A laureate at prestigious international piano competitions such as Vianna da Motta (Portugal, 1999) and William Kapell (United States, 1998), Richard Raymond has also received the Virginia Parker Award [...]
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For Chopin, music stood for a language, able to express everything: thoughts, feelings and emotions. “He is not only a virtuoso, but also a poet. He can reveal to us the poetry living in his soul,” said Heinrich Heine. In a sublimated gesture, he no longer treats the piano as a percussion instrument but transforms it into a singer. Emotional, passionate, and carrying deep inside him the absence of his motherland, Chopin, the very essence of the romantic artist, pushes back the limits of the musical genres that he addresses – nocturne, waltz, polonaise, mazurka – and turns them into gems of rare perfection.
© Lucie Renaud
Translation: Annie P. Prothin