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: Greatest Masterpieces
Release Date: 02/23/2010   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 88587   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: Piano Music / Korevaar
Release Date: 08/09/2016   Label: Msr  
Catalog: 1626   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin / Irina Chukovskaya
Release Date: 08/12/2016   Label: Melodiya  
Catalog: MELREC1002434   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano No. 1 in E minor

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  • 151.
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6397 Release Date: 05/02/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
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  • 152.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Weissenberg, Skrowaczewski
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 74959 Release Date: 03/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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  • 153.
    Label: Cd Accord   Catalog: 13 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Janusz Olejniczak
    Conductor:  Grzegorz Nowak
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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  • 154.
    Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1 & 2/ Leonskaja, Ashkenazy, Et Al
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 48748 Release Date: 02/18/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Elisabeth Leonskaja
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 155.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Gilels, Watts, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 89836 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  André Watts,  Emil Gilels
    Conductor:  Thomas Schippers,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 156.
    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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  • 157.
    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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  • 158.
    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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  • 159.
    Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1 / R. Lhevinne, J. Barnett
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 60 Release Date: 06/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Rosina Lhévinne
    Conductor:  John Barnett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestral Association members
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  • 160.
    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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  • 161.
    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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  • 162.
    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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  • 163.
    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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  • 164.
    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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  • 165.
    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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  • 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.
    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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  • 170.
    The Romantic Novaes - Grieg: Piano Concerto;  Falla, Chopin
    Label: Vox Box Legends   Catalog: 5513 Release Date: 01/17/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Manuel de Falla,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Guiomar Novaës
    Conductor:  Jonel Perlea,  Hans Swarowsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna 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: Complete Works For Piano & Orchestra / Arrau, Inbal
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 438338 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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