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, 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 / Shura Cherkassky
Release Date: 11/13/2012   Label: Ica Classics  
Catalog: 5085   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin / Freddy Kempf
Release Date: 09/25/2001   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1160   Number of Discs: 1
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Sviatoslav Richter Archives Vol 3 - Chopin Recitals Part Ii
Release Date: 02/23/1999   Label: Doremi Records  
Catalog: 7738   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Nocturne for Piano in E flat major, Op. 9 no 2

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  • 276.
    Chopin - Interpretations By Emile Pandolfi
    Label: Revere   Catalog: 964 Release Date: 12/03/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Emile Pandolfi
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  • 277.
    Chopin: 21 Nocturnes / David Allen Wehr
    Label: Connoisseur Society   Catalog: 4211 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  David Allen Wehr
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  • 278.
    Historical Danish Female Pianists Play Liszt, Chopin, Etc
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 442/43 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Galina Werschenska,  France Ellegard,  Johanne Stockmarr
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  • 279.
    Paganini's Violin / Salvatore Accardo, Laura Manzini
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 175 Release Date: 09/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Tartini,  Nathan Milstein,  Josef Suk,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Laura Manzini
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  • 280.
    My Gift To You - Favorite Piano Encores / Antonin Kubalek
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90218 Release Date: 04/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ignace Jan Paderewski,  Franz Liszt,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Antonin Kubalek
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  • 281.
    A Touch Of Romance / Wibi Soerjadi
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454149 Release Date: 02/26/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Johannes Brahms,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Wibi Soerjadi
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  • 282.
    Chopin: Favorite Piano Works / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 444830 Release Date: 02/13/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 283.
    Solomon - The Complete Recordings Of Chopin
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1030 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Solomon
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  • 284.
    Chopin: Nocturnes (Complete) / Abbey Simon
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5146 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Abbey Simon
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  • 285.
    Paganini's Violin / Salvatore Accardo, Laura Manzini
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 137 Release Date: 11/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nathan Milstein,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Josef Suk,  Moritz Moszkowski  ... 
    Performer:  Laura Manzini,  Salvatore Accardo
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  • 286.
    Rosita Renard At Carnegie Hall
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1028 Release Date: 11/06/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio de Santa Cruz,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Rosita Renard
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  • 287.
    Chopin And Champagne
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446629 Release Date: 06/13/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau,  Nikita Magaloff
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal,  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 288.
    Classically Romantic Piano
    Label: Michele   Catalog: 422 Release Date: 05/30/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg,  Edward MacDowell  ... 
    Performer:  Valery Lloyd-Watts
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  • 289.
    Chopin: Piano Favorites / Idil Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553170 Release Date: 05/09/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret
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  • 290.
    Für Elise - Best Of Romantic Piano Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550647 Release Date: 03/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Robert Schumann,  Erik Satie,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay,  Jénö Jandó,  Klára Körmendi,  Idil Biret  ... 
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  • 291.
    Legendary Performers - Casals - Early Recordings 1925-1928
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61616 Release Date: 12/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Edward MacDowell,  Claude Debussy,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolai Mednikoff,  Pablo Casals,  Edward Gendron
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  • 292.
    Cinema Classics 8
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 556628 Release Date: 10/04/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Paul Dukas,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith,  Jénö Jandó,  Jozef Cejka,  Idil Biret
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly,  Richard Edlinger,  Michael Halász
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moyzes String Quartet  ... 
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  • 293.
    The Complete Josef Hofmann Vol 2
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1020 Release Date: 09/01/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Hofmann
    Conductor:  Ignace Hilsberg,  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Curtis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 294.
    Rachmaninoff Plays Chopin
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 62533 Release Date: 08/16/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
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  • 295.
    Chopin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64057 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Cecile Licad,  Emanuel Ax,  Philippe Entremont,  Cyprien Katsaris  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 296.
    Popular & Serious Music For Cello & Piano / Lavotha, Aberg
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 72 Release Date: 02/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu,  Ingvar Lidholm,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ernst Toch  ... 
    Performer:  Elémér Lavotha,  Kerstin Ĺberg
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  • 297.
    Chopin: Famous Piano Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550291 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Irina Zaritskaya,  Balázs Szokolay,  István Székely,  Péter Nagy
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  • 298.
    Romantic Piano Favourites Vol 5 / Balázs Szokolay
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550168 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Gustav Lange,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Leon Jessel  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay
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  • 299.
    Chopin Und Seine Zeit / Clemens Kröger
    Label: Thorofon   Catalog: 2186 Release Date: 02/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Ferdinand Hiller,  Adolf Gutmann,  Stephen Heller  ... 
    Performer:  Clemens Kröger
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  • 300.
    Parents - The Lullaby Album
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64897 Release Date: 10/12/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Tzimon Barto,  Alexis Weissenberg,  Christopher Parkening,  Nancy Allen  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson,  Sir Charles Groves,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Roger Wagner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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