Chopin - Classical Piano


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01 Prelude in D-flat Major Op. 28 No. 15 “Raindrop” 00:00
02 Prelude in A Major Op. 28 No. 7 05:37
03 Nocturne in D Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2 06:33
04 Nocturne in B Major, Op. 32 No. 1 12:19
05 Nocturnes, Op. 9: No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Andante 17:36
06 Berceuse in D-Flat Major, Op. 57 23:05
07 Andante spianato in G Major, Op. 22 28:43
08 Douze études, Op. 25: No. 1 in A-Flat Major "Aeolian Harp" 34:15
09 Barcarolle in F Sharp Major, Op. 60 36:46
10 Etudes, Op. 10: No. 5 in G flat Major, “Black Key” 45:42
11 Fantaisie-impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 66 47:40
12 Mazurka Op. 7 No. 1 51:48
13 Mazurka Op. 33 No. 4 54:20
14 Mazurkas, Op. 68: No. 4 in F Minor, Andantino 59:12
15 Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35
I. Grave. Doppio movimento 1:01:02
II. Scherzo 1:09:08
III. Marche funèbre. Lento 1:17:18
IV. Finale. Presto. Sotto voce e legato 1:27:54
16 Polonaise-fantaisie in A-Flat Major, Op. 61 1:28:25
17 Grande polonaise brillante in E-Flat Major, Op. 22 1:42:29
Piano :
Noah Johnson (tracks 1-4, 9 & 10)
Giovanni Umberto Battel (tracks 5-8, 12-17)
Carlo Balzaretti (track 11)
Frédéric Chopin (born Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin, 1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849) 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.
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.
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