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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 Recital / Andrew Rangell
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30038   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin, Schumann: Etudes / Valentina Lisitsa
Release Date: 11/10/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002224502   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Waltzes / Garrick Ohlsson
Release Date: 01/12/2010   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55381   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Great Polonaises / Garrick Ohlsson
Release Date: 01/12/2010   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55382   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Mazurkas Vol 2 / Garrick Ohlsson
Release Date: 01/12/2010   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55392   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano No. 1 in E minor

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  • 151.
    Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1, Etc / Pollini, Kletzki, Et Al
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 67549 Release Date: 04/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
    Conductor:  Paul Kletzki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 152.
    Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1 & 2, Etc / Argerich, Ashkenazy
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469127 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 153.
    A Night At The Symphony
    Label: Lifestyles   Catalog: 215003 Release Date: 01/16/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 154.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 44 - Chopin: Piano Concertos
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63044 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air,  New Symphony Orchestra
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  • 155.
    Grand Piano - Chopin & Encores / Josef Hofmann
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 8819 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Constantin Sternberg,  Anton Rubinstein,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Hofmann
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  • 156.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / François, Frémaux, Et Al
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 67261 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Samson François
    Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
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  • 157.
    Mieczyslaw Horszowski Plays Beethoven And Chopin
    Label: Vox Box Legends   Catalog: 5511 Release Date: 02/28/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski
    Conductor:  Hans Swarowsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 158.
    Chopin Favourites (3 Cd Set) / Idil Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 503066 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Bernd Glemser,  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 159.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Krystian Zimerman, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459684 Release Date: 11/02/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
    Conductor:  Krystian Zimerman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Festival Orchestra
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  • 160.
    Chopin: Complete Piano Music / Idil Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501501 Release Date: 09/28/1999   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Martin Sauer
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 161.
    Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 14 / Idil Biret, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554540 Release Date: 09/28/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 162.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Dutoit, Argerich
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 56798 Release Date: 05/18/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 163.
    Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1, Etc / Pires, Krivine, Coe
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457585 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires
    Conductor:  Emmanuel Krivine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 164.
    Classics Exposed - Romantic Piano Concertos / Engerer, Et Al
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17013 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Bruno Rigutto,  Hélčne Grimaud,  Brigitte Engerer
    Conductor:  Erich Bergel,  Bruno Rigacci,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Emmanuel Krivine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 165.
    Martha Argerich Collection Vol 1
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453567 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Charles Dutoit,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Washington National Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 166.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos (Chamber Version) / Fumiko Shiraga
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 847 Release Date: 03/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jan-Ingwe Haukas,  Fumiko Shiraga
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yggdrasil Quartet
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  • 167.
    Chopin, Liszt: Piano Concertos / Argerich, Abbado, London SO
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 449719 Release Date: 09/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 168.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Bachauer, Dorati, London So
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434374 Release Date: 08/13/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Gina Bachauer
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 169.
    Geza Anda - Chopin: Concerto No 1, Etudes, Ballade No 1
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1066 Release Date: 04/10/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Géza Anda
    Conductor:  Alceo Galliera
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 170.
    Grieg, Chopin: Piano Concertos / Mustonen, Blomstedt
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 444518 Release Date: 02/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Olli Mustonen
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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  • 171.
    Basic 100 Vol 54 - Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Ax, Et Al
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68023 Release Date: 11/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Emanuel Ax
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 172.
    The Complete Josef Hofmann Vol One - The Chopin Concertos
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1002 Release Date: 10/10/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Josef Hofmann
    Conductor:  Sir Hamilton Harty
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 173.
    Chopin - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3609 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Russell Sherman,  Arthur Moreira Lima,  Sylvia Cápová,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ljubljana Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 174.
    Arthur Rubinstein - Chopin
    Label: Emi Classics Références   Catalog: 64933 Release Date: 03/15/1994   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 175.
    Chopin, Liszt: Piano Concertos No 1 / Székely, Banowetz
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550292 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Joseph Banowetz,  István Székely
    Conductor:  Oliver Dohnányi,  Gyula Németh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
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