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 Edition Vol 9 - Piano Sonatas / Eugene Mursky
Release Date: 01/29/2013   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 4074   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: 24 Preludes, Etc / Louis Lortie
Release Date: 02/17/1998   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9597   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc; Respighi / Cherkassky, Kempe
Release Date: 07/19/2005   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 4015   Number of Discs: 1
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Louis Lortie Plays Chopin Vol 3
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10813   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: The Complete Études / Louis Lortie
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8482   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Heroic Polonaise, Op. 53

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  • 251.
    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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  • 252.
    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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  • 253.
    Horowitz - The Complete Masterworks Recordings, 1962-1973
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53456 Release Date: 10/05/1993   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Medtner,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 254.
    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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  • 255.
    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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  • 256.
    Piano Collection / Arrau, Pollini, Richter, Gelber Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67205 Release Date: 09/29/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Scott Joplin,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Marielle Labèque,  Katia Labèque,  Michel Béroff,  Jean-Philippe Collard  ... 
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  • 257.
    Chopin: Piano Works / Alfred Cortot
    Label: Emi Laser Series   Catalog: 67359 Release Date: 01/23/1992   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alfred Cortot
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 258.
    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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  • 259.
    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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  • 260.
    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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  • 261.
    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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  • 262.
    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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  • 263.
    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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  • 264.
    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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  • 265.
    Chopin Favorites / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 4177982 Release Date: 01/19/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 266.
    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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  • 267.
    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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  • 268.
    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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  • 269.
    The Art Of Howard Karp
    Label: University Of Wisconsin Madison   Catalog: 0965883477 Release Date: 2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Howard Karp
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