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 Concertos 1 & 2 / Costa, Varga
Release Date: 08/10/2010   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28690   Number of Discs: 1
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The Russian Archives - Evgeny Kissin Plays Chopin & Liszt
Release Date: 06/26/2012   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94397   Number of Discs: 3
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Chopin: Works for Solo Piano Vol 2 / Ronan O'Hora
Release Date: 10/11/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28970   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Polonaise in F sharp minor, Nocturne in B flat minor, Ballade no 1 / O'Hora
Release Date: 08/09/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28980   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Cello Sonata, Piano Trio / Ewa Kupiec, Johannes Moser, Kolja Blacher
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Hänssler Classic  
Catalog: 93321   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Waltz for Piano in C sharp minor, Op. 64 no 2

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  • 201.
    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  ... 
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    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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    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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  • 204.
    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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  • 205.
    Mad About Chopin
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439519 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Stanislav Bunin,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Jean-Marc Luisada,  Krystian Zimerman
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  • 206.
    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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    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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  • 208.
    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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  • 209.
    Favorite Chopin / Vladimir Horowitz
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42306 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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