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: Waltzes / Claudio Arrau
Release Date: 06/01/1983   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 4000252   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Mazurkas / Janina Fialkowska
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 22682   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: Preludes / Ingrid Fliter
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 475   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: The Piano Concertos / Lugansky, Verdernikov, Sinfonia Varsovia
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Naive  
Catalog: 212   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1 / Kern, Wit, Warsaw Philharmonic
Release Date: 05/09/2006   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907402   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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  • 201.
    Cinema Classics 2003 / Various
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556696 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Erik Satie,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Federico Mompou  ... 
    Performer:  Klára Körmendi,  Hae-won Chang,  Jordi Masó,  Ingrid Kertesi  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Bramall,  Robert Stankovsky,  László Kovács,  István Bogár  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Camerata Cassovia,  Camerata Budapest  ... 
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    Horowitz - Live And Unedited - Historic 1965 Return Concert
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 93023 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Alexander Scriabin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 203.
    Horowitz Plays Chopin - Ballades, Preludes, Etudes
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 90428 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 204.
    In The Hands Of The Master / Vladimir Horowitz
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 93039 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Scriabin,  Robert Schumann,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 205.
    Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Prokofiev/ Alexandre Dossin
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1072 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Dossin
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  • 206.
    Essential Chopin
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000047702 Release Date: 07/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 207.
    Chopin - The Romantic Pianist
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 62667 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Aleksandar Serdar,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Tzimon Barto,  Alexis Weissenberg  ... 
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  • 208.
    Claudio Arrau - An Anniversary Tribute
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 473461 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau,  Arthur Grumiaux
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 209.
    Mozart, Beethoven, Et Al / Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000001602 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Cord Garben
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hamburg
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  • 210.
    Chopin: Ballade Nos 1 & 3, Mazurka No 3, Etc / Horowitz
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 232 Release Date: 03/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 211.
    Chopin: Ballades, Scherzos / Cyprien Katsaris
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 7495372 Release Date: 01/27/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris
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  • 212.
    The Chopin Experience
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 43947 Release Date: 10/29/2002   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 213.
    Chopin: Impromptus, Ballades, Berceuse / Hsia-Jung Chang
    Label: Mandala Studio   Catalog: 5637245784 Release Date: 07/30/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Hsia-Jung Chang
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  • 214.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3583 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
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  • 215.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3580 Release Date: 12/18/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  César Franck,  Claude Debussy,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
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  • 216.
    Vladimir Horowitz - The Original Jacket Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89765 Release Date: 12/04/2001   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Alexander Scriabin,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 217.
    Chopin: Piano Works / Samson François
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 74457 Release Date: 11/06/2001   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Samson François,  Pierre Barbizet
    Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
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  • 218.
    Chopin - Piano Music / Vladimir Horowitz
    Label: Rca 24/96 Sound Dimension   Catalog: 168008 Release Date: 10/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 219.
    Chopin: Mazurkas, Waltzes, Scherzo, Ballade, Fantasie / Michelangeli
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 406472 Release Date: 10/15/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
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  • 220.
    Chopin: Préludes, Impromptus, Waltzes, Ballades, Etc / Arrau
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 468391 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 221.
    Chopin / Freddy Kempf
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1160 Release Date: 09/25/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Freddy Kempf
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  • 222.
    Bach: French Overture;  Chopin: Four Ballades / Mushkatkol
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1057 Release Date: 08/28/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Victoria Mushkatkol
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  • 223.
    Chopin: Etudes, Ballads & Waltzes / Augustin Anievas
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 74290 Release Date: 07/03/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Agustin Anievas
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  • 224.
    The Monet Collection - Piano Moods
    Label: Lifestyles   Catalog: 315017 Release Date: 06/05/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Nodar Gabunia,  Elyso Bolkvadze,  Polivas Stravinsky
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  • 225.
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550508 Release Date: 05/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret
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