• The Life and Works of Chopin

  • By: Jeremy Siepmann
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Siepmann
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-19-01
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (121 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

This biography of Frederick Chopin, with commentary on his works, including beautifully played samples of the pieces under discussion, is a near perfect use of the audio format. Siepmann writes with acumen and sympathy about both the man and the music, and reads the narration with equal skill. When dialogue is taken verbatim from letters or journals, four skillful actors are used to bring long dead personalities to life and add texture to the narrative.
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Publisher's Summary

Frédéric Chopin is the pianist-composer par excellence. Regarded as one of the most mesmeric performers of his day, he lives on his music - his waltzes, mazurkas, études, preludes, nocturnes, three piano sonatas, two piano concertos, and much more. Here, his life - from his birth in Poland, his famous affair with the French writer George Sand, and his death at the age of 49 in Paris - is told with his music featuring prominently.
©2001 Jeremy Siepmann (P)2001 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.
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Critic Reviews

Audie Award Winner, Original Work, 2002

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stephen on 07-16-03

Excellent Through and Through

Narrator's voice 5/5
Additional Voices 5/5
Dialog or story 5/5

This was my first audiobook purchase and it certainly raised my expectations. The narrator and author has done an excellent job. The pace is natural and Chopin's music enters in a timely manner. Just as important as the main narrator's voice is that of the additional voices (heard as letters). They are superb and beyond what you would expect from an audiobook in terms of quality. A very good listen.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Leigh A on 04-05-04

The short of it.

A little better than Cliff notes. If you love the music and want to get into what moved the man to create, you will only get a glance. A chronological review of his life with readings of his and other?s letters. Music is included, but I would have preferred much more depth in how the pieces were inspired. The presentation is more a history book than a passionate tale of a great artist. The book could have, and should have been twice as long.
Authors just shouldn?t narrate their own work, although Siepmann does better than most. The music was noticeably poorer in sound quality than the spoken word.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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