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
Schumann, Chopin: Piano Concertos / Lortie, Jarvi, Philharmonia Orchestra
Release Date: 06/29/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10603   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: 14 Waltzes / Pires
Release Date: 05/06/2016   Label: Erato  
Catalog: 555255   Number of Discs: 1
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Louis Lortie plays Chopin, Vol 1
Release Date: 05/25/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10588   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Mazurkas / Urasin
Release Date: 04/29/2016   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 95215   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: 24 Preludes, Etc / Louis Lortie
Release Date: 02/17/1998   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9597   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Etude for Piano in E major, Op. 10 no 3 "Tristesse"

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  • 26.
    Sviatoslav Richter Collection
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002064 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Anatoly Vedernikov
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    Icon - John McCormack [4-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 827642 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  James L. Molloy,  Traditional,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Arnold Bax  ... 
    Performer:  John McCormack,  Gerald Moore,  Nellie Melba,  Edna Thornton  ... 
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  • 28.
    Label: Somerset Entertainment   Catalog: 55400 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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  • 29.
    Alfred Cortot: Anniversary Edition
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 4907 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Cortot,  Pablo Casals,  Jacques Thibaud,  Charles Panzera  ... 
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    Cantus Angelicus
    Label: Estonian Record Productions   Catalog: 5312 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Giulio Caccini,  Charles Gounod,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Heldur Harry Polda
    Conductor:  Risto Joost
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  • 31.
    The Chopin Album / Lang Lang
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 548960 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Oh Land
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  • 32.
    Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2, Piano Sonata No 3 / Lang Lang
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001761902 Release Date: 10/02/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Lang Lang
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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    Icon - John Ogdon
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4637 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Paul Dukas,  Henri Dutilleux,  Florent Schmitt,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  John Ogdon
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Lawrence Foster,  Paavo Berglund,  John Pritchard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 34.
    Chopin For Dummies
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 21233 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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  • 35.
    Katsaris Plays Chopin
    Label: Piano 21   Catalog: 43 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris
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  • 36.
    The Complete Vladimir De Pachmann
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 54003 Release Date: 03/12/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Leopold Godowsky,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir de Pachmann
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  • 37.
    A Golden Proportion Recital / Nicholas Ross
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3157 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Nicholas Ross
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  • 38.
    Chopin: The Complete Works, Vol. 3 - Musical Genius
    Label: Zephyr   Catalog: 134 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ian Hobson,  Claude Hobson
    Conductor:  Ian Hobson
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  • 39.
    Chopin: Tableaux Intimes
    Label: Fidelio Musique   Catalog: 34 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jean-Pascal Hamelin
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    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 109 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Finghin Collins,  Craig Ogden,  Pieter Schoeman,  Peter Schmalfuss  ... 
    Conductor:  Heribert Beissel,  David Parry,  Ilmar Lapinsch,  Klaus Arp  ... 
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  • 41.
    Frederic Meinders Plays His Own Transcriptions Of Schumann & Chopin
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 687 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Frédéric Meinders
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  • 42.
    Chopin By Knight
    Label: Hyperion Knight (Label)   Catalog: 5637668166 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Hyperion Knight
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  • 43.
    Easy-listening Piano Classics: Chopin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578090-92 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret
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  • 44.
    The Best Of Lang Lang
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001466002 Release Date: 08/24/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Paris Orchestra
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  • 45.
    A Century Of Romantic Chopin
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 54001 Release Date: 08/19/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Moritz Rosenthal,  Alfred Cortot,  Rosita Renard,  Sydney Foster  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
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  • 46.
    50 Best Piano
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57540 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  André Watts,  Stanislav Bunin,  Moura Lympany  ... 
    Conductor:  Wayne Marshall,  Leonard Bernstein,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  David Zinman  ... 
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  • 47.
    50 Best Relaxing Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57547 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Jules Massenet,  Gabriel Fauré,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Kalafusz,  Stephen Farr,  Han-Na Chang,  Jacqueline Du Pré  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Sir Neville Marriner,  David Hill,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Wind and Brass Ensemble
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  • 48.
    Valentina Igoshina Plays Chopin
    Label: Tony Palmer Films   Catalog: 1662 Release Date: 06/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Valentina Igoshina
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  • 49.
    Music Of Frederic Chopin - Life Of Passion
    Label: Acoustic Tracks   Catalog: 5637634960 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Roy Imperio
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  • 50.
    Valentina Igoshina Plays Chopin
    Label: Tony Palmer Films   Catalog: 1655 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Valentina Igoshina
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