Frédéric Chopin

Frédéric François Chopin was a Polish composer, virtuoso pianist, and music teacher. He was one of the great masters of Romantic music and has been called "the poet of the piano".

Chopin was born in Żelazowa Wola, a village in the Duchy of Warsaw. A renowned child-prodigy pianist and composer, he grew up in Warsaw and completed his musical education there. Following the Russian suppression of the Polish November 1830 Uprising, he settled in Paris as part of the Polish Great Emigration. He supported himself as a composer and piano teacher, giving few public performances. From 1837 to 1847 he carried on a relationship with the French woman writer George Sand. For most of his life, Chopin suffered from poor health; he died in Paris in 1849 at the age of 39.

The vast majority of Chopin's works are exclusively for solo piano, the most notable exceptions being his two piano concertos. His compositions are technically demanding but emphasise nuance and expressive depth. Chopin invented the musical form known as the instrumental ballade and made major innovations to the piano sonata, mazurka, waltz, nocturne, polonaise, étude, impromptu, scherzo, and prélude.

Frédéric Chopin is featured on the following titles

Chopin Complete Ballades and Scherzi

Composer

Having successfully tackled the complete etudes of Chopin, Ian Holtham turned his attention to the composer's complete ballades and scherzi, undoubtedly amongst his most individual and characteristic works.


Compositions by Frédéric Chopin also appear on

Geoffrey Tozer in Concert: Takapuna 1996

Composer

Auckland Sinfonietta

Timeless

Composer

The title “Timeless” reflects Tamara Smolyar's desire to offer a personal interpretation of these classic pieces and creates something for her family and others to enjoy. Moreover, the title echoes the beauty of music’s ability to travel across generations and cultures to reach new audiences. Hopefully, you can be inspired by these compositions as well.

Chopin Showcase

Composer

Ian Holtham, Piano. The genesis of this recording was to assemble a number of the composer's most attractive and original works as a mark of homage to one of the most outstandingly innovative and important composers for the piano who has ever lived.

The Chopin Collection

Composer

"This first CD - the first, we plead, of many - stamps her as one of the coming big names of world pianism." (Kim Lockwood, Herald Sun) Rita's impeccable connections with Chopin give her playing and interpretation an uncommon integrity and authority.

With Tenderness, With Fire

Composer

Ronald Farren-Price encores his hugely popular "Reflections" CD with this recital of music ranging from the sublime beauty of a Beethoven Adagio to the thundering splendour of Prokofiev's "Toccata".

Ronald Farren-Price Plays Chopin

Composer

With a virtuosity that has become the hallmark of his performing career, Farren-Price pays tribute to the creative genius of Frederic Chopin in this carefully selected program.

études

Composer

Ian Holtham, piano. Featuring Chopin's 'Twenty-Four Études Op. 10 & Op. 25', perfect examples of their genre, wonderfully innovative in their textures and uncompromisingly challenging in their technical difficulties.

Reflections

Composer

Internationally acclaimed pianist Ronald Farren-Price presents superb performances of some of the greatest music ever written for the piano.

Kevin Kanisius Suherman plays Schimmel Konzert 280

Composer

Brilliant young pianist, Keven Suherman presents a truly awe-inspiring recital of Liszt, Beethoven and Schumann on the new Schimmel Konzert 280 piano.

Silver - celebrating 25 years

Composer

In 2012 one of Australia’s most-loved groups, Pot-Pourri, is celebrating 25 years! Silver is the group’s seventh recording and celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

Kevin Kanisius Suherman plays Schimmel Konzert 213

Composer

For over 120 years, Schimmel pianos have brought joy to the hearts of pianists and music enthusiasts alike. Young pianist Kevin Suherman plays a recital of well loved music to showcase the Schimmel Konzert 213 piano.

Team of Pianists presents the Schimmel K 256

Composer

Music by Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Sain-Saens, Schumann, Gottschalk and Vine to demonstrate the new Schimmel K 256 concert grand.

Pianists of Excellence

Composer

The Team of Pianists has achieved acclaim throughout Europe and Australia for their vitality and freshness in technique. Features solo, duo and two piano works Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms and Sculthorpe.