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 Edition Vol 9 - Piano Sonatas / Eugene Mursky
Release Date: 01/29/2013   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 4074   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc; Respighi / Cherkassky, Kempe
Release Date: 07/19/2005   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 4015   Number of Discs: 1
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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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Louis Lortie Plays Chopin Vol 3
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10813   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: The Complete Études / Louis Lortie
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8482   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Etude for Piano in E major, Op. 10 no 3 "Tristesse"

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  • 76.
    The Chopin Of Mexico Plays Chopin, Vol. 2
    Label: Ionian Productions   Catalog: 5637422556 Release Date: 09/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Orlando Otey
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  • 77.
    An Hour With Chopin
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 729167 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  John Browning,  Fou Ts'ong,  Emanuel Ax,  Rudolf Serkin  ... 
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  • 78.
    Chopin Favorites / Vered, Magaloff, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 417690 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ivan Davis,  Ilana Vered,  Joseph Cooper,  Julius Katchen  ... 
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  • 79.
    The Ultimate Most Relaxing Chopin In The Universe
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17740 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Peter Schmalfuss,  Vitalij Margulis,  Joanna Brzezinska,  Kveta Novotna  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliver Dohnányi,  Libor Pesek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 80.
    The Master Pianist / Youri Egorov
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 06531 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Youri Egorov
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 81.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski
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  • 82.
    Classic Hits, Vol. 1
    Label: Bell'art   Catalog: 768332 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Bedrich Smetana,  Pietro Mascagni,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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
    Conductor:  Carmen Dragon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    Elections Classiques, 2007
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 507538 Release Date: 01/13/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Samuel Barber,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Patrice Fontanarosa,  Jan Talich,  Sesto Bruscantini,  Lambert Wilson  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Leonard Slatkin,  Paavo Järvi,  Vittorio Gui  ... 
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  • 87.
    Le Bis De Alexis Weissenberg
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 69114 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Déodat de Sévérac,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg
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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    Radiance - Reflections - Classical Music For Meditation
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17648 Release Date: 06/05/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Claude Debussy,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
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  • 90.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lazar Berman  ... 
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  • 91.
    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  ... 
    Conductor:  Svend Christian Felumb,  Harry Fryer,  Richard Crean,  Reginald Pursglove  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Concert Hall Orchestra,  Harry Fryer Orchestra,  Richard Crean Orchestra  ... 
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  • 92.
    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  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stravaganza Cologne,  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra,  Zurich Baroque Strings  ... 
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  • 93.
    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  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Veronika String Quartet
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  • 94.
    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  ... 
    Conductor:  Jorgen Ernst Hansen,  Sir Charles Groves,  James Judd,  Rudolf Baumgartner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Societas Musica Chamber Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cambridge King's College Choir  ... 
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  • 95.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Nina Koshetz
    Conductor:  Bruno Reibold
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  • 96.
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 309 Release Date: 11/28/2006   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Kurt Sanderling
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  • 97.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Rhondda Gillespie,  Julius Katchen,  András Schiff  ... 
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  • 98.
    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  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  French National Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 99.
    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  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Sir Colin Davis,  Charles Dutoit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 100.
    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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