An important CD ~ 'IMAGES OF A HOMELAND' ~ presenting performances of music by Chopin featuring the American pianist Marjan Kiepura, has been re-released especially for the 200th anniversary of the birth of the composer. Comprising both rare and familiar repertoire by Chopin, the disc was critically acclaimed on it's first release in 2001, and presents the composer in a uniquely Polish musical perspective. As well as offering familiar repertoire such as the A major Polonaise and the D flat major 'Raindrop' Prelude, the recording also has several rarities, including many of his Mazurkas which are, even now, seldom performed. Indeed, it is Chopin's Mazurkas (both early and late), which are the prime focus of the disc. Marjan Kiepura, who has made a particular specialism of Chopin's Mazurkas over many years, believes they provide the key to Chopin's personality and in particular, his idiomatic Polish traits, more than any other genre in which he worked. Commenting on this timely re-release, he said: - 'In making this recording ten years ago, I had a special purpose ~ to observe Chopin as a person deeply affected by influences, chiefly what one might call the essence of his heritage - the Polish earth - which never left him and which informed so much of his music. In my playing, I always try to convey the particular Polish characteristics of his music which I feel intuitively - namely, the rhythms, inflections and emphases - and in the coming year I will be performing, broadcasting and lecturing about this aspect of Chopin's art. I feel it is especially apt and fitting to re-release this recording now, just as we celebrate the important anniversary of Chopin's birth.' Extensive liner notes by the artist provide a historic reference to the concept of homeland and what it meant to Chopin. The Grammy award winning David Frost was the Producer for this recording, and the performances were recorded at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York.