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
Beethoven, Schubert & Chopin / Menahem Pressler
Release Date: 11/19/2013   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1999   Number of Discs: 1
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The Russian Archives - Evgeny Kissin Plays Chopin & Liszt
Release Date: 06/26/2012   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94397   Number of Discs: 3
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Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Polonaises; Mazurkas / Pressler
Release Date: 02/12/2013   Label: Doremi Records  
Catalog: 7989   Number of Discs: 2
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Gyorgy Cziffra: Piano Recital, Vol. 2 - Bach/Busoni, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt
Release Date: 03/11/2014   Label: Fabula Classica  
Catalog: 12101   Number of Discs: 1
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The Three Great Pianist Composers, Vol. 2: Frederick Chopin / Angela Brownridge
Release Date: 08/12/2014   Label: Cameo Classics  
Catalog: 9028   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Heroic Polonaise, Op. 53

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  • 226.
    Piano Favorites - Rachmaninov, Debussy, Et Al / Revenaugh
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73300 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Iosif Ivanovici,  Ernesto Lecuona,  Cécile Louise Chaminade,  Christian Sinding  ... 
    Performer:  Daniell Revenaugh
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  • 227.
    The Legendary Artur Rubinstein
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67007 Release Date: 02/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
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  • 228.
    The Virtuosity Of Earl Wild
    Label: Ivory Classics   Catalog: 70901 Release Date: 01/26/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ernö von Dohnányi,  Franz Liszt,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Earl Wild
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  • 229.
    Chopin: Chopin For Lovers
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460322 Release Date: 11/04/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 230.
    Chopin: Fantasy, Impromptus, Mazurkas, Etc / Jon Nakamatsu
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907244 Release Date: 10/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jon Nakamatsu
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  • 231.
    The Best Of Chopin
    Label: Belarte   Catalog: 4614212 Release Date: 06/01/1998  
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Stefan Askenase,  Tamás Vásáry,  Lazar Berman,  Christoph Eschenbach
    Conductor:  Willem van Otterloo,  János Kulka,  Jerzy Semkow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 232.
    Chopin: Polonaises / Maurizio Pollini
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 457711 Release Date: 05/12/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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  • 233.
    My Favorite Chopin / Van Cliburn
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 68813 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
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  • 234.
    The Best Of Chopin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556654 Release Date: 09/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
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  • 235.
    Cinema Classics 1997
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 551181 Release Date: 08/05/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Anssi Mattila,  Petri Alanko,  Bernd Glemser,  Idil Biret  ... 
    Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Zdenek Kosler,  Barry Wordsworth,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak State Philharmonic Chorus  ... 
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  • 236.
    Chopin: The Piano Works / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443738 Release Date: 06/24/1997   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Vovka Ashkenazy
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  • 237.
    Chopin: Polonaises, Etc / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 452167 Release Date: 06/10/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 238.
    Solo Works Collection V.2
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453572 Release Date: 03/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
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  • 239.
    Chopin Recital / Janusz Olejniczak
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 159 Release Date: 08/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Janusz Olejniczak
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  • 240.
    Romantic Piano - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62366 Release Date: 05/14/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Michie Koyama,  Katia Labčque,  Marielle Labčque,  Philippe Entremont  ... 
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  • 241.
    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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  • 242.
    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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  • 243.
    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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  • 244.
    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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  • 245.
    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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  • 246.
    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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  • 247.
    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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  • 248.
    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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  • 249.
    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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  • 250.
    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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