Chopin's 'Minute Waltz'

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Chopin statue at Lazienki Park in Warsaw, Poland. The Chopin statue at Lazienki Park in Warsaw, Poland. (Rafal Olechowski/Shutterstock)

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

Comments [1]

Vartuhi Tonoyan from Hoboken

Dear Mr. Dubal,

I am a big fan of your WQXR shows on "Reflections from the Keyboard": Your classical music program is always so well-chosen and informative, and you're a very erudite person, eloquent and charming radio host, as well as a musician with a very good taste and a lot of talent. Thanks so much for sharing with us great classical music every Thursday and Sunday night as well as your knowledge about how that music came about.

Also a quick note to mention that Eliso Virsaladze is not a pianist of Armenian descent ;->, as I've just heard you mentioning it on the radio. She was borne in Georgia (which, however, is an adjacent country to Armenia).
Thanks also for featuring her as a pianist, given that Mrs. Virsaladze is not not well-known in the Western world and is not a household name in NY (unlike Horowitz, Lipatti, Rubinstein or Kissin ;->...).

Warm regards from Hoboken,
Vartuhi

Oct. 25 2015 10:27 PM

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