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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 Nocturnes / Earl Wild
Release Date: 11/18/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94930   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 15 / Idil Biret, Et Al
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554541   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Préludes; Mompou / Alexandre Tharaud
Release Date: 03/11/2008   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 901982   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.
    Essential Chopin / Philippe Entremont, André Watts, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 89846 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Philippe Entremont,  Leonard Rose,  Samuel Sanders,  André Watts  ... 
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  • 152.
    Byron Janis - True Romantic - Chopin, Liszt: Piano Works
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56780 Release Date: 10/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Byron Janis
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  • 153.
    Pachmann - The Mythic Pianist - 1907-1927 Recordings
    Label: Arbiter   Catalog: 129 Release Date: 09/25/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Joseph Joachim Raff  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir de Pachmann
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  • 154.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 80 - Recital For Israel
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63080 Release Date: 08/07/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
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  • 155.
    Vladimir Horowitz - A Reminiscence
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89669 Release Date: 07/17/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Robert Schumann,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 156.
    Chopin - Retrospection / Dejan Lazic
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 15998 Release Date: 12/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Dejan Lazic
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  • 157.
    Chopin Favorites / Artur Rubinstein
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61717 Release Date: 11/29/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
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  • 158.
    Chopin: Piano Favourites
    Label: Amadis   Catalog: 7172 Release Date: 10/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Istvan Szekely,  Sándor Falvay
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  • 159.
    Piano Masters - Witold Malcuzynski - Chopin, Liszt, Et Al
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 95 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Karol Szymanowski
    Performer:  Witold Malcuzynski
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Paul Kletzki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 160.
    Concert - Schumann, Schubert, Chopin, Et Al / Silverman
    Label: Stereophile   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 07/30/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robert Silverman
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  • 161.
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 112 Release Date: 03/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff
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  • 162.
    The Art Of Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466462 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Bernard Haitink,  David Zinman,  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 163.
    Chopin Favourites (3 Cd Set) / Idil Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 503066 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Bernd Glemser,  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 164.
    Chopin: Klavierwerke / Elfrun Gabriel
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9407 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Elfrun Gabriel
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  • 165.
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 510 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Piotr Paleczny,  Kevin Kenner,  Zbigniew Raubo,  Bartlomiej Kuzniak  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohdan Jarmolowicz,  Wojciech Michniewski,  Wojciech Rajski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Granat
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  • 166.
    1001 Ways To Be Romantic - The Music
    Label: Four Winds   Catalog: 3012 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Frédéric Chopin,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Paratore,  Anthony Paratore,  John Novacek,  Daniel Pollack
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  • 167.
    Concert Hall Classics / Odeum Guitar Duo
    Label: Sbe Records   Catalog: 6198 Release Date: 04/06/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odeum Guitar Duo
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  • 168.
    The Legendary Artur Rubinstein
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67007 Release Date: 02/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
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  • 169.
    Chopin: 14 Waltzes, Barcarolle, Etc / Dinu Lipatti
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 66956 Release Date: 01/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
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  • 170.
    Dreams Of Love - The Ultimate Romantic Piano Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466097 Release Date: 01/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Alicia De Larrocha,  Radu Lupu,  Pascal Rogé  ... 
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  • 171.
    Classic Romance II / John Novacek
    Label: Four Winds   Catalog: 3006 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Alexander Scriabin,  Franz Liszt,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  John Novacek
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  • 172.
    Classic Piano Favorites / David Watkins
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20059 Release Date: 12/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  David Watkins
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  • 173.
    My Favorite Chopin / Van Cliburn
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 68813 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
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  • 174.
    Chopin: Piano Works / Peter Katin
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 24116 Release Date: 08/19/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Peter Katin
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  • 175.
    Historical Danish Female Pianists Play Liszt, Chopin, Etc
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 442/43 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Galina Werschenska,  France Ellegard,  Johanne Stockmarr
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