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Life and Works: CHOPIN (Siepmann)

Life and Works
Frédéric Chopin

Author and Narrator: Jeremy Siepmann
Anton Lesser as Chopin
Other parts taken by Neville Jason, Elaine Claxton and Karen Archer
4 CDs
164-page booklet
Naxos 8.558001-04
ISBN: 1-84379-092-0

Frédéric Chopin is the pianist-composer par excellence. Regarded as one of the most mesmerising performers of his day, he lives on in his music - his waltzes, mazurkas, etudes, preludes, nocturnes, three piano sonatas, two piano concertos and much more. Here, his life, from his birth in Poland, his famous affair with the French writer George Sand, to his death at the age of 39 in Paris, is told with his music featuring prominently.

We think of Chopin as a 'frail, sheltered genius' but this forthright portrait demonstrates he was far more boisterous than that. Cheerful as a youth, it was only later that the glare of publicity, the change from local to national celebrity, made Chopin guard his privacy more carefully. This is clearly presented in Jeremy Siepmann's sympathetic account of the life of one of the key figures in Romantic music, and emphasised in the very personal portrayal by the English classical actor Anton Lesser. The accompanying booklet is packed with extra information about Chopin's life and background.


Disc 1

Chopin, Fryderyk

  Frédéric Chopin: Life and Works
1.   Play with flash player Chopin and the soul of the piano 00:01:49
2.   Play with flash player Music: Berceuse, Op. 57 00:02:17
3.   Play with flash player Chopin the Pole 00:01:48
4.   Play with flash player Music: Polonaise in G Minor 00:01:04
5.   Play with flash player Early education 00:03:05
6.   Play with flash player Music: Variations on a German Air 00:01:33
7.   Play with flash player Encounters with the Polish peasantry 00:01:02
8.   Play with flash player Music: Mazurka in G Major 00:01:13
9.   Play with flash player Chopin as industrious pupil 00:00:58
10.   Play with flash player Music: Sonata in C Minor (Opening) 00:01:49
11.   Play with flash player He finds his true voice as a composer 00:01:50
12.   Play with flash player Music: Rondo a la Mazur, Op. 5 00:01:05
13.   Play with flash player The fun - loving teenager 00:01:17
14.   Play with flash player Music: Ecossaise, Op. 72, No. 3 00:00:45
15.   Play with flash player Onset of illness and the death of a sister 00:02:05
16.   Play with flash player Music: Nocturne in E Minor 00:04:32
17.   Play with flash player ' Hats off, Gentlemen! A genius!' 00:01:36
18.   Play with flash player Music: Variations on ' La ci darem la mano', Op. 2 00:03:41
19.   Play with flash player The influence of Paganini 00:01:19
20.   Play with flash player Music: Souvenir de Paganini 00:02:10
21.   Play with flash player The First Etudes 00:00:44
22.   Play with flash player Music: Etude in C - Sharp Minor, Op. 10, No. 4 00:02:15
23.   Play with flash player Success in Vienna 00:05:58
24.   Play with flash player Music: Nocturne in C - Sharp Minor 00:01:23
25.   Play with flash player Chopin in love 00:05:19
26.   Play with flash player Music: Polonaise for cello and piano 00:01:33
27.   Play with flash player Stagnation, celebrity and the first Concerto 00:02:18
28.   Play with flash player Music: Concerto in F Minor, Op. 21 00:01:42
29.   Play with flash player Return of vitality and inspiration 00:05:10
30.   Play with flash player Music: Concerto in E Minor, Op. 11 00:10:49
31.   Play with flash player Farewells and the final departure from Poland 00:01:38


Disc 2

Chopin, Fryderyk

  Frédéric Chopin: Life and Works
1.   Play with flash player Europe and Chopin in crisis 00:07:43
2.   Play with flash player Music: Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor 00:04:28
3.   Play with flash player Arrival in Paris 00:02:24
4.   Play with flash player Music: Waltz in E flat, Op. 18 00:05:31
5.   Play with flash player Paris, politics, Poles and performance 00:07:40
6.   Play with flash player Music: Impromptu in A flat, Op. 29 00:04:27
7.   Play with flash player Chopin and the Opera 00:01:49
8.   Play with flash player Music: Andante spianato, Op. 22 00:04:37
9.   Play with flash player Chopin and Kalkbrenner 00:02:15
10.   Play with flash player Music: Etude in G flat, Op. 10, No. 5 00:01:47
11.   Play with flash player The cholera epidemic; the fashionable teacher 00:07:52
12.   Play with flash player Music: Etude in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 12, the 'Revolutionary' 00:03:02
13.   Play with flash player Teaching in earnest 00:04:58
14.   Play with flash player Music: Etude in A Minor, Op. 25, No. 4 00:01:47
15.   Play with flash player 'Souplesse avant tout!' 00:02:24
16.   Play with flash player Music: Nocturne in B - Flat Minor, Op. 9, No. 1 00:05:34


Disc 3

Chopin, Fryderyk

  Frédéric Chopin: Life and Works
1.   Play with flash player The Wodzinska affair 00:03:43
2.   Play with flash player Music: Nocturne in B Major, Op. 32, No. 1 00:02:08
3.   Play with flash player ' An elegant, pale, sad young man ' 00:02:14
4.   Play with flash player Music: Nocturne in D flat, Op. 27, No. 2 00:06:10
5.   Play with flash player George Sand and A Majorcan winter 00:22:08
6.   Play with flash player Music: Preludes,Op. 28 00:06:17
7.   Play with flash player Misanthropy, hypocrisy and prejudice 00:03:38
8.   Play with flash player Music: Mazurkas 00:07:25
9.   Play with flash player At Nohant: an idyllic and creative summer 00:02:33
10.   Play with flash player Music: Impromptu in F# 00:05:47
11.   Play with flash player The Idyll continues 00:04:57
12.   Play with flash player Music: Sonata in B - Flat Minor - Funeral March and finale 00:10:41


Disc 4

Chopin, Fryderyk

  Frédéric Chopin: Life and Works
1.   Play with flash player The return to Paris 00:02:27
2.   Play with flash player Music: Ballade No. 4 in F Minor 00:12:11
3.   Play with flash player Chopin grows moody, petulant and volatile 00:05:57
4.   Play with flash player Music: Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58 - Finale 00:05:33
5.   Play with flash player Failing health and mounting tensions 00:04:34
6.   Play with flash player Music: Barcarolle, Op. 60 00:08:42
7.   Play with flash player The break with Sand; illness; London 00:12:33
8.   Play with flash player Music: Prelude in F sharp, Op. 28, No. 8 00:01:53
9.   Play with flash player Scotland, London, Paris; decline and death 00:14:01
10.   Play with flash player Music: Polonaise in A flat, Op. 53 00:07:13

Total Playing Time: 04:56:50






Author(s):
Siepmann, Jeremy

Composer(s):
Chopin, Fryderyk

Reader(s):
Siepmann, Jeremy

Label: Naxos Educational

Genre: Music Biographies

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.558001-04

Barcode: 0636943800126

Release Date: 03/2001

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