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
The Preludes Project: Chopin & O'Riordan / Roadfeldt
Release Date: 11/18/2016   Label: Ravello  
Catalog: 7947   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 5 / Idil Biret
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554531   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 7 / Idil Biret
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554533   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 10 / Idil Biret
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554536   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 2 / Idil Biret
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554528   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Heroic Polonaise, Op. 53

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  • 1.
    The Complete Chopin: Deluxe Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002599300 Release Date: 12/16/2016   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Jan Lisiecki,  Anatol Ugorski,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Krystian Zimerman,  Krzysztof Urbanski,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Festival Orchestra,  North German Radio Elbphilharmonie Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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    Maurizio Pollini: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002578510 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Arnold Schoenberg  ... 
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini,  Andreas Esders,  Gabriele Lechner,  Gretchen Eder  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann,  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung  ... 
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  • 3.
    Chopin: Polonaises / Pikul
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: DUX0927-8 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Andrzej Pikul
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    Emil Gilels: 100th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: MELCD1002433 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Alexander Alyabyev,  Arno Babadjanyan,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
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    Evgeny Kissin: The Complete RCA & Sony Classical Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5033827 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Evgeny Kissin,  Mikhail Milman,  Boris Garlitsky,  Vladimir Spivakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev,  Vladimir Spivakov,  Seiji Ozawa,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Chopin: Scherzos & Polonaises / Rubinstein
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 557388 Release Date: 09/16/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
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    Chopin, Liszt & Prokofiev: Piano Works / Argerich
    Label: Idis   Catalog: IDIS6719 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
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    Chopin: Piano Works / Duchable
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 556700 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Francois-René Duchable
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
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    Chopin: Piano Concertos & Works for Piano Solo / Paleczny
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 12701 Release Date: 07/08/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Janusz Marynowski,  Piotr Paleczny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Vista Quartet
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    Chopin: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon / Argerich
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002512302 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.
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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
    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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  • 13.
    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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    Chopin: Polonia / Amoyel
    Label: La Dolce Volta   Catalog: 25 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Pascal Amoyel
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  • 15.
    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503227 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Roy Harris,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Jussi Björling,  Frederick Schauwecker,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Serge Koussevitzky,  Bruno Walter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
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    Great Chopin Pianists
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002437202 Release Date: 01/15/2016   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Lev Oborin,  Alexandre Uninsky,  Yakov Zak,  Bella Davidovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Václáv Smetácek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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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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    Emil Gilels - The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002436502 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Gilels,  Norbert Brainin,  Peter Schidlof,  Martin Lovett  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum,  Karl Böhm,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet members,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Seong-Jin Cho: 17th International Chopin Competition Winner, Warsaw 2015
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002428202 Release Date: 12/18/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Seong-Jin Cho
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  • 20.
    The Complete Columbia And Electrola Solo And Concerto Recordings, 1929-1951
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 7701 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Egon Petri,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Egon Petri
    Conductor:  Leslie Heward,  Walter Goehr,  Dimitri Mitropoulos
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  • 21.
    Vladimir Horowitz: The Unreleased Live Recordings (1966-1983)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 305458 Release Date: 10/23/2015   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Recorded Sound,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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    Martha Argerich: The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002364402 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 48
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Guy Touvron,  Gidon Kremer,  Alexandre Gurning  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Charles Dutoit,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Jörg Faerber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Cyprien Katsaris: The Sony Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875050462 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Josef Gelinek,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris
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  • 24.
    Piano Solo
    Label: Anima Records (Classical)   Catalog: 141200001 Release Date: 06/02/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Karol Szymanowski,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Mikolaj Warszynski
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  • 25.
    Chopin: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94660 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ewa Kupiec,  Abbey Simon,  Alwin Bär,  Folke Nauta  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Heribert Beissel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
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