Pianist Jan Lisiecki’s new release “Chopin: Works for Piano and Orchestra” features 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. 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).
It's time to cut to chase on this week’s World Music Show (3/18) because there’s a lot happening around town and in the studios in the next week. And because of all that, I want to make sure that you—faithful listener—are in tune with what’s going on and have a chance to attend some of these great events.
The Cypress String Quartet recently celebrated their 20th anniversary and this is their “final” recording together. They are joined by longtime collaborators Barry Shiffman (viola) and Zuill Bailey (cello). The performances of the Brahms String Sextets were recorded before a live studio audience at Skywalker Sound in California.