This year marks Chopin's 200th birthday anniversary - Church records say he was born February 22nd, but Chopin wrote he was born on March 1. Two hundredth anniversary celebrations, recordings and performances are scheduled throughout 2010. Like most of his countrymen and women, Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski is proud of Chopin's Polish connection, but he says Chopin has other connections.
Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski paying tribute to his countryman, Frederic Chopin and Chopin's French connection. It's a sound and sensibility that Anderszewski says is present in the background, and sometimes in the foreground of Chopin's music. 2010 is the 200th anniversary year of Chopin's birth.
The music heard here is the Chopin Mazurka in A Minor, Opus 59 No. 1 played by Vladimir Ashkenazy (Decca 448 086). Mr. Anderszewski has recorded this work and other pieces by Chopin on the Virgin Classics label (VC 86370) and on EMI (EMI Classics 45620).