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, Schubert & Chopin / Menahem Pressler
Release Date: 11/19/2013   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1999   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 Nos. 1 & 2; Polonaises; Mazurkas / Pressler
Release Date: 02/12/2013   Label: Doremi Records  
Catalog: 7989   Number of Discs: 2
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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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Work: Nocturne for Piano in E flat major, Op. 9 no 2

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  • 26.
    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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    Chopin: Nokturny
    Label: Fryderyk Chopin Society   Catalog: 32 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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  • 29.
    Label: Reflections   Catalog: 52483 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Pachelbel,  Claude Debussy,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Laura Silberberg
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    Label: Somerset Entertainment   Catalog: 50408 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Performer:  Davide Direnzo,  Charles Cozens,  Bill Bridges
    Conductor:  Constantine Hvatynetz
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    Label: Somerset Entertainment   Catalog: 55400 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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    Label: Somerset Entertainment   Catalog: 51767 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  George Frideric Handel,  Erik Satie  ... 
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    Label: Mood Media Entertainment   Catalog: 60261 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
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    Alfred Cortot: Anniversary Edition
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 4907 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Cortot,  Pablo Casals,  Jacques Thibaud,  Charles Panzera  ... 
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  • 35.
    Hush A Bye
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 519 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Mervyn Burtch,  Frédéric Chopin,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Sara Stowe,  Ian Giles,  Martin Souter,  Jon Banks  ... 
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  • 36.
    The Romantic Piano: A View From Sienna
    Label: Dal Segno   Catalog: 40 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
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  • 37.
    Dai Asai Plays Chopin
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3012 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Dai Asai
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    Icon - John Ogdon
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 4637 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Paul Dukas,  Henri Dutilleux,  Florent Schmitt,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  John Ogdon
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Lawrence Foster,  Paavo Berglund,  John Pritchard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 39.
    The Greatest Classical Music Ever!: 50 Best Relaxing Classical
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 04104 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Frédéric Chopin,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Han-Na Chang,  John Ogdon,  Hans Kalafusz,  Moura Lympany  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Leonard Slatkin,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Adrian Boult  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wiener Streichsextett
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    Virtuoso Violin / Kang, Rahkonen
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5358 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Antonio Bazzini,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Kimon Daeshik Kang,  Margit Rahkonen
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    Valentina Lisitsa - Live At The Royal Albert Hall [DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001717409 Release Date: 08/07/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Liszt,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Valentina Lisitsa
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  • 42.
    Chopin: Selected Piano Works / Prosseda (DVD Audio, Video & CD)
    Label: Aix Records   Catalog: 81006 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Roberto Prosseda
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    Chopin: Piano Encores
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001706302 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis,  Claudio Arrau,  Bella Davidovich,  Nikita Magaloff  ... 
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    Valentina Lisitsa - Live At The Royal Albert Hall
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001709102 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Valentina Lisitsa
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  • 45.
    Best Of Chopin
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300342 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Alois Melichar
    Performer:  Sebastian Knauer,  Marc Laforet,  Peter Schreier,  Elfrun Gabriel  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Hanell,  Kurt Masur
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  • 46.
    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
    Conductor:  Heiko Mathias Förster
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  • 47.
    Chopin For Dummies
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 21233 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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  • 48.
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 1007161 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Miguel Llobet,  Francisco Tarrega,  Frédéric Chopin,  Emilio Pujol
    Performer:  Mattias Jacobsson
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  • 49.
    Invocacion: Tarrega, Chopin, Pujol, Llobet
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2254 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Tarrega,  Frédéric Chopin,  Miguel Llobet,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Mattias Jacobsson
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    Sin Palabras: Stefano Grondona Plays The Romantic Transcriptions For Guitar By Miguel Llobet
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 33915 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Georges Bizet,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Stefano Grondona
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