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: Complete Mazurkas / Janina Fialkowska
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 22682   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: Preludes / Ingrid Fliter
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 475   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: The Piano Concertos / Lugansky, Verdernikov, Sinfonia Varsovia
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Naive  
Catalog: 212   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Etudes Op 10 & 25, Etc / Vlado Perlemuter
Release Date: 12/02/1992   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5095   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Four Ballades, Polonaises / Vlado Perlemuter
Release Date: 12/02/1992   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5209   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66

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    Chopin: Piano Works / Maria Gabrys
    Label: Arcodiva   Catalog: 139 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maria Gabrys
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    Rubinstein Plays Chopin
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 687122 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Alfred Wallenstein
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    Maria Joao Pires - Complete DG Solo Recordings [20-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002093102 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires,  Pavel Gomziakov,  Ricardo Castro
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    Dances Of The Dolls
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 81014 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  He Lu Ting,  Zhao Yi,  Geng Chen Fu,  Tan Dun  ... 
    Performer:  Serena Wang
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    Chopin, Vol. 3
    Label: Claudio   Catalog: 5585 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Adolfo Barabino
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    Louis Lortie Plays Chopin Vol 3
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10813 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Louis Lortie
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    Longing - Music Of Frederic Chopin / Barbara Nissman
    Label: Three Oranges Recordings   Catalog: 5638267401 Release Date: 04/01/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Barbara Nissman
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    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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  • 9.
    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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    Life According To Chopin: Chopin's Greatest Piano Solos
    Label: Gpr Records   Catalog: 10014 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel
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    Chopin: Piano Works / Samson Francois
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 8471720 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Samson François
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    Frederic Chopin - Reminiscences / Artur Pizarro
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 248 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Pizarro
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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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    Moura Lympany - The Hmv Recordings, 1947-1952
    Label: Apr   Catalog: 6011 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Moura Lympany
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik,  Herbert Menges,  Walter Susskind
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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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    Favourite Noctures
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1159 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Kathryn Stott
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    Shura Cherkassky - The Complete UK World Record Club Solo Recordings
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2398/99 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Carl Tausig  ... 
    Performer:  Shura Cherkassky
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    Chopin: Ballades, Impromptus, Preludes, Nocturnes / Yuan Sheng
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 49 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Yuan Sheng
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    Chopin: 24 Preludes; Impromptu; Preledium / Ebi
    Label: Fryderyk Chopin Society   Catalog: 28 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Akiko Ebi
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    Horowitz: The Last Recording [hdcd]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 3424 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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    50 Shades Of Classical
    Label: Cleopatra   Catalog: 159 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Danielle Dechenne,  Henrik Lagendaal,  Nora Ksendzov,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Raucheisen,  Zdenek Chabala,  Ferdinand Lang,  Zoltan Kovats  ... 
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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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  • 23.
    The Power Of Dreaming
    Label: Music & Media   Catalog: 102 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexandr V. Mosolov,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Dominic Piers Smith
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    Essential Encores
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 05149 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Niccolò Paganini,  Fritz Kreisler,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Maxim Vengerov,  Vag Papian,  Michael Rabin,  John Lenehan  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Rudolf Kempe,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi,  Nash Ensemble
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    The Complete Electric And Selected Acoustic Recordings / Irene Scharrer
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 6010 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  William Boyce,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Irene Scharrer
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