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Recording of the Week – Ivan Moravec, Chopin Nocturnes

Chopin’s Nocturnes, though based on a form originated by John Field (1782-1837), are unique to the Polish genius. Their combination of technical intricacy and melodic invention make them a landmark in music. Chopin has transplanted the beauty and line of the Bellini bel canto aria to the piano – a percussion instrument! This magical transformation…

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Chopin Nocturne Op 27 No 2

For the most beautiful 77 bars in music listen to Chopin’s spectacularly beautiful Nocturne Op 27 No 2. Written in 1836 when the composer was 26 years old. It’s like a sigh from heaven. The pianist is Arthur Rubinstein. The piece show why Chopin, despite essentially being a miniaturist, was one very greatest composer since Orpheus….

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Mariangela Vacatello at the Spencer Theater

Pianist Mariangela Vacatello gave the last of the three recitals of this years Ruidoso Chamber Music Festival on Saturday evening July 31. The audience for this performance was by far the largest of the series. The Spencer Theater was almost full. Ms Vacatello chose a formidable program. The first half was Liszt’s Piano Sonata in…

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