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Warsaw hosts Pearls of the Chopin Period Piano 5th - 15th October 2023

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  The last  Pleyel  ( 14810) piano played by Fryderyk Chopin  Fryderyk Chopin Museum, Warsaw  A Different Virtuosity Pearls of the Period Piano in Warsaw The mystery of instrumental sound and performance before recording has become an irresistible lure in classical music. Even before 1800 musicians were becoming increasingly interested in the nature of 'ancient music' if not so much in the manner in which it was performed. Baron Gottfried van Swieten contributed to Mozart's love of Handel and Bach in Vienna.  Interest increased over the intervening years with the evolution of the humanist scholarly discipline of 'musicology'. Through the exciting explorations during the 1970s up to the present day, the so-called 'Early Music' movement and its now mainstream credibility has expanded exponentially in scope. This movement has become firmly established in Europe on the period piano,   notably in Warsaw. Inevitably musicological interest and concern with

Australian Chopin Festival 28th September - 2nd October 2023 - Friends of Chopin Australia

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Friends of Chopin Australia  Australian Chopin Festival 2023  September 28th - October 2nd Official Site: https://www.friendsofchopin.org.au/australianchopinfestival2023   Ewa Pobłocka     Australian Chopin Festival '23 Gala Opening Concert Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Canberra 28th September 2023 7pm-9pm   $100pp   Hear Chopin as you’ve never heard him played before, by one of the world’s great Chopinists,  Ewa Pobłocka , in the salon of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, a true cultural experience – Chopin from the heart of Poland. 28

The 2nd International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments 5-15 October 2023 - Warsaw, Poland

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Rare preparatory sketch by Delacroix for a portrait of George Sand and Fryderyk Chopin The 2nd International Chopin  Competition on Period Instruments  5-15 October 2023, Warsaw One of the lodestars the Chopin Institute has followed from its earliest days and a fundamental component of its programme is the endeavour to bring back the authentic sound of the music our composing genius created. The meticulously drawn and persistently implemented plan of activity in this scope encompasses the annually organised Chopin and His Europe International Festival. Developed from the proprietary concept of Stanisław Leszczyński in 2005, it opened a new chapter in interpreting Chopin’s music. From the purchase of the first instrument from the time of Chopin, an Erard from 1849, the Institute has developed its collection of period pianos and their replicas, and made them available to eminent pianists, at the same time inviting the best orchestras specializing in historically informed performance to W

The 2023 Sydney International Piano Competition honours the unjustly forgotten Australian pianist Edward Cahill (1885-1975)

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To honour the memory of my great uncle, the once renowned but now unjustly forgotten Australian concert pianist Edward Cahill (1885-1975), the 2023 Sydney International Piano Competition have generously awarded the EDWARD CAHILL BEST IN PRELIMINARIES RECITAL Donated by the Friends of Chopin Australia This prize and the overall 2nd Prize in the entire competition was won by the impressive Belarusian pianist  Uladzislau Khandohi Uladzislau Khandohi was born in Minsk, Belarus, to a family of musicians—dulcimer players. When his parents noticed him picking out melodies on the piano at the age of 7, they took him to music school, where he progressed quickly; he won his first grand prix (at the Mendzelevskaya Open City Competition for young pianists in Mogilev) at age 10, and the first prize of the Sviridov Competition for Young Performers in St. Petersburg a year later.   In 2013, he entered the Republican Music College of the Belarusian State Academy of Music, after which he became a laure

Warsaw Uprising Recollections - 79th Anniversary of the Conflagration of Warsaw 2023, 17.00 August 1st.1944

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Today (5.00 pm August 1st 2023) I watched the extraordinarily moving and symbolic commemoration of the Warsaw Uprising on television simultaneously in the many ceremonial venues (including boats on the Vistula)  of the Warszawa Pamieta.  Someone once  asked me to express the nature of Poland in one word. I replied 'Resistance' . Such was the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.  What a huge commemorative event this has developed into …. but  I have  rather  mixed feelings  concerning leadership after studying this ill-fated heroism in detail for my book. The aircraft display flew directly over my home in Mlociny which was in Command Structure Area II - the northern districts Zoliborz and Bielany …. amazing really…..to hear and see these aircraft so close at low altitude vibrating the atmosphere on this poignant day of memories …. Rain was singularly appropriate for the melancholy of the recollection - a very few valiant survivors still struggle on with diminishing life.   The conflagratio