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Composer and pianist Frederic Chopin, who died in 1849.
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November 17, 2014 It sounds like something out of a Dan Brown novel. But a secret group of 13 gathered earlier this year to exhume the preserved heart of one of the world's most beloved composers, Frederic Chopin.
Chad Lawson's new album is The Chopin Variations.
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September 21, 2014 Chad Lawson needed to find a way to record at home while his children slept. The result is The Chopin Variations, a set of Chopin works with an intimate, otherworldly sound.
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Rafał Blechacz has been named the 2014 Gilmore Artist. In 2005, he swept the five top prizes at the International Chopin Competition.
January 8, 2014 The award is granted once every four years to a pianist with exceptional qualities, chosen by a secretive committee. This time, a young Polish musician who specializes in Chopin has earned the generous $300,000 prize.
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The Pleyel piano factory, which once supplied instruments to Frederic Chopin, will close its doors at the end of the year.
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December 28, 2013 For more than two centuries, France's Pleyel pianos were among the best in the world. They were a favorite of Chopin and Debussy. But now the iconic brand has been forced to close its last remaining plant.
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Van Cliburn in concert in 1993.
March 4, 2013 Van Cliburn competition winners remember the great pianist, who died last month at age 78. See silver medalist Joyce Yang play for Cliburn — and his unforgettably moving response.
February 6, 2013 Hear the 21-year-old Russian play Chopin etudes, colorful Fairy Tales by Nikolai Medtner and an explosive arrangement of music from Stravinsky's Firebird at the WGBH studios in Boston.
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Pianist Vanessa Perez performs at NPR in Washington, D.C.
June 4, 2012 A rising Venezuelan pianist explains how she overcame her mother's fears to pursue her destiny. She shares music by Chopin, Villa-Lobos and Albeniz with us live from NPR's Studio 4A.
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May 24, 2012 A new star out of the El Sistema program says that her goal in playing Chopin is valuing honesty over prettiness.
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Nikolai Lugansky carries on the tradition of the grand Russian pianist.
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July 13, 2011 Hear an outstanding Russian pianist play Chopin and rarely heard Rachmaninov in recital.
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Dmitri Shostakovich topped our informal "who's the most badass composer" poll.
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June 27, 2011 Sex, drugs, guts and politics: An idle query on Twitter ignites a fun debate online and in our offices.
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