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
Rubinstein Plays Chopin
Release Date: 08/26/2014   Label: Rca  
Catalog: 687122   Number of Discs: 10
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Chopin: Piano Favorites / Idil Biret
Release Date: 05/09/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553170   Number of Discs: 1
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Schumann, Chopin & Franck: Piano Works / Slominski
Release Date: 04/07/2017   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 3516   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 5 / Idil Biret
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554531   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 7 / Idil Biret
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554533   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Raindrop Prelude, Op. 28 no 15

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    Aqua / Arnicane
    Label: Solo Musica   Catalog: 262 Release Date: 07/07/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jazeps Vitols,  Maurice Ravel,  Arvids Zilinskis,  Janis Kepitis  ... 
    Performer:  Arta Arnicane
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    Chopin Recital, Vol. 3 / Fialkowska
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2728 Release Date: 04/07/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Janina Fialkowska
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    Perspectives / Grimaud
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002643402 Release Date: 04/07/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Béla Bartók,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Hélčne Grimaud
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  • 4.
    Chopin for Children
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 1277 Release Date: 03/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Tomasz Pawlowski,  Tatiana Shebanova,  Karol Radziwonowicz,  Marek Drewnowski
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    The American Recordings / Paderewski
    Label: Apr   Catalog: 2047276 Release Date: 01/06/2017   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  François Couperin,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ignace Jan Paderewski  ... 
    Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski
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    The Complete Chopin: Deluxe Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002599300 Release Date: 12/16/2016   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Jan Lisiecki,  Anatol Ugorski,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Krystian Zimerman,  Krzysztof Urbanski,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Festival Orchestra,  North German Radio Elbphilharmonie Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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    50 Best Film Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556483 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Zacharias,  Sabine Meyer,  Radu Lupu,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Vonk,  André Previn,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Iain Sutherland  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Hungarian Quartet,  Il Giardino Armonico,  Concentus Musicus Wien
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    Discover Piano Classics
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300719 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Erik Satie,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Andrej Hoteev,  Jeroen van Veen,  Matthias Kirschnereit  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall (Selected Highlights)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 530420 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Paul de Schlözer,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Ronald Turini,  Artur Rubinstein,  Jorge Bolet,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Arturo Toscanini,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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    100 Best Film Classics [warner Classics]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553645 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  Richard Strauss,  John T. Williams,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Ernest Blanc,  Nicolai Gedda,  Gary Hoffman,  Gérard Caussé  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman,  Rudolf Kempe,  Geoff Love,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Jean-Marie Leclair,  The Hungarian Quartet,  Il Giardino Armonico  ... 
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    Tarrega: Guitar Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94336 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Francisco Tarrega,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Giulio Tampalini
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    Clair de Lune & Liebestraum - Piano Music To Dream By
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88697757892 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Van Cliburn,  Vladimir Horowitz,  Artur Rubinstein,  Glenn Gould  ... 
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    Label: Safe Management   Catalog: 5638537150 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Richard M. Sherman,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Chris De Burgh  ... 
    Performer:  Russell Thompson
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  • 14.
    Nobuyuki Tsujii [3-DVD Set]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2061268 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  John Musto,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Nobuyuki Tsujii,  Yuri Vorobiev,  Olga Sergeyeva
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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  • 15.
    The Chopin Project  / Olafur Arnalds, Alice Sara Ott
    Label: Mercury   Catalog: 002276702 Release Date: 03/17/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Olafur Arnalds,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Olafur Arnalds,  Alice Sara Ott,  Mari Samuelsen
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    Trans4mation / Guitar4mation
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 99048 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Pat Metheny,  Chick Corea,  Hermeto Pascoal  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guitar4mation
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  • 17.
    Love Is Strange [original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
    Label: Madison Gate Records   Catalog: 40640 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alfred Schnittke,  Daniel Indart  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia Cápová,  Dovie Currin,  Idil Biret,  Mark Lubotsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner
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  • 18.
    The Chopin Variations / Chad Lawson
    Label: Hillset Records   Catalog: 5640519782 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Chad Lawson
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  • 19.
    Evgeny Kissin Plays Chopin
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 5429362 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Evgeny Kissin
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  • 20.
    Maria Korecka-soszkowska Plays Chopin
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 760 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maria Korecka-Soszkowska
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  • 21.
    Classical Guitar
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 978 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Manuel Ponce,  Joaquin Turina
    Performer:  Piotr Przedbora
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  • 22.
    Music For Pleasure [wienerworld]
    Label: Wienerworld   Catalog: 1367 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Dieter Goldmann,  Vladimir Horowitz,  Michael Conn,  Eugen D'Albert  ... 
    Conductor:  Francesco Macci,  Alberto Lizzio,  Leopold Stokowski,  Anton Nanut  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hyacinthe Eléonore Klosé
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  • 23.
    Chopin By Horszowki Through Text And Sound
    Label: Arbiter   Catalog: 161 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Conductor:  Alexander Schneider
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Festival Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Chopin: Piano Masterpieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564651479 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Elisabeth Leonskaja,  Maria-Joao Pires,  Nikolai Lugansky,  Alexei Sultanov  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 25.
    Piano Rhapsody / Roland Pontinen
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 9044 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Pöntinen
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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