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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 Recital / Andrew Rangell
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30038   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin, Schumann: Etudes / Valentina Lisitsa
Release Date: 11/10/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002224502   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Nocturnes / Earl Wild
Release Date: 11/18/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94930   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 15 / Idil Biret, Et Al
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554541   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin / Lars Vogt
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Cavi Music  
Catalog: 8553267   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Etude for Piano in E major, Op. 10 no 3 "Tristesse"

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  • 151.
    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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  • 152.
    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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  • 153.
    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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  • 154.
    The Best Of Chopin / Arrau, Cziffra, Davidovich, Et Al
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 446145 Release Date: 06/13/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  György Cziffra,  Nikita Magaloff,  Adam Harasiewicz,  Stephen Kovacevich  ... 
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  • 155.
    Chopin: Piano Favorites / Idil Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553170 Release Date: 05/09/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret
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  • 156.
    Beniamino Gigli - Vienna Concert And A Singing Masterclass
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1055 Release Date: 04/18/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Ernesto De Curtis,  Ceccone,,  Salvatore Cardillo  ... 
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli
    Conductor:  Dino Fedri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 157.
    Für Elise - Best Of Romantic Piano Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550647 Release Date: 03/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Robert Schumann,  Erik Satie,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay,  Jénö Jandó,  Klára Körmendi,  Idil Biret  ... 
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  • 158.
    Chopin: 4 Ballades / Murray Perahia
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64399 Release Date: 01/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
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  • 159.
    Chopin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64057 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Cecile Licad,  Emanuel Ax,  Philippe Entremont,  Cyprien Katsaris  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 160.
    Horowitz Vol Vii - Early Romantics
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53468 Release Date: 07/19/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 161.
    Chopin: Famous Piano Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550291 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Irina Zaritskaya,  Balázs Szokolay,  István Székely,  Péter Nagy
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  • 162.
    Romantic Piano Favourites Vol 9 / Balázs Szokolay
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550218 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis J.A. Lefébure-Wely,  Claude Debussy,  Béla Bartók,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay
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  • 163.
    Horowitz - The Complete Masterworks Recordings, 1962-1973
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53456 Release Date: 10/05/1993   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Medtner,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 164.
    Favorite Chopin / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436389 Release Date: 01/19/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 165.
    Night Music 11
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8551131 Release Date: 06/04/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Johannes Brahms,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Ernst Ottensamer,  Balazs Szkolay,  Hideo Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Jaroslav Krcek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus
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  • 166.
    Chopin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60830 Release Date: 09/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Robert Leonardy,  Peter Serkin,  Géza Anda,  Emanuel Ax  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 167.
    The Best Of Chopin
    Label: Rca Victrola   Catalog: 60770 Release Date: 06/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  John Browning,  Peter Serkin,  Géza Anda,  Emanuel Ax  ... 
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  • 168.
    Horowitz Plays Chopin Vol 2
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60376 Release Date: 04/05/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 169.
    Favorite Chopin / Vladimir Horowitz
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42306 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 170.
    Favorite Encores / Vladimir Horowitz
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42305 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Scriabin,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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