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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 Evocations (Deluxe Edition) / Trifonov
Release Date: 10/06/2017   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002725402   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: Works for Piano & Orchestra / Urbanski, Lisiecki, NDR Elbphilharmonie
Release Date: 03/10/2017   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002633102   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Late Works, Opp. 59-64 / Pollini
Release Date: 01/27/2017   Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002591402   Number of Discs: 1
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Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 5
Release Date: 10/06/2017   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10943   Number of Discs: 1
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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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Work: Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31

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    Decca Sound: The Piano Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832243 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Julius Katchen,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Bernard Haitink,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Chopin: Preludes, Sonata No. 2 & Scherzo No. 2 / Tiberghien
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68194 Release Date: 10/27/2017  
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Cédric Tiberghien
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    Sviatoslav Richter: Eurodisc Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875199912 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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    The Paul Badura-Skoda Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4798065 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Badura-Skoda,  Antonio Janigro,  Jean Fournier,  Otto Ruhm  ... 
    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Felix Prohaska,  Milan Horvat  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  London Promenade Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Chopin: Piano Works / Francois
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 563140 Release Date: 08/18/2017   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Samson François
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    Liszt Trilogy, Vol. 1 / Dupuis
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 1349 Release Date: 05/05/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Sébastien Dupuis
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    Alexis Weissenberg: The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 530150 Release Date: 01/06/2017   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Alexander Scriabin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg
    Conductor:  Georges Prętre,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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    The Complete Chopin: Deluxe Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002599300 Release Date: 12/16/2016   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Jan Lisiecki,  Anatol Ugorski,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Krystian Zimerman,  Krzysztof Urbanski,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Festival Orchestra,  North German Radio Elbphilharmonie Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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    Maurizio Pollini: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002578510 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Arnold Schoenberg  ... 
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini,  Andreas Esders,  Gabriele Lechner,  Gretchen Eder  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann,  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung  ... 
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    Evgeny Kissin: The Complete RCA & Sony Classical Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5033827 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Evgeny Kissin,  Mikhail Milman,  Boris Garlitsky,  Vladimir Spivakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev,  Vladimir Spivakov,  Seiji Ozawa,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002559502 Release Date: 09/23/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
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    Chopin: Scherzos & Polonaises / Rubinstein
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 557388 Release Date: 09/16/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
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    Chopin, Liszt & Prokofiev: Piano Works / Argerich
    Label: Idis   Catalog: IDIS6719 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
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    Chopin: Piano Works / Duchable
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 556700 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Francois-René Duchable
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
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    Chopin: Piano Concertos & Works for Piano Solo / Paleczny
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 12701 Release Date: 07/08/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Janusz Marynowski,  Piotr Paleczny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Vista Quartet
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    Sofronitsky: Concert Recordings [5 CD + DVD]
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002312 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Sofronitzki
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    Chopin: Polonaises & Scherzos / Rafal A. Luszczewski
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 1240 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Rafal Luszczewski
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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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    Chronological Chopin: Ballades, Preludes, Scherzi and Other Works
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25752 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Burkard Schliessmann
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  • 20.
    Lang Lang in Paris [Vinyl]
    Label: Sony Music Entertainment   Catalog: 88875132601 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Lang Lang
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    Lang Lang in Versailles
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 514693 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Lang Lang
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    Lang Lang in Versailles
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 514692 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Lang Lang
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    Piano Legends / Michelangeli, Argerich, Brendel
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: OA 1153BD Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli,  Martha Argerich,  Paul Gulda  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Arming
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Lang Lang in Paris [Deluxe Edition]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 511761 Release Date: 10/23/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Unspecified
    Performer:  Lang Lang
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    Inside Tracks: The Mix Tape
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 425 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Siloti,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ferruccio Busoni,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  James Rhodes
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