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
Shura Cherkassky Live Vol 1 - Chopin, Schubert...
Release Date: 08/29/2007   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 433653   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin, Schumann: Etudes / Valentina Lisitsa
Release Date: 11/10/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002224502   Number of Discs: 1
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The Chopin Project  / Olafur Arnalds, Alice Sara Ott
Release Date: 03/17/2015   Label: Mercury  
Catalog: 002276702   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2... / Nelson Freire
Release Date: 02/10/2015   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002263802  
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Chopin: 24 Preludes, Etc / Nikolsky
Release Date: 08/09/2005   Label: Arte Nova  
Catalog: 277740   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Heroic Polonaise, Op. 53

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  • 26.
    Icon - John Ogdon
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4637 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Paul Dukas,  Henri Dutilleux,  Florent Schmitt,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  John Ogdon
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Lawrence Foster,  Paavo Berglund,  John Pritchard  ... 
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  • 27.
    The Best Classical Piano Ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 04748 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Gabriel Fauré,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  John Ogdon,  André Watts,  Aldo Ciccolini,  Cécile Ousset  ... 
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  • 28.
    Chopin: Polonez; Nokturn; Mazurki; Scherzo
    Label: Fryderyk Chopin Society   Catalog: 616 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Marcin Koziak
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  • 29.
    Chopin: Piano Encores
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001706302 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis,  Claudio Arrau,  Bella Davidovich,  Nikita Magaloff  ... 
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    Piano Encores / Argerich, Kontarsky, Gavrilov, Ugorski, Gilels, Berman
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001701502 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Anatol Ugorski,  Aloys Kontarsky,  Alfons Kontarsky  ... 
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  • 31.
    Arthur Rubinstein Plays Frederic Chopin
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001684 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
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  • 32.
    Chopin For Dummies
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 21233 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Maurizio Pollini
    Label: Warner 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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    The Romantic Era - Beethoven, Etc / Horowitz, Reiner, Szell
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 5002 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carl Czerny,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic
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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    Martha Argerich Edition: Solos & Duos
    Label: Warner 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,  Eduardo Hubert
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  • 44.
    The Sound of Martha Argerich
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 94618 Release Date: 06/07/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Béla Bartók,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Sergei Nakariakov,  Christina Marton,  Alexander Mogilewsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexandre Rabinovitch,  Charles Dutoit,  Alexander Vedernikov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    Yundi - Live In Beijing [CD & DVD]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 31639 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Traditional
    Performer:  Yundi Li
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  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    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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  • 49.
    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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  • 50.
    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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Frédéric Chopin


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