The Chopin Experience

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20080517

Martin Handley: Launching Radio 3's landmark weekend of Chopin's complete works with a selection that also includes works from composers inspired by him.

Including:

Chopin: Bercuese, Op 57

Evgeny Kissin (piano)

Chopin: Andante spianato et Grande polonaise brillante, Op 22

Dong-Hyek Lim (piano)

Chopin: Variations in B flat, Op 2 (on La ci darem la mano from Mozart's Don Giovanni)

Alexis Weissenberg (piano)

Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (conductor)

Chopin, orch.

Francaix: Preludes, Op 28

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Karl Anton Rickenbacher (conductor).

20080517

Rob Cowan presents a special programme celebrating the life and work of Fryderyk Chopin, featuring discussion as well as live and recorded music.

With performances from pianists Tamas Vasary, Idil Biret and Stephen Kovacevich as well as discussion on some of the key issues relating to the Polish composer.

Discussing important themes of nationalism and romanticism, are critic and commentator Dermot Clinch, and direct from Warsaw Polish historian and Chopin biographer Adam Zamoyski.

There are also recordings from acclaimed Chopin interpreters Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fou Ts'ong and Piotr Anderszewski, as well as Erica Worth, editor of The Pianist magazine, on how for the amateur there is much to learn and love about Chopin.

Plus David Bamber reading from Chopin's letters and journals.

Including:

Polonaise in A flat for piano, Op 53 (Eroica)

Vladimir Horowitz (piano)

Piano Sonata No 3, Op 58

Alfred Cortot (piano)

Piano Concerto No 1, Op 11

Krystian Zimerman (piano)

Scherzo No 2, Op 31

Artur Rubenstein (piano)

(Part of Radio 3's The Chopin Experience).

20080517

Sarah Walker presents all of Chopin's Nocturnes in the order he composed them, performed by famous Chopin pianists from the early 20th century to the present day.

With insights in conversation from pianists including Garrick Ohlsson and Llyr Williams.

The programme concludes with Chopin's only work for piano and two other instruments - the Piano Trio in G minor, Op 8, that he composed as a precocious teenager in his native Poland.

Part of Radio 3's The Chopin Experience.

20080518

Martin Handley

Radio 3's landmark weekend of Chopin's complete works continues.

Martin's selection also includes works by composers inspired by Chopin.

Chopin: Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante, Op 22

Eldar Nebolsin (piano)

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)

Chopin: Variations Brillantes, Op 12

Peter Katin (piano)

Chopin, orch.

Elgar: Funeral March (Piano Sonata No 2, Op 35)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Adrian Boult (conductor)

Chopin, transcr.

Liszt: Prelude No 9, Op 28

Stefan Johannes Bleicher (organ)

Chopin: Sonata No 1, Op 4

Igor Tchetuev (piano)

Glazunov: Chopiniana, Op 46

Vladimir Askenazy (conductor).

20080518

Rob Cowan and Tom Service conclude The Chopin Experience as they follow Chopin's tour of Britain, taken in the wake of his traumatic break-up with his lover George Sand, and during which he gave his final performances before his death at the age of 39.

They explore the psychology of Chopin the man and the mythologising of his story that began even as he lay on his deathbed.

At the end of the programme, Tom and Rob look back over the weekend and discuss listeners' reactions and emails.

Featuring performances of Chopin's Scherzo No 1, Op 20; Scherzo No 2, Op 31; Scherzo No 3, Op 39 and Scherzo No 4, Op 54, and Miranda Richardson reading extracts from the writings of George Sand.

Part of Radio 3's The Chopin Experience.

24 Etudes20080517

An uninterrupted sequence of both the Op 10 and Op 24 sets of Etudes, with each being performed by a different pianist.

Part of Radio 3's The Chopin Experience.

Cd Review20080517

Andrew McGregor introduces a special Chopin-focused edition of Radio 3's weekly programme devoted to what's new in the world of recorded music, with a focus on musical interpretation.

Including:

9.30am

Harriet Smith with a personal recommendation for Chopin's Piano Sonata No 2, Op 35 in B flat minor, including a complete performance of the chosen recording.

10.30am

Andrew is joined by David Owen Norris to discuss essential Chopin on disc.

They ask which are the recordings one can't, or shouldn't, live without and whose interpretations changed how we consider performing Chopin.

David brings his own choices to the table and he and Andrew also consider suggestions from listeners.

11.50am

Disc of the Week: Chopin: Ballade No 4 in F minor, Op 52

Ingrid Fliter (piano).

Chopin's Pianos20080517

Catherine Bott and Peter Katin visit The Cobbe Collection and the Royal Academy of Music to look at three pianos with Chopin connections, including his Pleyel grand which he brought to England in 1848.

Part of Radio 3's The Chopin Experience.

Discovering Music: Chopin Ballades *20080518

Stephen Johnson is joined by pianist Cedric Tiberghien for an exploration of Chopin's Four Ballades and their possible hidden links to literature.

And with conductor and researcher Christopher Gayford, Stephen looks at how we perceive musical stucture and the impact this has on our appreciation of Chopin's music.

Iain Burnside20080518

Iain visits Paris in search of Chopin's musical legacy and considers his significance in the evolution of French piano playing.

He visits some of the places associated with the Chopin, and talks to Jean-Yves Thibaudet, probably the greatest pianist living in Paris today.

Fantaisie brillante on Polish Airs in A, Op 13

Idil Biret (piano)

Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra

Robert Stankovsky (conductor)

Grande Valse Brillante, Op 18

Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano)

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op 65 (excerpt)

Pierre Fournier (cello)

Jean Fonda (piano)

Waltz, Op 34 No 3

Jean-Marc Luisada (piano)

Etude, Op 25 No 2

Francis Plante (piano)

Waltz, Op 69 No 1

Dinu Lipatti (piano)

Prelude in C sharp minor, Op 45

Vlado Perlemuter (piano)

Ma cherie (Chants Polonais, Op 74 No 12)

Alfred Cortot (piano).

Jazz Line-up20080517

Claire Martin presents a special edition of the programme dedicated to the jazz interpretation of Fryderyk Chopin's music.

With acclaimed classical jazz pianist Jacques Loussier talking to journalist Kevin LeGendre about his approach to playing Chopin and discussing his Nocturnes CD from 2004.

Plus pianist and composer Huw Warren with a specially-commissioned short jazz piano work that emulating the Chopin style and structure.

Lord Of The Dance20080517

Ian Skelly explores Chopin's love affair with dance music and folk rhythms of his time, introducing some of his most rhythmic waltzes as well as polonaises and mazurkas, all performed by leading Chopin piano interpreters.

Part of Radio 3's The Chopin Experience.

Music Matters20080517

Tom Service presents a special Chopin-themed edition of the programme in which he travels to Warsaw to investigate the complex relationship between the composer and his homeland, to which he never returned after leaving at the age of 20.

Tom also examines the effects of Chopin's dual legacy as composer and pianist on the Polish music scene today.

Presented By Sarah Walker.20080518

With Russian-born pianist Nikolai Demidenko in conversation, and he features in an all-Chopin recital given recently at London's Wigmore Hall.

Chopin: Barcarolle in F sharp, Op 60; Piano Sonata No 3 in B minor, Op 58; 24 Preludes, Op 28

2.30pm

Sarah visits the Mediterranean island of Majorca to try to unravel some of the legends that have grown up around Chopin's ill-fated winter holiday there in 1838-39 with his new lover, the famous French novelist George Sand.

Featuring music he composed during his stay - including some of the Preludes and the Mazurka in E minor, Op 41, No 2.

3.15pm

Sarah presents Chopin's Piano Concerto No 2, in F minor, Op 21, performed by Martha Argerich.

3.55pm

The Chopin Moment: If you play the piano, now is the time to join with Sarah and listeners around the country and play some Chopin - whether you're at home, in the pub or even in the street!

Part of Radio 3's The Chopin Experience.

Private Passions *20080518

Michael Berkeley draws on the programme's archives for a selection of Chopin pieces chosen by previous guests.

They include psychiatrist Anthony Storr and jazz bassist Charlie Haden on the Etudes; the late writer and scholar Edward Said on the Impromptu, Op 36; and journalist Anne Karpf on a Nocturne played by her mother Natalia.

Plus politician William Hague, writer Andre Brink and poet Anne Stevenson on a selection of Preludes, as well as actor Patrick Malahide on the G minor Ballade.

World Routes20080517

In a special edition of the programme, Lucy Duran travels to Poland to explore the folk music of Chopin's homeland, meeting suka player Maria Pomianowska, the folk group Kapela Brodow and the Warsaw Village Band.