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: Complete Nocturnes / Earl Wild
Release Date: 11/18/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94930   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: Piano Concertos / Fliter, Markl, Scottish CO
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 455   Number of Discs: 1
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Nocturnes - Chopin, Field, Et Al / Bart Von Oort
Release Date: 06/28/2005   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 92202   Number of Discs: 4
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Chopin, Lutoslawski, Moniuszko
Release Date: 08/14/2015   Label: Delos  
Catalog: 3463   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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Work: Etude for Piano in E major, Op. 10 no 3 "Tristesse"

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    Claudio Arrau - The Early Years - Complete Pre-War Recordings
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 52023-2 Release Date: 04/11/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Ferruccio Busoni  ... 
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    Piano Masters - Claudio Arrau - The Early Recordings
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 70 Release Date: 03/28/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
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    The Art Of Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466462 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
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  • 129.
    Chopin Favourites (3 Cd Set) / Idil Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 503066 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Bernd Glemser,  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 510 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Piotr Paleczny,  Kevin Kenner,  Zbigniew Raubo,  Bartlomiej Kuzniak  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohdan Jarmolowicz,  Wojciech Michniewski,  Wojciech Rajski
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    André Rieu - Romantic Moments
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 557914 Release Date: 02/02/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Nino Rota,  Antonín Dvorák,  Friedrich von Flotow  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu,  Arthur Cordewener,  Manoe Konings,  Teun Ramaekers  ... 
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    Dreams Of Love - The Ultimate Romantic Piano Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466097 Release Date: 01/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Alicia De Larrocha,  Radu Lupu,  Pascal Rogé  ... 
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  • 133.
    Music Of The Night - The Essential Chopin Collection
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 457992 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Daniel Barenboim,  Jean-Marc Luisada,  Tamás Vásáry  ... 
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  • 134.
    Timeless Kiss - The Best Romantic Piano Music
    Label: Four Winds   Catalog: 3007 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Franz Schubert,  Claude Debussy,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  John Novacek,  Joseph Paratore,  Anthony Paratore,  Daniel Pollack
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    The Best Of José Carreras
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 421667 Release Date: 07/07/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Bizzarri,,  Nasco,,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Sarah Brightman,  Barbara Dickson,  Eva Lind
    Conductor:  Harry Rabinowitz,  George Martin,  Atanas Kovatchev,  Christian Kolonovits  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 136.
    My Favorite Chopin / Van Cliburn
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 68813 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
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  • 137.
    The Best Of Chopin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556654 Release Date: 09/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
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    Passionate Kiss - Romantic Piano Music / Daniel Pollack
    Label: Four Winds   Catalog: 3004 Release Date: 05/20/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Pollack
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  • 139.
    Sviatoslav Richter In The 1950s Vol 1
    Label: Parnassus Records   Catalog: 96001/2 Release Date: 01/21/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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  • 140.
    Chopin - Interpretations By Emile Pandolfi
    Label: Revere   Catalog: 964 Release Date: 12/03/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Emile Pandolfi
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  • 141.
    Piano Festival / Pietro Spada
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47198 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Muzio Clementi,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Manuel de Falla,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Pietro Spada
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  • 142.
    Whad'ya Know About Chopin?
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 4003 Release Date: 08/29/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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  • 143.
    25 Piano Favorites
    Label: Vox Cameo Classics   Catalog: 8818 Release Date: 08/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  George Gershwin,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Hokanson
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  • 144.
    Chopin: Sonata No 2, Etc / John Bingham
    Label: Meridian Records   Catalog: 84070 Release Date: 06/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  John Bingham
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  • 145.
    My Gift To You - Favorite Piano Encores / Antonin Kubalek
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90218 Release Date: 04/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ignace Jan Paderewski,  Franz Liszt,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Antonin Kubalek
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  • 146.
    Chopin: Favorite Piano Works / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 444830 Release Date: 02/13/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 147.
    Solomon - The Complete Recordings Of Chopin
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1030 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Solomon
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  • 148.
    A Musical Snuff-box - Sequeira Costa Plays Encores
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 369 Release Date: 12/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Bortkiewicz,  Anatole Liadov,  Federico Mompou,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Sequeira Costa
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  • 149.
    25 Virtuoso Etudes - Chopin, Debussy, Et Al / Ilana Vered
    Label: Connoisseur Society   Catalog: 4197 Release Date: 12/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ezra Laderman,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Ilana Vered
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    Rosita Renard At Carnegie Hall
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1028 Release Date: 11/06/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio de Santa Cruz,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Rosita Renard
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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 - Più lento - Tempo I
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 3. Marche funèbre (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