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Life And Works - Frédéric Chopin


Release Date: 07/17/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8558001-04   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil BiretBernd GlemserMaria Kliegel
Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This selection contains narration by Jeremy Siepmann, Anton Lesser, Neville Jason, Elaine Claxton and Karen Archer about Chopin's life and works. It contains a 162 page companion booklet with the complete spoken text, a detailed historical background and graded listening plan.
This selection was recorded at Bucks Audio Recording, Buckinghamshire and
at Hats Off Studios, Oxfordshire, both of the United Kingdom.
Includes mazurka(s) for piano by Frédéric Chopin. Soloist: Idil Biret.
This selection contains narration by Jeremy Siepmann, Anton Lesser, Neville Jason, Elaine Claxton and Karen Archer about Chopin's life and works. It contains a 162 page companion booklet with the complete spoken text, a detailed historical background and graded listening plan.
This selection was recorded at Bucks Audio Recording, Buckinghamshire and
at Hats Off Studios, Oxfordshire, both of the United Kingdom.
Includes mazurka(s) for piano by Frédéric Chopin. Soloist: Idil Biret. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Chopin and the soul of the piano." 
2.
Polonaise for Piano in G minor, B 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Poland 
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Chopin the
Pole." 
3.
Introduction and Variations in E major on a German Air, B 14 "Der Schweizerbub" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Poland 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Early education." 
4.
Rondo for Piano in F major, B 15/Op. 5 "ŕ la Mazur" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Poland 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "He finds his
true voice as a composer." 
5.
Ecossaises (3) for Piano, B 12/Op. 72 no 3: no 3 in D flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Poland 
Length: 0 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "The fun-loving teenager." 
6.
Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Onset of illness and the death of a sister." 
7.
Variations for Piano and Orchestra in B flat major on Mozart's "Lŕ ci darem", Op. 2 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Hats off,
Gentlemen! A Genius !" 
8.
Variations for Piano in A major, B 37 "Souvenir de Paganini" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "The influence
of Paganini." 
9.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 4 in C sharp minor, B 74 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Poland 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "The first
Etudes." 
10.
Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor, B 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Success in
Vienna."
The attribution of this composition to Chopin is doubtful. 
11.
Introduction and Polonaise for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 3 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernd Glemser (Piano), Maria Kliegel (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Chopin in
Love." 
12.
Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1832; Poland 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Europe and
Chopin in crisis." 
13.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Arrival in Paris." 
14.
Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Paris, politics, Poles and performance." 
15.
Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Chopin and the Opera." 
16.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 5 in G flat major "Black Keys" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Chopin and
Kalkbrenner." 
17.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 12 in C minor, B 67 "Revolutionary" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "The cholera
epidemic; the fashionable teacher." 
18.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 4 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Teaching in
earnest." 
19.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 1 in B flat minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Souplesse
avant tout!" 
20.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "The Wodzinska
affair." 
21.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "An elegant,
pale, sad young man." 
22.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: Excerpt(s) by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "George Sand and a Majorcan winter." 
23.
Impromptu for Piano no 2 in F sharp major, B 129/Op. 36 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "An Nohant:
an idyllic and creative summer." 
24.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March": Excerpt(s) by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
Length: 10 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "The Idyll
continues." 
25.
Mazurka for Piano in G, B 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Poland 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Encounters
with the Polish Peasantry." 
26.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in C minor, B 23/Op. 4 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Poland 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is presented in excerpted form.
This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Chopin as industrious pupil." 
27.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21: Excerpt(s) by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Stagnation,
celebrity and the First Concerto." 
28.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11: 2nd movement, Romanze by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Length: 10 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Return of
vitality and inspiration," and it is followed by a narrated selection
entitled "Farewells and the final departure from Poland." 
29.
Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Length: 12 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "The return to
Paris." 
30.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58: Excerpt(s) by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "The return to Paris." 
31.
Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Chopin grows
moody, petulant and vital." 
32.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 8 in F sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "The break
with Sand; illness; London."


































This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "The break
with Sand:; Illness; London." 
33.
Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Scotland,
London, Paris; decline and death." 

Sound Samples

Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Chopin and the soul of the piano
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Berceuse, Op. 57
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Chopin the Pole
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Polonaise in G minor
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Early education
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Variations on a German Air
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Encounters with the Polish peasantry
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Mazurka in G major
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Chopin as industrious pupil
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Sonata in C minor (Opening)
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: He finds his true voice as a composer
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Rondo a la Mazur, Op. 5
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: The fun-loving teenager
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Ecossaise, Op. 72, No. 3
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Onset of illness and the death of a sister
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Nocturne in E minor
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: ' Hats off, Gentlemen! A genius!'
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Variations on ' La ci darem la mano', Op. 2
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: The influence of Paganini
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Souvenir de Paganini
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: The First Etudes
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Etude in C sharp minor, Op. 10, No. 4
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Success in Vienna
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Nocturne in C sharp minor
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Chopin in love
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Polonaise for cello and piano
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Stagnation, celebrity and the first Concerto
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Concerto in F minor, Op. 21
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Return of vitality and inspiration
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Concerto in E minor, Op. 11
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Farewells and the final departure from Poland
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Europe and Chopin in crisis
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Scherzo No. 1 in B minor
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Arrival in Paris
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Waltz in E flat, Op. 18
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Paris, politics, Poles and performance
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Impromptu in A flat, Op. 29
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Chopin and the Opera
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Andante spianato, Op. 22
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Chopin and Kalkbrenner
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Etude in G flat, Op. 10, No. 5
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: The cholera epidemic; the fashionable teacher
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Etude in C minor, Op. 10, No. 12, the 'Revolutionary'
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Teaching in earnest
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Etude in A minor, Op. 25, No. 4
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: 'Souplesse avant tout!'
Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9, No. 1

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