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 Recital	/	Andrew Rangell
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30038   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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  • 201.
    Chopin / Freddy Kempf
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1160 Release Date: 09/25/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Freddy Kempf
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  • 202.
    Goldrush / Safri Duo
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6651 Release Date: 08/28/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Uffe Savery,  Morten Friis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Safri Duo
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  • 203.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 26 - Chopin: Nocturnes, Scherzos
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63026 Release Date: 07/10/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
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  • 204.
    Eloquence - Chopin: Favourite Piano Pieces / Argerich, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469610 Release Date: 06/12/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Stanislav Bunin,  Jean-Marc Luisada,  Tamás Vásáry,  Martha Argerich  ... 
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  • 205.
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550362 Release Date: 05/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret
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  • 206.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 27 - Chopin: Mazurkas, Impromptus
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63027 Release Date: 05/15/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
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  • 207.
    Chopin: Sonatas, Ballades, Scherzos, Etc / Abbey Simon
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5178 Release Date: 04/24/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Abbey Simon
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  • 208.
    Label: Concas/Mondragon   Catalog: 5637420465 Release Date: 04/17/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  OKSANA,  Oksana Kolesnikova,  Erik Kolesnikov,  Sofia Kolesnikova
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  • 209.
    Shura Charkassky - The Historic 1940s Recordings
    Label: Ivory Classics   Catalog: 72003 Release Date: 04/17/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Morton Gould,  Vladimir I. Rebikov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Shura Cherkassky
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  • 210.
    Fur Elise - Romantic Piano Pieces / Kempff, Ugorski, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469632 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov,  Anatol Ugorski,  Tamás Vásáry,  Wilhelm Kempff  ... 
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  • 211.
    References - Chopin: Preludes, Impromptu, Etc /Alfred Cortot
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 61050 Release Date: 03/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alfred Cortot
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  • 212.
    Last Kiss - Romantic Piano Music / John Novacek
    Label: Four Winds   Catalog: 3016 Release Date: 03/05/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Erik Satie,  Edvard Grieg,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  John Novacek
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  • 213.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 47 - Chopin: Waltzes, Etc
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63047 Release Date: 01/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
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  • 214.
    Chopin Favorites / Artur Rubinstein
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61717 Release Date: 11/29/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
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  • 215.
    Rare Recordings (1936-45) / Wilhelm Kempff
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1071 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Gabriel Fauré,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff
    Conductor:  Peter Raabe,  Hans Weisbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leipzig Symphony Orchestra
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  • 216.
    Chopin: Piano Favourites
    Label: Amadis   Catalog: 7172 Release Date: 10/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Istvan Szekely,  Sándor Falvay
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  • 217.
    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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  • 218.
    Chopin: Four Impromptus, Barcarolle, Sonata No 3 / Shelley
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9175 Release Date: 05/23/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Howard Shelley
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  • 219.
    Mieczyslaw Horszowski Plays Beethoven And Chopin
    Label: Vox Box Legends   Catalog: 5511 Release Date: 02/28/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski
    Conductor:  Hans Swarowsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 220.
    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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  • 221.
    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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  • 222.
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 510 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Piotr Paleczny,  Kevin Kenner,  Zbigniew Raubo,  Bartlomiej Kuzniak  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohdan Jarmolowicz,  Wojciech Michniewski,  Wojciech Rajski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Granat
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  • 223.
    Chopin - Complete Edition Vol 6 - Preludes, Scherzos
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463063 Release Date: 11/09/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Heidi Bung,  Kurt Bauer,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Lilya Zilberstein  ... 
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  • 224.
    Chopin: Complete Piano Music / Idil Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501501 Release Date: 09/28/1999   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Martin Sauer
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 225.
    Chopin: Piano Music Vol. 12
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554538 Release Date: 09/28/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret
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