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: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon / Argerich
Release Date: 06/24/2016   Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002512302   Number of Discs: 5
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A Chopin Recital / Goerner
Release Date: 11/09/2010   Label: Wigmore Hall Live  
Catalog: 39   Number of Discs: 1
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Imogen Cooper's Chopin
Release Date: 06/24/2016   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10902   Number of Discs: 1
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Scarlatti, Rameau & Chopin: Piano Works / Bieber
Release Date: 07/08/2016   Label: Claudio  
Catalog: 6020   Number of Discs: 1
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Songs By Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Etc / Ewa Podles, Garrick Ohlsson
Release Date: 02/24/2009   Label: Wigmore Hall Live  
Catalog: 27   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Minute Waltz, Op. 64 no 1

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    40 Most Beautiful Classical Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556099 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Samson François,  Maria Tipo,  Martha Argerich,  Dmitri Alexeev  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  William Christie,  John E. Gardiner,  David Zinman  ... 
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    Discover Chopin
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300693 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Annerose Schmidt,  Elfrun Gabriel,  Anna Gourari,  Ragna Schirmer  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Robert Hanell
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    Chopin & Liszt: Piano Works / Huppmann
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 99113 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Anastasia Huppmann
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    Listening to Memories / Ransom
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20125 Release Date: 05/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Scott Joplin,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  William Ransom
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    Ashkenazy plays Chopin: Sonata No 3, Barcarolle, Waltzes, Mazurkas, Etudes Op 10
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1281 Release Date: 01/22/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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    100 Best Film Classics [warner Classics]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553645 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  Richard Strauss,  John T. Williams,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Ernest Blanc,  Nicolai Gedda,  Gary Hoffman,  Gérard Caussé  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman,  Rudolf Kempe,  Geoff Love,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Jean-Marie Leclair,  The Hungarian Quartet,  Il Giardino Armonico  ... 
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    Jean-Pierre Rampal: The Complete Erato Recordings, Vol. 3 1970-1982
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 552118 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Johann Melchoir Molter,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Aram Khachaturian,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Pierre Barbizet,  Robert Veyron-Lacroix,  Marie-Claire Alain  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard,  Claudio Scimone,  Jean Martinon,  Isaac Stern  ... 
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    Wilde Plays Chopin, Vol. 3
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34159 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  David Wilde
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    Label: Iznaola Guitar Works   Catalog: 5638534971 Release Date: 08/01/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Maurice Ravel,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Ricardo Iznaola
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  • 10.
    Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt / Manfred Reuthe
    Label: Bella Musica   Catalog: 312462 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Manfred Reuthe
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    Louis Lortie plays Chopin Vol 4 - Waltzes, Nocturnes
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10852 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Louis Lortie
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    Rachmaninov: Complete RCA Recordings
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88843073922 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Fritz Kreisler,  Natalie Rachmaninov,  Nadezhda Plevitskaya
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski,  Eugene Ormandy,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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    100 Classical Masterworks
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002188102 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Edvard Grieg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Herbert von Karajan,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Herbert von Karajan,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theater Violin Ensemble,  Ansbach Bach Week Soloists Union,  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica  ... 
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    Lang Lang At The Royal Albert Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 308255 Release Date: 11/17/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Manuel Ponce,  Ernesto Lecuona  ... 
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    Lang Lang At The Royal Albert Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 308254 Release Date: 11/17/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Manuel Ponce,  Ernesto Lecuona  ... 
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    Piano Encores / Jorge Bolet
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 002126902 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Leopold Godowsky  ... 
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
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    I Magnifici Della Musica Classica: Chopin
    Label: Saifam (Usa)   Catalog: 1022 Release Date: 10/07/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ronan O'Hora,  Christina Bjorkoe
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    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
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  • 19.
    Liebestraume, Todesahnung
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 99013 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Spoken Word,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Eva Lingens
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    If You Could Read My Mind / Cameron Carpenter
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 379688 Release Date: 08/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Cameron Carpenter,  Leonard Bernstein,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
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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
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Lisbon Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra,  Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne  ... 
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  • 22.
    Solo And Concerto Recordings
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 7401 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Vincenzo Gambaro,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Arthur De Greef
    Conductor:  Landon Ronald
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  • 23.
    Dances, Poems, Fairy Tales
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 14302 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Scheps
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  • 24.
    Chopin Recital [cd+ Bonus Cd]
    Label: Fondamenta   Catalog: 1005008 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jean Muller
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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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