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8 February: CD of the Week is Jonathan Plowright's new release, Hommage à Chopin.
This new release from British pianist Jonathan Plowright, in Chopin's bicentennial year, features music inspired by the great composer.
Entitled Hommage à Chopin, the CD includes three works by the same name, by Grieg, Villa-Lobos and the lesser known Franz Bendel. Also featured are a beautiful piece called La Réminiscence de Chopin by the Czech composer Eduard Napravnik, and Federico Mompou’s witty and inventive Variations sur une thème de Chopin.
Jonathan Plowright's CD is a welcome addition to the growing number of Chopin-themed releases this year. An enthusiast of the Polish Romantic repertoire, he has recorded music by Chopin and Paderewski. He was invited by the Paderewski in Memoriam Foundation to give the closing recital of the Polish Parliament’s ‘Year of Paderewski’ celebrations in Warsaw in 2001.
Hear music from this new CD on Mornings on Classic FM, just after 10am every day this week.