Chopin - Prelude No 15 in D-Flat Major - Grimaud, Piano

Raindrop Prelude (Chopin) – Grimaud, Piano

One of Frédéric Chopin most famous masterpiece, the Prelude No 15 in D-Flat Major, nicknamed “Raindrop”, strikes one at first as an oasis of peace and calm. However, the transition from the bright key of D-Flat Major to the tenebrous C sharp minor brings dark, gloomy, disturbing sonorities.

Chopin - Waltz No 3 in A Minor - Grimaud, Piano

Chopin – Waltz No. 3 – Grimaud, Piano

Chopin’s Waltz No 3 in A minor was written in 1834 and published in 1838. Frédéric Chopin’s waltzes are pieces of moderate length adhering to the traditional 3/4 waltz time, but are remarkably different from the earlier Viennese waltzes in that they were not designed for dancing but for concert performance.

Chopin - Sonata No 2 in B-Flat Minor - Yuja Wang, Piano

Piano Sonata No. 2 (Chopin) – Yuja Wang

Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35, is a piano sonata in four movements. Frédéric Chopin completed the work while living in George Sand’s manor in Nohant, some 250 km (160 mi) south of Paris, a year before it was published in 1840. The third movement of the Piano Sonata No 2 is Chopin’s famous funeral march.