A Revolution Through Waltzes and Nocturnes

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Frederic Chopin.

Frederic Chopin’s influence pianistically and harmonically spanned two centuries of piano writing —from Liszt to Scriabin and from Rachmaninoff to Debussy. With only one instrument he was a revolution in the language of music.

This week, host David Dubal continues with his exploration of Chopin’s waltzes and nocturnes. Highlighted on the show is the most popular of the composer’s nocturnes, the E flat Major.

Program playlist (all by Chopin):

Nocturne in G minor
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
Decca

Waltz in D- Flat, Op. 64, No. 1 (Minute)
Josef Hofmann, piano
VAIA

Waltz in D- Flat, Op. 64, No. 1 (Minute)
Josef Hofmann, piano
VAIA

Nocturne in E Major, Op. 62, No. 2
Jakob Gimpel, piano
Cambria Master Recordings

Nocturne in E Flat Major Op. 9, No. 2
Eileen Joyce, piano
APR

Waltz in F Op 34 No 3
Jean-Marie Darré, piano
Vanguard

Waltz, Op. 34, No. 3 (Valse Brillante)
Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano
TELARC

Nocturne in B Op 32 No 1
Alicia De Larrocha, piano
VAIA

Nocturne F sharp minor Op 15 No 2
Josef Hofmann, piano
VAIA

Waltz in A Minor, Op. 34, No. 2
Vladimir Horowitz, piano
RCA Victor

Valse in C Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
Alred Cortot, piano
Pearl

Valse in C Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
Leonard Pennario, piano
MSR