Why Chopin Composed Fewer Works for Piano and Orchestra Than You Can Count on Your Two Hands

The majority of Chopin’s surviving works are for the piano. Surprisingly, however, the composer only left us with two piano concertos and a handful of other works for piano and orchestra. Polish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki, who recorded Chopin: Works for Piano and Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon, reflected on these works and why Chopin didn’t write more of them. Expanding the …

Watch WFMT Listener Favorite, Pianist Vera Gornostaeva, Play 12 Chopin Mazurkas

One of Russia’s greatest pianists, Vera Gornostaeva, was virtually unknown outside of her native country for most of her career. She taught at the Moscow Conservatory, earned the title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, had a popular television program, Open Piano, and trained dozens of prize-winning pianists. Yet for most of her life, she was never permitted to …

Hearing Rachmaninoff Play Chopin Will Make You Fall in Love With Your Favorite Pieces All Over Again

Sergei Rachmaninoff’s works remain among the most popular in classical repertoire today. But he was more than just a great composer, he was also a fine conductor and magnificent pianist. He loved to play works by Liszt, Schubert, and Bach. Another favorite composer of Rachmaninoff’s? Frédéric Chopin. In fact, there are more extant recordings of Rachmaninoff playing the works of …

8 Chopin Recordings Every Music Lover Should Own

If you love the music of Frédéric Chopin and are looking to expand your recording collection, here are a few albums you might want to consider. These 8 recordings feature 8 different pianists performing 8 different genres, giving you an appreciation for the diversity of Chopin’s works and the musicians who perform them.

Watch ‘Do You Speak Chopin?’ – Emmy-Winning Filmmaker Marian Marzynski’s Newest Doc

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker’s Marian Marzynski newest documentary is Do You Speak Chopin?. Marzynski’s love letter to Chopin is centered around the “Chopin Olympics” of the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland.