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: Preludes / Ingrid Fliter
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 475   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: 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 Recital	/	Andrew Rangell
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30038   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin Piano Music
Release Date: 02/22/2005   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 893   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60

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    The Originals - Legendary Recordings from Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002171502 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Pierre Fournier,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  David Oistrakh,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Franz Konwitschny,  Carlos Kleiber  ... 
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    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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    Chopin, Vol. 3
    Label: Claudio   Catalog: 5585 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Adolfo Barabino
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    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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    William Kapell - Complete Recordings 1944-1953
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 5431362 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  William Kapell,  Jascha Heifetz,  William Primrose,  Edmund Kurtz
    Conductor:  William Steinberg,  Fritz Reiner,  Serge Koussevitzky,  Antal Doráti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robin Hood Dell Orchestra of Philadelphia,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Chopin: Ballades / Helene Tysman
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 894 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Hélène Tysman
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    Life According To Chopin: Chopin's Greatest Piano Solos
    Label: Gpr Records   Catalog: 10014 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel
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    Chopin: Piano Works / Samson Francois
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 8471720 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Samson François
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    Daniel Barenboim: 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 938424 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Jacqueline Du Pré
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Dedication: Roger Peltzman Plays Chopin
    Label: Astre   Catalog: 5638208882 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Roger Peltzman
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    Les Sons et les Parfums - Debussy Meets Chopin / Perianes
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902164 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Unspecified
    Performer:  Javier Perianes
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    Great Moments: Horowitz Live At Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 376860 Release Date: 11/11/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Conductor:  George Szell
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    BBC Legends - Great Recordings from the Archive
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5113 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Robert Schumann,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Beryl Hatt,  Agnes Giebel,  Joyce Barker,  Kerstin Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein,  Yevgeny Mravinsky,  Arturo Toscanini,  Kiril Kondrashin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orpington Junior Singers,  Goldsmiths' Choral Union  ... 
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    Chopin: Late Piano Works, Vol. 1 / Jin Ju
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9471818 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jin Ju
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    Vladimir Horowitz Live at Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 548417 Release Date: 09/30/2013   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Muzio Clementi  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Isaac Stern,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Lyndon Woodside,  Eugene Ormandy
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    Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron Plays Chopin
    Label: Cd Accord   Catalog: 189 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Katarzyna Popowa-zydroń
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    Label: Sabintu   Catalog: 5637207216 Release Date: 08/20/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Angelin Chang
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    Legends Of The XX Century / Yakov Flier
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001813 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Yakov Flier
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  • 19.
    Favourite Noctures
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1159 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Kathryn Stott
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    Pianist Lost, Volume 2: Sunken Cathedrals [includes Blu-ray audio]
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1205 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Valentin Alkan,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Halstead
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    Shura Cherkassky - The Complete UK World Record Club Solo Recordings
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2398/99 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Carl Tausig  ... 
    Performer:  Shura Cherkassky
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  • 22.
    Chopin / Trifonov, Rajski, Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 832 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Daniil Trifonov
    Conductor:  Wojciech Rajski
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  • 23.
    Ashkenazy - 50 Years on Decca
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001820202 Release Date: 04/02/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Boris Belkin,  Daniel Barenboim,  Fou Ts'ong  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Lorin Maazel,  Uri Segal  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Wind Soloists  ... 
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  • 24.
    Chopin: Piano Sonata No 3, Barcarolle; Ravel: Gaspard / Miao Huang
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 13262 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Miao Huang
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    Chopin: Solo Piano Music / Sung-Suk Kang
    Label: Meridian Records   Catalog: 84588 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Sung-Suk Kang
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