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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 Recital / Andrew Rangell
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30038   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin, Schumann: Etudes / Valentina Lisitsa
Release Date: 11/10/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002224502   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Nocturnes / Earl Wild
Release Date: 11/18/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94930   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 15 / Idil Biret, Et Al
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554541   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Préludes; Mompou / Alexandre Tharaud
Release Date: 03/11/2008   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 901982   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 / 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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    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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  • 3.
    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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    Solo And Concerto Recordings
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 7401 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  André-Ernest-Mode Grétry,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Arthur De Greef
    Conductor:  Landon Ronald
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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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    Vladimir Horowitz Plays Great Sonatas
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7884092 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Muzio Clementi  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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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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    Icon: Witold Malcuzynski - The Polish Master Pianist
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 924428 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Witold Malcuzynski
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Paul Kletzki,  Fritz Rieger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  French National Radio Orchestra
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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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  • 11.
    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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    Chopin: 24 Preludes, Sonata No 2 / Jean-Philippe Collard
    Label: La Dolce Volta   Catalog: 9 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard
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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 By Horszowki Through Text And Sound
    Label: Arbiter   Catalog: 161 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Conductor:  Alexander Schneider
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Festival Orchestra
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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
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Oratorio Society of New York
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    Chopin: Ballades, Piano Sonata No 2 / Emanuel Ax
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802189 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Emanuel Ax
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    Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1, Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Shure, Bernstein, New York Philharmonic
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 8017 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Leonard Shure,  Karl Ulrich Schnabel
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Izler Solomon,  Richard Burgin
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  • 18.
    Chopin / Pascal Gallet
    Label: Maguelone   Catalog: 111191 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Pascal Gallet
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  • 19.
    Byron Janis - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 548440 Release Date: 04/16/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  George Gershwin,  Ferde Grofé  ... 
    Performer:  Byron Janis
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Chopin: The Complete Works, Vol. 10 - Knights And Demons / Hobson
    Label: Zephyr   Catalog: 144 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ian Hobson
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  • 21.
    Chopin: 3 Sonatas, 4 Ballades, 4 Scherzos / Vassily Primakov
    Label: Lp Classics   Catalog: 5638090319 Release Date: 03/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vassily Primakov
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  • 22.
    Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28; Sonata, Op. 35; 27 Etudes, 14 Valses / Lortat
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 71105 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Robert Lortat
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  • 23.
    Chopin Edition Vol 9 - Piano Sonatas / Eugene Mursky
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 4074 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Evgene Mursky
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  • 24.
    Chopin: Piano Pleyel 1843 & Pianino Pleyel 1834
    Label: Paraty   Catalog: 112110 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Fortepiano] Knut [Piano Jacques
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  • 25.
    Chopin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3 / Andsnes
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 322882 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
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