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: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Costa, Varga
Release Date: 08/10/2010   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28690   Number of Discs: 1
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The Russian Archives - Evgeny Kissin Plays Chopin & Liszt
Release Date: 06/26/2012   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94397   Number of Discs: 3
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Chopin: Works for Solo Piano Vol 2 / Ronan O'Hora
Release Date: 10/11/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28970   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Polonaise in F sharp minor, Nocturne in B flat minor, Ballade no 1 / O'Hora
Release Date: 08/09/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28980   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Cello Sonata, Piano Trio / Ewa Kupiec, Johannes Moser, Kolja Blacher
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Hänssler Classic  
Catalog: 93321   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Raindrop Prelude, Op. 28 no 15

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  • 151.
    Chopin - Piano Favourites / Idil Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554046 Release Date: 10/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret
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  • 152.
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 946089 Release Date: 07/03/2000   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Johann Pachelbel,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
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  • 153.
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 112 Release Date: 03/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff
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  • 154.
    Chopin: Piano Sonata No 2, Preludes, Etc / Vladimir Sverdlov
    Label: Cypres   Catalog: 9609 Release Date: 02/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Sverdlov
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  • 155.
    The Art Of Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466462 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Bernard Haitink,  David Zinman,  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 156.
    Chopin Favourites (3 Cd Set) / Idil Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 503066 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Bernd Glemser,  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 157.
    The Chopin I Love / Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466357 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet
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  • 158.
    Classical Music In Films
    Label: Fine Tune   Catalog: 4405 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Weber,  Lucy Parham,  Luciano Pavarotti,  John Serge  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Gibson,  Aladar Janes,  Adrian Leaper
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Milan Angelicum Orchestra,  Prague Symphony Orchestra
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  • 159.
    Himalaya Sessions - The Day In D Flat / Adrian Brinkerhoff
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 358 Release Date: 10/26/1999  
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Aaron Copland,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Adrian Brinkerhoff
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  • 160.
    Meditation - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3626 Release Date: 06/08/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia Cápová,  Svetlana Stanceva,  Anna Leikes,  Jeffrey Bryant  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Entremont
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Brass Quintet,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 161.
    Dreams Of Love - The Ultimate Romantic Piano Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466097 Release Date: 01/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Alicia De Larrocha,  Radu Lupu,  Pascal Rogé  ... 
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  • 162.
    Chopin: Chopin For Lovers
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460322 Release Date: 11/04/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 163.
    Label: Swedish Society Discofil   Catalog: 1094 Release Date: 10/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Inger Wikström,  Staffan Scheja,  Lars Roos
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  • 164.
    Music Of The Night - The Essential Chopin Collection
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 457992 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Daniel Barenboim,  Jean-Marc Luisada,  Tamás Vásáry  ... 
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  • 165.
    The Best Of Chopin
    Label: Belarte   Catalog: 4614212 Release Date: 06/01/1998  
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Stefan Askenase,  Tamás Vásáry,  Lazar Berman,  Christoph Eschenbach
    Conductor:  Willem van Otterloo,  János Kulka,  Jerzy Semkow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 166.
    Concert A La Carte / Vienna Wind Quintet
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 42175 Release Date: 02/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz Schubert,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  HansJörg Schellenberger,  Wolfgang Schulz,  Günter Högner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Wien-Berlin
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  • 167.
    The Best Of Chopin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556654 Release Date: 09/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
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  • 168.
    Palace Of The Winds - Piano At The Movies / Michael Chertock
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80477 Release Date: 07/29/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Cootie Williams,  Clint Eastwood,  Michel Legrand  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Chertock
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  • 169.
    Passionate Kiss - Romantic Piano Music / Daniel Pollack
    Label: Four Winds   Catalog: 3004 Release Date: 05/20/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Pollack
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  • 170.
    Grand Piano - Liszt, Bach-busoni & Chopin / Ferruccio Busoni
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 8810 Release Date: 03/04/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Ferruccio Busoni
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  • 171.
    Chopin: Favorite Piano Works / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 444830 Release Date: 02/13/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 172.
    The Best Of Chopin / Arrau, Cziffra, Davidovich, Et Al
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 446145 Release Date: 06/13/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  György Cziffra,  Nikita Magaloff,  Adam Harasiewicz,  Stephen Kovacevich  ... 
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  • 173.
    Chopin: Piano Favorites / Idil Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553170 Release Date: 05/09/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret
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  • 174.
    Für Elise - Best Of Romantic Piano Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550647 Release Date: 03/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Robert Schumann,  Erik Satie,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay,  Jénö Jandó,  Klára Körmendi,  Idil Biret  ... 
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  • 175.
    Chopin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64057 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Cecile Licad,  Emanuel Ax,  Philippe Entremont,  Cyprien Katsaris  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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