These beautiful melodies by Chopin, the poet of the piano, show that everything he ever wrote is instantly recognizable and beloved all over the world. Chopin is the most performed composer in history because he understood human emotion. He smashed the convention that forbade a man from baring his soul to the multitude, and humanity continues to tremble and usually weep upon hearing his music, shaped to emulate the human voice. When Chopin burst upon the scene in Europe, Schumann wrote, 'Hat's off, gentlemen, a genius!' and in Paris, Chopin was taken by Prince Radziwell to the Rothchild's where he played his Waltz in C sharp minor and was an overnight sensation. He held his listeners spellbound with his virtuosity; his slim fingers easily reached a tenth and could quickly expand to cover a third of the keyboard. He untied the chords restrained in octaves and flung them up and down longing of the beseeching laments of man, and said himself that the musician without it did not have music as his mother tongue. Once he consoled a student, who in his fervor broke a string on a Polonaise, by telling the student that it was meant to be played so not a single string was left on the piano. The great Romantic period ended with the last note Chopin wrote. Many of the comments about Chopin are taken from Schirmer library and from "The Great Pianists" by Harold C. Schonberg. These works were performed on Steinway Hamburg 137, a 9-foot concert D. It has a stellar pedigree, having been chosen by Evgeny Kissen, Alicia de La Rocha, Lang Lang, Arnaldo Cohen and many other classical and jazz artists. It can overwhelm an orchestra. The recording was done at Digital Brothers Studio, Costa Mesa, California 92627.