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: 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: Piano Sonatas 2 & 3 / Olga Kern
Release Date: 05/11/2010   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907464   Number of Discs: 1
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The Chopin Project  / Olafur Arnalds, Alice Sara Ott
Release Date: 03/17/2015   Label: Mercury  
Catalog: 002276702   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Preludes Op 28, Ballades / Stefan Vladar
Release Date: 04/13/2004   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 905260   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: 24 Preludes, Etc / Nikolsky
Release Date: 08/09/2005   Label: Arte Nova  
Catalog: 277740   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.
    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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  • 152.
    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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  • 153.
    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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  • 154.
    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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  • 155.
    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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    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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    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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    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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  • 159.
    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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  • 160.
    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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  • 161.
    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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    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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    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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  • 165.
    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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  • 166.
    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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  • 167.
    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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  • 168.
    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
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  • 169.
    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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  • 170.
    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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  • 171.
    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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  • 172.
    Bravo - Chopin: Scherzo Op 31, Etc / Jon Kimura Parker
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 82003 Release Date: 07/27/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jon Kimura Parker
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  • 173.
    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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  • 174.
    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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  • 175.
    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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Frédéric Chopin


WORKS
1. Grave - Doppio movimento
2. Scherzo - Piů lento - Tempo I
3. Marche funčbre (Lento)
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