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 Edition Vol 9 - Piano Sonatas / Eugene Mursky
Release Date: 01/29/2013   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 4074   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc; Respighi / Cherkassky, Kempe
Release Date: 07/19/2005   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 4015   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: 24 Preludes, Etc / Louis Lortie
Release Date: 02/17/1998   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9597   Number of Discs: 1
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Louis Lortie Plays Chopin Vol 3
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10813   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: The Complete Études / Louis Lortie
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8482   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Nocturne for Piano in E flat major, Op. 9 no 2

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  • 251.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 49 - Chopin: Nocturnes
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63049 Release Date: 08/08/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
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  • 252.
    Le Chant Des Oiseaux - Cello Favourites / Motard, Baril
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 23130 Release Date: 05/30/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Paul Bazelaire,  Robert Schumann,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Thérčse Motard,  Louise-Andrée Baril
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  • 253.
    The Polish Heart / Biret, Wit, Regnier, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554774 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  T Badarzewska-Baranowska,  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki,  Alexandre Tansman  ... 
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Péter Nagy,  Zofia Kilanowisz,  Marc Regnier  ... 
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit,  Robert Stankovsky,  Karol Stryja
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Polish National Philharmonic Orchestra Katowice  ... 
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  • 254.
    The Art Of Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466462 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Bernard Haitink,  David Zinman,  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 255.
    Chopin Favourites (3 Cd Set) / Idil Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 503066 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Bernd Glemser,  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 256.
    The Chopin I Love / Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466357 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet
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  • 257.
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 510 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Piotr Paleczny,  Kevin Kenner,  Zbigniew Raubo,  Bartlomiej Kuzniak  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohdan Jarmolowicz,  Wojciech Michniewski,  Wojciech Rajski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Granat
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  • 258.
    Chopin: Preludes & Nocturnes / Tzimon Barto
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73571 Release Date: 10/19/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Tzimon Barto
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  • 259.
    Piano Moods & Seasons
    Label: Upbeat Classics   Catalog: 151 Release Date: 09/06/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christian Sinding,  Franz Schubert,  Edvard Grieg,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Allan Schiller
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  • 260.
    Loss Of Sexual Innocence - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462697 Release Date: 05/25/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Mike Figgis
    Performer:  Joanna MacGregor
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 261.
    Julian Lloyd Webber - Cello Moods
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462588 Release Date: 05/11/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Alexander Glazunov,  Max Bruch  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber,  Jayson Mariano Kouchak
    Conductor:  James Judd,  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Concert Orchestra
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  • 262.
    Chopin On Violin / Catherine Manoukian, Akira Eguchi
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81235 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Catherine Manoukian,  Akira Eguchi
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  • 263.
    Chopin: Nocturnes (Selections) / Idil Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554045 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret
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  • 264.
    Dreams Of Love - The Ultimate Romantic Piano Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466097 Release Date: 01/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Alicia De Larrocha,  Radu Lupu,  Pascal Rogé  ... 
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  • 265.
    Chopin: Chopin For Lovers
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460322 Release Date: 11/04/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 266.
    Emil Von Sauer - 1940 Live Recordings
    Label: Arbiter   Catalog: 114 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emil Von Sauer,  Giovanni Sgambati,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Von Sauer
    Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 267.
    Music Of The Night - The Essential Chopin Collection
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 457992 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Daniel Barenboim,  Jean-Marc Luisada,  Tamás Vásáry  ... 
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  • 268.
    Label: Nosag Records   Catalog: 34 Release Date: 08/24/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Antonín Dvorák,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Karin Strid,  Semmy Stahlhammer
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  • 269.
    James Galway - Meditations
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 37731 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Marisa Robles,  Christopher O'Riley,  Phillip Moll
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata,  James Galway,  Charles Gerhardt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Irish Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 270.
    Music Aboard The Titanic / Memphis Jazz Orchestra
    Label: Inside Sounds   Catalog: 2896 Release Date: 04/07/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Carol Wolfe,  Nathaniel Davis Ayer,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Memphis Jazz Orchestra
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  • 271.
    Lullabies For Lovers
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462277 Release Date: 01/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Cutting,  Frédéric Chopin,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Toyohiko Satoh,  Adam Harasiewicz,  Nikita Magaloff,  Maria Graf  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Antal Doráti,  Raymond Leppard,  Paul Paray
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 272.
    Classic Piano Favorites / David Watkins
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20059 Release Date: 12/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  David Watkins
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  • 273.
    The Complete Josef Hofmann Vol 5 - Solo Recordings 1935-1948
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 52004 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Hofmann,  Efrem Zimbalist
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  • 274.
    The Best Of Chopin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556654 Release Date: 09/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
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  • 275.
    Passionate Kiss - Romantic Piano Music / Daniel Pollack
    Label: Four Winds   Catalog: 3004 Release Date: 05/20/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Pollack
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