Thanks to my dear friend Roger Adelmann for sending me what looks to be a fascinating and revealing new biography of Frederic Chopin. A recent review by the London Telegraph states that author Adam Zamoyski’s “highly readable account brings non-technical insights to the music itself and he is superb at conveying what is known of Chopin’s own playing. Cutting through the sugary image that still mars Chopin’s reputation in some quarters, he shows how the composer’s gods were Bach and Mozart, not the ‘father’ of musical Romanticism, Beethoven. This is certainly reflected in the clarity and elegance of Chopin’s output, which makes him stand apart from the other Romantics, and perhaps even above: a prince indeed.”
Sounds like a good read to me!