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 - 1846, Derniere Annee a Nohant / Bertrand, Amoyel
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Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Scriabin, Stravinsky, Prokofiev / Grigory Sokolov
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Catalog: 2292   Number of Discs: 2
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Martha Argerich, Vol. 4: Chopin
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Catalog: 8036   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Sonata No 3, Scherzo No 4 / Nikolai Lugansky
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Catalog: 4049   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Costa, Varga
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Work: Heroic Polonaise, Op. 53

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  • 226.
    Chopin: Favorite Piano Works / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 444830 Release Date: 02/13/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 227.
    Grand Piano - Josef Hofmann Plays Chopin
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 8803 Release Date: 01/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Josef Hofmann
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  • 228.
    Solomon - The Complete Recordings Of Chopin
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1030 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Solomon
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  • 229.
    The Best Of Chopin / Arrau, Cziffra, Davidovich, Et Al
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 446145 Release Date: 06/13/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  György Cziffra,  Nikita Magaloff,  Adam Harasiewicz,  Stephen Kovacevich  ... 
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  • 230.
    Classically Romantic Piano
    Label: Michele   Catalog: 422 Release Date: 05/30/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg,  Edward MacDowell  ... 
    Performer:  Valery Lloyd-Watts
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  • 231.
    Chopin: Piano Favorites / Idil Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553170 Release Date: 05/09/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret
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  • 232.
    The Art Of Guiomar Novaes Vol 1 - Chopin: Ballades, Etc
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 8071 Release Date: 02/09/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Guiomar Novaës
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  • 233.
    Chopin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64057 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Cecile Licad,  Emanuel Ax,  Philippe Entremont,  Cyprien Katsaris  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 234.
    Horowitz Vol Vii - Early Romantics
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53468 Release Date: 07/19/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 235.
    Arthur Rubinstein - Chopin
    Label: Emi Classics Références   Catalog: 64933 Release Date: 03/15/1994   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 236.
    Chopin: Polonaises Vol 1 / Idil Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550360 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret
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  • 237.
    The Romantic Piano - Chopin: Mazurkas, Nocturnes, Etc
    Label: Sony Classical Infinity Digital   Catalog: 57257 Release Date: 02/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Eva Smirnova,  Vladimir Shakin
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  • 238.
    Solomon - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1;  Chopin, Liszt
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9478 Release Date: 01/20/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Solomon
    Conductor:  Sir Hamilton Harty
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
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  • 239.
    Favorite Chopin / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436389 Release Date: 01/19/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 240.
    Chopin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60830 Release Date: 09/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Robert Leonardy,  Peter Serkin,  Géza Anda,  Emanuel Ax  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 241.
    Chopin: Polonaises, Etc / Alexander Brailowsky
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 46546 Release Date: 08/19/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky
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  • 242.
    The Best Of Chopin
    Label: Rca Victrola   Catalog: 60770 Release Date: 06/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  John Browning,  Peter Serkin,  Géza Anda,  Emanuel Ax  ... 
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  • 243.
    Chopin: Etudes, Préludes, Polonaises / Maurizio Pollini
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431221 Release Date: 02/08/1991   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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  • 244.
    Favorite Chopin / Vladimir Horowitz
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42306 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 245.
    Favorite Encores / Vladimir Horowitz
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42305 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Scriabin,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 246.
    Horowitz Encores
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 7755 Release Date: 02/22/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 247.
    Chopin: 24 Preludes Op 28, Prelude Op 45, Etc / Argerich
    Label: Dg Galleria   Catalog: 415836 Release Date: 08/01/1987   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
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  • 248.
    The Last Romantic / Vladimir Horowitz
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 419045 Release Date: 12/11/1985   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Moritz Moszkowski,  Alexander Scriabin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 249.
    The Art Of Egon Petri - Concert Performances & Broadcasts, 1954-1962
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: CD772 Release Date: 05/1993   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ferruccio Busoni,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Egon Petri,  Carlo Bussotti
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Frédéric Chopin


WORKS
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 1. Grave - Doppio movimento
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 2. Scherzo - Piů lento - Tempo I
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 3. Marche funčbre (Lento)
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 4. Finale (Presto)
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Romanza: Larghetto
III. Rondo: Vivace
Piano Concerto No.2 in F Minor, Op.21: I. Maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: II. Larghetto
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: III. Allegro vivace