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
Tchaikovsky & Chopin / Ingolf Wunder, Vladimir Ashkenazy, St. Petersburg Philharmonic
Release Date: 07/15/2014   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002092802   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven, Chopin: Concertos / Arrau, Klemperer, Dohnanyi
Release Date: 11/15/2011   Label: Ica Classics  
Catalog: 5045   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concertos / Shura Cherkassky
Release Date: 11/13/2012   Label: Ica Classics  
Catalog: 5085   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin / Freddy Kempf
Release Date: 09/25/2001   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1160   Number of Discs: 1
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Sviatoslav Richter Archives Vol 3 - Chopin Recitals Part Ii
Release Date: 02/23/1999   Label: Doremi Records  
Catalog: 7738   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Waltz for Piano in C sharp minor, Op. 64 no 2

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  • 26.
    Masterpieces Of Piano
    Label: Domo Records   Catalog: 73179 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Fujiko Hemming
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  • 27.
    Chopin For Dummies
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 21233 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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  • 28.
    Chopin: Mazurki, Walce, Nokturny, Polonezy
    Label: Fryderyk Chopin Society   Catalog: 30 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Janusz Olejniczak
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  • 29.
    Fantasia / Yuja Wang
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001660602 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Yuja Wang
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  • 30.
    Chopin - The 1981 Baldwin Recordings / Earl Wild
    Label: Ivory Classics   Catalog: 77002 Release Date: 03/20/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Earl Wild
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  • 31.
    The Complete Vladimir De Pachmann
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 54003 Release Date: 03/12/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Leopold Godowsky,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir de Pachmann
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  • 32.
    Moritz Rosenthal - The Complete Recordings
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 7503 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Moritz Rosenthal,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Moritz Rosenthal
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  • 33.
    Chopin: Waltzes; Barcarolle; Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2; Mazurka Op. 50 No. 3  / Lipatti
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85186 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Unspecified
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
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  • 34.
    Discovering A Legend Vol 1 - Vera Gornostaeva
    Label: Lp Classics   Catalog: 50162238 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vera Gornostayeva
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  • 35.
    Songs Of The Spirit
    Label: Laura Bell   Catalog: 5637874476 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Marilyn Reimer,  Anonymous,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Laura Bell
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  • 36.
    Trilogie - Chopin, Debussy, Ravel / Samson Francois
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 0283142 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Samson François
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  • 37.
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 828892 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Jacques Offenbach,  Charles Gounod,  Emil Waldteufel  ... 
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky,  Manuel Rosenthal,  Herbert von Karajan,  Efrem Kurtz  ... 
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  • 38.
    Chopin: Works for Solo Piano Vol 2 / Ronan O'Hora
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28970 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ronan O'Hora
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  • 39.
    The Best Of Chopin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82162 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder
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  • 40.
    Toyoko Kreutzer Memorial: Chopin Piano Works
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 99054 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Toyoko Kreutzer
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  • 41.
    Label: Collector's Classics   Catalog: 21681 Release Date: 05/24/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Martha Ohlson,  Emil Sjögren,  Wilhelm Stenhammar,  Erik Gustaf Geijer  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Ohlson,  Emil Sjögren,  Wilhelm Stenhammar,  John Forsell  ... 
    Conductor:  Erik Tuxen,  Sixten Ehrling,  Sten Frykberg,  Adolf Wiklund  ... 
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  • 42.
    The Warsaw Recital - Daniel Barenboim Plays Chopin
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001538402 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
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  • 43.
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2, Rhapsody, Capriccio; Chopin / Rubinstein, Dohnanyi
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5003 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Classical Piano
    Label: Tgg Direct   Catalog: 60213 Release Date: 02/15/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert  ... 
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  • 45.
    Brailowsky Plays Chopin
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 68164 Release Date: 02/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky
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  • 46.
    Alfred Cortot: The Late Recordings, Vol. 4
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 5574 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alfred Cortot
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  • 47.
    Dinu Lipatti: Studio Recordings 1950
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 7054/55 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Wilhelm Kempff,  Frédéric Chopin,  Myra Hess  ... 
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
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  • 48.
    Frederic Meinders Plays His Own Transcriptions Of Schumann & Chopin
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 687 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Frédéric Meinders
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  • 49.
    Last Recital At Besancon (Sept. 16, 1950)
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 7056 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
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  • 50.
    The Complete Raoul Von Koczalski Vol 1 - Polydor Recordings 1924-1928
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 52063 Release Date: 12/01/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann,  Raoul Koczalski  ... 
    Performer:  Raoul von Koczalski
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