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: Piano Music / Korevaar
Release Date: 08/09/2016   Label: Msr  
Catalog: 1626   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin / Irina Chukovskaya
Release Date: 08/12/2016   Label: Melodiya  
Catalog: MELREC1002434   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Late Works, Op. 57-61 / Osokins
Release Date: 08/26/2016   Label: Piano Classics  
Catalog: PCL0109   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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  • 176.
    Chopin - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3609 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Russell Sherman,  Arthur Moreira Lima,  Sylvia Cápová,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ljubljana Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Chopin: 4 Balladen, Sonate No 2 / Andrei Gavrilov
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435622 Release Date: 01/19/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov
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  • 178.
    Favorite Chopin / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436389 Release Date: 01/19/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 179.
    Chopin: Piano Sonatas No 2 & 3, Barcarolle / V. Perlemuter
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5038 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vlado Perlemuter
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  • 180.
    Chopin: The 3 Piano Sonatas / Cyprien Katsaris
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 48483 Release Date: 10/06/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris
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  • 181.
    Chopin: Piano Works / Alfred Cortot
    Label: Emi Laser Series   Catalog: 67359 Release Date: 01/23/1992   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alfred Cortot
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 182.
    The Best Of Chopin
    Label: Rca Victrola   Catalog: 60770 Release Date: 06/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  John Browning,  Peter Serkin,  Géza Anda,  Emanuel Ax  ... 
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  • 183.
    Chopin: Piano Sonatas Nos 2 & 3 / Maurizio Pollini
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415346 Release Date: 02/03/1986   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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  • 184.
    Chopin: Piano Works / Charles Rosen
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: CD609 Release Date: 09/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Charles Rosen
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