Frédéric Chopin

Mazurka for piano No. 18 in C minor, Op. 30/1, CT. 68

    Description by Robert Cummings

    One often looks to Chopin's personal life for indication of events that may have brought on a particularly happy or sad mood in his compositions. He was known to be a melancholic artist who often found happiness in his love affairs. The Op. 30 set of mazurkas was composed when his romance with the teenage pianist Maria Wodzinski was in full bloom. It would end by mid-1837, and Chopin would fall into a depression. These relatively detached mazurkas show little indication of passionate love or of even lukewarm love, and may thus indicate the composer had already sensed the collapse of the relationship.

    This C minor Mazurka No. 18, marked Allegro non tanto, has a certain sense of loneliness in its beautiful, gentle melody, to be sure, but never quite wallows in grief or sorrow, mostly preferring elegance and grace to be its expressive means. Here is another of those Chopin works that mix opposite feelings and manage to straddle more than two fences, thereby ending up with multiple meanings and interpretations. The melody is one of the composer's most appealing, and ultimately this two-minute mazurka must be counted among his better ones.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Deutsche Grammophon 4795404
    2013 Melodiya MYD 1002093
    2011 TGG Direct 60262
    2011 Estonian Record Productions ERP 4211
    2011 Red Bus Classical RCLAS 013
    2011 Fryderyk Chopin Institute NIFCCD000020
    2010 Decca
    2010 Hyperion 55391
    2010 Berlin Classics 0016662
    2009 Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Music Classics and Jazz 001382602
    2009 Hungaroton 32469
    2009 Fryderyk Chopin Institute 001
    2009 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2005 Sony Music Distribution 89698
    2003 Delta Distribution 40023
    2001 Rca Red Seal 63050
    2000 Amadis 7108
    2000 Laserlight 40003
    2000 Pearl 0077
    1996 Laserlight 15844
    1996 Laserlight 14227
    1995 Connoisseur Society 4181
    1993 EMI Music Distribution 764697-2
    Lydian 18108
    Opus 111 9101
    Donau 8108
    Forlane 16729
    Laserlight 14626
    Laserlight 14065
    Laserlight 35601
    RCA 5614