Pianist Brian Ganz Continues ‘Extreme Chopin’ Quest at Strathmore

Feb. 2 Concert to Feature Mezzo-Soprano Magdalena Wór

Renowned pianist Brian Ganz continues his unprecedented journey through the complete works of Frédéric Chopin with “Brian Ganz Plays Chopin: Recollections of Home” at The Music Center at Strathmore at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Ganz will be joined by internationally acclaimed Polish-born mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wór in 10 of Chopin’s rarely heard songs. The concert marks Ganz’s ninth recital in his journey through the beloved romantic composer’s complete works.

“Chopin was, without question, the greatest Polish composer of all time,” Ganz said. “Although he spent only the first half of his life in Poland, much of his music reveals his deep love for — and connection to — his homeland as reflected in this recital.”

Pianist Brian Ganz continues "Extreme Chopin" quest at Strathmore. (Courtesy of Pay Mallin)
Pianist Brian Ganz continues “Extreme Chopin” quest at Strathmore. (Courtesy of Pay Mallin)

Ganz began his “Extreme Chopin” quest in January 2011 with a sold-out recital in partnership with the National Philharmonic at The Music Center at Strathmore. He has since maintained a brimming concert schedule, representing his unique niche as perhaps the only pianist to perform Chopin’s entire oeuvre.

“I believe Brian is the first musician to attempt to perform all of Chopin’s works,” said Piotr Gajewski, National Philharmonic music director.

The concert presents works that give expression to Chopin’s profound connection to Poland. From the Polish dances for solo piano, the polonaises and mazurkas, through several of his intimate and folkloric songs for voice and piano, set to Polish poetry, to the work he said would be the first he would perform in an independent Poland, the rarely heard Allegro de Concert, each work reveals how Chopin himself became the spirit of Poland.

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