Chopin im Exilshare on facebook
He was in exile when he supported the Poles’ fight for freedom: most of Frédéric Chopin’s masterpieces were written far from his lost homeland. The virtuoso Polish pianist Alexsandra Mikulska plays his moving pieces for us. Julius Feldmeier reads from Chopin’s letters.
Frédéric Chopin: Mazurkas in D flat major (op. 20/3), B flat minor (op. 24/4) and C sharp minor (op. 63/3)
Polonaise in A flat major, op. 53, Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante in E flat major, op. 22
Piano concert No. 2 in F minor, op. 21 in the version for piano and string quartet
Letters by Chopin and contemporaries
When the Polish November Uprising in 1830 prevented Chopin from returning to his home country, he expressed his despair in Vienna – in deeply moving music and shaking letters. The twenty-year-old put his yearning for Poland into the sounds of his mazurkas, and he put the heroic struggles of his people into the rousing rhythms of his polonaises. Pianist Aleksandra Mikulska from Poland forges a bridge between Chopin’s winter in Vienna and his arrival in Paris. This is where he played his Concerto for Piano in F minor, accompanied by a string quartet, in such a fantastic way that the Polish expatriates were moved to tears.