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 Edition Vol 9 - Piano Sonatas / Eugene Mursky
Release Date: 01/29/2013   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 4074   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: 24 Preludes, Etc / Louis Lortie
Release Date: 02/17/1998   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9597   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc; Respighi / Cherkassky, Kempe
Release Date: 07/19/2005   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 4015   Number of Discs: 1
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Louis Lortie Plays Chopin Vol 3
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10813   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: The Complete Études / Louis Lortie
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8482   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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    Maria Joao Pires - Complete DG Solo Recordings [20-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002093102 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires,  Pavel Gomziakov,  Ricardo Castro
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    Passion And Fantasy / Sophia Agranovich
    Label: Roméo Records   Catalog: 7303 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin
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    Howard Karp: Concert Recordings (1962-2007)
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1492 Release Date: 05/20/2014   Number of Discs: 6
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    Louis Lortie Plays Chopin Vol 3
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10813 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Louis Lortie
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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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    Legato - The World of Piano / Hamelin, Aimard...
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059848 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Nikolai Medtner,  Dafydd Llywelyn,  Leopold Godowsky  ... 
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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
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    Samson Francois En Concert
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 1110753 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
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    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Lorin Maazel,  André Cluytens
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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
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    Chopin: Sonata In B Minor, 24 Preludes  / Nick Van Bloss
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6215 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Nick Van Bloss
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    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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    The Paris Concert: Hommage A Alfred Cortot
    Label: Calliope   Catalog: 1316 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Florence Delaage
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    Schumann, Brahms, Chopin, Mozart / Emil Gilels
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5108 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
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    Chopin: Sonata No 3; Liszt: Piano Works / Emanuel Ax
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802193 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Emanuel Ax
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    Chopin: Cuatro Baladas; Sonata No. 3
    Label: Verso   Catalog: 2096 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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    Daniil Trifonov Plays Chopin
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001827102 Release Date: 04/02/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Daniil Trifonov
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    Pavel Kolesnikov: Live At Honens 2012
    Label: Honens   Catalog: 201203 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Pavel Kolesnikov,  Johannes Moser
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    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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    Chopin: Piano Sonata No 3, Barcarolle; Ravel: Gaspard / Miao Huang
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 13262 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Miao Huang
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    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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    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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    Alfred Cortot: Anniversary Edition
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 4907 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
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    Murray Perahia - The First 40 Years
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 191256 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Murray Perahia,  Michael Cox,  Leonore Smith,  Kenneth Sillito  ... 
    Conductor:  Murray Perahia,  Bernard Haitink,  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
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    Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2, Piano Sonata No 3 / Lang Lang
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001761902 Release Date: 10/02/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Lang Lang
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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