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 Evocations (Deluxe Edition) / Trifonov
Release Date: 10/06/2017   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002725402   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: Transcriptions for Cello & Piano / Strahl, Olejniczak
Release Date: 10/06/2017   Label: Dux Records  
Catalog: 1381   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Nocturnes / Goerner
Release Date: 10/06/2017   Label: Alpha Productions  
Catalog: 359   Number of Discs: 2
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Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 5
Release Date: 10/06/2017   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10943   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Favorites / Idil Biret
Release Date: 05/09/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553170   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23

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    Vladimir Ashkenazy: The Solo & Chamber Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832182 Release Date: 09/15/2017   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Wind Soloists
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    Daniel Barenboim: The Solo Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797371 Release Date: 08/25/2017   Number of Discs: 39
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alban Berg,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Antony Pay
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
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    Chopin: Piano Works / Francois
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 563140 Release Date: 08/18/2017   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Samson François
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    Zoltan Kocsis A Tribute
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 32803 Release Date: 06/02/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Zoltán Kodály,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis,  Miklós Perényi,  János Bálint,  Péter Csaba  ... 
    Conductor:  János Rolla,  Zoltán Kocsis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra,  Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Tomkins Vocal Ensemble Budapest
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    Chopin: Ballads, Barcarolle & Fantasia / Zimerman [Vinyl]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797214 Release Date: 05/12/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
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    Chopin: 4 Ballades / Brownridge
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72728 Release Date: 04/07/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Angela Brownridge
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    Chopin: Complete Ballades & Impromptus / Kvapil
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 3102 Release Date: 03/31/2017  
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Radoslav Kvapil
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    Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 & Ballades / Cho, Noseda, London Symphony [Vinyl]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: B002621601 Release Date: 02/24/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Seong-Jin Cho
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    Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 & Ballades / Cho, Noseda, London Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002604602 Release Date: 12/23/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Seong-Jin Cho
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    The Complete Chopin: Deluxe Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002599300 Release Date: 12/16/2016   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Jan Lisiecki,  Anatol Ugorski,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Krystian Zimerman,  Krzysztof Urbanski,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Festival Orchestra,  North German Radio Elbphilharmonie Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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    Daniel Barenboim - On My New Piano
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002596502 Release Date: 12/02/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
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    Maurizio Pollini: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002578510 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Arnold Schoenberg  ... 
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini,  Andreas Esders,  Gabriele Lechner,  Gretchen Eder  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann,  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung  ... 
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    Emil Gilels: 100th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002433 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Alexander Alyabyev,  Arno Babadjanyan,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
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    Evgeny Kissin: The Complete RCA & Sony Classical Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5033827 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Evgeny Kissin,  Mikhail Milman,  Boris Garlitsky,  Vladimir Spivakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev,  Vladimir Spivakov,  Seiji Ozawa,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
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    Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002559502 Release Date: 09/23/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
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    Chopin: Piano Works / Duchable
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 556700 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Francois-René Duchable
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
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    Change of Keys / Leone
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1616 Release Date: 08/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Carol Leone
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    Chopin: Piano Music / Korevaar
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1626 Release Date: 08/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  David Korevaar
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    Chopin: 4 Ballades & Fantaisie / Rose
    Label: Medici Classics   Catalog: 20052 Release Date: 07/01/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jerome Rose
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    Chopin: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon / Argerich
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002512302 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.
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  • 21.
    Imogen Cooper's Chopin
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10902 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Imogen Cooper
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  • 22.
    The Art of Murray Perahia
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 518339 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Murray Perahia,  Radu Lupu
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Bernard Haitink,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503227 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Roy Harris,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Jussi Björling,  Frederick Schauwecker,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Serge Koussevitzky,  Bruno Walter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
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    Deutsche Grammophon: The Mono Era (1948-1957)
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002457272 Release Date: 03/18/2016   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Stefan Askenase,  Shura Cherkassky,  Halina Czerny-Stefanska,  Basile Bolotine  ... 
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl,  Karl Böhm,  Serge Jaroff,  Leopold Ludwig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 25.
    Chopin & Dutilleux: Piano Works / Ancelle
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002399 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Henri Dutilleux
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