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
Ashkenazy plays Chopin: Sonata No 3, Barcarolle, Waltzes, Mazurkas, Etudes Op 10
Release Date: 01/22/2016   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1281   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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Chopin: Piano Concertos / Tirimo, Glushchenko
Release Date: 05/04/2010   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1096   Number of Discs: 1
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Great Chopin Pianists
Release Date: 01/15/2016   Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002437202   Number of Discs: 11
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Chopin: Cello Waltzes Vol 1 / Wispelwey, Lazic
Release Date: 01/09/2001   Label: Channel Classics  
Catalog: 16298   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66

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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    Label: Sonoma   Catalog: 745 Release Date: 06/18/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Schmalfuss,  Stefan Jeschko,  Josef Bulva,  Sylvia Cápová  ... 
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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caspar da Salo Quartett
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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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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    Chopin: Famous Piano Works / Pavlos Hatzopoulos, Vladimir Bunin
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94612 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Pavlos Hatzopoulos,  Vladimir Bunin
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  • 36.
    Dai Asai Plays Chopin
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3012 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Dai Asai
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  • 37.
    Wilhelm Backhaus - The Virtuoso
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12052 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss,  Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus
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  • 38.
    Complete Waltzes & Impromptus / Vladimir Feltsman
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6184 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman
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  • 39.
    Chopin
    Label: Archie Chen   Catalog: 5637984853 Release Date: 08/07/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Archie Chen
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  • 40.
    Koroliov Series Vol. XIII - Chopin
    Label: Tacet   Catalog: 202 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Yevgeny Koroliov
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  • 41.
    Chopin: The Complete Works, Vol. 9 - Cannons Among Flowers
    Label: Zephyr   Catalog: 143 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ian Hobson
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  • 42.
    Chopin For Dummies
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 21233 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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  • 43.
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 06/01/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Bedrich Smetana,  Antonín Dvorák,  Niccolò Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Ponti,  Iwan Czerkow,  Dubravka Tomsic,  Ivan Cerkov  ... 
    Conductor:  Othmar M. F. Mága,  Heribert Beissel,  Vladimir Petroschoff,  Alfred Scholz  ... 
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  • 44.
    Chopin: Complete Nocturnes / Kathryn Stott
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 2014 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Kathryn Stott
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  • 45.
    Koczalski Plays Chopin: Broadcast Recordings From German Radio 1945 & 1948
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 1261 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Raoul von Koczalski
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Chopin: 4 Ballades, 4 Impromptus / Amir Katz
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 402 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Amir Katz
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  • 47.
    Wilhelm Kempff - Solo Piano Recordings [35-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001648902 Release Date: 03/20/2012   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Christoph W. Gluck,  George Frideric Handel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff
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  • 48.
    Katsaris Plays Chopin
    Label: Piano 21   Catalog: 43 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris
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  • 49.
    Music of Frederic Chopin / Melody Fader
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3172 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Melody Fader
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  • 50.
    Rise Of The Masters: 100 Supreme Classical Masterpieces
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 107 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Jakob Lindberg,  Yoshikazu Mera,  Finghin Collins,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    Conductor:  Nils-Erik Sparf,  Shigeo Genda,  Bohdan Warchal,  Masaaki Suzuki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble,  Bach Collegium Japan,  Arion Trio  ... 
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