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Jan Lisiecki chats with Classical Purdue about Chopin - Works for Piano and Orchestra

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Interview with WBAA's John Clare

Jan Lisiecki just turned 22 years old and has now released his fifth recording, Chopin: Works for Piano and Orchestra. The album comprises pieces in the so-called "brilliant style," a form of virtuosic pianism cultivated in the early 1800s by some of the leading performer-composers of the day, including Hummel, Kalkbrenner and Moscheles. During his formative years in Warsaw, Chopin applied the style to such works for piano and orchestra as the Grande Polonaise brillante Op.22 and Rondo à la krakowiak in F major Op.14. The notion of brilliance likewise governs his Variations on "Là ci darem la mano" from Mozart's Don Giovanni Op.2 and the Fantasy on Polish Airs Op.13.

Lisiecki spoke with Classical Purdue Music Director John Clare about the release. LISTEN