Friday, 16 April 2010

Polish music: Chopin, by Pollini

We here at the Chronicles conclude our week of national mourning with music by Fryderyk Franciszek Szopen, Poland’s greatest musical gift to the world. Chopin's (as his surname is more usually spelled) nocturnes rank among his most treasured works, and Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini is among the greatest living interpreters of his music. So there should be little wonder that Pollini's collection of Chopin nocturnes rank among the most frequently played records of all time here at Bassington Manor.

As Poland's national mourning comes to an end and the country returns to normality, we here at Bassington Manor look forward to returning to normal (i.e. silly) as well.

And on the subject of Poland, it's the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Grünwald, subject of Jan Matejko's monumental painting and one of Lord Bassington-Bassington's favourite artworks.

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