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The Life and Works of Chopin (Naxos Audio)

By Jeremy Siepmann, Anton Lesser (Narrator), Neville Jason (Narrator), Elaine Claxton (Narrator) & Karen Archer (Narrator)
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The second in a series of musical biographies, written and presented by broadcaster Jeremy Siepmann with Anton Lesser as Chopin. In this four-CD set, the life and music of the revolutionary composer/pianist is unveiled in considerable detail with many musical examples.

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Format: Audiobook,   Unabridged
Studio: Naxos Audiobooks
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6" Height: 5.25"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  CD
Publisher   Naxos Audiobooks
ISBN  9626342196  
ISBN13  9789626342190  
UPC  730099021920  

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Product Categories

1Books > Audio CDs > Biographies & Memoirs
2Books > Audio CDs > Music
3Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Biographies > Classical > General
4Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Biographies > General
5Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > General
6Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Music > General
7Music > Styles > Classical > Ballets & Dances > Ecossaises
8Music > Styles > Classical > Ballets & Dances > Polonaises
9Music > Styles > Classical > Ballets & Dances > Waltzes
10Music > Styles > Classical > Forms & Genres > Ballads
11Music > Styles > Classical > Forms & Genres > Concertos > General
12Music > Styles > Classical > Forms & Genres > Etudes
13Music > Styles > Classical > Forms & Genres > Preludes
14Music > Styles > Classical > Forms & Genres > Rondos
15Music > Styles > Classical > Forms & Genres > Short Forms > Impromptus
16Music > Styles > Classical > Forms & Genres > Short Forms > Nocturnes
17Music > Styles > Classical > Forms & Genres > Sonatas > Sonatinas
18Music > Styles > Classical > General
19Music > Styles > Classical > Historical Periods > Romantic (c.1820-1910) > Forms & Genres > Chamber Music
20Music > Styles > Classical > Instruments > Keyboard > Piano
21Music > Styles > Classical > Instruments > Strings > Cello
22Music > Styles > Opera & Vocal > Vocal Non-Opera > Barcarolles
23Music > Styles > Opera & Vocal > Vocal Non-Opera > Lullabies & Berceuse

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An excellent introduction to boh the life and the work  Aug 5, 2001
Not having known very much at all about Chopin, I cannot vouch for the accuracy in the Naxos entry in their CD and cassette Biography series; but I can vouch for the enjoyment (NA 421912) afforded me.

Written and produced by Jeremy Siepmann, this audio-bio not only tells the strange story of Chopin's life but also includes generous examples of his music, drawn from the bottomless pit of Naxos musical CDs. An excellent idea was to use actors for the voices of Chopin (Anton Lesser), George Sand and other females in his life (Elaine Claxton and Karen Archer), and other male acquaintances (Neville Jason). It is the kind of reading that would fascinate even if the work were fictional.

His letters are particularly fascinating, especially as they are read dramatically by the small cast; and one would rather hear about all his faults--physical and psychological--from people who knew him well. Perhaps his strange epistolary relationship with his Titus is dwelt upon a bit too much, but such are the times (then and now).

My only criticism in a negative direction is the length of the musical examples. I do not really think the entire "Revolutionary Etude" had to be played or the entire "Funeral March"; a minute or two with a fadeout would have been fine, especially on repeated hearings where one wants the facts. Nevertheless, highly recommended.

By the way, the listing above of this work as "abridged" is simply inaccurate since the text (I am told by the publicity person at Naxos) was written specifically for this recording and is by definition "unabridged."


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