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The Enigmatic & Extraordinary World of Martha Argerich

 ”Audiences are never important to me now and they never were” ~ Martha Argerich, legendary Argentine concert pianist ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Nobuyuki Tsujii, piano Vocalise, Sergei Rachmaninoff Sunset Cottesloe beach, Western Australia Stephen Hough, Classical pianist by night, humourist … Continue reading

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Ingrid Fliter plays Chopin, Sydney Opera House

Backed by a colossal technique to tackle the most conflict-ridden passages with amazing soundness, Ingrid offered a substantial reading, filled with musicality and life, of one of the most splendorous piano concertos of the Romantic era.  ~ La Nacion, Argentine … Continue reading

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Winner announced – FREE $300 Concert Tickets & Food Voucher Giveaway!

This post is to announce the winner for two (2) tickets to the Mahler Chamber Orchestra concert (valued at $110 each) 7pm on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 featuring stellar American cellist, Alisa Weilerstein and a food voucher worth $80 redeemable at any Opera Kitchen food stalls at the Sydney Opera … Continue reading

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Sydney Opera House presents Alisa Weilerstein FREE $300 Concert Tickets & Food Voucher Giveaway!

 ”Her technical abilities serve a taste for sweet and intensity. She performs with soulful expresssion and physical abandon”                                             … Continue reading

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Chopin’s Nocturne in C sharp minor Op. posth.

 ”All wars are civil wars because all men are brothers.” ~ Francois Fenelon, French poet, theologian and writer  ~~~~~~0~~~~~~ Chopin’s Nocturne in C sharp minor Op. posthumous, was first published 26 years after the great composer’s death in 1849. Chopin … Continue reading

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Evgeny Kissin plays Liszt, Sydney Opera House

“He is a born musician and a born great pianist” – Vladimir Ashkenazy Such is the accolade given by maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy, himself a virtuoso pianist, to Evgeny Kissin, one of the great pianists of our generation. For a piano … Continue reading

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Godowsky’s 3 paraphrases of Chopin’s “Aeolian Harp” Etude

I recently wrote a post about one of Chopin’s most beautiful works for solo piano. The etude in A flat major Opus 25 no. 1 was composed in 1836 and published in 1837. The technical challenge for this piece is … Continue reading

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International Chopin Piano Competition

The International Chopin Piano Competition is one of the most prestigious music competitions on the international arena. Held once every five years since its initiation in 1927, some of its first prize winners include world renown pianists Maurizio Pollini (Italy … Continue reading

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Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Opus 21 (2nd movement)

The second movement of Chopin’s piano concerto begins with the strings and woodwind leading the piano into arguably one of the most beautiful passages of music ever written. This concerto was composed in 1830 when Chopin was 20 years old … Continue reading

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Chopin Etude in A flat major, Opus 25 no. 1 (Aeolian Harp)

Background Chopin’s etudes are essentially a system of technical piano playing exercises which are among some of the most challenging and provocative pieces written for the solo piano repertoire. There is a total of 27 etudes comprising two separate collections … Continue reading

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Chopin Etude in G flat major, Opus 10 no. 5 (Black Keys)

Have you ever tried hopping over rocks along a riverbank without getting your feet wet? Playing this etude feels that way because the score for the entire right hand is played on the black keys, hence its nickname the “black … Continue reading

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Chopin Nocturne in D flat major, Opus 27 no. 2

This piece of music is the epitome of Chopin’s beautiful cantabile style. My mind drifts to a beautiful place whenever I play this piece late at night. Lento sostenuto meaning “slow and sustained” is Chopin’s musical directive for this piece … Continue reading

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