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
A Chopin Diary: The Complete Nocturnes / Huangci
Release Date: 06/23/2017   Label: Berlin Classics  
Catalog: 300905   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: Etudes / Katz
Release Date: 06/02/2017   Label: Orfeo  
Catalog: 922171   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Grandes Polonaises / Amoyel
Release Date: 06/09/2017   Label: La Dolce Volta  
Catalog: 300  
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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 5 / Idil Biret
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554531   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 7 / Idil Biret
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554533   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano No. 1 in E minor

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    Arthur Rubinstein plays Great Piano Concertos
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88883737172 Release Date: 05/12/2017   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Eugene Ormandy,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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    Naxos: The Anniversary Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503293 Release Date: 04/14/2017   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Bettina Eger,  Ute Hartwich,  Martin Kevenhörster,  Hans-Martin Kothe  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl,  Georg Tintner,  Robert Stankovsky,  Leonard Slatkin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Chopin: Piano Concertos / Nehring, Penderecki, Dybal, Sinfonietta Cracovia
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 1350 Release Date: 03/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Szymon Nehring
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki,  Jurek Dybal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonietta Cracovia
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    Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 & Ballades / Cho, Noseda, London Symphony [Vinyl]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: B002621601 Release Date: 02/24/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Seong-Jin Cho
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    Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 - Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 / Santander Orchestra
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 1356 Release Date: 02/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Krzysztof Ksiazek
    Conductor:  Jose Maria Florencio
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santander Orchestra
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    Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Zimerman, Polish Festival Orchestra [Vinyl]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4796871 Release Date: 02/03/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
    Conductor:  Krystian Zimerman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Festival Orchestra
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    Chopin a deux / Wayenberg, Oei
    Label: Zefir Records   Catalog: 9649 Release Date: 01/06/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Daniel Wayenberg,  Martin Oei
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    Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 & Ballades / Cho, Noseda, London Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002604602 Release Date: 12/23/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Seong-Jin Cho
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony 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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    The Art of Chopin: The Piano Concertos / Vallet, Sombart, Royal Philharmonic
    Label: Royal Philharmonic   Catalog: 001 Release Date: 11/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Elizabeth Sombart
    Conductor:  Pierre Vallet
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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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    Emil Gilels: The Complete RCA & Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony Music Entertainment   Catalog: 517731 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Eugene Ormandy,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic
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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: Piano Concertos & Works for Piano Solo / Paleczny
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 12701 Release Date: 07/08/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Janusz Marynowski,  Piotr Paleczny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima Vista Quartet
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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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    The Art of Murray Perahia
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 518339 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Murray Perahia,  Radu Lupu
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Bernard Haitink,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Zimerman, Giulini, Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002476202 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1 / Sokolov, Rowicki, Munich Philharmonic
    Label: Eurodisc   Catalog: 88875194722 Release Date: 04/15/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Grigory Sokolov
    Conductor:  Witold Rowicki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Originals: 8 Legendary Albums
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002469802 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff,  Martha Argerich,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Anne-Sophie Mutter  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber,  Claudio Abbado,  Rafael Kubelik,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 & Cello Sonata in G Minor / Argerich, Maisky
    Label: Fryderyk Chopin Society   Catalog: 38 Release Date: 04/01/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky
    Conductor:  Jacek Kaspszyk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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  • 21.
    Philips Classics: The Stereo Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002445602 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elly Ameling,  Dalton Baldwin,  Jörg Demus  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Bernard Haitink,  Raymond Leppard,  Eduard Van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Weder, Berliner Camerata
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 1831 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Joseph Maurice Weder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Camerata
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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    Chopin: The 2 Piano Concertos / Francois, Fremaux, Monte-Carlo National Opera Orchestra
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 553991 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Samson François
    Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo National Opera Orchestra
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  • 25.
    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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