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 Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Fialkowska, Tovey
Release Date: 10/26/2010   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 2643   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Mazurkas / Janina Fialkowska
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 22682   Number of Discs: 2
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Ashkenazy Plays Chopin: Sonata No 3, Barcarolle, Waltzes, Mazurkas, Etudes Op 10
Release Date: 01/22/2016   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1281   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin, Rachmaninov: Cello Sonatas / Denise Djokic, David Jalbert
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 22525   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin Recital 2 / Janina Fialkowska
Release Date: 04/24/2012   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 2666   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano No. 1 in E minor

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    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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  • 2.
    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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    Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1; Sonata for Piano and Cello / Maisky, Argerich
    Label: Fryderyk Chopin Society   Catalog: 38 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky
    Conductor:  Jacek Kaspszyk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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    Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Litvintseva, Beissel, Klassiche Philharmonie
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 15037 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ekaterina Litvintseva
    Conductor:  Heribert Beissel
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    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,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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    Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2
    Label: Fryderyk Chopin Society   Catalog: 42 Release Date: 11/06/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Akiko Ebi,  Janusz Olejniczak
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
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    Frederic Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
    Label: Pavane Records   Catalog: 7571 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Stéphane De May
    Conductor:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
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    Martha Argerich: The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002364402 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 48
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Guy Touvron,  Gidon Kremer,  Alexandre Gurning  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Charles Dutoit,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Jörg Faerber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 9.
    Chopin: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94660 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ewa Kupiec,  Abbey Simon,  Alwin Bär,  Folke Nauta  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Heribert Beissel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Murray Perahia plays Chopin
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88843062432 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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  • 11.
    Chopin, Brahms, Faure: Ballades
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 1408 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Jean-François Antonioli
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  • 12.
    Maria Joao Pires - Complete Concerto Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002281502 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires,  Christine Schäfer
    Conductor:  Emmanuel Krivine,  André Previn,  Claudio Abbado,  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Label: Lp Classics   Catalog: 5638424603 Release Date: 03/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alexander Slobodyanik
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev,  Maxim Shostakovich
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    Argerich & Abbado - Complete Concerto Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002250602 Release Date: 01/20/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Mahler Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Chopin: Complete Works For Piano & Orchestra / Marshev, Porcelijn
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 701 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Oleg Marshev
    Conductor:  David Porcelijn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  South Denmark Philharmonic
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  • 16.
    Chopin: Concertos
    Label: Herisson   Catalog: 11 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Soo Park,  Mathieu Dupouy
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    The Originals - Legendary Recordings from DG
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002171502 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Pierre Fournier,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  David Oistrakh,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Franz Konwitschny,  Carlos Kleiber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 18.
    Radio Days -   Concerto Broadcasts 1969-1979 / Nelson Freire
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002178802 Release Date: 10/21/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Nelson Freire
    Conductor:  Heinz Wallberg,  Reinhard Peters,  Kurt Masur,  Yuri Ahronovitch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  ORTF Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Felix Mendelssohn: Overture - Heimkehr Aus Der Fremde; Piano Concerto In E; Frederic Chopin: Grand Concerto
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 7312 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Victor Sangiorgio
    Conductor:  Martin Yates
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern Sinfonia
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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    Tchaikovsky & Chopin / Ingolf Wunder, Vladimir Ashkenazy, St. Petersburg Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002092802 Release Date: 07/15/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ingolf Wunder
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Emil Gilels In Italy: Chopin, Schubert/Kabalevsky, Mozart
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 547 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
    Conductor:  Franco Caracciolo
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  • 23.
    Maria Joao Pires - The Complete Erato Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 631065 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires,  Huseyin Sermet
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Armin Jordan,  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Lisbon Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra,  Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne  ... 
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  • 24.
    Chopin: The Piano Concertos / Lugansky, Verdernikov, Sinfonia Varsovia
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 212 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky
    Conductor:  Alexander Verdernikov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 1
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 541497 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Berj Zamkochian,  John Weicher,  Philip Farkas,  Jascha Heifetz  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  New England Conservatory Alumni Chorus  ... 
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