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Chopin's music was Thaddeus Kozuch's specialty, representing the largest part of his recorded legacy.

This Chopin Scherzo #2 performance was from the last public recital by Thaddeus Kozuch in October 1986 at the St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids Michigan.

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Multiple studio and live concert recordings of Chopin's works are provided on our website.

Over the years, differences in musical interpretation are presented.   Sometimes several recordings of the same music are available but selecting just one proved too challenging.

Scherzo
Opus 31 No. 2

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Chopin Ballades are some of the most important and challenging pieces in the standard piano repertoire ... magically interpreted by Thaddeus Kozuch.

Here are two collections of Chopin Ballades numbers 1, 2, and 4.

Ballade
Collection 1

Ballade
Collection 2

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Often simply described as so-called keyboard "exercises", Thaddeus Kozuch in these recordings illustrates how he draws out their musicality. 

Etude
Opus 25 No.3

VIDEO:  Chopin Etude Opus 25 No. 3

Thaddeus Kozuch often warmed up with the "Horseman" Etude in F Major. 

Kozuch was 73 years old when he made this March 28, 1986 home studio video recording.

... 1963 RECORDINGs DISCOVERED ...

We recently discovered a rare 1963 tape of music recorded in Thaddeus Kozuch's first home studio on Kedvale Avenue in Chicago.  Made by a family friend, the original audio was from a poor quality reel-to-reel tape machine.  These recordings required extensive noise reduction, equalization, and pitch corrections to properly match the true pitch of the piano.  Under these circumstances, the improved sound quality is acceptable.

Again, these recordings illustrate how Thaddeus Kozuch draws out the musicality from what are simply described as so-called keyboard "exercises".  There is also a 1986 studio recording at the end of the playlist

Please note: The Etude Opus 10 No. 3 is incomplete and is included because it is Thaddeus Kozuch's only recording of this very famous etude.

Etude
Collection

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This initially gentle tune leads into a driving steamroller-like middle theme, followed by rather spritely finger work before ending peacefully.

Here is Chopin's Impromptu Opus 36 No. 2 from a 1947 studio disc.

Impromtu
Opus 36 No. 2

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Our mother Jacqueline Kozuch once remarked: 

Of all the music,

by so many different composers,

from all of his performances,

whether in the studio, concert hall or auditorium,

and throughout the entirety of his life, ...

   

... it is the Chopin Mazurkas that stand out as Thaddeus Kozuch's greatest musical achievement and represent a snapshot of his lifelong musical journey.

Mazurka
Opus 41 No. 2

VIDEO:  Mazurka Opus 41 No. 2 in E minor (1839)

On March 26, 1986 Thaddeus Kozuch made a series of home studio videos that included this Chopin Mazurka and music of Ravel, Muczynski, and Ginastera. 

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Jacqueline Kozuch's favorite Mazurka was the Opus 41-2

Thaddeus Kozuch's favorite Mazurka was the Opus 56-3

Chopin Mazurka collection of recital and studio AUDIO recordings.

Mazurka
Collection
( updated )

Here is a link to the "Concert Miniature" 78rpm 1947 disc recordings and Chopin Mazurkas Opus 7-3 and 41-1.

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Chopin Nocturnes are a staple of the classical piano repertoire ... and a Thaddeus Kozuch specialty.

Nocturne
Opus 9 No. 1
( studio video )

VIDEO:  Chopin Nocturne Opus 9 No. 1 in B♭ minor

This 1986 home studio recording is an example of Thaddeus Kozuch's reflective and sensitive playing. Performed many times during his lifetime, Kozuch's Nocturne performances were always eagerly welcomed.

This Chopin Nocturne Opus 9 #1 performance was from the last public recital given by Thaddeus Kozuch in October 1986 at the St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids Michigan.

In a sense, Mr. Kozuch made a "full circle" return to St. Cecilia in Grand Rapids Michigan with this concert, where he played one of his first formal public performances before his 1940 Chicago debut.

Nocturne
Opus 9 No. 1
( 1986 recital )

These two 1979 performances of the Chopin Nocturne Opus 9 #3 in B Major were given in recital at Cullen Hall, University of St. Thomas in Houston, then a week later in Thaddeus Kozuch's final DePaul University faculty recital.

Nocturne
Opus 9 No. 3
( 1979 recitals )

This Chopin Nocturne Opus 15 #1 in F Major performance is from Thaddeus Kozuch's DePaul University faculty recital in 1974.

Nocturne
Opus 15 No. 1
( 1974 recital )

In 1947 this recording of the Chopin Nocturne Opus 62 #1 in B Major was made by Thaddeus Kozuch in a commercial recording studio directly onto 78rpm disc. 

This "old sounding" audio recording is from 1947, yet musically its message may be clearly understood. 

Nocturne
Opus 62 No. 1
( 1947 studio
78 rpm disc)

This Chopin Nocturne in C# minor Opus Posthumous (published 1875) was recorded in Thaddeus Kozuch's home studio on March 28, 1986.

Chopin dedicated this work to his older sister Ludwika Chopin "... as an exercise before beginning the study of my second Concerto".  Published 21 years after the composer's death, the work is often referred to as Lento con gran espressione (from its tempo marking).  It is sometimes also called Reminiscence.

Thaddeus Kozuch at the beach in Saugatuck Michigan with his dog Wolfy.

Nocturne
Opus Posthumus
( 1986 studio )

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Thaddeus Kozuch (of course) performed all of Chopin's Polonaises.

This performance is from the 1974 DePaul University Faculty Recital.

Polonaise
Opus 26 No.2

This performance is from the 1979 DePaul University Faculty Recital.

Kozuch's final DePaul University Faculty Recital

"Heroic"
Polonaise
Opus 53

... 1963 RECORDINGs DISCOVERED ...

We recently discovered a rare 1963 tape of music recorded in Thaddeus Kozuch's first home studio on Kedvale Avenue in Chicago.  Given by a family friend, the original audio was from a poor quality reel-to-reel tape machine.  These recordings required extensive noise reduction, equalization, and pitch corrections to properly match the true pitch of the piano.  Under these circumstances, the improved sound quality is acceptable.

Polonaise
Opus 26 No.1

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Audiences enthusiastically looked forward with anticipation whenever
Thaddeus Kozuch scheduled a performance of Chopin's Preludes.

Chopin's Preludes are a fundamental staple of the classical piano repertoire
... and another Kozuch
"tour de force" presentation.

This performance is from the 1975 DePaul University Faculty Recital.

Chopin
Preludes
Opus 28

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Thaddeus Kozuch performs Chopin's famous Sonata #2

The third movement is the well-known Funeral March.

This performance is from the Thaddeus Kozuch 1980 Copernicus Foundation Benefit recital

held at the old DePaul University concert hall in the Lincoln Park campus.

The Chopin Sonata #2 is a Thaddeus Kozuch "tour de force" presentation.

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Sonata
Opus 35 No.2

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