Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Frederic Chopin was a Polish composer and piano virtuoso. Chopin wrote almost all of his compositions for solo piano. He wrote concertos for piano, etudes, preludes, nocturnes, waltzes, impromptus and mazurkas, polonaises, and much more. Most of his music is simple in texture with an accompanied melody. His music is often very expressive and full of ornamental flourishes. There is always a slight melancholic emotion in Chopin’s music.
Jorge Bolet (1914-1990)
Jorge Bolet was a Cuban pianist that was born in America. Bolet has been described by many pianists as a great pianist. It took him a long time to get recognition as a pianist. It wasn’t until a recital at Carnegie Hall in 1974 that Bolet got major recognition. Bolet is especially known for his expressive interpretations of Franz Liszt’s piano music, but he recorded music by many other composers. Here is a recording of Chopin’s Nocturne op.15, no.2 played by Jorge Bolet. The playing is very expressive and full of emotion. He gets colors out of the piano that many pianists (including great pianists) don’t always get in their interpretations (for example Vladimir Horowitz). Jorge Bolet often performed on Baldwin pianos instead of Steinways.