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: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Costa, Varga
Release Date: 08/10/2010   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28690   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Polonaise in F sharp minor, Nocturne in B flat minor, Ballade no 1 / O'Hora
Release Date: 08/09/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28980   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Works for Solo Piano Vol 2 / Ronan O'Hora
Release Date: 10/11/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28970   Number of Discs: 1
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The Russian Archives - Evgeny Kissin Plays Chopin & Liszt
Release Date: 06/26/2012   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94397   Number of Discs: 3
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Chopin: Cello Sonata, Piano Trio / Ewa Kupiec, Johannes Moser, Kolja Blacher
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Hänssler Classic  
Catalog: 93321   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Nocturne for Piano in E flat major, Op. 9 no 2

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  • 301.
    Favorite Chopin / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436389 Release Date: 01/19/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 302.
    Prima Voce - Maria Ivogun
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7832 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Traditional,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Ivogün,  Michael Raucheisen
    Conductor:  Leo Blech
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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    Piano Classics - Popular Works For Solo Piano / O'Conor
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80313 Release Date: 11/17/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  John O'Conor
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  • 304.
    Bach, Chopin, Beethoven / Mieczyslaw Horszowski
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79232 Release Date: 06/25/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski
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  • 305.
    Chopin: Nocturnes / Ivan Moravec
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79233 Release Date: 06/25/1991   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
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  • 306.
    Horowitz Plays Chopin Vol 2
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60376 Release Date: 04/05/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 307.
    Chopin: Nocturnes / Sandor Falvay
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550257 Release Date: 03/15/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Sándor Falvai
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  • 308.
    Humoresque - Favorite Violin Encores / Isaac Stern
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Digital Masters   Catalog: 45816 Release Date: 03/09/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Franz Schubert,  Antonín Dvorák,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern
    Conductor:  Milton Katims,  Frank Brieff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 309.
    Chopin Favorites / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 4177982 Release Date: 01/19/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 310.
    Sweet Dreams - Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Grieg, Et Al
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Digital Masters   Catalog: 44998 Release Date: 09/12/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Claude Debussy,  Robert Schumann,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade
    Conductor:  Thomas Schippers,  Eugene Ormandy,  Percy Faith,  Bruno Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Percy Faith & His Orchestra  ... 
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  • 311.
    James Galway - Serenade
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60033 Release Date: 06/28/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Riccardo Drigo,  Gabriel Fauré,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Marisa Robles,  Ayako Shinozaki,  Kazuhito Yamashita  ... 
    Conductor:  James Galway,  Charles Gerhardt,  Charles Dutoit,  Hiroyuki Iwaki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Concerto / Richard Clayderman
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 44739 Release Date: 05/26/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Erik Satie,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Clayderman
    Conductor:  Roger Berthier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 313.
    Chopin: Nocturnes / Daniel Barenboim
    Label: Dg Galleria   Catalog: 423916 Release Date: 10/17/1988   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
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  • 314.
    Traumerei: Die Schonsten Romantischen Klavierstucke
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4237822 Release Date: 03/28/1988   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Tamás Vásáry,  Stefan Askenase  ... 
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    Chopin: Nocturnes - Selections / Daniel Barenboim
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4151172 Release Date: 05/20/1985   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
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