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Fryderyk Chopin (1810 - 1849)

1. Chopin the Pole

Monday 18 October 2004 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Monday 25 October 2004 0:00-1:00 (Radio 3)

Donald Macleod begins a week of programmes looking at the multifaceted personality of a man who charted so many new waters for the piano. Today, an exploration of the complex tensions between Chopin's Polish roots and his career pursued largely at the heart of the Parisian aristocracy.


1 hour


Prelude no.4 in E minor       
Maria João Pires (piano)
DG 437 817-2 t7

Fantasia on Polish Airs Op.13      
Emmanuel Ax (piano), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)
Sony SK633731 t4

Polonaise Op.53 (1842)       
Maurizio Pollini (piano)
DG 413 795-2 t6

Hymn from the Tomb Op.74’17 (1836)     
Dumka (1845)        
Melodia (Elegy)Op.74’9 (1847)      
Urszula Kryger (mezzo), Charles Spencer (piano)
Hyperion CDA67125 t11, 16, 19

Scherzo no.1 Op.20 (1831-2)      
Stephen Hough (piano)
Hyperion CDA67456 t2

Mazurka Op.17 no.4        
Murray Perahia (piano)
Sony SK64399 t9

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