The Real Wladyslaw Szpilman Plays Chopin

Watch and listen to Szpilman play this beautiful rendition of Nocturne C sharp minor by F. Chopin. Szpilman played this piece during the last live broadcast for Polish Radio on September 23, 1939, just hours before German bombs started to fall, destroying the Warsaw Radio power supply. The broadcast would remain shut down for six long years.

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