0120090608Donald Macleod explores Chopin's time at Nohant, the country retreat of his lover George Sand, where over seven long summers towards the end of his life he composed much of his finest music.

Donald focuses on Chopin's Mazurkas and his Second Piano Sonata, which shocked contemporary audiences.

Sliczny Chlopiec (Handsome Lad), Op 74, No 8

Elisabeth Soderstrom (soprano)

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Four Mazurkas, Op 41 (No 1 in E minor; No 2 in B; No 3 in A flat; No 4 in C sharp minor)

Artur Rubinstein (piano)

Nocturne in G, Op 37, No 2

Garrick Ohlsson (piano)

Impromptu No 2 in F sharp, Op 36

Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, Op 35 (Grave - Doppio movimento; Scherzo; Marche funebre: Lento; Finale: Presto)

Evgeny Kissin (piano).

Donald Macleod explores Chopin's highly creative final years, spent at his lover's retreat

0220090609Donald Macleod continues his exploration of Chopin's extraordinarily creative final years.

He looks at a brief fallow period, a domestic spat and a clutch of masterpieces, including the 3rd Ballade and the F minor Fantaisie.

0320090610Donald Macleod continues his exploration of Chopin's extraordinarily creative final years.

Painter Eugene Delacroix was among the houseguests during Chopin's third summer at Nohant.

With music including the Polonaise Heroique, the 4th Scherzo and the 4th Ballade, which distils the experience of a lifetime.

Melodia, Op 74, No 9

Elisabeth Soderstrom (soprano)

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Impromptu No 3 in G flat, Op 51

Three Mazurkas, Op 50 (No 1 in G; No 2 in A flat; No 3 in C sharp minor)

Artur Rubinstein (piano)

Polonaise in A flat, Op 53 (Heroique)

Piotr Anderszewski (piano)

Scherzo No 4 in E, Op 54

Evgeny Kissin (piano)

Ballade No 4 in F minor, Op 52

Krystian Zimerman (piano).

Donald Macleod focuses on late works by Chopin including the Heroique and the 4th Scherzo.

042009070120090611Donald Macleod continues his exploration of Chopin's extraordinarily creative final years living in Nohant.

Cracks had begun to appear in Chopin's relationship with George Sand; then his father died; and there was a visit from his sister, whom he hadn't seen for 14 years.

Two Nocturnes, Op 55 (No 1 in F minor; No 2 in E flat)

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Three Mazurkas, Op 56 (No 1 in B; No 2 in C; No 3 in C minor)

Charles Rosen (piano)

Sonata No 3 in B minor, Op 58

Mitsuko Uchida (piano).

Donald Macleod focuses on Chopin's close relationships - with George Sand and his sister.

05 LAST2009070820090612Donald Macleod concludes his exploration of Chopin's extraordinarily creative final years in Nohant.

As his relationship with Sand finally disintegrates, Chopin produces his three final masterpieces: the ultra-modern Polonaise-Fantaisie, the underrated Cello Sonata, and perhaps his most influential work, the Barcarolle.

Polonaise-Fantaisie in A flat, Op 61

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Sonata in G minor for piano and cello, Op 65

Martha Argerich (piano)

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Barcarolle in F sharp, Op 60

Dinu Lipatti (piano).

With three great works: the Polonaise Fantaisie, the Cello Sonata, and the Barcarolle.