Chopin Ballades 1-4
Hats off gentlemen, a genius

Cooke’s Tour 14: Chopin Ballades 1-4
Richard Cooke’s introduction:

“…‘Hats off gentlemen, a genius’. So wrote Schumann of his friend Chopin. I have delayed writing about Chopin for some weeks though his music is of such effervescent pathos and refinement. When I was collecting my thoughts about Liszt a few weeks ago, I was happy to read somewhere one comment about Chopin which I have long felt, that he was the ‘Mozart’ of the 19th century – spontaneous, poetic and able to conjure up harmonies from far-off places, then to return to the overall key of a particular moment…”
Richard Cooke


Ballade No.1
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Ballade No.2
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Ballade No.3
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Ballade No.4
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Canterbury Choral Society Music Director, Richard Cooke, is sharing his favourite works to give some musical nourishment in these difficult, isolated times. ‘Cooke’s Tour’ is a weekly musical voyage (not necessarily choral music) that music lovers can enjoy without leaving home. You can see his introductory video on Royal Choral Society YouTube channel.

Join Richard Cooke’s music tour at or follow on Canterbury Choral Society Twitter or #CookesTour.

As well as Canterbury Choral Society, Richard Cooke is Music Director of Royal Choral Society and University of Essex Choir.