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, Liszt & Prokofiev: Piano Works / Argerich
Release Date: 09/09/2016   Label: Idis  
Catalog: IDIS6719   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Kupiec, Et Al
Release Date: 01/01/2004   Label: Oehms  
Catalog: 326   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Etudes, Sonata No 2 / Sona Shaboyan
Release Date: 02/01/2009   Label: Oehms  
Catalog: 713   Number of Discs: 1
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Debut - Chopin, Berg, Webern, Trojahn, Ginastera / Clemens Berg
Release Date: 05/27/2008   Label: Oehms  
Catalog: 721   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Sonata No. 2, Preludes /  Helene Tysman
Release Date: 05/25/2010   Label: Oehms  
Catalog: 752   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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  • 26.
    Chopin Dance Project / Lang Lang
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 504890 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Lang Lang
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  • 27.
    Chopin: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94660 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ewa Kupiec,  Abbey Simon,  Alwin Bär,  Folke Nauta  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Heribert Beissel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
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    Yarlung Records: 10th Anniversary
    Label: Yarlung Records   Catalog: 42482 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Diego Ortiz,  Diego Schissi,  Jerome Kern,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel Armstrong,  Petteri Iivonen,  Frederic Rosselet,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Margaret Batjer,  Gerard Schwarz,  Jeffrey Kahane  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ciaramella,  Sophisticated Lady,  Capitol Ensemble  ... 
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  • 29.
    Chopin Now  / Hakon Austbo
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1347 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Hakon Austbo
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  • 30.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Rajung Yang
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  • 31.
    Murray Perahia plays Chopin
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88843062432 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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  • 32.
    111 - The Piano - Legendary Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002281002 Release Date: 04/21/2015   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Géza Anda,  Martha Argerich,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
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  • 33.
    All The Way Back / Vytautas Smetona
    Label: Navona   Catalog: 5992 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vytautas Smetona,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Vytautas Smetona
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  • 34.
    Chopin, Brahms, Faure: Ballades
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 1408 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Jean-François Antonioli
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  • 35.
    Label: Eudora   Catalog: 1402 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Josep Colom
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  • 36.
    Lang Lang At The Royal Albert Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 308255 Release Date: 11/17/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Manuel Ponce,  Ernesto Lecuona  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang
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  • 37.
    Lang Lang at the Royal Albert Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 308254 Release Date: 11/17/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Manuel Ponce,  Ernesto Lecuona  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang
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  • 38.
    Chopin / Lars Vogt
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553267 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Lars Vogt
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  • 39.
    Chopin Recital / Rangell
    Label: Steinway & Sons   Catalog: 30038 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Andrew Rangell
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  • 40.
    Chopin: 4 Ballades; Prelude; Scherzo; Barcarolle
    Label: La Dolce Volta   Catalog: 14 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Philippe Bianconi
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  • 41.
    Works By Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Matthews / William Howard
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6275 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  William Howard
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  • 42.
    My Favorite Chopin
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5394 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Recorded Sound,  Leszek Mozdzer
    Performer:  Grigory Sokolov,  Lise de la Salle,  Leszek Mozdzer,  Madjid Khaladj
    Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
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  • 43.
    Rubinstein Plays Chopin
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 687122 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Alfred Wallenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of London,  Symphony of the Air
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  • 44.
    Chopin, Schumann, Liszt / Vartanian
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 2234 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Vazgen Vartanian
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  • 45.
    Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2; Ballade No. 1; Valse No. 17; Fantasie; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 4
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350110 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
    Conductor:  Ettore Gracis
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  • 46.
    Off With The Cuffs
    Label: Addo Records   Catalog: 0176 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  John Stetch
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  • 47.
    RCA Living Stereo Collection, Vol. 1
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 541497 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Berj Zamkochian,  John Weicher,  Philip Farkas,  Jascha Heifetz  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  New England Conservatory Alumni Chorus  ... 
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  • 48.
    Romantic Tales - Chopin, Ravel, Prokofiev, Scriabin / Barbara Nissman
    Label: Three Oranges Recordings   Catalog: 5638268570 Release Date: 04/02/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Maurice Ravel,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Nissman
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  • 49.
    Evgeny Kissin Plays Chopin
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 5429362 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
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  • 50.
    Chopin Recital [cd+ Bonus Cd]
    Label: Fondamenta   Catalog: 1005008 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jean Muller
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