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As Chopin's friends gathered around his death-bed, it was his sister he called for. Donald Macleod looks back at Chopin's final moments and plays some of the last music he wrote.

As Chopin's friends gathered around his death-bed, it was his sister Ludwika he called for. Donald Macleod looks back at Chopin's final moments and plays some of the last music he wrote.

Mazurka in F minor, Op posth. 68 No 4 (1849)
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano

Polonaise-Fantaisie in A flat major, Op 61 (1846)
Maurizio Pollini, piano

Melody, Op 74 No 9 (1847)
Olga Pasichnyk, soprano
Natalya Pasichnyk, piano

Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, Op 35 (1839)
Murray Perahia, piano

Polonaise in A flat major, Op 53,'Heroic' (1842)
Maurizio Pollini, piano.

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