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Willis releases new CD of Chopin chamber music

Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by UNCG Research.
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Dr. Andrew Willis (Music Performance) has released a new CD of Chopin chamber music for piano and strings, on Albany Records. It is titled “A Prayer for Poland: Chamber Music of Frédéric Chopin.” Willis was joined on the recording by UNC Chapel Hill colleagues Brent Wissick, cello and the late Richard Luby, violin. A CVNC review notes that Willis plays a period keyboard instrument – “his Pleyel grand #15270, made in Paris in 1848, a year before Chopin died. The simple English action yields a bell-like, crisp and clear sound even on the low register, and its middle register is especially pleasing. Instead of overwhelming the gut-stringed violin and cello, the Pleyel blends with them readily.”