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The Life and Works of Chopin

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2002 APA Audie Award • Original Work The second in our new series of musical biographies, written and presented by broadcaster Jeremy Siepmann, with Anton Lesser as Chopin. In this set the life and music of the revolutionary composer/pianist is unveiled in considerable detail with many musical examples.

Music: Chopin

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Overview

2002 APA Audie Award • Original Work The second in our new series of musical biographies, written and presented by broadcaster Jeremy Siepmann, with Anton Lesser as Chopin. In this set the life and music of the revolutionary composer/pianist is unveiled in considerable detail with many musical examples.

Music: Chopin

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Siepmann presents the lives of Beethoven and Chopin through two musical biographies. Combining each composer's music with narrative, he demonstrates the development of each musician's skills and growth as an artist. Each audiobook contains an eight-page booklet, which discusses the artist's role in the Romantic Movement, his music, and some information on his life. Also included are musical credits and an outline of each cassette, as well as the best-known works of each composer. The diction is clear and precise with either minimal or no accent on the part of narrators Bob Peck, Karen Archer, and Neville Jason, among others. While neither of these tapes provides startling new insights into the composers, they do present a thorough and interesting sound portrait that will hold the attention of nonmusicians. This series would be of special interest to academic libraries and of use to large public libraries. Recommended. Laurie Selwyn, San Antonio P.L. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789626344569
  • Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks Ltd.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 4 CDs, 5 hours
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent introdution to both life and works

    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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