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
Ashkenazy plays Chopin: Sonata No 3, Barcarolle, Waltzes, Mazurkas, Etudes Op 10
Release Date: 01/22/2016   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1281   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Four Scherzi, Selected Preludes / Svaitoslav Richter
Release Date: 11/08/2011   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1159   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concertos / Tirimo, Glushchenko
Release Date: 05/04/2010   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1096   Number of Discs: 1
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Great Chopin Pianists
Release Date: 01/15/2016   Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002437202   Number of Discs: 11
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Chopin: Cello Waltzes Vol 1 / Wispelwey, Lazic
Release Date: 01/09/2001   Label: Channel Classics  
Catalog: 16298   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Heroic Polonaise, Op. 53

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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
    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:  Nicolai Gedda,  Ernest Blanc,  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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • 10.
    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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    Martha Argerich, Vol. 4: Chopin
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 8036 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Spoken Word,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
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    111 - The Piano - Legendary Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002281002 Release Date: 04/21/2015   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Géza Anda,  Martha Argerich,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
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    Magic of Sound: Fryderyk Chopin / Ralf Taal
    Label: Estonian Record Productions   Catalog: 8014 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ralf Taal
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    Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2... / Nelson Freire
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002263802 Release Date: 02/10/2015  
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Nelson Freire
    Conductor:  Lionel Bringuier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra
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    Chopin: Scherzi; Polonaise No. 6; Ballade No. 3; Berceuse; Nocturnes  / Nelson Freire
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 619911 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Nelson Freire
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    Charles Rosen - The Complete Columbia and Epic Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301476 Release Date: 12/02/2014   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Rosen,  Paul Jacobs,  Robert Casadesus,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Conductor:  Frederik Prausnitz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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    The Originals - Legendary Recordings from DG
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002171502 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Pierre Fournier,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  David Oistrakh,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Franz Konwitschny,  Carlos Kleiber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    Rubinstein plays Chopin
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 687122 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Alfred Wallenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of London,  Symphony of the Air
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    Maurizio Pollini: 3 Classic Albums [limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002093602 Release Date: 07/15/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 2
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300350 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Byron Janis,  Gary Graffman,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips,  Fritz Reiner,  Pierre Monteux,  Charles Munch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Longing - Music Of Frederic Chopin / Barbara Nissman
    Label: Three Oranges Recordings   Catalog: 5638267401 Release Date: 04/01/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Barbara Nissman
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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    Gyorgy Cziffra: Piano Recital, Vol. 2 - Bach/Busoni, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt
    Label: Fabula Classica   Catalog: 12101 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  György Cziffra
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  • 25.
    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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