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: Piano Favorites / Idil Biret
Release Date: 05/09/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553170   Number of Discs: 1
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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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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 10 / Idil Biret
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554536   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 2 / Idil Biret
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554528   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano No. 1 in E minor

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  • 151.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Artur Rubinstein
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 67902 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Alfred Wallenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  Symphony of the Air
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  • 152.
    Gulda - The Early London Records 1951 - 1954 / Boult, Böhm
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 4239 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 153.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos / Zacharias, Lausanne Co
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 3401267 Release Date: 06/21/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Christian Zacharias
    Conductor:  Christian Zacharias
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 154.
    Arrau Plays Chopin - The Two Concertos
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1158 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer,  Fritz Busch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
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  • 155.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos / Fialkowska, Et Al
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22291 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Janina Fialkowska
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Chambristes Du Canada
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  • 156.
    Stefan Askenase - The Complete 1950s Chopin Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000388902 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Bedrich Smetana,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Stefan Askenase
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  • 157.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Demidenko, Schiff, Et Al
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55180 Release Date: 05/11/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Nikolai Demidenko
    Conductor:  Heinrich Schiff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 158.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Fou Ts'ong, Mu Hai Tang, Etc
    Label: Meridian Records   Catalog: 84488 Release Date: 01/06/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Fou Ts'ong
    Conductor:  Muhai Tang
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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  • 159.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Kupiec, Et Al
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 326 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ewa Kupiec
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 160.
    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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  • 161.
    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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  • 162.
    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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  • 163.
    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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  • 164.
    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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  • 165.
    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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  • 166.
    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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  • 167.
    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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  • 168.
    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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  • 169.
    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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  • 170.
    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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  • 171.
    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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  • 172.
    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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  • 173.
    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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  • 174.
    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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  • 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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