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Stuck on Chopin
August 1, 2014   
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The 10th Chopin and His Europe International Music Festival will be held Aug. 15-31 in Warsaw, featuring more than 30 concerts.

The highlights of this year’s festival include the first Polish performance of Edvard Grieg’s Concerto in A Minor using the musical instruments for which it was originally written. Warsaw audiences will also hear a concert showcasing work by Thomas Tellefsen, Frederic Chopin’s favorite student, and a performance featuring compositions by Arne Nordheim, whom Polish composer Witold Lutosławski described as a great Romantic composer of the present era.

This year’s festival will include a presentation of work by Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik, known for his Hommage a Chopin. Sixteen pieces by Panufnik will be performed by talented young musicians and accomplished virtuosos, such as harp player Xavier de Maistre.

Performances with a historical angle are a distinctive feature of the Chopin and His Europe festival, and this year audiences will hear performances by the 18th Century Orchestra, well-known for its imaginative and inspiring interpretations of music by Chopin. The orchestra will be celebrating its 10th anniversary at the festival and along with work by Chopin, Grieg and Beethoven, will perform a semi-staged version of Mozart’s opera Cosi Fan Tutte.

Special guests of the 10th-anniversary festival will include some of the festival’s best friends, such as Martha Argerich, one of the greatest female pianists of the 20th century, pianist Nelson Goerner, the internationally famous Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra from Poland, and a Baroque chamber music ensemble called Concerto Köln.
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