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
Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Scriabin, Stravinsky, Prokofiev / Grigory Sokolov
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Catalog: 2292   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin - 1846, Derniere Annee a Nohant / Bertrand, Amoyel
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Catalog: 902199   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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Martha Argerich, Vol. 4: Chopin
Release Date: 05/12/2015   Label: Doremi Records  
Catalog: 8036   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Sonata No 3, Scherzo No 4 / Nikolai Lugansky
Release Date: 06/08/2010   Label: Onyx  
Catalog: 4049   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 Souvenirs / Warren Mailley-smith
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    Jorge Bolet - The Last Romantic
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    Chopin: Piano Masterpieces
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    Chopin: Ballades, Piano Sonata No 2 / Emanuel Ax
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    Label: Viktor Bijelovic   Catalog: 5638144392 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
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    Label: Fabula Classica   Catalog: 120772 Release Date: 07/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
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    Chopin: Cuatro Baladas; Sonata No. 3
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    Chopin, Brahms: Ballades / Cedric Tiberghien
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    Chopin: Solo Piano Music / Sung-Suk Kang
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    Chopin: Piano Pleyel 1843 & Pianino Pleyel 1834
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    Alfred Cortot: Anniversary Edition
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    Chopin: Famous Piano Works / Pavlos Hatzopoulos, Vladimir Bunin
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    Chopin: Four Ballades / D'Ascoli
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Frédéric Chopin


WORKS
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 1. Grave - Doppio movimento
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 2. Scherzo - Più lento - Tempo I
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 3. Marche funèbre (Lento)
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 4. Finale (Presto)
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Romanza: Larghetto
III. Rondo: Vivace
Piano Concerto No.2 in F Minor, Op.21: I. Maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: II. Larghetto
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: III. Allegro vivace