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
Schumann, Chopin: Piano Concertos / Lortie, Jarvi, Philharmonia Orchestra
Release Date: 06/29/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10603   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concertos / Fliter, Markl, Scottish CO
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 455   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: 14 Waltzes / Pires
Release Date: 05/06/2016   Label: Erato  
Catalog: 555255   Number of Discs: 1
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Louis Lortie plays Chopin, Vol 1
Release Date: 05/25/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10588   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Mazurkas / Urasin
Release Date: 04/29/2016   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 95215   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31

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  • 1.
    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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  • 3.
    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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  • 4.
    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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  • 5.
    Lang Lang in Paris [Vinyl]
    Label: Sony   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 (Blu-ray)
    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 (DVD)
    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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  • 9.
    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 U.k.   Catalog: 425 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Siloti,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ferruccio Busoni  ... 
    Performer:  James Rhodes
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  • 11.
    Lang Lang In Paris: Chopin, Tchaikovsky
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 511758 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Lang Lang
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    Martha Argerich: The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002364402 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 48
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Guy Touvron,  Gidon Kremer,  Alexandre Gurning  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Charles Dutoit,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Jörg Faerber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 13.
    Wilde Plays Chopin, Vol. 3
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34159 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  David Wilde
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  • 14.
    Chopin: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94660 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ewa Kupiec,  Abbey Simon,  Alwin Bär,  Folke Nauta  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Heribert Beissel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
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    Moonlight: The Piano Music Of Beethoven, Chopin, Glass, Part, Helisek
    Label: Helisek Music Publishing   Catalog: 500 Release Date: 05/05/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philip Glass,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Timothy A. Helisek  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy A. Helisek,  Tina Guo
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  • 16.
    Ivo Pogorelich - Complete Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002265002 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Magic of Sound: Fryderyk Chopin / Ralf Taal
    Label: Estonian Record Productions   Catalog: 8014 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ralf Taal
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    Chopin: Scherzi and other music / Ivan Moravec
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95098 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
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    Chopin: Scherzi; Polonaise No. 6; Ballade No. 3; Berceuse; Nocturnes  / Nelson Freire
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 619911 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Nelson Freire
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  • 20.
    Bellini, Chopin: Liriche Da Camera; Opere Pianistiche
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 800004 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Silvia Martinelli,  Andrea Trovato
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  • 21.
    Love In London - James Rhodes Live In Concert
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 12 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Giovanni Sgambati  ... 
    Performer:  James Rhodes
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  • 22.
    Rubinstein Plays Chopin
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 687122 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Alfred Wallenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of London,  Symphony of the Air
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  • 23.
    The Three Great Pianist Composers, Vol. 2: Frederick Chopin / Angela Brownridge
    Label: Cameo Classics   Catalog: 9028 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Angela Brownridge
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  • 24.
    5 / James Rhodes
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 371 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Giovanni Sgambati  ... 
    Performer:  James Rhodes
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  • 25.
    Chopin, Schumann, Liszt / Vartanian
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 2234 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Vazgen Vartanian
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