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.