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 Evocations (Deluxe Edition) / Trifonov
Release Date: 10/06/2017   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002725402   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: Transcriptions for Cello & Piano / Strahl, Olejniczak
Release Date: 10/06/2017   Label: Dux Records  
Catalog: 1381   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Nocturnes / Goerner
Release Date: 10/06/2017   Label: Alpha Productions  
Catalog: 359   Number of Discs: 2
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Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 5
Release Date: 10/06/2017   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10943   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Favorites / Idil Biret
Release Date: 05/09/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553170   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60

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    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Trifonov, Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra [Vinyl]
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: MAR0530-LP Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Daniil Trifonov
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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    The Paul Badura-Skoda Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4798065 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
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    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Felix Prohaska,  Milan Horvat  ... 
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    Pathways: Debussy, Chopin, Feigin / Robert Cassidy
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1604 Release Date: 09/18/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Joel Feigin,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Robert Cassidy
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    Daniel Barenboim: The Solo Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797371 Release Date: 08/25/2017   Number of Discs: 39
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alban Berg,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Antony Pay
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
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    Chopin: Piano Works / Francois
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 563140 Release Date: 08/18/2017   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Samson François
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    Complete 1950s Solo Studio Recordings / Gieseking
    Label: Apr   Catalog: APR7402 Release Date: 07/21/2017   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking
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    Dinu Lipatti Collection: 100th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 17011 Release Date: 07/21/2017   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Enescu,  Johannes Brahms,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti,  Nadia Boulanger,  Marie-Blanche de Polignac,  Irčne Kedroff  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans von Benda,  Ernest Ansermet,  Alceo Galliera,  Eduard van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Chopin: Preludes, Berceuse & Barcarolle / Despax
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: SIGCD482 Release Date: 06/02/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Emmanuel Despax
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    Espressione / Krupinski
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 1375 Release Date: 06/02/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Scriabin
    Performer:  Łukasz Krupiński
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    Chopin: Ballads, Barcarolle & Fantasia / Zimerman [Vinyl]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797214 Release Date: 05/12/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
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    Chopin: Late Works, Opp. 59-64 / Pollini
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002591402 Release Date: 01/27/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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    The Complete Chopin: Deluxe Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002599300 Release Date: 12/16/2016   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Jan Lisiecki,  Anatol Ugorski,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Krystian Zimerman,  Krzysztof Urbanski,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Festival Orchestra,  North German Radio Elbphilharmonie Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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    Maurizio Pollini: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002578510 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Arnold Schoenberg  ... 
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini,  Andreas Esders,  Gabriele Lechner,  Gretchen Eder  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann,  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung  ... 
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    The Golden Era of Living Stereo: Remastered Collector's Edition
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 532174 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Pietro Nardini,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Stuart Sankey,  Ania Dorfmann,  Leonid Kogan,  Andrei Mitnik  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Mitchell,  Arthur Fiedler,  Arturo Basile,  Robert Shaw  ... 
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    Chopin: Piano Works / Richard-Hamelin
    Label: Fryderyk Chopin Society   Catalog: 617 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Charles Richard-Hamelin
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    Evgeny Kissin: The Complete RCA & Sony Classical Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5033827 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Evgeny Kissin,  Mikhail Milman,  Boris Garlitsky,  Vladimir Spivakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev,  Vladimir Spivakov,  Seiji Ozawa,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Chopin: Scherzos & Polonaises / Rubinstein
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 557388 Release Date: 09/16/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
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    Classics on Marimba / Nunoya
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 1859 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Waxman  ... 
    Performer:  Fumito Nunoya,  Momoko Shano,  Hiroya Honda
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    Homages / Grosvenor
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002542902 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Felix Mendelssohn,  César Franck,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Grosvenor
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    To the Music / Dekeyser
    Label: Aliud   Catalog: ACDBL 081 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Conradin Kreutzer,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Dekeyser,  Polina Bogdanova,  Adriaan Jacobs
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    Chopin: Late Works, Op. 57-61 / Osokins
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 0109 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Georgijs Osokins
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    Chopin: Piano Music / Korevaar
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1626 Release Date: 08/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  David Korevaar
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  • 23.
    Chopin: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon / Argerich
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002512302 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.
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    Chopin: 24 Preludes; Barcarolle; Polonaise; Berceuse / Goerner
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 224 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Nelson Goerner
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    Ashkenazy plays Chopin: Sonata No 3, Barcarolle, Waltzes, Mazurkas, Etudes Op 10
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1281 Release Date: 01/22/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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