Compact Discoveries®
a series of one-hour radio programs produced, written, hosted, and edited
by Fred Flaxman

©2013 by Fred Flaxman

Program 209
"Chopin's Chamber Music"

MUSIC: Chopin: opening of the second movement of the Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 8 performed by pianist Marianna Shirinyan, cellist Andreas Brantelid, and violinist Vilde Frang [EMI Classics 50999 6 87742 2 6, Track 11] [under the following]

Hello and welcome to another hour of Compact Discoveries.  I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman, and I’m going to devote this entire hour to Frédéric Chopin’s chamber music. My mother loved the piano music of Chopin so much, she may have named me after him, subconsciously if not consciously. Although neither she nor anyone else other than Medicare has ever called me by the name on my birth certificate, it is spelled just like the French name, Frédéric, without the accents.


MUSIC:
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My mother probably never realized that Chopin wrote anything other than solo piano music and his two piano concertos, but he did write some chamber music. In fact, very little. He wrote three pieces for cello and piano and one piano trio. So we can hear most of Chopin’s chamber music in this hour of Compact Discoveries, starting with the Cello Sonata in G Minor, Opus 65, and afterwards the Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano in G Minor, Opus 8.

Both pieces are from the same 2010 EMI Classics recording featuring cellist Andreas Brantelid and pianist Marianna Shirinyan. The Trio adds violinist Vilde Frang. The CD includes one other Chopin chamber work which we won’t have time for: the Grand Duo Concertant in E on Themes from Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable, from 1832, written jointly with Auguste Franchomme. Here’s the Cello Sonata.


MUSIC:
Chopin: Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65 performed by pianist Marianna Shirinyan and cellist Andreas Brantelid [EMI Classics 50999 6 87742 2 6, Tracks 1-4]

Cellist Andreas Brantelid and pianist Marianna Shirinyan performed Chopin’s Cello Sonata in G Minor, Opus 65.

You are listening to an hour of chamber music by Frédéric Chopin on Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.
 
[optional one-minute break not included in the total timing]

Now for the second and final Chopin chamber music piece for this hour: his Piano Trio in G Minor, Opus 8. Cellist Andreas Brantelid and pianist Marianna Shirinyan are joined by violinist Vilde Frang for this EMI Classics recorded performance.


MUSIC:
Chopin: Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 8 performed by pianist Marianna Shirinyan, cellist Andreas Brantelid, and violinist Vilde Frang [EMI Classics 50999 6 87742 2 6, Tracks 5-8]

Chopin’s Piano Trio in G Minor, Opus 8. The cellist was Andreas Brantelid; the pianist Marianna Shirinyan, and the violinist Vilde Frang

You have been listening to "Chopin’s Chamber Music" on this hour of Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.
 
If you missed any of this program or would like to hear it again, go to compactdiscoveries.com on the internet, where you’ll find links to stream Compact Discoveries programs on demand without charge.   You’ll also find information on every recording used in every program. This is program number 209.  Thank you for listening!


ANNOUNCER
(Steve Jencks):
Compact Discoveries is made possible in part by Story Book Publishers and their latest offering, a tongue-in-cheek memoir by Compact Discoveries host Fred Flaxman called “Sixty Slices of Life ... on Wry: The Private Life of a Public Broadcaster.”  And by the financial support of Isabel and Marvin Leibowitz, and an anonymous donor from Palm Beach, Florida.

Total Program Timing: 58:00