Happy Birthday, Chopin

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"His music seems to fall from heaven," says Garrick Ohlsson of Frederic Chopin. As we mark the composer's 200th birthday, Ohlsson talks to WNYC's Sara Fishko about Chopin's influence on classical piano music.

Music Playlist

  1. Ballade no 1 in G minor

    Artist: Frederic Chopin, performed by Artur Rubinstein
    Album: The Chopin Ballades & Scherzos
    Label: RCA
  2. Impromptu no 2 in F sharp, Opus 36

    Artist: Frederic Chopin, performed by Garrick Ohlsson
    Album: The Complete Chopin Piano Works Vol. 5 ~ Polonaises & Impromptus
    Label: Arabesque Recordings
  3. Nocturne in D flat major

    Artist: Frederic Chopin, performed by Garrick Ohlsson
    Album: No recording available
    Label: performed live in studio
  4. Nocturne in D flat major

    Artist: Frederic Chopin, performed by Garrick Ohlsson
    Album: Chopin: Préludes & Nocturnes
    Label: EMI Classics
  5. Polonaise in A flat

    Artist: Frederic Chopin, performed by Garrick Ohlsson
    Album: No recording available
    Label: performed live in studio
  6. Nocturne no. 2 in E flat

    Artist: Frederic Chopin, performed by Garrick Ohlsson
    Album: No recording available
    Label: performed live in studio
  7. Etude opus 10 no. 12, “Revolutionary”

    Artist: Frederic Chopin, performed by Garrick Ohlsson
    Album: No recording available
    Label: performed live in studio
  8. Nocturne in F sharp Major

    Artist: Frederic Chopin, performed by Mieczyslaw Horszowski
    Album: Mieczyslaw Horszowski Plays Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, Beethoven
    Label: Nonesuch