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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: Works for Piano & Orchestra / Urbanski, Lisiecki, NDR Elbphilharmonie
Release Date: 03/10/2017   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002633102   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Late Works, Opp. 59-64 / Pollini
Release Date: 01/27/2017   Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002591402   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1... / Nebolsin, Wit
Release Date: 08/31/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572335   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 5 / Idil Biret
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554531   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March"

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    Chopin: Preludes, Sonata No. 2 & Scherzo No. 2 / Tiberghien
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68194 Release Date: 10/27/2017  
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Cédric Tiberghien
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    Murray Perahia: The Complete Analogue Recordings (1972-1979)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 541670 Release Date: 10/13/2017   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Murray Perahia,  Peter Pears
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    Live at the Mariinsky / George Li
    Label: Rhino Warner Classic   Catalog: 563938 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  George Li
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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: Complete Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3 / Schmitt-Leonardy
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95209 Release Date: 08/18/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy
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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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    Debut / Brauss
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 460 Release Date: 05/19/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Frédéric Chopin,  Michael Denhoff
    Performer:  Elisabeth Brauß
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    Chopin: 4 Ballades / Brownridge
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72728 Release Date: 04/07/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Angela Brownridge
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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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    Byron Janis: The RCA Recordings 1950-1959
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88985313302 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Richard Strauss,  Andrey Schulz-Evler  ... 
    Performer:  Byron Janis
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Charles Munch,  Hugo Winterhalter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra
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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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    Julius Katchen: The Complete Decca Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002543002 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Julius Katchen,  Thea King
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    The Originals, Vol. 2
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002534902 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Helmut Walcha,  Nathan Milstein,  Géza Anda,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Eugen Jochum,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Chopin: Piano Works / Duchable
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 556700 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Francois-René Duchable
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
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    Yojo, 19
    Label: Tyxart   Catalog: 16074 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Yojo Christen,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Yojo Christen
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    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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    Andre Watts: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 511979 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  André Watts
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Thomas Schippers,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Seiji Ozawa
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    Lazar Berman: The Complete Sony Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875168362 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Lazar Berman
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503227 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Roy Harris,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Jussi Björling,  Frederick Schauwecker,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Serge Koussevitzky,  Bruno Walter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
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  • 21.
    Sergio Fiorentino: Early Recordings (1953-1966)
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 104 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Sergio Fiorentino
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    Deutsche Grammophon: The Mono Era (1948-1957)
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002457272 Release Date: 03/18/2016   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Stefan Askenase,  Shura Cherkassky,  Halina Czerny-Stefanska,  Basile Bolotine  ... 
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl,  Karl Böhm,  Serge Jaroff,  Leopold Ludwig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Great Chopin Pianists
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002437202 Release Date: 01/15/2016   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Lev Oborin,  Alexandre Uninsky,  Yakov Zak,  Bella Davidovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Václáv Smetácek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Personae - Chopin, Eliasson, Schumann / Beth Levin
    Label: Navona   Catalog: 6016 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Anders Eliasson,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Beth Levin
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    Seong-Jin Cho: 17th International Chopin Competition Winner, Warsaw 2015
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002428202 Release Date: 12/18/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Seong-Jin Cho
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