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March 2, 2010 Chopin had the courage to believe that the expression contained in a three-minute Mazurka for solo piano could be as powerful as the expression in an entire four-hour Wagner opera. Hear pianist and composer Rob Kapilow, and radio host Fred Child, explain what makes Chopin great.
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February 28, 2010 Nearly every classical pianist loves Chopin. But pianists from Poland have a special bond with the music of their countryman. NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz spin great Chopin recordings by Polish pianists from 1917 up to today.
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An 1838 painting of Frederic Chopin by Eugene Delacroix.
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February 28, 2010 What's not to love about Chopin? Perhaps even more than the works of Bach and Mozart, Chopin's music is almost universally admired — by pianists, by critics, and by people who know nothing about classical music. Hear some of NPR contributors' favorite performances of music by Chopin on the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth.
Artur Rubinstein's Chopin recordings had a fresh sound, as if he were discovering the music for the first time.
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March 10, 2009 When it comes to playing Chopin, pianist Arthur Rubinstein had poetry in his soul. His expressive recordings brim with warmth, lyricism and spontaneity, as if he were approaching Chopin's long-spun melodies and turbulent emotions for the very first time.
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January 6, 2000 NPR's Renee Montagne discusses the great pianist, Arthur Rubinstein, with Rubinstein's son, John, who was born when Rubinstein was in his 60's. Arthur Rubinstein was a prodigy, born in Poland, who became best known for his interpretations of Chopin. But he also recorded highly regarded versions of Beethoven's piano works and those of other composers. There are 63 volumes in the digitally remastered Arthur Rubinstein Collection on the RCA label, and each volume contains 3 compact discs.
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