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 - 1846, Derniere Annee a Nohant / Bertrand, Amoyel
Release Date: 02/10/2015   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902199   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Scriabin, Stravinsky, Prokofiev / Grigory Sokolov
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Catalog: 2292   Number of Discs: 2
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Martha Argerich, Vol. 4: Chopin
Release Date: 05/12/2015   Label: Doremi Records  
Catalog: 8036   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Sonata No 3, Scherzo No 4 / Nikolai Lugansky
Release Date: 06/08/2010   Label: Onyx  
Catalog: 4049   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Costa, Varga
Release Date: 08/10/2010   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28690   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Etude for Piano in E major, Op. 10 no 3 "Tristesse"

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  • 101.
    An Old View / Horacio Nuguid
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637418644 Release Date: 07/12/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Enrique Granados,  Rodolfo Cornejo  ... 
    Performer:  Horacio Nuguid
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  • 102.
    Weekend Classics - A Chopin Weekend
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000448902 Release Date: 06/14/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Tamás Vásáry,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Lazar Berman
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  • 103.
    Verdi: La Forza Del Destino / Previtali, Bergonzi, Et Al
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 2545/7 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Frédéric Chopin,  Arturo Buzzi-Peccia  ... 
    Performer:  Piero Cappuccilli,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Domenico Trimarchi,  Franca Mattiucci  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Turin,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
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  • 104.
    Radiance - Romantic Classics
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17464 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy,  George Frideric Handel,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
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  • 105.
    Allison Lovejoy, Piano
    Label: Metro Records   Catalog: 5637203229 Release Date: 09/07/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Allison Lovejoy
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  • 106.
    Expanded Edition - Favorite Chopin / Vladimir Horowitz
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 92743 Release Date: 08/03/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 107.
    Chopin: Piano Works / Wilhelm Backhaus
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1335 Release Date: 05/11/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus
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  • 108.
    Andre Rieu - Romantic Moments
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17361 Release Date: 05/04/2004  
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Lehár,  Giacomo Puccini,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra Netherlands
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  • 109.
    Chopin: Polonaises, Mazurkas, Etudes, Etc / György Kukorelly
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1123 Release Date: 03/30/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  György Kukorelly
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  • 110.
    Expanded Edition - Vladimir Horowitz - Favorite Encores
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 93075 Release Date: 02/24/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Vladimir Horowitz,  Moritz Moszkowski  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 111.
    Chopin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000191802 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Zoltán Kocsis,  Claudio Arrau,  Stanislav Bunin  ... 
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  • 112.
    Classical Heartbreakers
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85345 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Lucio Quarantotto,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Cohen,  Laszlo Varga,  André Previn,  Garrick Ohlsson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Norman Del Mar,  David Abel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 113.
    The Most Romantic Classical Music In The Universe
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17334 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  César Franck,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Miguel Llobet  ... 
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  • 114.
    Horowitz Plays Chopin - Ballades, Preludes, Etudes
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 90428 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 115.
    In The Hands Of The Master / Vladimir Horowitz
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 93039 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Scriabin,  Robert Schumann,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 116.
    Essential Chopin
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000047702 Release Date: 07/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 117.
    Chopin - The Romantic Pianist
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 62667 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Aleksandar Serdar,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Tzimon Barto,  Alexis Weissenberg  ... 
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  • 118.
    The Most Relaxing Classical Music In The Universe
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17232 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Erik Satie  ... 
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  • 119.
    Romantic Adagios Ii
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 473596 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Lynn Harrell,  Jorge Bolet,  Jeffrey Khaner  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington,  Riccardo Chailly,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Yehudi Menuhin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 120.
    Solomon Plays Chopin
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 177 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Solomon
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  • 121.
    Essential Chopin / Philippe Entremont, André Watts, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 89846 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Philippe Entremont,  Leonard Rose,  Samuel Sanders,  André Watts  ... 
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  • 122.
    The Kiss - World's Most Romantic Piano Music / Pollack
    Label: Four Winds   Catalog: 3019 Release Date: 11/07/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Erik Satie,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  John Novacek,  Daniel Pollack
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  • 123.
    Richard Tauber Vol 2 - I'm In Love With Vienna
    Label: Naxos Nostalgia   Catalog: 8120555 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Frédéric Chopin,  George H. Clutsam  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tauber
    Conductor:  Henry Ernest Geehl,  Frieder Weissmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Odeon-Künstler Orchestra
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  • 124.
    Night Music 11 - Classical Favourites For Relaxing
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556611 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Edvard Grieg,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Ernst Ottensamer,  Jénö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki,  Balázs Szokolay  ... 
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Ondrej Lenárd  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana,  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 125.
    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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Frédéric Chopin


WORKS
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 1. Grave - Doppio movimento
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 2. Scherzo - Piů lento - Tempo I
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 3. Marche funčbre (Lento)
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 4. Finale (Presto)
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Romanza: Larghetto
III. Rondo: Vivace
Piano Concerto No.2 in F Minor, Op.21: I. Maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: II. Larghetto
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: III. Allegro vivace