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78th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 19th April - 16th May 1943

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Last night in a quiet moment before I went to sleep I could not help reflecting on the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, living as I do where these tragic events occurred not so very long ago. I decided to get out of my warm and cosy bed and read what I had written in my Polish book about this particularly valiant and frantic moment in the tumultuous history of this miracle of a city, Warsaw. The Ghetto Uprising is too often confused by travellers to this country, understandably unfamiliar with Polish history, with the equally tragic Warsaw Uprising that began on 1 August 1944. As an Australian author with no Jewish or Polish roots, I too initially suffered from a lamentable ignorance of matters almost beyond comprehension for one raised in 'The Lucky Country' - until I began to read. In this I consider myself privileged to have a rather  more objective, what one might even term an outsider's view of such historical events. I count myself lucky not to have absorbed

Chopin Chamber Music - Time Travel - A reminder of a superlative Chopin Birthday Concert, Warsaw, 1 March 2021

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Trio in G minor  Op. 8 (1829) Sonata in G minor  for piano and cello Op. 65 (1846) Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C major  for piano and cello  Op. 3 (1829) Grand Duo Concertant in E major on themes from Meyerbeer's Robert le diable for piano and cello (1832-1833)   Szymon Nehring  (piano)  Marcin Zdunik  (cello) Ryszard Groblewski (viola) CD number: NIFCCD 221 As the Arthur Rubinstein Competition is now in progress in Tel Aviv, I feel it is a fine opportunity to listen to how winners of this prestigious competition develop in their careers.  In 2017 the pianist on this recording, Szymon Nehring, won First Prize in the competition, the first Polish pianist to do so. I predict that the uncommon young Polish pianist Aleksandra Swigut, who is taking part as I write and whose talent I have championed for many years, will hopefully distinguish herself in a similar manner!  On Chopin's birthday this year I felt grateful to the National Fyderyk Chopin Institute to be able to