Chopin’s Top 10 Works

Though his life was short, Frédéric Chopin’s prolific output lives on, inspiring listeners and artists like few others.

Chopin & Mozart

In Mozart’s time, a divertimento implied a kind of pleasant background music, something to divert one’s attention when you were really doing something else. And yet, Mozart’s monumental Divertimento, K. 563 stands as one of the most profound, substantial pieces of his lifetime. We’ll hear that music performed by Cho-Liang Lin, Yura Lee, and Mark Kosower. Pianist Garrick Ohlsson opens …

Acclaimed Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini dies at age 82

“I grew up in a house with art and artists,” Pollini said in an interview. “Old works and modern works coexisted together as part of life.”

Chopin lovers can’t meet their hero, but this pianist got to do the next best thing

“These period pianos, they all have the ability to play as soft as possible and I think still there’s something there, there is still a core inside.”

Once banned by communists, Poland’s stately 18th century dance garners UNESCO honors

“It is a very simple dance… but at the same time it has an exceptional soul and one can express emotions in it in an exceptional way.”

Playlist: 6 Classic Songs that Sample Classical Music

Let’s take a step back in time to hear how classical music influenced some of the 20th century’s hits!

Vote: What Are Chopin’s Top 10 Works?

We want to hear your take! Help us create a definitive ranking of the Romantic composer’s greatest music.

Playlist: Jazz Takes on Classical Greats

The special bond between jazz and classical is growing closer by the day. So let’s appreciate these incredible renditions of timeless classical favorites!

Italian pianist Beatrice Rana

Fast-rising pianist Beatrice Rana is heard in music by Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev.

Ravel & Chopin

Pianist Orli Shaham and conductor David Robertson, who are married, take the stage to perform music by Maurice Ravel, Frédéric Chopin, and Olivier Messiaen.

Video: Pianist Jiao Sun Plays Liszt, Debussy, Chopin, and More

Jiao Sun, a US-based pianist originally from Harbin, China, visited Chicago for a captivating recital.

Playlist: WFMT Listeners’ First Favorites

We all came to love classical music in different ways. Here are some of the musical first loves of our WFMT listeners, in their own words.

A complete Jorge Bolet recital

Cuban-American pianist Jorge Bolet performed music by Brahms, Schubert, Godowsky, Liszt, Chopin, and Moszkowski at the University of Maryland on August 7, 1979.

Little Traveling Music, Please

Wanderers, farewells, and sightseeing; people are always on the go. This week, Bill calls up, “A Little Traveling Music, Please” from the pens of Handel, Smetana, Duke Ellington, and more. Reflections from such travels infuse themselves into their works, as we will discover throughout the week. We will hear selections from Beethoven’s Les Adieux, Schubert’s Die Schöne Mullerin, and Haydn’s …

Alfred Cortot’s Chopin Recordings

The French pianist in music by eminent Romantic composer Frédéric Chopin.

Northwestern’s Music Series Returns with Chamber Music, Piano, Guitar Luminaries

Including an all-women lineup of respected pianists.

Jiao Sun, piano

Pianist Jiao Sun plays music by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Frédéric Chopin, live from the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

Crystal Zheyu Jiang, piano

Pianist Crystal Zheyu Jiang plays music by Chopin and Prokofiev live from the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

Classical Music Aerial Adventure: Winter in Chicago

With spellbinding aerial footage of Chicago, you’ll hear acclaimed artists playing wonderful, wintry classical music.

Paul Huang, violin & Helen Huang, piano

WFMT is honored to present a recital by two extraordinarily virtuosic collaborators who happen to share the same last name. The pair plays music by Gabriel Fauré, Frédéric Chopin, and Felix Mendelssohn.

Musical Tails: 6 Composers Who Wrote Music for Pets

Meet the incredible pets who inspired some of our favorite music!

Playlist: Classical Coffeeshop

A rich blend of music for calm, conversation, and of course, caffeine.

Chopin’s last piano gets its 19th-century features back

The last piano on which Frederic Chopin played and composed is being renovated by a U.S. expert who is giving it back its original mid-19th century characteristics.

Canadian Wins 18th Chopin International Piano Competition

Pianist Bruce Xiaoyu Liu of Canada joins a pantheon of winners including Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, and Seong-Jin Cho.

12 pianists in final stage of prestigious Chopin competition

Twelve pianists from around the world have been admitted to the final stage of the 18th edition of the prestigious Frederic Chopin piano competition, reputed for launching world careers for its winners and finalists.

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