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 Waltzes / Garrick Ohlsson
Release Date: 01/12/2010   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55381   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Great Polonaises / Garrick Ohlsson
Release Date: 01/12/2010   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55382   Number of Discs: 1
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Kirov Classics - Chopiniana, Petrushka, Barber's Adagio, Etc
Release Date: 07/30/2002   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 86   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Etude for Piano in E major, Op. 10 no 3 "Tristesse"

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    Paderewski - His Earliest Recordings
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 6006 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ignace Jan Paderewski,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt  ... 
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  • 77.
    Schostakovich, Chopin: Works For Piano / Sviatoslav Richter
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3796 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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  • 78.
    Chopin by Starlight / Carmen Dragon, Hollywood Bowl SO
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 63663 Release Date: 03/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms
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  • 79.
    Sviatoslav Richter Recital - Sofia, 1958
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 4262 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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  • 80.
    Instant Classics - Chopin: Tristesse
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5105 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Janusz Olejniczak,  Grigory Sokolov,  Rafael Orozco
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  • 81.
    Radiance - Reflections - Classical Music For Meditation
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17648 Release Date: 06/05/2007   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 82.
    Piano Moods - A Collection of Romantic Melodies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000872602 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
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  • 83.
    Golden Age Of Light Music - Light Music While You Work Vol 1
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5128 Release Date: 04/03/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eric Coates,  Anonymous,  Percy (Eastman) Fletcher,  Ralph Benatzky  ... 
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  • 84.
    The Ultimate Most Relaxing Classical Music In The Universe
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17637 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Charles Gounod,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Konstantin Lifschitz,  Susanna Mildonian,  Maxence Larrieu,  Jean-Jacques Kantorow  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Manze,  Antoni Ros Marbŕ,  Sir Charles Groves,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos  ... 
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  • 85.
    Classical Romance - Debussy, Etc / Veronika String Quartet
    Label: Global Journey   Catalog: 3854 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Liszt  ... 
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    Bedtime Serenades - Tranquil Classics For Perfect Sleep
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17632 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Alain Plančs,  Annerose Schmidt,  Konstantin Lifschitz,  Bruno-Leonardo Gelber  ... 
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    Prima Voce - Nina Koshetz
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7935 Release Date: 01/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Maurice Ravel,  Traditional  ... 
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  • 88.
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 309 Release Date: 11/28/2006   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
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  • 89.
    Ultimate Piano Classics - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000766402 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
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    Monique Haas - Complete DG Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 689502 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Marcel Mihalovici,  Maurice Ravel,  Béla Bartók,  Albert Roussel  ... 
    Performer:  Monique Haas,  Max Rostal,  Heinz Schröter
    Conductor:  Paul Hindemith,  Paul Paray,  Ferenc Fricsay,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt  ... 
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  • 91.
    Peaceful Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000703002 Release Date: 07/04/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Erik Satie,  Maurice Ravel,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Lucia Popp,  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Pascal Rogé,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet  ... 
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  • 92.
    The Chopin Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 685246 Release Date: 06/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Philippe Entremont,  Alexander Brailowsky,  John Browning,  Rudolf Serkin  ... 
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  • 93.
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 95802 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
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  • 94.
    Poetry At The Piano - Chopin / John Noel Roberts
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20089 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  John Noel Roberts
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  • 95.
    Piano Favorites - Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Et Al / Klien
    Label: Vox Allegretto   Catalog: ACD 8023 Release Date: 04/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Klien
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  • 96.
    Classical Bytes - Chopin
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000626002 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Tamás Vásáry,  Lazar Berman,  Christoph Eschenbach
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  • 97.
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 97017 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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  • 98.
    Legendary Treasures - Sviatoslav Richter Archives Vol 10
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7864 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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  • 99.
    The Very Best Of Chopin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552107-08 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Bernd Glemser,  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Concert Magic / Yehudi Menuhin
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2054158 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Schubert,  Niccolň Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Adolph Baller,  Marguerite Campbell,  Eula Beal  ... 
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