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: Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58

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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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    Chopin Legacy / Fukuma
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38237 Release Date: 09/15/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Kotaro Fukuma
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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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    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, Liszt & Brahms: Piano Works / Fedorova
    Label: Imports   Catalog: 17 Release Date: 06/09/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Anna Fedorova
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    Immortal Dinu Lipatti
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 559346 Release Date: 02/03/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti,  Nadia Boulanger
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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    Alexis Weissenberg: The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 530150 Release Date: 01/06/2017   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Alexander Scriabin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg
    Conductor:  Georges Prętre,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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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 Warner Classics Recordings / Argerich
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 558208 Release Date: 11/04/2016   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Alberto Ginastera  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
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    Chopin & Gao: Piano Works / Zhou
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9041936 Release Date: 11/01/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Gao Ping
    Performer:  Yubo Zhou
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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  ... 
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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  ... 
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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 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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    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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    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  ... 
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  • 20.
    Dino Ciani, Vol. 2
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 80446 Release Date: 02/05/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Dino Ciani
    Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato
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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    Emil Gilels - The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002436502 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Gilels,  Norbert Brainin,  Peter Schidlof,  Martin Lovett  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum,  Karl Böhm,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet members,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Paris Orchestra  ... 
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  • 25.
    Chopin: Piano Works / Richard-Hamelin
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29127 Release Date: 10/16/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Charles Richard-Hamelin
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