Chopin's 'Minute Waltz'

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The Chopin statue at Lazienki Park in Warsaw, Poland.

For the next three installments of Reflections from the Keyboard, host David Dubal will explore the rich world of Frederic Chopin’s nocturnes and waltzes. Chopin — the poet of the piano — began writing his waltzes as a teenager. Chopin gave birth to the modern piano and, indeed, to the modern pianist, creating a spirit of originality.

This week’s episode features three performances of his famous Minute Waltz performed back to back.

Program playlist (all by Chopin):

Waltz No. 14, Op. posth. In E Minor
Evgeny Kissin, piano
BMG Classics

Nocturne C Sharp Minor, Op. posth
Władysław Szpilman, piano
Sony Classics

Nocturne C Sharp Minor, Op. posth
Thomas Manshardt, piano
Appian Publications and Recordings

Waltz No. 2 in A-Flat Major, Op. 34 No.1
Eliso Virsaladze, piano
BMG Classics

Nocturne in B Major, Op. 9 No. 3
Wilhelm Kempff, piano
The Decca Record Company

Waltz No.13 in D Flat Major, Op. 70 No. 3
Agustin Anievas, piano
EMI Records

Nocturne in D Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2
Dinu Lipatti, piano
Regis

Valse in D Flat, Op. 64 No. 1
Wilhelm Backhaus, piano
Pearl

Waltz in D Flat, Op. 64 No. 1 "Minute"
Arthur Rubinstein, piano
Phillips Classics

Valse in D Flat, Op. 64 No. 1
Dinu Lipatti, piano
Regis

Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48 No. 1
Arthur Rubinstein, piano
Phillips Classics

Grande Valse Brilliante in E-Flat Major, Op. 18
Ingrid Filter, piano
VAI