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
Tchaikovsky & Chopin / Ingolf Wunder, Vladimir Ashkenazy, St. Petersburg Philharmonic
Release Date: 07/15/2014   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002092802   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven, Chopin: Concertos / Arrau, Klemperer, Dohnanyi
Release Date: 11/15/2011   Label: Ica Classics  
Catalog: 5045   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concertos / Shura Cherkassky
Release Date: 11/13/2012   Label: Ica Classics  
Catalog: 5085   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin / Freddy Kempf
Release Date: 09/25/2001   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1160   Number of Discs: 1
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Sviatoslav Richter Archives Vol 3 - Chopin Recitals Part Ii
Release Date: 02/23/1999   Label: Doremi Records  
Catalog: 7738   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66

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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    Chopin: Piano Encores
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001706302 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis,  Claudio Arrau,  Bella Davidovich,  Nikita Magaloff  ... 
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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    Chopin For Dummies
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 21233 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    Best Of Chopin [tgg Direct]
    Label: Tgg Direct   Catalog: 60262 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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  • 39.
    Trilogie - Chopin, Debussy, Ravel / Samson Francois
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 0283142 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Samson François
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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    Smooth Dinner Classics: Beautiful Music For Two
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 10123 Release Date: 10/21/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia Cápová,  Christiane Jaccottet,  Marian Pivka,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    Conductor:  Leone Magiera,  Eugen Duvier,  Vladimir Petroschoff,  Libor Pesek  ... 
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  • 42.
    Chopin: Piano Music / Leon Mccawley
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 103 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Leon McCawley
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  • 43.
    Chopin: Polonaise in F sharp minor, Nocturne in B flat minor, Ballade no 1 / O'Hora
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28980 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Conductor:  Ronan O'Hora
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  • 44.
    Chopin & Liszt / Anneleen Lenaerts
    Label: Aliud   Catalog: 56 Release Date: 08/02/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Anneleen Lenaerts
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  • 45.
    Best Piano Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82166 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder
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  • 46.
    Chopin: Complete Piano Works / Nikita Magaloff
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802076 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Nikita Magaloff
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  • 47.
    The Best Of Chopin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82162 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder
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  • 48.
    Pure... Classical
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7915022 Release Date: 07/05/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Glenn Gould,  Alicia De Larrocha,  André Watts,  Anthony Newman  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Robert Salter,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Tafelmusik,  Brandenburg Collegium
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  • 49.
    25 Meditation & Yoga Classics
    Label: Vox   Catalog: 8874 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Jules Massenet  ... 
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  • 50.
    Chopin: 4 Ballades; 4 Impromptus
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802047 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Bella Davidovich
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