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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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: 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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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: 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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  • 176.
    Horowitz Vol Vii - Early Romantics
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53468 Release Date: 07/19/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 177.
    Chopin - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3609 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Russell Sherman,  Arthur Moreira Lima,  Sylvia Cápová,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ljubljana Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 178.
    Music For A Rainy Day / Roland Pöntinen
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 300 Release Date: 03/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Pöntinen
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  • 179.
    Chopin: Famous Piano Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550291 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Irina Zaritskaya,  Balázs Szokolay,  István Székely,  Péter Nagy
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  • 180.
    Romantic Piano Favourites, Vol 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550053 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Georges Bizet,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Péter Nagy
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  • 181.
    Horowitz - The Complete Masterworks Recordings, 1962-1973
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53456 Release Date: 10/05/1993   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Medtner,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 182.
    Favorite Chopin / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436389 Release Date: 01/19/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 183.
    Piano Classics - Popular Works For Solo Piano / O'Conor
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80313 Release Date: 11/17/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  John O'Conor
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  • 184.
    Discovered Treasures / Vladimir Horowitz
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 48093 Release Date: 10/06/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Alexander Scriabin,  Nikolai Medtner,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 185.
    Bach, Schumann, Chopin / Mieczyslaw Horszowski
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79264 Release Date: 03/03/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski
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  • 186.
    Chopin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60830 Release Date: 09/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Robert Leonardy,  Peter Serkin,  Géza Anda,  Emanuel Ax  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 187.
    The Best Of Chopin
    Label: Rca Victrola   Catalog: 60770 Release Date: 06/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  John Browning,  Peter Serkin,  Géza Anda,  Emanuel Ax  ... 
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  • 188.
    A Portrait Of Murray Perahia
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42448 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
    Conductor:  Murray Perahia
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 189.
    Traumerei: Die Schonsten Romantischen Klavierstucke
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4237822 Release Date: 03/28/1988   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Tamás Vásáry,  Stefan Askenase  ... 
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