A visit to Chopin's magnificent catalogue of music today with the beautiful second movement of his Piano Concerto N0.1; Romance, Larghetto. Played exquisitely for us by English pianist Benjamin Grosvenor.

I must admit I find it very difficult to choose a favourite between the second movement of this concerto and his second piano concerto. But that is part of the magic of music for me - my 'favourite' changes; sometimes within the hour. The music I'm drawn to depends on so many things, it encompasses everything from how I feel in that moment, to how I want to feel, to the weather, to the time of day, to how much sleep I have / haven't had, etc - the list is very long!

In short it helps me connect with how I'm feeling, soothes away any rough edges and centres me, especially when I listen in mindful way.

Frédéric Chopin wrote the Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op.11 in 1830, at the age of 20. (I am constantly astounded by how young some composers are when the write such incredible music.)

Chopin was the soloist when it premiered in the October of the same year, at the Teatr Narodowy (the National Theatre) in Warsaw, Poland during one of his 'farewell' concerts before he left Poland.

The piano concerto is dedicated to pianist, composer, piano teacher and piano manufacturer, Friedrich Kalkbrenner.

with love,