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Chopin

Jeremy Siepmann

Frédéric Chopin is the pianist-composer par excellence. Regarded as one of the most mesmerising performers of his day, he lives on in his music – his waltzes, mazurkas, études, preludes, nocturnes, three piano sonatas, two piano concertos and much more. Here, his life, from his birth in Poland, his famous affair with the French writer George Sand, to his death at the age of thirty-nine in Paris, is told with his music featuring prominently. We think of Chopin as a ‘frail, sheltered genius’ but this forthright portrait demonstrates he was far more boisterous than that. Cheerful as a youth, it was only later that the glare of publicity, the change from local to national celebrity, made Chopin guard his privacy more carefully. This is clearly presented in Jeremy Siepmann’s sympathetic account of the life of one of the key figures in Romantic music, and emphasised in the very personal portrayal by the English classical actor Anton Lesser. The accompanying booklet is packed with extra information about Chopin’s life and background.

Frédéric Chopin is the pianist-composer par excellence. Regarded as one of the most mesmerising performers of his day, he lives on in his music – his waltzes, mazurkas, études, preludes, nocturnes, three piano sonatas, two piano concertos and much more. Here, his life, from his birth in Poland, his famous affair with the French writer George Sand, to his death at the age of thirty-nine in Paris, is told with his music featuring prominently. We think of Chopin as a ‘frail, sheltered genius’ but this forthright portrait demonstrates he was far more boisterous than that. Cheerful as a youth, it was only later that the glare of publicity, the change from local to national celebrity, made Chopin guard his privacy more carefully. This is clearly presented in Jeremy Siepmann’s sympathetic account of the life of one of the key figures in Romantic music, and emphasised in the very personal portrayal by the English classical actor Anton Lesser. The accompanying booklet is packed with extra information about Chopin’s life and background.
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Frédéric Chopin is the pianist-composer par excellence. Regarded as one of the most mesmerising performers of his day, he lives on in his music – his waltzes, mazurkas, études, preludes, nocturnes, three piano sonatas, two piano concertos and much more. Here, his life, from his birth in Poland, his famous affair with the French writer George Sand, to his death at the age of thirty-nine in Paris, is told with his music featuring prominently. We think of Chopin as a ‘frail, sheltered genius’ but this forthright portrait demonstrates he was far more boisterous than that. Cheerful as a youth, it was only later that the glare of publicity, the change from local to national celebrity, made Chopin guard his privacy more carefully. This is clearly presented in Jeremy Siepmann’s sympathetic account of the life of one of the key figures in Romantic music, and emphasised in the very personal portrayal by the English classical actor Anton Lesser. The accompanying booklet is packed with extra information about Chopin’s life and background.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Anton Lesser

Length:

4h 58m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:51


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:35


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

01:14


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

00:59


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:51


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

00:47


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:06


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:33


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:38


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:21


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:12


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

00:46


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:17


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:59


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:21


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:35


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:19


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:43


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

10:51


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

01:39


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:44


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:30


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:25


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:32


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:41


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:28


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

01:51


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:38


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:16


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

01:48


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:54


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:03


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:00


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

01:48


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:26


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:35


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:45


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

02:09


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:15


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:12


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

22:09


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:19


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:40


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:26


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:35


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:48


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:59


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

10:43


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:28


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

12:12


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:58


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:34


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:36


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:44


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

12:35


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

01:55


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

14:02


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:15