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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  • 26.
    Chopin: Mazurki, Walce, Nokturny, Polonezy
    Label: Fryderyk Chopin Society   Catalog: 30 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Janusz Olejniczak
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    Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Maurizio Pollini
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6787072 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
    Conductor:  Paul Kletzki
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    The Art Of Maurizio Pollini [3-CD Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001637502 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Anton Webern,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Jerzy Katlewicz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Chopin Collection / Maurizio Pollini  [9-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001632602 Release Date: 12/20/2011   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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  • 30.
    Alone With Chopin
    Label: Lisem   Catalog: 601 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ryo Yanagitani
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  • 31.
    Chopin: Tableaux Intimes
    Label: Fidelio Musique   Catalog: 34 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jean-Pascal Hamelin
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  • 32.
    Chopin: Polonaises / Duchable
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 29316 Release Date: 10/18/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Francois-René Duchable
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    Chopin: Works for Solo Piano Vol 2 / Ronan O'Hora
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28970 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ronan O'Hora
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  • 34.
    Rubinstein Plays Chopin
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3079638 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Chopin: Complete Piano Works / Nikita Magaloff
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802076 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Nikita Magaloff
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  • 36.
    Martha Argerich Edition: Solos & Duos
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94044 Release Date: 06/07/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Alexandre Rabinovitch
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  • 37.
    The Warsaw Recital - Daniel Barenboim Plays Chopin
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001538402 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
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  • 38.
    Yundi - Live In Beijing [CD & DVD]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 31639 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Traditional
    Performer:  Yundi Li
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  • 39.
    Marek Szlezer Plays Chopin
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 792 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Marek Szlezer
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  • 40.
    Complete 78-RPM Solo Recordings / Percy Grainger
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 7501 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Percy Aldridge Grainger  ... 
    Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Concert Band
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  • 41.
    Garrick Ohlsson Plays Chopin, Brahms & Liszt
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5013 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
    Conductor:  James Loughran
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Daniel Barenboim - The Warsaw Recital
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 1020 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
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  • 43.
    Chopin: Complete Piano Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 958381 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Bella Davidovich,  Louis Lortie,  Adam Harasiewicz,  Alwin Bär  ... 
    Conductor:  Dimiter Manolov,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Dmitri Kitayenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Complete Raoul Von Koczalski Vol 1 - Polydor Recordings 1924-1928
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 52063 Release Date: 12/01/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann,  Raoul Koczalski  ... 
    Performer:  Raoul von Koczalski
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  • 45.
    Lang Lang - Live In Vienna [Blu-ray]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 771902 Release Date: 11/22/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Isaac Albeniz,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Lang Lang
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  • 46.
    Daniel Barenboim - The Warsaw Recital
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 20102 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
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    Horowitz - The Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001491202 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Chopin By Knight
    Label: Hyperion Knight (Label)   Catalog: 5637668166 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Hyperion Knight
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  • 49.
    Best Chopin 50
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 31666 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Ingrid Fliter,  Dmitri Alexeev,  Dinu Lipatti  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Paul Kletzki,  Charles Dutoit,  Jerzy Maksymiuk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Society of the Conservatory Concerts Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1 / Maurizio Pollini
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 31780 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
    Conductor:  Paul Kletzki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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