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 Concerto No 2; Variations On
Release Date: 10/26/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572336   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concertos / Tirimo, Glushchenko
Release Date: 05/04/2010   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1096   Number of Discs: 1
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Louis Lortie plays Chopin, Vol 1
Release Date: 05/25/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10588   Number of Discs: 1
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Nocturnal: Chopin, Scriabin / Albert Tiu
Release Date: 05/24/2011   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 3093   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Four Scherzi, Selected Preludes / Svaitoslav Richter
Release Date: 11/08/2011   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1159   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66

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    Anamorfosi / Van de Velde
    Label: Aliud   Catalog: 932 Release Date: 05/26/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Clement Doucet,  Maurice Ravel,  Salvatore Sciarrino
    Performer:  Yannick Van de Velde
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    Meditation: Zither & Piano / Murray, Davenet
    Label: Gia Publication   Catalog: 1024 Release Date: 05/12/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Martial Murray,  Anton Karas,  Johannes Brahms,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Martial Murray,  Philippe Davenet
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    Chopin: Complete Ballades & Impromptus / Kvapil
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 3102 Release Date: 03/31/2017  
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Radoslav Kvapil
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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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    Emil Gilels: 100th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002433 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Alexander Alyabyev,  Arno Babadjanyan,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
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    Evgeny Kissin: The Complete RCA & Sony Classical Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5033827 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Evgeny Kissin,  Mikhail Milman,  Boris Garlitsky,  Vladimir Spivakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev,  Vladimir Spivakov,  Seiji Ozawa,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Chopin: Piano Works / Duchable
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 556700 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Francois-René Duchable
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
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    Chopin: Piano Concertos & Works for Piano Solo / Paleczny
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 12701 Release Date: 07/08/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Janusz Marynowski,  Piotr Paleczny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Vista Quartet
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    Discover Chopin
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300693 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Annerose Schmidt,  Elfrun Gabriel,  Anna Gourari,  Ragna Schirmer  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Robert Hanell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Orchestra
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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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    Pour le piano / Amaike [CD + DVD]
    Label: Pro Piano   Catalog: 224531 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Chizuko Amaike
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    Listening to Memories / Ransom
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20125 Release Date: 05/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Scott Joplin,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  William Ransom
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    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503227 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Roy Harris,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Jussi Björling,  Frederick Schauwecker,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Serge Koussevitzky,  Bruno Walter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
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    Sergio Fiorentino: Early Recordings (1953-1966)
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 104 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Sergio Fiorentino
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    Chopin: Ballades; Impromptus; Preludes, Op. 28
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95210 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy
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    Great Chopin Pianists
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002437202 Release Date: 01/15/2016   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Lev Oborin,  Alexandre Uninsky,  Yakov Zak,  Bella Davidovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Václáv Smetácek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Complete Works of Chopin: Berceuse, Barcarolle & Impromptus / Alex Szilasi
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 32473 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alex Szilasi
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    Schubert, Chopin, Faure: Impromptus
    Label: Klanglogo   Catalog: 1511 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Tomasz Lis
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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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  • 20.
    Chopin: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94660 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ewa Kupiec,  Abbey Simon,  Alwin Bär,  Folke Nauta  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Heribert Beissel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
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    Vassily Sapellnikoff, Xaver Scharwenka: The Complete Recordings
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 6016 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Mily Balakirev,  Anton Rubinstein,  Anatole Liadov  ... 
    Performer:  Vassily Sapellnikoff,  Franz Xaver Scharwenka
    Conductor:  Stanley Chapple
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  • 22.
    Murray Perahia plays Chopin
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88843062432 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    Liebestraume, Todesahnung
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 99013 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Spoken Word,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Eva Lingens
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  • 25.
    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
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of London,  Symphony of the Air
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