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listen  1. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Chopin and the soul of the piano 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Berceuse, Op. 57 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Chopin the Pole 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Polonaise in G Minor 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Early education 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Variations on a German Air 1:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Encounters with the Polish peasantry 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Mazurka in G Major 1:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Chopin as industrious pupil0:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Sonata in C Minor (Opening) 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: He finds his true voice as a composer 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Rondo a la Mazur, Op. 5 1:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: The fun-loving teenager 1:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Ecossaise, Op. 72, No. 30:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Onset of illness and the death of a sister 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Nocturne in E Minor 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: ' Hats off, Gentlemen! A genius!' 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Variations on ' La ci darem la mano', Op. 2 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: The influence of Paganini 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Souvenir de Paganini 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: The First Etudes0:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Etude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 10, No. 4 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Success in Vienna 5:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Chopin in love 5:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Polonaise for cello and piano 1:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Stagnation, celebrity and the first Concerto 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Concerto in F Minor, Op. 21 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Return of vitality and inspiration 5:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Concerto in E Minor, Op. 1110:49Album Only
listen31. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Farewells and the final departure from Poland 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Europe and Chopin in crisis 7:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Arrival in Paris 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Waltz in E flat, Op. 18 5:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Paris, politics, Poles and performance 7:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Impromptu in A flat, Op. 29 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Chopin and the Opera 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Andante spianato, Op. 22 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Chopin and Kalkbrenner 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Etude in G flat, Op. 10, No. 5 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: The cholera epidemic; the fashionable teacher 7:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Etude in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 12, the 'Revolutionary' 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Teaching in earnest 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Etude in A Minor, Op. 25, No. 4 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: 'Souplesse avant tout!' 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Nocturne in B-Flat Minor, Op. 9, No. 1 5:34$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: The Wodzinska affair 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Nocturne in B Major, Op. 32, No. 1 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: ' An elegant, pale, sad young man ' 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Nocturne in D flat, Op. 27, No. 2 6:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: George Sand and A Majorcan winter22:08Album Only
listen  6. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Preludes,Op. 28 6:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Misanthropy, hypocrisy and prejudice 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Mazurkas 7:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: At Nohant: an idyllic and creative summer 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Impromptu in F# 5:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: The Idyll continues 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Sonata in B-Flat Minor - Funeral March and finale10:40Album Only


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listen  1. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: The return to Paris 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Ballade No. 4 in F Minor12:11Album Only
listen  3. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Chopin grows moody, petulant and volatile 5:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58-Finale 5:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Failing health and mounting tensions 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Barcarolle, Op. 60 8:42Album Only
listen  7. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: The break with Sand; illness; London12:33Album Only
listen  8. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Prelude in F sharp, Op. 28, No. 8 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Scotland, London, Paris; decline and death14:01Album Only
listen10. Frederic Chopin: Life and Works: Music: Polonaise in A flat, Op. 53 7:13$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (July 17, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: Naxos Educational
  • Run Time: 298 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005MKG5
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By F. Behrens HALL OF FAME on August 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
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 <The Life and Works of Chopin> (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.
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