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
Schumann, Chopin: Piano Concertos / Lortie, Jarvi, Philharmonia Orchestra
Release Date: 06/29/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10603   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concertos / Fliter, Markl, Scottish CO
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 455   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: 14 Waltzes / Pires
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Catalog: 555255   Number of Discs: 1
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Louis Lortie plays Chopin, Vol 1
Release Date: 05/25/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10588   Number of Discs: 1
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Louis Lortie plays Chopin Vol 4 - Waltzes, Nocturnes
Release Date: 04/28/2015   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10852   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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    Chopin & Dutilleux: Piano Works / Ancelle
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    Chopin: Ballades, Berceuse & Mazurkas / Yundi
    Label: Mercury Classics   Catalog: 002456802 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
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    Chopin: Ballades; Impromptus; Preludes, Op. 28
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95210 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
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    111: 6 Classic Recordings [6 LP]
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    Great Chopin Pianists
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002437202 Release Date: 01/15/2016   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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    Chronological Chopin: Ballades, Preludes, Scherzi and Other Works
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25752 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 3
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    Emil Gilels - The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
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    Project Number One
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 1835 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin
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    Sviatoslav Richter: 100th Anniversary Edition
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
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    Kathryn Stott: The Complete Solo Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875135622 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 9
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    Vladimir Horowitz: The Unreleased Live Recordings (1966-1983)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 305458 Release Date: 10/23/2015   Number of Discs: 50
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    Schubert: Wanderer Fantasie; Chopin: 4 Ballades / Agranovich
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    Martha Argerich: The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002364402 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 48
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    Chopin Dance Project / Lang Lang
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 504890 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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    Chopin Dance Project / Lang Lang [blu-ray]
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    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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    Chopin: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94660 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 17
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    Yarlung Records: 10th Anniversary
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    Composer:  Diego Ortiz,  Diego Schissi,  Jerome Kern,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
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    Chopin Now  / Hakon Austbo
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1347 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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    Janus  / Raijung Yang
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 305 Release Date: 05/05/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Béla Bartók,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
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    Murray Perahia plays Chopin
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88843062432 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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