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Frédéric Chopin

Frédéric Chopin is one of the greatest composers of the Romantic piano tradition. He was a master in making the small form great. His ballades, mazurkas, polonaises, preludes, etudes and nocturnes all belong to the most popular standard works for piano ever written.  As a child prodigy, Chopin grew up in a middle class family, who lived among the literati of Warsaw. When in 1830 the November Uprising broke out in Poland, the twenty year old Chopin stayed in Vienna. He became an exile and never returned to his mother country. He eventually settled in Paris.  He avoided public concerts, but he did like performing in small settings, such as salons and at home for his friends. This way, Chopin built a reputation as an exceptional pianist, teacher and composer.
Chopin brought a unique synthesis between the Viennese bravado and the French/English lyric style. Even though his pieces often are technically very demanding, the focus was always on creating a lyric expression and poetic atmosphere. He invented the instrumental ballade, and brought salongenres to a higher level with his many innovations and refinements. 

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The London Recordings Vol. 1
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Piano Concertos (Chamber Versions)
Emmanuel Despax
Piano Protagonists
Orion Weiss
Bach & Chopin
Dina Ugorskaja
Live in Taiwan 1998
Sergio Fiorentino
... o sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe
Katharina Thalbach | Feininger Trio
Eclectic | Being Me
Marie François
Fuck Digital (vinyl)
James Rhodes
Katya Apekisheva
Chopin & Schumann
Sveinung Bjelland
The Unreleased Recitals at The Concertgebouw 1975 - 1976 - 1978 - 1979 - 1980
Emil Gilels
Piano Works, Chopin & Liszt
Sophia Agranovich
The Saga of Reflective Perspectives
Sandy Patton
Chopin & Schubert
Capella Cracoviensis
Chopin recital
Jean Muller
Piano Concertos Nos 23 & 27
Menahem Pressler
Camiel Boomsma
Nino Gvetadze
Johandrew Slominski
Johandrew Slominski
Preludes, Berceuse, Barcarolle
Emmanuel Despax
Chopin & Schumann
Horacio Gutiérrez
Historical Recordings
Karlrobert Kreiten
The Four Ballades
Angela Brownridge
The Shepherd on the Rock
Julian Bliss
Inside Tracks
James Rhodes
To the Music
Charles Dekeyser
'Wanderer' Fantasie in C major, Op. 15
Sophia Agranovich
Chopin meets the Blues Live
Peter Beets
Lars Vogt
LOVE in London
James Rhodes
Sophie Pacini
James Rhodes
Piano Man
James Rhodes
Mazurka - Researching Chopin -
Nils Henrik Asheim
Grieg - Dohnanyi - Chopin: Sonata and Etude
Ya-Ting Chang / Ronald Leonard
Alexandra Dariescu plays Schumann, Liszt & Chopin
Alexandra Dariescu
James Rhodes Live in Brighton
James Rhodes
Mazurkas (complete)
Barbosa, Antonio
The 21 Nocturnes
Smith, Jean Alexis
Homage To Chopin
Cello Sonatas
Jamie Walton / Daniel Grimwood
Mazurka Remaking Chopin
Aasheim, Nils Henrik/gjertrud's Gypsy Orchestra
Blaue Blume
Alver, Rune
The Spirit of Poland
Felicja Blumental
Chopin: Brana Records Collection, Vol. 3
Chopin Meets The Blues
Peter Beets Quartet
Piano works
Alexei Volodin
Frédéric Chopin: 24 Préludes Op. 28 & Ballades Op. 23 & 52
Sheila Arnold
Chopin: Waltzes: Blumental Coll. Vol.1
Felicja Blumental: piano
Chopin: Mazurkas, Nocturnes, Polon.: Blum. Vol.2
Felicja Blumental: piano
Chopin: Piano Concerto and Scherzos
Felicja Blumental: piano, Innsbruck
A Chopin Treasury, Studio & Concert Recordings
Reisenberg, Nadia
Portraits II (Edition Ruhr Piano Festival Vol 15
D. Bashkirov; H. Schuch; D. Fray, C. Chamorel; S. Mauser; V. Kharin
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Youri Egorov
The poor, sad angel
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Lente Concert Deel 1
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Le Tombeau de Couperin & Chopin: 24 Préludes Op. 28 (Live)
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