Friday, February 14, 2014

Montage #143– Frédéric

As of  March 14, 2014, this montage will no longer be available on Pod-O-Matic. It can be heard or downloaded from the Internet Archive at the following address:


For Valendtine's Day, keeping with "F" for February, some romantic piano music by the greatest Romantics of all, Chopin.

Woth he exceprion of our ast track - the not-too-subtle homage to Chopin by Quebec's Claude Lévillée, all of the tracks are from Chopin himself, and the vast majority from one album dating almost 50 years... After Chopin interpretations in our podcasts by the likes of Géza AndaVladimir Ashkenazy and ArturRubinstein, we now add Martha Argerich and Vladimir Horowitz.

Hard to imagine it;s aloready been 25 years since Horowitz passed away. A few selections from our montage come from his "last recording".

As I saud earlier, the bulk of the montage is from the "Legendary 1965 recording" by Martha Argerich. Mrs Argerich is not only a gifted and powerful interpreter, she is also a two-time Cancer Survivor, one of many tests that life has thrown her way in a fantastic career that spans more than 50 years. The album is closely associated with her First Prize at the Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw that same year.

Mrs Argerich prefers to collaborate with artists (in concerto and chamber settings), so these solo recital albums are few and far between, and usually worth the listen!

I think you will love this music too!