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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
Favorite Chopin / Vladimir Ashkenazy
Release Date: 01/19/1993   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 436389   Number of Discs: 2
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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, Debussy, Corghi: Cello Sonatas / Chiesa, Baglini
Release Date: 04/28/2009   Label: Concerto  
Catalog: 2035   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2; Variations On
Release Date: 10/26/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572336   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Nocturne for Piano in E flat major, Op. 9 no 2

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    100 Classical Masterworks
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002188102 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Edvard Grieg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Herbert von Karajan,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
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    Chopin / Lars Vogt
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553267 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Lars Vogt
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    Chopin: Nocturnes / Luc Devos
    Label: Rewind   Catalog: 518 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Luc Devos
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    Chopin: Nocturnes / Ewa Kupiec
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4764835 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ewa Kupiec
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 2
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300350 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Byron Janis,  Gary Graffman,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips,  Fritz Reiner,  Pierre Monteux,  Charles Munch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Provocative Piano, Vols. I & Ii
    Label: Sepia Records   Catalog: 1255 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Allen Barclay,  Francis Craig,  Frédéric Chopin,  Joseph Kosma  ... 
    Performer:  Dick Hyman & His Orchestra
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    Pure Classical 1
    Label: Water Music Records   Catalog: 434 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Pachelbel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Nick White,  Hans Lima
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adagio Quartet,  Trio Adagio,  Quartet Paris  ... 
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    Sarasate: Transcriptions for Violin & Piano / Tianwa Yang
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572709 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Jean-Pierre Guignon  ... 
    Performer:  Tianwa Yang,  Markus Hadulla
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    Classical Music For Your Star Sign: Aquarius
    Label: United Multimedia   Catalog: 67102 Release Date: 01/21/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Luigi Boccherini,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Vitalij Margulis
    Conductor:  Alfred Scholz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Romana
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    Classical Music For Dogs
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001916602 Release Date: 11/25/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Pachelbel,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  András Schiff,  Wilhelm Kempff,  Marisa Robles  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  Karl Münchinger,  Sir G. Solti,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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    Frederic Chopin - Reminiscences / Artur Pizarro
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 248 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Pizarro
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    Piano Dreams
    Label: Bella Musica   Catalog: 312449 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Yuko Yamashiro
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    Steinway, The Beautiful
    Label: Fim (1st Impression)   Catalog: 87 Release Date: 11/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Yellow River Composers' C,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Todd Crow
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    Chopin Souvenirs / Warren Mailley-smith
    Label: Sleeveless   Catalog: 1002 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith
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    Jorge Bolet - The Last Romantic
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1037610 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Felix Mendelssohn,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
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    The Most Relaxing Classics For Work In The Universe
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 17953 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Johann Pachelbel,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
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    Chopin: Piano Masterpieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564651479 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires,  Elisabeth Leonskaja,  Nikolai Lugansky,  Francois-René Duchable  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 22367 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Richard Wagner,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski
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    Favourite Noctures
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1159 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Kathryn Stott
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    Fairy Tales
    Label: Orchid Classics   Catalog: 100030 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Spoken Word,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Roscoe,  Matthew Trusler,  Alexander Taylor,  Maya Koch
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    Dusk & Dawn
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5479572 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Jerome Kern,  Tom Waits  ... 
    Performer:  Mark Jaimes,  Chris Hill,  Dave Cottrell,  Amy Dickson  ... 
    Conductor:  Chris W. Big Band
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    Top 50 Favourite Classical Chillout Tunes
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94659 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonín Dvorák,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Klára Würtz,  Sara Crombach,  Wladislav Warenberg,  Alexander Goldenweiser  ... 
    Conductor:  Dirk Vermeulen,  Paavo Järvi,  Roy Goodman,  Gil Sharon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima La Musica,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hanover Band  ... 
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    50 Best Romantic Piano Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 333232 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  John Ogdon,  Garrick Ohlsson  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rostal & Schaefer Piano Duo
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    The Chopin Album / Sara Sant'ambrogio, Robert Koenig
    Label: Sebastian   Catalog: 41301 Release Date: 02/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Sara Sant'Ambrogio,  Robert Koenig
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    Recorder Bravura
    Label: Red Priest Recordings   Catalog: 11 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Maria Theresia Paradis,  Frédéric Chopin,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Howard Beach,  Piers Adams
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