Fryderyk Chopin

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Legal name: Frédéric François Chopin, Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin

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Frédéric François Chopin (; French: [fʁedeʁik fʁɑ̃swa ʃɔpɛ̃]; 1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849), born Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin, was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era who wrote primarily for the solo piano. He gained and has maintained renown worldwide as a leading musician of his era, whose "poetic genius was based on a professional technique that was without equal in his generation." Chopin was born in what was then the Duchy of Warsaw and grew up in Warsaw, which in 1815 became part of Congress Poland. A child prodigy, he completed his musical education and composed his earlier works in Warsaw before leaving Poland at the age of 20, less than a month before the outbreak of the November 1830 Uprising.

At 21 he settled in Paris. Thereafter, during the last 18 years of his life, he gave only some 30 public performances, preferring the more intimate atmosphere of the salon. He supported himself by selling his compositions and by teaching piano, for which he was in high demand. Chopin formed a friendship with Franz Liszt and was admired by many of his musical contemporaries, including Robert Schumann. In 1835 he obtained French citizenship. After a failed engagement to Maria Wodzińska from 1836 to 1837, he maintained an often troubled relationship with the French woman writer George Sand. A brief and unhappy visit to Majorca with Sand in 1838–39 was one of his most productive periods of composition. In his last years, he was financially supported by his admirer Jane Stirling, who also arranged for him to visit Scotland in 1848. Through most of his life, Chopin suffered from poor health. He died in Paris in 1849, at the age of 39, probably of tuberculosis.

All of Chopin's compositions include the piano. Most are for solo piano, though he also wrote two piano concertos, a few chamber pieces, and some songs to Polish lyrics. His keyboard style is highly individual and often technically demanding; his own performances were noted for their nuance and sensitivity. Chopin invented the concept of the instrumental ballade. His major piano works also include mazurkas, waltzes, nocturnes, polonaises, études, impromptus, scherzos, preludes and sonatas, some published only after his death. Influences on his composition style include Polish folk music, the classical tradition of J. S. Bach, Mozart and Schubert, as well as the Paris salons where he was a frequent guest. His innovations in style, musical form, and harmony, and his association of music with nationalism, were influential throughout and after the late Romantic period.

Chopin's music, his status as one of music's earliest superstars, his association (if only indirect) with political insurrection, his love life and his early death have made him a leading symbol of the Romantic era in the public consciousness. His works remain popular, and he has been the subject of numerous films and biographies of varying degrees of historical accuracy.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Debussy Preludes & Copin Piano Works Claude Debussy, Fryderyk Chopin; Юрий Егоров 1
1999 Deutsche Grammophon Collection: Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 1 / Grande polonaise brillante / Grande valse brillante Frédéric Chopin; Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Kyrill Kondrashin, Krystian Zimerman 1
1999 Deutsche Grammophon Collection: Klaviersonaten Nos. 2 & 3 / Scherzo No. 3 Fryderyk Chopin; Martha Argerich 1
1999 Ed. SPF 1, Vol . 1 Fryderyk Chopin; Wolfgang Manz 1
1999 Favourites Fryderyk Chopin 1
1999 Klavierkonzerte: Chopin / Moszkowski Frédéric Chopin, Maurice Moszkowski; Dana Borşan, Orchestra Națională Radio Bucuresti, Ludovic Bács 1
1999 Lento... and other Works Fryderyk Chopin 1
1999 Mazurkas Fryderyk Chopin 1
1999 Michelangeli Vol.2: Chopin Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Chopin 1
1999 Michelangeli Vol.8: Chopin/2 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Chopin 1
1999 Nocturnes Fryderyk Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein 1
1999 Preludes, Impromptus Fryderyk Chopin 1
1999 The Piano Works Chopin 1
1999 The Rubinstein Collection, Volume 46: Chopin Piano Sonatas Frédéric Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein 1
1999 The Three Sonatas / The Four Scherzos/The Four Ballades / The Barcarolle / The Fantasy Chopin; Adam Harasiewicz 1
1999 Valses Chopin; Philippe Entremont 1
1999 Works for Piano and Orchestra Fryderyk Chopin 1
1999 World's Greatest Masterpieces: Frédéric François Chopin (1810-1849) Frédéric Chopin 1
2000 Love for Three Oranges / Les Sylphides / Preludes Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев, Fryderyk Chopin, Franz Liszt; Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops Orchestra 1
2000 The Chopin I Love Frédéric Chopin; Jean‐Yves Thibaudet 1
2000 Complete Piano Music, Volume 10: Preludes, including "The Raindrop" / Barcarolle / Bolero Frédéric Chopin; İdil Biret 1
2000 Les 24 Etudes de Frédéric Chopin Fryderyk Chopin 1
2000 Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Chopin; Samson François, Louis Frémaux, Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo 4 3
2000 The Romantic World of Chopin's Piano Frédéric Chopin; Povilas Stravinsky 1
2000 Chopin: Poet of the Piano Fryderyk Chopin; Scott Beard 1
2000 Waltzes: Complete Frédéric Chopin; Istvan Szekely 1
2000 Chopin: Works for Solo Piano (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) Frédéric Chopin 2
2000 Claudio Arrau in Concert, Volume 1: Chopin: 24 Preludes, op. 28 / Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, op. 13 Chopin, Schumann; Claudio Arrau 1
2000 Concertos Fryderyk Chopin 1
2000 Koncert fortepianowy F-Moll Op. 21 / Rondo à la Krakowiak Op. 14 (Kwartet Prima Vista feat. piano: Piotr Paleczny) Frédéric Chopin 1
2000 Nocturnes / Mazurkas / Waltzes Chopin; Alexis Weissenberg 1
2000 Piano Concertos Grieg, Chopin; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, Jean‐Yves Thibaudet 1
2000 The Great Composers Chopin Fryderyk Chopin 1
2000 Vladimir Krainev and Alexander Rudin Perform Frédéric Chopin, Part 2 Frederick Chopin; Vladimir Krainev, Alexander Rudin 1
2000 Works for Solo Piano Chopin; Ronan O'Hora 1
2001 The Rubinstein Collection, Volume 45: Chopin Ballades / Scherzos Frédéric Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein 1
2001 The Sofia Recital 1958 Moussorgsky, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt; Sviatoslav Richter 1
2001 24 Preludes op. 28 Chopin; Grigory Sokolov 2
2001 Chopin, Enescu, Ravel, Liszt, Brahms Chopin, Enescu, Ravel, Liszt, Brahms; Dinu Lipatti 1
2001 The Rubinstein Collection, Volume 17: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Frédéric Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein, Alfred Wallenstein, William Steinberg, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NBC Symphony Orchestra 1
2001 BBC Music, Volume 9, Number 11: Debut Recordings by Elisabeth Batiashvili (violin), Alexander Melnikov (piano), Belcea Quartet Bach / Chopin / Debussy; Lisa Batiashvili, Alexander Melnikov, Belcea Quartet 1
2001 Freddy Kempf Plays Chopin Fryderyk Chopin; Freddy Kempf 1
2001 Chopin-Polonaises Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein 1
2001 Four Ballades / Mazurkas / Barcarolle Chopin; Ivan Moravec 1
2001 Sonate op. 35 / Scherzos Chopin; Caroline Sageman 1
2001 12 Etudes op. 25 / Piano sonata no. 2 / Berceuse Frédéric Chopin; Maurizio Pollini 1
2001 Études opp. 10 & 25 Frédéric Chopin; Andrei Gavrilov 1
2001 Intégrale de l'œuvre pour piano seul, CD 4: Époque parisienne 1 (1831-1832) Chopin; El Bacha 1
2001 Nocturnes / Ballades / Waltzes / Scherzi Chopin; Shura Cherkassky 1
2001 Piano Concertos No. 1 & 2 Frédéric Chopin; Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Alexis Weissenberg, Stanisław Skrowaczewski 1
2001 Préludes Frédéric Chopin; Alain Planès 1
2001 Rondos, Allegro de Concert Fryderyk Chopin 1
2001 The Complete Études Frédéric Chopin; Nikita Magaloff 2
2001 The Greatest Classical Composers: Chopin Fryderyk Chopin 1
2001 Waltzes Chopin; Dmitri Alexeev 1
2001 Waltzes / Impromptus (Arthur Rubinstein) Frédéric Chopin 2
2001 Yundi Li: Chopin Chopin; Yundi Li 2
2002 Waltzes - Impromptus Chopin; Georges Cziffra 1
2002 Piano Works Frédéric Chopin; Tamás Vásáry 1
2002 24 Preludes, Op. 28 / Ballades Nos. 2 & 4, etc Frédéric Chopin; Jorge Bolet 1
2002 Chopin Piano Music Chopin; Vladimir Horowitz 1
2002 Études op. 10, op. 25 Chopin; Murray Perahia 3
2002 Chopin: Piano Concerto no. 2 Fryderyk Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein, Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini 1
2002 Klassisen Musiikin Mestariteoksia 2 Frédéric Chopin 1
2002 Les nocturnes Chopin; Aldo Ciccolini 1
2002 Piano Sonata no. 3 / Études op. 25 Chopin; Nelson Freire 1
2003 Horowitz plays Chopin Frédéric Chopin; Владимир Самойлович Горовиц 2
2003 Chopin: Piano Concerto no.2 / Loewe: Piano Concerto no. 2 Frederic Chopin, Carl Loewe; Mari Kodama, Russian National Orchestra, Kent Nagano 1
2003 Complete Mazurkas Chopin; Frederic Chiu 2
2003 Richter 1 - Récital Chopin Fryderyk Chopin; Святослав Теофилович Рихтер 1
2003 Ballades, Mazurkas, Polonaises Frédéric Chopin; Piotr Anderszewski 1
2003 Hélène Grimaud plays Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Brahms, Ravel Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Brahms, Ravel; Hélène Grimaud 2
2003 Horowitz plays Chopin Chopin; Horowitz 1
2003 Intégrale de l'œuvre pour piano seul, CD 8: Majorque - Nohant (1838-1839) Chopin; El Bacha 1
2003 Nocturnes Chopin; Nelson Freire 1
2003 Oeuvres pour Piano Frédéric Chopin 1
2003 Pianoforte Pleyel 1848 Frédéric Chopin; Jean Saulnier 1
2003 The Chopin Scherzos Frédéric Chopin 1
2004 4 Scherzi / Polonaise no. 6 / Ballade no. 3 / Berceuse Chopin; Nelson Freire 1
2004 Piano Sonata no. 3 in B minor / Scherzo no. 4 in E major / Prélude in C-sharp minor, op. 45 / 24 Préludes, op. 28 Chopin; Vlado Perlemuter 1
2004 Four Ballades & Four Scherzos Chopin; Stephen Hough 1
2004 Schliessmann · Chopin Chopin; Burkard Schliessmann 5 1
2004 The Complete Nocturnes and Impromptus Frédéric Chopin; Angela Hewitt 1
2004 27 études Chopin; Jean-Frédéric Neuburger 1
2004 Piano Favourites, Volume 2 Chopin; İdil Biret 1
2004 Scherzi & Impromptus Chopin; Yundi Li 2
2004 Valses (Collection du millénaire) Chopin; Tamás Vásáry 1
2005 Ich liebe Dich Clemens von Ramin / Fryderyk Chopin 1
2005 Étude Op. 10, No. 4 / Mazurkas Nos. 36-38 / Scherzo No. 3 / Nocturne No. 13 Frédéric Chopin 1
2005 Chopin / Rachmaninov Chopin, Rachmaninov; Hélène Grimaud 1
2005 Reminiscences Frédéric Chopin; Artur Pizarro 1
2005 Etudes, op. 10 / Barcarolle, op. 60 / Sonata No. 2 Fryderyk Chopin; Nelson Freire 1
2005 Préludes & Nocturnes Chopin; Garrick Ohlsson 2
2005 Complete Scherzi and Impromptus Chopin; Bernard D'Ascoli 1
2005 Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2 Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein, Skrowaczewski, Wallenstein 1
2005 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 2: Frédéric Chopin Frédéric Chopin; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2005 Nocturnes Fryderyk Chopin; Maurizio Pollini 1
2005 Études Frédéric Chopin, Leopold Godowsky; Boris Berezovsky 1
2005 Piano Sonata No. 2 / Nocturnes / Barcarolle / Scherzo No. 2 Frédéric Chopin; Mikhail Pletnev 2
2005 4 Scherzi Frédéric Chopin; Gianluca Cascioli 1

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