Fryderyk Chopin

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Legal name: Frédéric François Chopin, Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin


Frédéric François Chopin (/ˈʃpæn/; 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 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 1837 to 1847 he maintained an often troubled relationship with the French 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 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 compositional style include Polish folk music, the classical tradition of J. S. Bach, Mozart and Schubert, the music of all of whom he admired, 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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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Masters of Classical Music, Volume 8 Frédéric Chopin 2
1998 Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Tzimon Barto, Stanislav Bunin) Frédéric Chopin 1
1998 Rhapsody in Blue: Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 and 2 Frédéric Chopin 2
1998 The Best of Chopin Frédéric Chopin 1
1998 Wibi Soerjadi plays Chopin Frédéric Chopin; Wibi Soerjadi 1
1999 Complete Piano Music Frédéric Chopin; İdil Biret 1
1999 Complete Edition: The Man and His Music Chopin 10
1999 Deutsche Grammophon Collection: Chopin: Cello Sonata / Polonaise / Schumann: Adagio and Allegro / Scenes From Childhood Fryderyk Chopin, Robert Schumann; Мстислав Ростропович, Martha Argerich 1
1999 Favourite Piano Pieces Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich, Tamás Vásáry, Stanislav Bunin, Jean-Marc Luisada, Lazar Berman, Anatol Ugorski 2
1999 Grandes Compositores De Música Clássica Fryderyk Chopin 3
1999 Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Volume 91: Vladimir Sofronitsky Chopin, Scriabin; Vladimir Sofronitsky 1
1999 The Best of Chopin Frederic Chopin 1
1999 The Rubinstein Collection, Volume 4: Chopin Polonaises Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein 1
1999 The Rubinstein Collection, Volume 28: Polonaises Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein 1
2000 4 Ballades / 4 Scherzi Chopin; Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
2000 L'Essentiel Frédéric Chopin 1
2000 The Best of Chopin: Signature Series Frédéric Chopin 1
2001 Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 / 4 Nocturnes / Ballade No. 1 / Polonaise No. 6 Frédéric Chopin 1
2001 Préludes, op. 28 / 14 Valses Frédéric Chopin; Alfred Cortot 1
2001 Piano Works / Klavierwerke / Œuvres pour piano Chopin; Samson François 1
2001 The Complete Preludes Chopin; Dmitri Alexeev, Andrei Gavrilov 1
2001 Haydn: Andante & Variations in F minor / Beethoven: Piano Sonata no. 14 "Moonlight", 32 Variations in C minor / Chopin: Scherzo no. 3 in C-sharp minor / Kodály: Dances of Marosszék / Mozart; Piano Sonata no. 14 in C minor Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Kodály, Mozart; Annie Fischer 1
2001 The Best Of Chopin Frederic Chopin; Tamás Vásáry, Christoph Eschenbach, Stefan Askenase, Lazar Berman 1
2002 The Chopin Experience Chopin; Vladimir Ashkenazy 2
2002 Complete Mazurkas Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein 1
2002 Concerto, Waltz, Fantaisie, Nocturne, Polonaise, Sonata, Ballade, Mazurka, Prélude, Scherzo Fryderyk Chopin 1
2002 Essential Chopin Chopin; Philippe Entremont, André Watts 1
2003 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 / Brahms, Schubert, Chopin Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, Fryderyk Chopin, Arthur Rubinstein, Philharmonia Orchestra & Eugene Ormandy 1
2003 Chill With Chopin Frédéric Chopin 1
2003 Arrau Heritage: Chopin Chopin; Claudio Arrau 1
2003 Masters Classic Frédéric Chopin 1
2003 Œuvres pour piano Chopin; Georges Cziffra 3
2003 Portrait Frédéric Chopin 1
2004 Rhapsody in Blue: Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2 and 3 Frédéric Chopin 1
2004 Piano Concerto No. 1 / 4 Nocturnes / Ballade No. 1 / Polonaise No. 6 (Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor: Paul Kletzki, piano: Maurizio Pollini) Frédéric Chopin 2
2004 Chopin: Mazurkas, valses & autres dances - Schoonderwoerd, Arthur (piano) Frédéric Chopin 1
2004 The Best of Chopin Frédéric Chopin 1
2004 Burkard Schliessmann plays Leopold Godowsky & Franz Liszt Leopold Godowsky, Franz Liszt, Fryderyk Chopin; Burkard Schliessmann 5 1
2004 Nocturnes (Complete) Frédéric Chopin, John Field; Bart van Oort 1
2005 The Piano Library - Polonaises Fryderyk Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein 1
2005 Highlights Frédéric Chopin 1
2005 The Very Best of Chopin Frédéric Chopin 1
2005 Wilhelm Backhaus plays Chopin 1950-53 Chopin; Wilhelm Backhaus 1
2005 A Chopin Weekend Frédéric Chopin 1
2005 Concerto pour piano n° 1 en mi mineur, OP. 11 Frédéric Chopin 1
2005 Piano Concerto No. 2 / Piano Sonata No. 2 / Scherzo No. 1 Chopin; Georgian SIMI Festival Orchestra 1
2005 Piano Favourites Frédéric Chopin 1
2005 The Complete Recordings Chopin; Dinu Lipatti 1
2006 Etudes op. 10 & op. 25 Frédéric Chopin; Juana Zayas 1
2006 Piano Concertos No. 1 & 2 / Krakowiak / Rondos / Variations (Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Jerzy Maksymiuk, piano: Garrick Ohlsson, Paolo Bordoni, Danielle Laval) Frédéric Chopin 1
2006 Ultimate Chopin: The Essential Masterpieces Frédéric Chopin 1
2006 別れの曲/ショパン:ピアノ名曲集 ショパン;ヴァーシャーリ 1
2007 Intégrale de l'Œuvre Fryderyk Chopin 1
2007 Chopin: Famous Piano Works Frédéric Chopin 1
2007 Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, Villa-Lobos & Chopin Ludwig van Beethoven, Camille Saint‐Saëns, Heitor Villa‐Lobos, Fryderyk Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti & Rudolf Schwarz 1
2007 24 Préludes, Op. 28 / Etudes, Op. 25 / Sonata No. 2, Op. 35 Chopin; Grigory Sokolov 1
2007 Complete Works Chopin 1
2007 The Only Chopin Album You Will Ever Need Fryderyk Chopin 1
2008 Yömusiikkia Frédéric Chopin 1
2008 Adagios Chopin 1
2008 The Complete Works Chopin; Garrick Ohlsson, Ewa Podleś, Leila Josefowicz, Carter Brey, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazimierz Kord 1
2008 Dvorak, Chopin, Tschaikowsky Antonín Dvořák, Fryderyk Chopin, Пётр Ильич Чайковский; Duisburger Philharmoniker, Boris Bloch, Jonathan Darlington 1
2008 The Complete Nocturnes Frédéric Chopin; Gergely Boganyi 1
2009 Solo Piano Recordings 1: Chopin: Piano Sonata no. 2 / Ballade no. 3 / Schumann: Carnaval Fryderyk Chopin, Robert Schumann; Sergey Rachmaninov 1
2009 Grandes compositores da música clássica, Volume 6: Chopin Frédéric Chopin 1
2009 The 99 Most Essential Chopin Masterpieces Frédéric Chopin 1
2009 Complete Edition Chopin 1
2010 Le Monde du piano - Chopin Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein 1
2010 Argerich Plays Chopin Frédéric Chopin; Martha Argerich 2
2010 Chopin Gold Frédéric Chopin 1
2010 Best Chopin 100 Frédéric Chopin 1
2010 Le Monde du piano : Chopin Frédéric Chopin; Samson François 1
2010 Piano Adagio Frédéric Chopin 1
2010 Le Monde du piano Moussorgski, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Scriabine; Vladimir Horowitz 1
2010 The Chopin Recordings Frédéric Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein 1
2010 Perahia Plays Chopin Chopin; Murray Perahia 1
2010 Fryderyk Chopin Fryderyk Chopin 1
2010 Vladimir Horowitz: Chopin Frédéric Chopin; Владимир Самойлович Горовиц 1
2010 International Chopin Piano Competitions: The Winners Frédéric Chopin 1
2010 Ses 100 Chefs-D'oeuvre Frédéric Chopin 1
2010 Waltzes and Mazurkas Chopin; Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
2011 Chopin Chopin; Maurizio Pollini 1
2012 Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Frédéric Chopin; Tamás Vásáry, Ivo Pogorelich 1
2012 Great Piano Concertos Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Grieg, Schumann, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Prokofiev, Gershwin 1
2012 Preludes / Piano Sonata No.2 Chopin; Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
2012 Complete Etudes Fryderyk Chopin; Hardy Rittner 1
2013 19 Waltzes Fryderyk Chopin 1
2013 Piano Works Chopin; Abbey Simon, Walter Klien, Ivan Moravec 1
2014 Arthur Rubinstein Plays Chopin Frederic Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein 1
2014 Chopin: Piano Sonata no. 2 / Ballade no. 1 in G minor / Valse no. 17 en E-flat major / Fantaisie in F minor / Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 4 Chopin, Rachmaninov; Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli 1
2016 The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon Fryderyk Chopin; Martha Argerich 1
Arthur Rubinstein joue Chopin Frédéric Chopin 1
Artur Rubinstein - TheChopin Collection - The Mazurkas Frédéric Chopin 1
Best of Chopin Frédéric Chopin 1
Chopin / Liszt Chopin, Liszt; Владимир Самойлович Горовиц 1
Chopin for Relaxation Frédéric Chopin 1
Chopin Selected Piano Works Frédéric Chopin 1
Chopin: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 / Nocturnes No. 48 and No. 55 Frédéric Chopin 1
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Nocturne Op. 62 / Sonata Op. 58 Frédéric Chopin 1
Chopin: Piano Concerto no. 2 in F minor / Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor Fryderyk Chopin, Robert Schumann; András Schiff, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Antal Doráti 1

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