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 Music
Release Date: 02/22/2005   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 893   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin, Debussy, Corghi: Cello Sonatas / Chiesa, Baglini
Release Date: 04/28/2009   Label: Concerto  
Catalog: 2035   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin, Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonatas / Walton, Owen
Release Date: 11/29/2005   Label: Somm  
Catalog: 26   Number of Discs: 1
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Michelangeli Plays Chopin
Release Date: 02/21/2006   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 940   Number of Discs: 1
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Paperno Plays Chopin
Release Date: 10/07/1996   Label: Cedille Records  
Catalog: 26   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Waltz for Piano in C sharp minor, Op. 64 no 2

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  • 151.
    The Best Of Chopin / Arrau, Cziffra, Davidovich, Et Al
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 446145 Release Date: 06/13/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  György Cziffra,  Nikita Magaloff,  Adam Harasiewicz,  Stephen Kovacevich  ... 
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  • 152.
    The Complete Josef Hofmann Vol 4 - Brunswick Recordings
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1047 Release Date: 06/02/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Carl Tausig,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Rubinstein  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Hofmann,  Josef Hofmann
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  • 153.
    Chopin: Piano Favorites / Idil Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553170 Release Date: 05/09/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret
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  • 154.
    The Complete Josef Hofmann Vol 3 - Chopin, Liszt
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1036 Release Date: 09/01/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Constantin Sternberg,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Carl Tausig  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Hofmann
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  • 155.
    Ivan Moravec Plays Chopin And Debussy
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5103 Release Date: 08/22/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
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  • 156.
    Chopin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64057 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Cecile Licad,  Emanuel Ax,  Philippe Entremont,  Cyprien Katsaris  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 157.
    Catalan Piano Tradition / Albeniz, Marshall, Granados Et Al
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1001 Release Date: 04/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Conchita Badía,  Alicia De Larrocha,  Conchita Supervia,  Frank Marshall  ... 
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  • 158.
    Chopin - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3609 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Russell Sherman,  Arthur Moreira Lima,  Sylvia Cápová,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ljubljana Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 159.
    Romantic Piano Favourites Vol 4 / Peter Nagy
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550141 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy,  Ignace Jan Paderewski  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay,  Péter Nagy
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  • 160.
    Chopin: Valses / Jean-Bernard Pommier
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 92887 Release Date: 02/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
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  • 161.
    My Second Recital / Ruth Laredo
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1026 Release Date: 01/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Aram Khachaturian,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Ruth Laredo
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  • 162.
    Favorite Chopin / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436389 Release Date: 01/19/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 163.
    Piano Classics - Popular Works For Solo Piano / O'Conor
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80313 Release Date: 11/17/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  John O'Conor
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  • 164.
    Chopin: Piano Works / Alfred Cortot
    Label: Emi Laser Series   Catalog: 67359 Release Date: 01/23/1992   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alfred Cortot
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 165.
    Chopin: 14 Waltzes, Piano Sonata No 3 / Alexander Brailowsky
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 46346 Release Date: 04/05/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky
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