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Frédéric Chopin

Biography

Born: 1810   Died: 1849   Period: Romantic
Frédéric Chopin has long been recognized as one of the most significant and individual composers of the Romantic age. The bulk of his reputation rests on small-scale works that in other hands would have been mere salon trifles: waltzes, nocturnes, preludes, mazurkas, and polonaises (the last-named two groups reflecting his fervent Polish nationalism). These works link poetically expressive melody and restless harmony to high technical demands. Read more Even his etudes survive as highly appealing concert pieces by emphasizing musical as well as technical values.

His birth date is a matter of controversy; the town registration of his birth specifies February 22, but Chopin always gave the date as March 1. His father was French, his mother Polish; he was raised in Warsaw by a family that mingled with intellectuals and members of the middle and upper classes, and as a teenager he spent two summers in the country, where he was exposed to Polish folk music. By the age of eight he was recognized as a child prodigy, performing in elegant salons and beginning to write his own pieces. Early on he studied composition with Josef Elsner, then took classes in various other music subjects as well as art and literature at the Warsaw Lyceum. In 1826 he enrolled at the University of Warsaw. He gave his first recital in Vienna in 1829, and over the next few years he performed at home and through much of German and Austria as well as in Paris. Feeling limited by Warsaw's cultural provincialism and uncomfortable with the publicity surrounding his performances there, he settled in Paris in 1832 and established himself as an exorbitantly paid piano teacher. In Paris he composed extensively, but limited his performances mainly to private salons.

In 1838 he began an affair with French novelist George Sand. The couple, along with Sand's children, spent a harsh winter in Majorca, where Chopin's health plummeted and he was diagnosed with consumption (tuberculosis). Chopin settled in with Sand in France, composing steadily although his increasing perfectionism slowed his output. By the mid-1840s, though, his health and romantic situation both had deteriorated. The affair ended in 1847 after, among other things, Sand had portrayed their relationship unflatteringly in her 1846 novel Lucrezia Floriani. Chopin then made an extended visit to the British Isles, but returned to Paris to die in 1849. Read less
Chopin Recital / Andrew Rangell
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30038   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin, Schumann: Etudes / Valentina Lisitsa
Release Date: 11/10/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002224502   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Nocturnes / Earl Wild
Release Date: 11/18/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94930   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 15 / Idil Biret, Et Al
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554541   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin / Lars Vogt
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Cavi Music  
Catalog: 8553267   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64

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    Maria Joao Pires - The Complete Erato Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 631065 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires,  Huseyin Sermet
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Armin Jordan,  Michel Corboz
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  • 2.
    Evgeny Kissin Plays Chopin
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 5429362 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
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    Maria Korecka-soszkowska Plays Chopin
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 760 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maria Korecka-Soszkowska
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    Icon: Witold Malcuzynski - The Polish Master Pianist
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 924428 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Witold Malcuzynski
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Paul Kletzki,  Fritz Rieger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  French National Radio Orchestra
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    Sarasate: Transcriptions for Violin & Piano / Tianwa Yang
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572709 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Jean-Pierre Guignon  ... 
    Performer:  Tianwa Yang,  Markus Hadulla
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    13 Valses / Aldo Ciccolini
    Label: La Dolce Volta   Catalog: 13 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Pierné,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini
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    Les Sons et les Parfums - Debussy Meets Chopin / Perianes
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902164 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Unspecified
    Performer:  Javier Perianes
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    Vladimir Horowitz Live at Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 548417 Release Date: 09/30/2013   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Muzio Clementi  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Isaac Stern,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Lyndon Woodside,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Oratorio Society of New York
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    Chopin: Piano Masterpieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564651479 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires,  Elisabeth Leonskaja,  Nikolai Lugansky,  Francois-René Duchable  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 22329 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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    The Chopin Album / Sara Sant'ambrogio, Robert Koenig
    Label: Sebastian   Catalog: 41301 Release Date: 02/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Sara Sant'Ambrogio,  Robert Koenig
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    Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28; Sonata, Op. 35; 27 Etudes, 14 Valses / Lortat
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 71105 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Robert Lortat
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    Alfred Cortot: Anniversary Edition
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 4907 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Cortot,  Pablo Casals,  Jacques Thibaud,  Charles Panzera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  International String Quartet
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    The Power Of Dreaming
    Label: Music & Media   Catalog: 102 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexandr V. Mosolov,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Dominic Piers Smith
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    Chopin: Famous Piano Works / Pavlos Hatzopoulos, Vladimir Bunin
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94612 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Pavlos Hatzopoulos,  Vladimir Bunin
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    Chopin - Melancholy / Vardo Rumessen
    Label: Estonian Record Productions   Catalog: 4211 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vardo Rumessen
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    Koroliov Series Vol. XIII - Chopin
    Label: Tacet   Catalog: 202 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Yevgeny Koroliov
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  • 18.
    Arthur Rubinstein Plays Frederic Chopin
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001684 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
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    Chopin Recital 2 / Janina Fialkowska
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2666 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Janina Fialkowska
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  • 20.
    Koczalski Plays Chopin: Broadcast Recordings From German Radio 1945 & 1948
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 1261 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Raoul von Koczalski
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Katsaris Plays Chopin
    Label: Piano 21   Catalog: 43 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris
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  • 22.
    Chopin: Waltzes; Barcarolle; Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2; Mazurka Op. 50 No. 3  / Lipatti
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 85186 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Unspecified
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
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  • 23.
    Discovering A Legend Vol 1 - Vera Gornostaeva
    Label: Lp Classics   Catalog: 50162238 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vera Gornostayeva
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  • 24.
    Horowitz: 25th Anniversay Of His American Debut
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 143 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Scriabin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
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  • 25.
    The Romantic Era - Beethoven, Etc / Horowitz, Reiner, Szell
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 5002 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carl Czerny,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic
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