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 Edition Vol 9 - Piano Sonatas / Eugene Mursky
Release Date: 01/29/2013   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 4074   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: 24 Preludes, Etc / Louis Lortie
Release Date: 02/17/1998   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9597   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc; Respighi / Cherkassky, Kempe
Release Date: 07/19/2005   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 4015   Number of Discs: 1
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Louis Lortie Plays Chopin Vol 3
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10813   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: The Complete Études / Louis Lortie
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8482   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano No. 1 in E minor

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  • 151.
    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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  • 152.
    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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  • 153.
    Grieg, Chopin: Piano Concertos / Dinu Lipatti
    Label: Emi Classics Références   Catalog: 74802 Release Date: 03/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann,  Alceo Galliera
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 154.
    The Maurizio Pollini Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471350 Release Date: 03/12/2002   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Igor Stravinsky,  Claude Debussy,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini,  Slavka Taskova
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Herbert von Karajan,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony 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.
    Chopin: Piano Works / Samson François
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 74457 Release Date: 11/06/2001   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Samson François,  Pierre Barbizet
    Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
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  • 157.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 5 - Chopin: Piano Concertos, Etc
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63005 Release Date: 08/07/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 158.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 17 - Chopin: Piano Concertos
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63017 Release Date: 07/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  William Steinberg,  Alfred Wallenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 159.
    Chopin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Bci Music   Catalog: 40028 Release Date: 05/08/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic,  Peter Schmalfuss,  Vitalij Margulis,  Ida Czernicka  ... 
    Conductor:  Marko Munih
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ljubljana Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 160.
    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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  • 161.
    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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  • 162.
    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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  • 163.
    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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  • 164.
    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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  • 165.
    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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  • 166.
    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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  • 167.
    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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  • 168.
    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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  • 169.
    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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  • 170.
    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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  • 171.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Dutoit, Argerich
    Label: Emi 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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  • 172.
    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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  • 173.
    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,  Hélène 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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  • 174.
    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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  • 175.
    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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