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 Evocations (Deluxe Edition) / Trifonov
Release Date: 10/06/2017   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002725402   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: Works for Piano & Orchestra / Urbanski, Lisiecki, NDR Elbphilharmonie
Release Date: 03/10/2017   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002633102   Number of Discs: 1
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Ghosts (Chopin: Preludes, Op. 28) / Gvetadze
Release Date: 01/12/2018   Label: Challenge  
Catalog: 72768   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Etudes, Six Polish Songs, Etc / Luiza Borac
Release Date: 09/08/2009   Label: Avie  
Catalog: 2161   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: The Mazurkas / Sherman
Release Date: 09/11/2012   Label: Avie  
Catalog: 2262   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Minute Waltz, Op. 64 no 1

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  • 1.
    Jorge Bolet: The RIAS Recordings, Vol. I
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 21438 Release Date: 01/05/2018   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Leopold Godowsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
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    Decca Sound: The Piano Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832243 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Julius Katchen,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Bernard Haitink,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Waltz Gold: 50 Great Tracks
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832499 Release Date: 11/10/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Emil Waldteufel,  Franz Lehár,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Nelson Freire,  Anton Karas,  Katia Labčque  ... 
    Conductor:  André Rieu,  Neeme Järvi,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    The Paul Badura-Skoda Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4798065 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Badura-Skoda,  Antonio Janigro,  Jean Fournier,  Otto Ruhm  ... 
    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Felix Prohaska,  Milan Horvat  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  London Promenade Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Daniel Barenboim: The Solo Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797371 Release Date: 08/25/2017   Number of Discs: 39
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alban Berg,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Antony Pay
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
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    Dinu Lipatti Collection: 100th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 17011 Release Date: 07/21/2017   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Enescu,  Johannes Brahms,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti,  Nadia Boulanger,  Marie-Blanche de Polignac,  Irčne Kedroff  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans von Benda,  Ernest Ansermet,  Alceo Galliera,  Eduard van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 7.
    Chopin for Children, Vol. 2
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 1294 Release Date: 03/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Beata Bilinska,  Lukas Geniusas,  Edward Wolanin,  Tatiana Szebanowa  ... 
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  • 8.
    50 Classical Masterworks
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002596702 Release Date: 12/02/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Bedrich Smetana,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  David Garrett,  Hélčne Grimaud,  Max Richter,  Daniel Hope  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel,  Rafael Kubelik,  Herbert von Karajan,  André de Ridder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin  ... 
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    My First Classical Albums
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8509003 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Adams  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó,  Jürgen Schuster,  Idil Biret  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Marin Alsop,  Keith Clark  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Éder String Quartet,  Danubius String Quartet,  German Wind Soloists  ... 
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    50 Best Film Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556483 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Zacharias,  Sabine Meyer,  Radu Lupu,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Vonk,  André Previn,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Iain Sutherland  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Hungarian Quartet,  Il Giardino Armonico,  Concentus Musicus Wien
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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,  Anne Queffélec  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  William Christie,  John E. Gardiner,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Emmanuelle Haďm (Conductor/Harpsichord),  Le Concert d'Astrée  ... 
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  • 12.
    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
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Orchestra
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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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  • 16.
    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 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  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Trio Pasquier,  Les Solistes De Ličge
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  • 18.
    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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  • 19.
    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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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    Sergei Rachmaninov: Complete RCA Recording
    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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  • 23.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang
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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  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang
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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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