The Complete Chopin

Deluxe Edition

Deutsche Grammophon celebrates Chopin’s timeless appeal with this exquisite 20-disc Edition and sets superlative standards in terms of artistry and design. 

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Edition Details

Music entered a new age of expression with Chopin. Deutsche Grammophon presents the ideal way to explore the virtuosity, power and passion of Chopin’s art in the form of this luxurious limited edition.

20 CDs + 1 DVD
Deluxe Edition

Over 80 minutes of brand new recordings with Jan Lisiecki, Daniil Trifonov and Gabriel Schwabe/José Gallardo

Historical paintings, drawings and background information from the legendary book by Ernst Burger Frédéric Chopin - A Life in Pictures, Drawings and Documents

2 new compilations featuring additional interpretations: one with 20 legendary pianists of the past, the other highlighting a younger generation of promising Chopin performers

1 Bonus CD from Seong-Jin Cho, the latest winner of the Chopin Competition (2015)

108-page hardcover book
full coloured

Three different new liner notes by Chopin experts in English (Jessica Duchen), German (Wolfgang Stähr) and French (Claire Delamarche)

1 DVD-Video
Rubinstein plays Chopin

The Music

“Deutsche Grammophon is so privileged to own what is probably the richest catalogue of outstanding Chopin performances ... Thus, the edition is not only a comprehensive collection of Chopin’s oeuvre, but also narrates its reception and recording history.”
 (Dr. Clemens Trautmann, President Deutsche Grammophon)
CD 1
Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Krystian Zimerman
Polish Festival Orchestra

Piano Concerto No. 1 - 3. Rondo (Vivace)

CD 2
Variations on “Là ci darem la mano”
Fantasy on Polish Airs in A major
Rondo à la krakowiak in F major
Andante spianato  &
Grande Polonaise brillante op. 22

Jan Lisiecki
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester
Krzysztof Urbański

CD 3
4 Ballades
Fantaisie in F minor 

Krystian Zimerman

3 Nouvelles Études KK IIb/3
Funeral March in C minor 
3 Écossaises op. posth. 72 No. 3

Anatol Ugorski

Ballade No. 1 in G-minor

CD 4
12 Études op. 10
12 Études op. 25

Maurizio Pollini

Étude No. 1 from op. 10

CD 5
Mazurkas opp. 6,7 ,17 ,24 ,30 ,33 & 41

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Mazurka op. 30 No. 3

CD 6
Mazurkas opp. 50, 56, 59, 63, posth. 67 & 68

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Mazurka op. 59 No.3

CD 7
Nocturnes opp. 9, 15 , 27 & 32

Maria João Pires 

Nocturne op.15 No. 2

CD 8
Nocturnes opp. 37, 48, 55 & 62

Maria João Pires 

Nocturne op. 62 No. 2

CD 9
Polonaises opp. 26, 40, 44 & 53
Polonaise-Fantaisie op. 61

Maurizio Pollini

Polonaise op.53 "Heroic"

CD 10
Andante spianato &
Grande Polonaise brillante op. 22

Martha Argerich

Polonaises KK889 op. posth. 71
Two Bourrées
Fugue in A minor
Largo in E flat major

Anatol Ugorski

Grande Polonaise brillante op. 22

CD 11
24 Préludes op. 28

Rafał Blechacz

4 Impromptus

Yundi

Prélude No. 4

CD 12
4 Scherzos

Maurizio Pollini

Rondos opp. 1 & 5

Lilya Zilberstein

Rondo op. 16

Mikhail Pletnev

Rondo for Two Pianos op. posth. 73

Daniil Trifonov, Sergei Babayan

Scherzo No. 1

CD 13
Piano Sonata No. 1

Lilya Zilberstein

Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3

Maurizio Pollini

Piano Sonata No. 2
3. "Marche funèbre"

CD 14
Variation Works
Allegro de Concert op. 46
Bolero op. 19
Tarantella op. 43

Vladimir Ashkenazy
Vovka Ashkenazy

Variations brillantes op. 12

CD 15
Valses

Alice Sara Ott

Waltz op.34 No.1
"Valse brillante"

CD 16
Piano Trio op. 8

Beaux Arts Trio

Introduction and Polonaise brillante op. 3
Sonata for Cello and Piano op. 65

Mstislav Rostropovich
Martha Argerich

Grand Duo concertant for Cello and Piano KK IIb/1

Gabriel Schwabe
José Gallardo

Piano Trio op. 8
1. Allegro

CD 17
Songs

Elzbieta Szmytka
Malcolm Martineau

Wiosna (Spring)

CD 18
BONUS: A Chopin Recital by the Winner of the XVII International Chopin Piano Competition (2015)

Seong-Jin Cho

Prélude No. 22 from op. 28

CD 19
20 Legendary Chopin Pianists

Étude No.12 from op.10
(Sviatoslav Richter)

CD 20
The Younger Generation

Piano Sonata No. 3 - 4. Finale
(Ingolf Wunder)

DVD
Rubinstein plays Chopin
(Piano Concerto No. 2, Scherzo No. 2)

The Book

Discover all about Chopin: new essays, a timeline and the lavishly illustrated “Chopin – A life in pictures” tell the stories behind this extraordinary composer.

The Life

© bpk | RMN - Grand Palais | Jean-Gilles Berizzi
Frédéric Chopin in a painting by Eugène Delacroix from 1838.

1810

  • Frédéric François (Fryderyk Franciszek) Chopin, the second child of the French immigrant Nicolas Chopin and his Polish wife Tekla Justyna, née Krzyżanowska, is born in Żelazowa Wola near Warsaw

  • The family moves to Warsaw

1816

  • Piano lessons with Wojciech Żywny (until 1822)

1817

  • Polonaise KK 889 completed

1818

  • First mention in the Warsaw press

  • First public appearance, in the Radziwiłł Palace

1822

  • Instructed in theory and composition by Józef Xaver Elsner (until 1829)

1823

  • Enters the 4th class at the Lyceum, where his father teaches French language and literature

1825

  • Plays for Tsar Alexander I

  • Sees his first opera, Rossini’s Barber of Seville

  • Rondo op. 1

1826

  • School-leaving exam

  • Visits Silesian spa of Duszniki (Reinerz)

  • Begins studies at the Warsaw High School of Music (Conservatory)

1827

  • Chopin’s sister Emilia dies aged 15

  • Visit to Prince Antoni Radziwiłł’s hunting lodge, Antonin

1828

  • Meets Johann Nepomuk Hummel

  • Travels to Berlin

  • Rondo à la krakowiak op. 14

1829

  • Secretly in love with Konstancja Gładkowska

  • Finishes studies at the Warsaw Conservatory

  • Visit to Vienna

  • First Vienna concert

  • Piano Concerto No. 2

  • Piano Trio op. 8

1830

  • Plays his two piano concertos for the first time in Warsaw

  • “July” Revolution in France; Charles X abdicates

  • Moves to Vienna; uprising in Warsaw against Russian domination

  • Piano Concerto No. 1

1831

  • Leaves Vienna for Paris via Salzburg, Munich and Stuttgart

  • Suppression of the Polish Uprising

  • Schumann’s enthusiastic article on Chopin appears in the Leipzig Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung

1832

  • Meets Rossini, Liszt and Berlioz

  • First Paris concert

  • Chopin arouses the interest of the Parisian artistocracy and is soon in demand as a piano teacher

  • Études op. 10

  • Nocturnes opp. 9 and 15

1833

  • Chopin and Liszt play duets at the Théâtre-Italien

  • Mazurkas opp. 17 and 24

1834

  • Travels with Ferdinand Hiller and Felix Mendelssohn

1835

  • Visits his parents at Karlsbad; on the return journey he meets the Wodziński family in Dresden and falls in love with Maria Wodzińska

  • Through Mendelssohn Chopin meets Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck in Leipzig

  • Serious illness

  • Polonaises op. 26

  • Nocturnes op. 27

1836

  • Beginning of his friendship with the painter Eugène Delacroix

  • Becomes secretly engaged to Maria Wodzińska

  • Visits Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck in Leipzig

1837

  • Trip to London in the company of Camille Pleyel

  • Urged by her parents, Maria Wodzińska breaks off her engagement to Chopin

  • Études op. 25

1838

  • Concert in the Tuileries for the royal family

  • Becomes the lover of the writer George Sand

  • Chopin falls ill; in November he travels to Majorca with George Sand and her children Solange and Maurice

  • Mazurkas op. 33

1839

  • Departure from Majorca; convalescence in Barcelona

  • Summer at Nohant, George Sand’s country estate

  • Préludes op. 28

  • Sonata No. 2

  • Impromptu No. 2

  • Polonaises op. 40

1840

  • Seriously ill again; from now until his death the improvements in his health are only temporary

  • Waltz op. 42

1841

  • Summer at Nohant

  • Moves to 16 rue Pigalle, close to George Sand

  • Polonaise op. 44

  • Ballade No. 3

  • Fantasy op. 49

1842

  • Summer at Nohant

  • Delacroix visits Chopin in Nohant

  • Moves to 9 square d’Orléans

  • Mazurkas op. 50

  • Impromptu No. 3

1843

  • Summer at Nohant

  • Visit from Delacroix

  • Ballade No. 4

  • Polonaise op. 53

  • Scherzo No. 4

1844

  • Nicolas Chopin dies

  • Summer at Nohant

  • Visited by his sister Ludwika

  • Berceuse op. 57

  • Sonata No. 3

1845

  • Summer at Nohant

  • Last meeting with Franz Liszt

  • Mazurkas op. 59

1846

  • Last visit to Nohant

  • Barcarolle op. 60

  • Polonaise-Fantaisie op. 61

  • Nocturnes op. 62

  • Cello Sonata op. 65

1847

  • George Sand’s daughter Solange marries the sculptor Auguste Clésinger; the marriage leads to a bitter quarrel between mother and daughter; Chopin takes Solange’s side; shortly thereafter, in July, George Sand leaves him

  • Waltzes op. 64

1848

  • Chopin’s last Paris concert

  • “February” Revolution: The Second Republic is proclaimed in France

  • Last meeting with George Sand

  • Concert tour to England and Scotland

  • His precarious health forces Chopin to give up teaching

1849

  • Last meeting with Delacroix

  • Moves to 12 place Vendôme

  • Chopin dies from tuberculosis at around two o’clock in the morning

  • Some 3,000 mourners attend the funeral service in the Madeleine

The Edition

The Complete Chopin Edition

Int. Release Date: 25 November 2016

UPC: 00028947965558  

20 CDs + 1 DVD-Video