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: 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: 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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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: 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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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    Chopin: A Musical Diary
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 114 Release Date: 03/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Abdel Rahman El Bacha,  Anne Queffélec,  Philippe Giusiano,  Iddo Bar-Shai
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  • 53.
    Chopin Gold
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001397602 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Martha Argerich,  Friedrich Gulda,  Rafal Blechacz  ... 
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  • 54.
    Chopin: Over 2 Hours Of Chopin's Greatest Masterpieces
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 88587 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg,  Agustin Anievas,  Ronald Smith,  Garrick Ohlsson  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Paul Kletzki
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  • 55.
    Chopin - The Essentials
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908375 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jon Nakamatsu,  Olga Kern,  Cédric Tiberghien,  Alexandre Tharaud  ... 
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Vladimir Horowitz - Complete Original Jacket Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 757500 Release Date: 12/01/2009   Number of Discs: 70
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Nathan Milstein
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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    13th Van Cliburn Competition - Gold Medal / Nobuyuki Tsujii
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907505 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  John Musto
    Performer:  Nobuyuki Tsuji
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  • 58.
    50 Classics For Relaxation / Ingman, Gerhardt, Gamley, Et Al
    Label: Time/Life Music   Catalog: 24742 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johann Paul A. Martini  ... 
    Performer:  Keith Harvey,  José Luis Garcia,  Larry Dalton,  Skaila Kanga  ... 
    Conductor:  David Firman,  Franck Pourcel,  Charles Gerhardt,  Eric Hammerstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Franck Pourcel Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 59.
    Esprit - Romantique
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5170 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Luigi Boccherini,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Grigory Sokolov,  Philippe Cassard,  Claire Désert,  Anne Gastinel  ... 
    Conductor:  John Nelson,  Fabio Biondi,  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Paris Orchestral Ensemble,  Orchestre de Paris
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  • 60.
    Brilliantissimo / David Helfgott
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 46725 Release Date: 05/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  David Helfgott
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  • 61.
    Chopin: Favorite Piano Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93255 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alwin Bär,  Martijn van den Hoek,  Frank Van De Laar,  Folke Nauta  ... 
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  • 62.
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93255 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alwin Bär,  Folke Nauta,  Pieter van Winkel,  Martijn van den Hoek  ... 
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  • 63.
    Label: Sally Fletcher   Catalog: 5637320925 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Giacomo Puccini,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Sally Fletcher
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  • 64.
    Classical Potpourri / Ensemble Vivant
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 9360 Release Date: 05/04/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  George Gershwin,  Catherine Wilson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Vivant
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  • 65.
    The Essential Richter - The Poet
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454169 Release Date: 04/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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  • 66.
    Ultimate Classical Dreams - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001280302 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Samuel Barber,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Marisa Robles,  Jack Brymer,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  David Zinman,  Frederick Fennell,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 67.
    Chopin Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 742559 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Emanuel Ax,  Fou Ts'ong,  Philippe Entremont,  Rudolf Serkin  ... 
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  • 68.
    For Mother - A Classical Bouquet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001267302 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Jules Massenet,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Nigel Kennedy  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 69.
    An English Country Garden
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1219 Release Date: 01/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Souter,  James Gregory,  Ian Giles,  Jon Banks  ... 
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  • 70.
    Etude Fantasy - Chopin, Corigliano / Ragna Schirmer
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 17602 Release Date: 12/03/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Corigliano,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ragna Schirmer
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  • 71.
    Ignace Jan Paderewski - The 78rpm - Chopin, Debussy, Paganini, Liszt, Schumann, Etc
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 367 Release Date: 11/25/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski
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  • 72.
    Piano Dreams
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 516240 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Albéric Magnard,  Joseph Guy Ropartz,  Déodat de Sévérac,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Jean Doyen,  Michel Legrand,  Monique Haas,  Alexandre Rabinovitch  ... 
    Conductor:  Marek Janowski,  Maxim Shostakovich,  James Conlon,  János Rolla  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 73.
    Sviatoslav Richter Edition Vol 4 - Schubert, Chopin, Et Al
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1000734 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  César Franck,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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  • 74.
    Love's Dream: Romantic Piano Music
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4777524 Release Date: 11/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Evgeni Kissin,  Martha Argerich,  Emil Gilels  ... 
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  • 75.
    Chopin - Adagios / Arrau, Maisky, Argerich, Ashkenazy, Freire, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001212402 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Claudio Arrau,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Arrau,  Eliahu Inbal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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