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
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
Chopin: Waltzes / Schumann: Scenes from Childhood Chopin, Schumann; Maria João Pires 1
Complete Edition Sampler Frédéric Chopin 1
Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra Chopin; Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Heribert Beissel, Abbey Simon 1
Famous Piano Concertos: Piano Concerto no. 1 in E minor, op. 11 / Piano Concerto no. 2 in F minor, op. 21 Frédéric Chopin; Philharmonia Bulgarica, Dimiter Manolov, Arthur Moreira Lima 1
Great Composers Frédéric Chopin 1
Greatest Hits Chopin 1
Hommage à Frédéric Chopin (Montblanc Philharmonia of the Nations feat. conductor: Justus Frantz) Frédéric Chopin 1
Horowitz interpreta Chopin Frédéric Chopin; Владимир Самойлович Горовиц 1
La Gran Música: Frederic Chopin Frédéric Chopin; Tamás Vásáry 1
Mazurkas Chopin; Michel Block 1
Meditation, Volume 2 Massenet, Gounod, Chopin, Bruckner, Mahler, Schubert 1
Meditation, Volume 3 Rimsky-Korsakov, Chopin, Reger, Debussy, Stravinksy, Brahms, Lalo 1
Nocturnes Frédéric Chopin, John Field 1
Píanó Bach, Schubert, Chopin; Rögnvaldur Sigurjónsson 1
Piano Concerto No. 1 / 2 Mazurkas / Scherzo / Valse / 2 Etudes / Nocturne Frédéric Chopin 1
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor Op. 21 Frédéric Chopin 1
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, op.21 / Piano Concerto No.21 in C major, KV 467 "Elvira Madigan" Fryderyk Chopin; Dubravka Tomšič; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Svetlana Stanceva 1
Piano Concertos Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein 1
Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Polonaise / Krakowiak / Mozart Variations / Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Chopin; Idil Biret, Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Košice), Robert Stankovsky 1
Polonaises Chopin; Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
Sämtliche Werke für Klavier und Orchester Chopin; Claudio Arrau, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Eliahu Inbal 1
The Best of Chopin Frédéric Chopin 1
The Best of Chopin Frédéric Chopin 1
The Best of Chopin Chopin; Arthur Rubinstein 1
The Best of Chopin Chopin 1
The Chopin Collection (Volume 2) (3 volume release by Castle Communications (Australasia)) Frédéric Chopin 1
The Classic Composers, Volume 3 - Chopin: Magical Piano Music Frédéric Chopin 1
The Complete Nocturnes & Impromptus Chopin; Claudio Arrau 1
The World of Chopin Frédéric Chopin 1
Ultimate Chopin Frédéric Chopin 1
Vladimir Horowitz plays Chopin, Volume 2 Frédéric Chopin; Владимир Самойлович Горовиц 1
Waltzes & Nocturnes Chopin; Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
Warsaw Concerto: Virtuoso Piano Music Addinsell, Liszt, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Gershwin 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Liszt: Piano Concerto no. 1 / Piano Concerto no. 2 / Hungarian Fantasia / Chopin: Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise Liszt, Chopin; Sviatoslav Richter, London Symphony Orchestra, Kyrill Kondrashin 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Nocturnes Fryderyk Chopin 1
1981 Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante, op. 22 / Nocturnes ⁃ Valse ⁃ Mazurkas ⁃ Ballade ⁃ Scherzo Frédéric Chopin; Dang Thai Son 1
1982 Horowitz at the Met Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff; Horowitz 3
1990 Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Chopin; Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta, Murray Perahia 2
1990 Horowitz in London Chopin, Schumann, Scriabin; Horowitz 1
1990 Richter at Pleyel Chopin, Beethoven; Sviatoslav Richter 1
1995 Kissin: The Legendary 1984 Moscow Concert Frédéric Chopin 1
1996 Beethoven: Piano Sonate op. 27 no. 1 / Liszt: Piano Sonata / Chopin: Ballade no. 4, Nocturne op. 62 no. 1, Scherzo no. 1 Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin; Claudio Arrau 1
2001 Pletnev Live at Carnegie Hall Bach-Busoni, Beethoven, Chopin; Pletnev 1
2001 Live in Japan Chopin, Franck, Debussy; Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich 1
2002 Haydn: Piano Sonata no. 37 / Chopin: Nocturne op. 72 no. 1 / Nocturne op. 15 no. 1 / Beethoven: Piano Sonata no. 11 / Eroica Variations / Schumann: Études symphoniques / Rachmaninov: 12 Preludes Haydn, Chopin, Beethoven, Schumann, Rachmaninov; Sviatoslav Richter 1
2003 Bach: French Suite no. 6 / Beethoven: Piano Sonata no. 6 / Chopin: Nocturne in E-flat / Waltz in C-sharp minor / Schumann: Träumerei Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann; Mieczysław Horszowski 1
2010 Bach / Brahms / Britten Bach, Brahms, Britten, Chopin; Miklós Perényi, Dénes Várjon 1
2011 The Chopin Concertos Frédéric Chopin; Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin, Andris Nelsons 1
2011 Daniel Barenboim Plays Chopin: The Warsaw Recital Chopin; Daniel Barenboim 2
2016 The Seattle Recital Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Prokofiev; Emil Gilels 1
2016 Scarlatti / Chopin / Liszt / Ravel Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt, Ravel; Debargue 1
Chopin, Volume 1 Frédéric Chopin; Evgeny Kissin 1
Maurizio Pollini Plays Debussy: 12 Studies and Chopin: Polonaise Fantaisie Op. 61 Debussy, Chopin; Maurizio Pollini 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 The Pianist Frédéric Chopin 4 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1921 Impromptu in A Flat Chopin; Leopold Godowsky 1
1945 Polonaise In A-Flat, Op. 53, No. 6 Chopin; José Iturbi 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Chopin Masterpieces Frédéric Chopin 1
Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Frédéric Chopin 1
Landscape Classics Series, No. 85 Frédéric Chopin 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Volume 17: Shura Cherkassky I Fryderyk Chopin; Шура Черкасский 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 4 Impromptus - 4 Nocturnes - Fantaisie op. 49 Frédéric Chopin 1
1988 4 Impromptus / 3 Walzer / 6 Mazurken / Polonaise-Fantaisie Frédéric Chopin; Stanislav Bunin 1
1988 24 Preludes op. 28, 4 Nocturnes Chopin; Jorge Bolet 1
1988 Klavierkonzerte Nos. 1 & 2 Frédéric Chopin 1
1988 Mazurkas / Polonaises / Nocturnes / Preludes / Scherzo Frédéric Chopin 1
1991 Polonaises / Fantaisie Impromptu, op. 66 / Tarantella, op. 43 / Berceuse, op. 57 Frédéric Chopin; Alexander Brailowsky 1
1991 World Famous Piano Music, Volume 2 Chopin; Ida Černecká 1
1992 Rose Collection: Chopin Frédéric Chopin 1
1994 A Chopin Festival Frédéric Chopin 1
1994 A Grande Música: Chopin Frédéric Chopin 1
1994 Favourite Nocturnes Chopin; Sándor Falvay 2
1994 Music for Piano Frédéric Chopin; Christiane Mathé 1
1995 Polonaise "Héroïque" / "Military" / Fantaisie impromptu Frédéric Chopin; Alexander Brailowsky, Philippe Entremont 1
2000 24 Préludes / Sonata no. 2 / Polonaise op. 53 Chopin; Evgeny Kissin 1
2001 Life and Works Fryderyk Chopin 1
2006 Ses enregistrements 1930-1956 Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, Franck, Liszt, Стравинский; Yves Nat 1
2006 Complete Works Fryderyk Chopin 1
2009 Ballades & Nocturnes Frédéric Chopin; Arthur Schoonderwoerd 1
2009 Chopin Recital Chopin; Janina Fialkowska 1
2009 Ses 100 chefs-d'oeuvre Fryderyk Chopin 1
2009 ピアノ作品全曲集 Disk 11 スケルツォ,ピアノ・ソナタ第1番 : Adam Harasiewicz Chopin 1
2009 ピアノ作品全曲集 Disk 12 ピアノ・ソナタ 第2番,第3番 : Tamas Vasary Chopin 1
2009 ピアノ作品全曲集 Disk 13 変奏曲・ロンド : Nikita Magaloff , Michel Dalberto Chopin 1
2009 ピアノ作品全曲集 Disk 14 ボレロ、演奏会用アレグロ、子守歌、他 : Nikita Magaloff Chopin 1
2009 ピアノ作品全曲集 Disk 15 《お手をどうぞ》の主題による変奏曲、他 : Claudio Arrau,London Philharmonic Orchestra,Eliahu Inbal Chopin 1
2009 ピアノ作品全曲集 Disk 16 ピアノ協奏曲 第1番、第2番 Tamas Vasary,Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,Jerzy Semkow,Janos Kulka Chopin 1
2010 Friedrich Gulda Plays Chopin Chopin; Friedrich Gulda 1
2014 Preludes Frédéric Chopin; Ingrid Fliter 1
4つの即興曲 3つのワルツ 3つのエコセーズ 他 (Stanislav Bunin) Frédéric Chopin 1
21 Nocturnes (Andrzej Wasowski) Frédéric Chopin 1
24 Preludes, op. 28 / 4 Balladen Chopin; Nelson Freire, Philippe Entremont 1
24 Preludes, Op. 28 / Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 45 / Prelude in A-flat major Frédéric Chopin 1
51 Mazurkas Chopin; Andrzej Wasowski 1
Chopin Chopin; Maurizio Pollini 1
Chopin - Klavierkonzert No.2, Nocturnes op.27, op.32, Valses op.70 Frédéric Chopin 1
Chopin (Juana Zayas) Frédéric Chopin 1
Chopin Favourites Frédéric Chopin 1

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