Editors' Notes James Rhodes is a fine pianist, a consummate communicator and, as a sufferer himself, a worthy advocate for music as a balm for mental illness. This recording, an accompaniment to his book on depression and anxiety, is a wide-ranging collection of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Bach and Puccini, with a breathtaking performance of Beethoven’s profoundly beautiful late-period Piano Sonata op. 110 at its heart, a work written by a composer in the depths of despair. Chopin’s melodies ring out under Rhodes’ fingers—a rare gift—and his affecting way with Bach’s C Major Prelude is instantly soothing.

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Das wohltemperierte Klavier I: No. 1, Prelude in C Major, BWV 846
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Fantasie in F Minor, Op. 49
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Polonaise-fantaisie in A-Flat Major, Op. 61
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Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
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Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: II. Allegro molto
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Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: III. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro ma non troppo
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Nocturnes, Op. 62: No. 1 in B Major, Andante
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Nocturnes, Op. 48: No. 1 in C Minor, Lento
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Études-tableaux, Op. 39: No. 5 in E-Flat Minor, Appassionato
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13 Preludes, Op. 32: No. 13 in D-Flat Minor, Grave
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Gianni Schicchi: "O mio babbino caro" (Arr. for Piano by Yvar Mikhashoff)
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