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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  • 126.
    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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  • 127.
    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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  • 128.
    The Most Relaxing Piano Album In The World...ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67526 Release Date: 09/02/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov,  Peter Donohoe,  Moura Lympany,  Jean-Philippe Collard  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Simon Rattle,  Alceo Galliera,  Jerzy Maksymiuk  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 129.
    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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  • 130.
    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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  • 131.
    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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  • 132.
    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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  • 133.
    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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  • 134.
    50 Classical Performances - Romantic Piano
    Label: Bci Music   Catalog: 40184 Release Date: 04/23/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Jurgis Karnavichius,  Andrei Ivanovitch,  Sergei Oskolkov,  Elyso Bolkvadze  ... 
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  • 135.
    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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  • 136.
    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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  • 137.
    Pachmann - The Mythic Pianist - 1907-1927 Recordings
    Label: Arbiter   Catalog: 129 Release Date: 09/25/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Joseph Joachim Raff  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir de Pachmann
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  • 138.
    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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  • 139.
    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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  • 140.
    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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  • 141.
    Fur Elise - Romantic Piano Pieces / Kempff, Ugorski, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469632 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov,  Anatol Ugorski,  Tamás Vásáry,  Wilhelm Kempff  ... 
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  • 142.
    Philips 50 - Sviatoslav Richter - The Sofia Recital 1958
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 464734 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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  • 143.
    Piano Classics - Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1739 Release Date: 01/09/2001   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Marta Deyanova,  Mark Anderson,  Martin Jones,  Vlado Perlemuter  ... 
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  • 144.
    Chopin: Piano Favourites
    Label: Amadis   Catalog: 7172 Release Date: 10/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Istvan Szekely,  Sándor Falvay
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  • 145.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau
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  • 146.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau
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  • 147.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Bernard Haitink,  David Zinman,  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 148.
    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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  • 149.
    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
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Granat
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  • 150.
    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  ... 
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra Netherlands
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