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
The Russian Archives - Evgeny Kissin Plays Chopin & Liszt
Release Date: 06/26/2012   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94397   Number of Discs: 3
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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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Chopin: Works for Solo Piano Vol 2 / Ronan O'Hora
Release Date: 10/11/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28970   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Polonaise in F sharp minor, Nocturne in B flat minor, Ballade no 1 / O'Hora
Release Date: 08/09/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28980   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Cello Sonata, Piano Trio / Ewa Kupiec, Johannes Moser, Kolja Blacher
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Hänssler Classic  
Catalog: 93321   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.
    The Chopin Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 685246 Release Date: 06/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Philippe Entremont,  Alexander Brailowsky,  John Browning,  Rudolf Serkin  ... 
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  • 102.
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 95802 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
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  • 103.
    Poetry At The Piano - Chopin / John Noel Roberts
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20089 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  John Noel Roberts
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  • 104.
    Piano Favorites - Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Et Al / Klien
    Label: Vox Allegretto   Catalog: ACD 8023 Release Date: 04/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Klien
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  • 105.
    Classical Bytes - Chopin
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000626002 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Tamás Vásáry,  Lazar Berman,  Christoph Eschenbach
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  • 106.
    The Very Best Of Chopin
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 338171 Release Date: 03/03/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Francois-René Duchable,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Piotr Anderszewski,  Dmitri Alexeev  ... 
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  • 107.
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 97017 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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  • 108.
    Legendary Treasures - Sviatoslav Richter Archives Vol 10
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7864 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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  • 109.
    The Very Best Of Chopin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552107-08 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Bernd Glemser,  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 110.
    Concert Magic / Yehudi Menuhin
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2054158 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Schubert,  Niccolň Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Adolph Baller,  Marguerite Campbell,  Eula Beal  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
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  • 111.
    50 Most Loved Piano Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 34410 Release Date: 08/30/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Maurice Ravel,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert  ... 
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  • 112.
    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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  • 113.
    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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  • 114.
    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  ... 
    Conductor:  Fernando Previtali
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Turin,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
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  • 115.
    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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  • 116.
    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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  • 117.
    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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  • 118.
    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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  • 119.
    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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  • 120.
    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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  • 121.
    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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  • 122.
    Classically Speaking
    Label: Red House Records   Catalog: 800001 Release Date: 02/17/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Frédéric Chopin,  Maurice Ravel,  Rod Argent  ... 
    Performer:  Rod Argent
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  • 123.
    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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  • 124.
    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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  • 125.
    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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