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, Liszt & Prokofiev: Piano Works / Argerich
Release Date: 09/09/2016   Label: Idis  
Catalog: IDIS6719   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Kupiec, Et Al
Release Date: 01/01/2004   Label: Oehms  
Catalog: 326   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Etudes, Sonata No 2 / Sona Shaboyan
Release Date: 02/01/2009   Label: Oehms  
Catalog: 713   Number of Discs: 1
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Debut - Chopin, Berg, Webern, Trojahn, Ginastera / Clemens Berg
Release Date: 05/27/2008   Label: Oehms  
Catalog: 721   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Sonata No. 2, Preludes /  Helene Tysman
Release Date: 05/25/2010   Label: Oehms  
Catalog: 752   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano No. 1 in E minor

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    Emil Gilels: The Complete RCA & Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 517731 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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
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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  ... 
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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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  • 18.
    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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    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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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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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  • 25.
    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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