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
Scarlatti, Rameau & Chopin: Piano Works / Bieber
Release Date: 07/08/2016   Label: Claudio  
Catalog: 6020   Number of Discs: 1
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Imogen Cooper's Chopin
Release Date: 06/24/2016   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10902   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concertos & Works for Piano Solo / Paleczny
Release Date: 07/08/2016   Label: Dux Records  
Catalog: 12701   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: 4 Ballades & Fantaisie / Rose
Release Date: 07/01/2016   Label: Medici Classics  
Catalog: 20052   Number of Discs: 1
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Scarlatti, Rameau & Chopin: Piano Works / Bieber [DVD Audio]
Release Date: 07/08/2016   Label: Claudio  
Catalog: 6020   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Waltz for Piano in C sharp minor, Op. 64 no 2

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  • 1.
    Chopin / Irina Chukovskaya
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: MELREC1002434 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Irina Chukovskaya
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    Scarlatti, Rameau & Chopin: Piano Works / Bieber
    Label: Claudio   Catalog: 6020 Release Date: 07/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Rosalind Bieber
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    Scarlatti, Rameau & Chopin: Piano Works / Bieber [DVD Audio]
    Label: Claudio   Catalog: 6020 Release Date: 07/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Rosalind Bieber
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  • 4.
    Discover Chopin
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300693 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Annerose Schmidt,  Elfrun Gabriel,  Anna Gourari,  Ragna Schirmer  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Robert Hanell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Orchestra
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    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503227 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Roy Harris,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Jussi Björling,  Frederick Schauwecker,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Serge Koussevitzky,  Bruno Walter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
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    Label: Compass Productions   Catalog: 52954 Release Date: 02/05/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel,  Erik Satie,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
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    Great Chopin Pianists
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002437202 Release Date: 01/15/2016   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Lev Oborin,  Alexandre Uninsky,  Yakov Zak,  Bella Davidovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Václáv Smetácek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Vladimir Horowitz: The Unreleased Live Recordings (1966-1983)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 305458 Release Date: 10/23/2015   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Recorded Sound,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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  • 9.
    Wilde Plays Chopin, Vol. 3
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34159 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  David Wilde
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  • 10.
    Label: Safe Management   Catalog: 5638537150 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Richard M. Sherman,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Chris De Burgh  ... 
    Performer:  Russell Thompson
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  • 11.
    Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt / Manfred Reuthe
    Label: Bella Musica   Catalog: 312462 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Manfred Reuthe
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    Louis Lortie plays Chopin Vol 4 - Waltzes, Nocturnes
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10852 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Louis Lortie
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    Rachmaninov: Complete RCA Recordings
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88843073922 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Fritz Kreisler,  Natalie Rachmaninov,  Nadezhda Plevitskaya
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski,  Eugene Ormandy,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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    111 - The Piano - Legendary Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002281002 Release Date: 04/21/2015   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Géza Anda,  Martha Argerich,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
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    Love Is Strange [original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
    Label: Madison Gate Records   Catalog: 40640 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alfred Schnittke,  Daniel Indart  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia Cápová,  Dovie Currin,  Idil Biret,  Mark Lubotsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner
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    I Magnifici Della Musica Classica: Chopin
    Label: Saifam (Usa)   Catalog: 1022 Release Date: 10/07/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ronan O'Hora,  Christina Bjorkoe
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    The Chopin Variations / Chad Lawson
    Label: Hillset Records   Catalog: 5640519782 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Chad Lawson
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    Maria Joao Pires - The Complete Erato Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 631065 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires,  Huseyin Sermet
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Armin Jordan,  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Lisbon Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra,  Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne  ... 
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    Rca Living Stereo Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300350 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Byron Janis,  Gary Graffman,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips,  Fritz Reiner,  Pierre Monteux,  Charles Munch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Icon: Witold Malcuzynski - The Polish Master Pianist
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 924428 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Witold Malcuzynski
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Paul Kletzki,  Fritz Rieger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  French National Radio Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Life According To Chopin: Chopin's Greatest Piano Solos
    Label: Gpr Records   Catalog: 10014 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel
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  • 22.
    A New Age Of Classical Piano
    Label: Christopher Boscole   Catalog: 5638229295 Release Date: 01/01/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Erik Satie,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Boscole
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  • 23.
    Steinway, The Beautiful
    Label: Fim (1st Impression)   Catalog: 87 Release Date: 11/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Yellow River Composers' C,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Todd Crow
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  • 24.
    Chopin: Piano Masterpieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564651479 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Elisabeth Leonskaja,  Maria-Joao Pires,  Nikolai Lugansky,  Alexei Sultanov  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 22367 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Richard Wagner,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski
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