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
Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Scriabin, Stravinsky, Prokofiev / Grigory Sokolov
Release Date: 02/10/2015   Label: Melodiya  
Catalog: 2292   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin Dance Project / Lang Lang
Release Date: 05/26/2015   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 504890   Number of Discs: 1
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Martha Argerich, Vol. 4: Chopin
Release Date: 05/12/2015   Label: Doremi Records  
Catalog: 8036   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1 / Kern, Wit, Warsaw Philharmonic
Release Date: 05/09/2006   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907402   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Mazurkas / Janina Fialkowska
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 22682   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Raindrop Prelude, Op. 28 no 15

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    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
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    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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    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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  • 4.
    Evgeny Kissin Plays Chopin
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 5429362 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
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    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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    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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    Gary Graffman - The Complete RCA & Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 546239 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Gary Graffman,  Berl Senofsky,  Shirley Trepel,  Dick Hyman  ... 
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Enrique Jorda,  Charles Munch,  Walter Hendl  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Chopin Souvenirs / Warren Mailley-smith
    Label: Sleeveless   Catalog: 1002 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith
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    Chopin: Piano Masterpieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564651479 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires,  Elisabeth Leonskaja,  Nikolai Lugansky,  Francois-René Duchable  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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    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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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 22367 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Richard Wagner,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski
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    Label: Sounds True   Catalog: 3915 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Robert Schumann,  Claude Debussy,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Lisa Spector
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    Serenade
    Label: Heike Matthiesen   Catalog: 5638122665 Release Date: 05/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Kaspar Mertz,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Francisco Tarrega,  Lorenz Schneider  ... 
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    Top 50 Favourite Classical Chillout Tunes
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94659 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonín Dvorák,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Klára Würtz,  Sara Crombach,  Wladislav Warenberg,  Alexander Goldenweiser  ... 
    Conductor:  Dirk Vermeulen,  Paavo Järvi,  Roy Goodman,  Gil Sharon  ... 
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    Label: Somerset Entertainment   Catalog: 55400 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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    Label: Avalon Records   Catalog: 52423 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georges Bizet,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
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    Alfred Cortot: Anniversary Edition
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 4907 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Cortot,  Pablo Casals,  Jacques Thibaud,  Charles Panzera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  International String Quartet
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    Nobuyuki Tsujii - Live At Carnegie Hall [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059084 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Musto,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Nobuyuki Tsujii
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    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  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Nobuyuki Tsujii - Live At Carnegie Hall
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059088 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Musto,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Nobuyuki Tsujii
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  • 21.
    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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  • 23.
    Chopin For Dummies
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 21233 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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  • 24.
    Invocacion: Tarrega, Chopin, Pujol, Llobet
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2254 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Tarrega,  Frédéric Chopin,  Miguel Llobet,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Mattias Jacobsson
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  • 25.
    Koczalski Plays Chopin: Broadcast Recordings From German Radio 1945 & 1948
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 1261 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Raoul von Koczalski
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Orchestra
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Frédéric Chopin


WORKS
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 1. Grave - Doppio movimento
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 2. Scherzo - Piů lento - Tempo I
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 3. Marche funčbre (Lento)
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 4. Finale (Presto)
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Romanza: Larghetto
III. Rondo: Vivace
Piano Concerto No.2 in F Minor, Op.21: I. Maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: II. Larghetto
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: III. Allegro vivace