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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 Recital / Andrew Rangell
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30038   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin, Schumann: Etudes / Valentina Lisitsa
Release Date: 11/10/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002224502   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Nocturnes / Earl Wild
Release Date: 11/18/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94930   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 15 / Idil Biret, Et Al
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554541   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Préludes; Mompou / Alexandre Tharaud
Release Date: 03/11/2008   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 901982   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66

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  • 226.
    The Kiss - Music For Love & Passion
    Label: Intercord Klassische Diskothek   Catalog: 892923 Release Date: 04/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Maurice Ravel,  Otto Nicolai,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Jörg Demus,  Roland Keller,  Christian Favre
    Conductor:  Carl-August Bünte,  Ernest Bour,  George Randolph Warren,  Boris Mersson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 227.
    Chopin: 4 Impromptus; 4 Nocturnes; Fantasie
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 4141 Release Date: 02/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic
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  • 228.
    The Complete Josef Hofmann Vol 3 - Chopin, Liszt
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1036 Release Date: 09/01/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Constantin Sternberg,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Carl Tausig  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Hofmann
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  • 229.
    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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  • 230.
    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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  • 231.
    Mad About Chopin
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439519 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Stanislav Bunin,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Jean-Marc Luisada,  Krystian Zimerman
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  • 232.
    Romantic Piano Favourites, Vol 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550052 Release Date: 02/05/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay
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  • 233.
    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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  • 234.
    Chopin: Scherzi & Impromptus / Marta Deyanova
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5297 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Marta Deyanova
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  • 235.
    Van Cliburn Collection - The World's Favorite Piano Music
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60973 Release Date: 07/14/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
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  • 236.
    Chopin: Polonaises, Etc / Alexander Brailowsky
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 46546 Release Date: 08/19/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky
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  • 237.
    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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  • 238.
    Chopin: Impromptus, Fantasie, Etc / Murray Perahia
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 39708 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
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  • 239.
    Chopin: 26 Preludes, 4 Impromptus
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 426634 Release Date: 07/09/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau
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  • 240.
    Vladimir Horowitz - The Last Recording
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 45818 Release Date: 03/30/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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