Frederic Chopin (1810 - 1849)

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02Maria20180605

Chopin's arrival on the Parisian scene and his infatuation with Maria Wodzinska.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

Chopin threw himself into Paris life when he moved there in 1831, where he was feted by the great and good - but he was pining for the daughter of a Polish count.

Grande valse brillante in E flat major, Op 18 (1831)
Daniil Trifonov, piano

Variations in B flat major on "La ci darem la mano" from Mozart's opera "Don Giovanni", Op 2 (1827)
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Kazimierz Kord, conductor

Etudes Op 10 (1829-32)
Murray Perahia, piano

The Ring, Op 74 No 14 (1836)
Elzbieta Szmytka, soprano
Malcolm Martineau, piano.

03George20180606

Chopin's glittering conquest of Paris and his life with his mistress, George Sand.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

Toast of the town, Chopin was now producing some of his most iconic works. Donald explores music he wrote during the intense but unorthodox relationship with his mistress George Sand.

Handsome Lad. Op 74 No 8 (1841)
Ewa Podleś, contralto
Garrick Ohlsson, piano

24 Preludes, Op 28 (1838-9)
Martha Argerich, piano

Three Mazurkas, Op 50 (1841-2)
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano

Waltz in C sharp minor, Op 64 No 2 (1847)
Khatia Buniatishvili, piano.

04Jane20180607

Chopin's physical decline, his UK tour and his unusual relationship with Jane Stirling.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

Chopin's physical decline, UK tour, and unusual relationship with Jane Stirling. Presented by Donald Macleod

Chopin's ill health was becoming extremely serious, but one admirer managed to coax him on a tour of the UK. It would be his last voyage.

Two Nocturnes, Op 55 (No 1 in F minor; No 2 in E flat major) (1842-4)
Maria João Pires, piano

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op 65 (1846)
Jacqueline du Pré, cello
Daniel Barenboim, piano

Viardot: Aime-Moi (arr from Chopin Mazurka No 23 in D major, Op 33 No 2)
Olga Pasichnyk, soprano
Natalya Pasichnyk, piano

Chopin: Ballade No 4 in F minor, Op 52 (1842)
Georges Cziffra, piano.

05Ludwika20180608

Chopin's final moments and the return into his life of his sister Ludwika.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

As Chopin's friends gathered around his death-bed, it was his sister Ludwika he called for. Donald Macleod looks back at Chopin's final moments and plays some of the last music he wrote.

Mazurka in F minor, Op posth. 68 No 4 (1849)
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano

Polonaise-Fantaisie in A flat major, Op 61 (1846)
Maurizio Pollini, piano

Melody, Op 74 No 9 (1847)
Olga Pasichnyk, soprano
Natalya Pasichnyk, piano

Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, Op 35 (1839)
Murray Perahia, piano

Polonaise in A flat major, Op 53,'Heroic' (1842)
Maurizio Pollini, piano.