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Fryderyk Chopin (1810 - 1849)

4. Chopin in Love

Thursday 21 October 2004 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Thursday 28 October 2004 0:00-1:00 (Radio 3)

'Is she really a woman?' Chopin is said to have asked after his first encounter with the novelist George Sand. This inauspicious moment heralded the start of a relationship which was define most of Chopin's adult years. Donald Macleod uncovers the peculiarly maternal nature of their union and assesses its importance in providing the fragile composer with the support which he needed for his talent to flourish.


1 hour


Prelude no.14    
Maria João Pires (piano)
DG 437 817-2 t17

Nocturne op.37 no.2 (1839)       
Peter Katin (piano)
Olympia OCD 254 CD2 t2

Sonata no.3 (1844)        
Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)
Virgin VBD 561618 2 CD1 t5-8

Songs op.74’8 and op.74’12 (1841, 1837)     
Urszula Kryger (mezzo), Charles Spencer (piano)
Hyperion CDA67125 t6, t8

Barcarolle (1845-46)
Howard Shelley (piano)
Chandos CHAN 9175 t5

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