio Yashiro

Record box. Impetuous abandon - Ron Bierman is amazed by the playing of Marc-André Hamelin

Ensemble. Latin American blend - Malcolm Miller applauds Alberto Portugheis in recital

CD Spotlight. Variable sonorities - Reacting to Chopin and Schumann, by Robert Anderson. '... some moments might well have caused Chopin to block his ears and flee across the Channel ...'

A perceptive pianist - Bill Newman listens to Yoo Na Noh

CD Spotlight - Immanent power. '... a musician's musician, one who harvests a composition for its intimacy and expressive nuance.' Walter Hautzig plays dances for the piano, reviewed by John Bell Young

New twists - Malcolm Miller listens to American pianist John Robilette

CD Spotlight - Piano masterpieces. '... these performances are as compelling as they are touching.' A recital by the young Texan pianist Roger Wright, by John Bell Young

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The Interpretation of Chopin - by Angela Lear

Planning your collection - Global Fascinations and Sophistications - Chopin Mazurkas, Hummel piano music, Charles Koechlin and Kenneth Leighton, with Bill Newman

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