Daniel Barenboim performs Chopin

The Warsaw Recital

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Daniel Barenboim — Pianist

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Daniel Barenboim performs solo piano works by Frederic Chopin in Warsaw on the 200th anniversary of the Polish composer's birthday.

Frederic Chopin contributed a considerable number of masterpieces to the classical piano repertoire. His sonatas, mazurkas, waltzes, nocturnes, polonaises, études, impromptus, scherzos, and preludes have been favorites of music lovers and pianists alike ever since their publication in the first half of the 19th century. A typical feature of Chopin's style are his sweet melodic lines, which testify to the influence of Italian opera's bel canto singing tradition—characterized by mellifluous melodies and a delicate musical ornamentationon—on the Polish composer. Chopin brilliantly translated bel canto to the piano, an approach that gives his works a character completely their own.

The great pianist Daniel Barenboim performs here some of Chopin's solo piano masterworks as part of the Warsaw celebration of the Polish composer's 200th birthday. The program includes fantasies, noctures, sonatas, barcarolles, numerous waltzes, and much more!

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