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: Complete Mazurkas / Janina Fialkowska
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 22682   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: Preludes / Ingrid Fliter
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 475   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: The Piano Concertos / Lugansky, Verdernikov, Sinfonia Varsovia
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Naive  
Catalog: 212   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Etudes Op 10 & 25, Etc / Vlado Perlemuter
Release Date: 12/02/1992   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5095   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Four Ballades, Polonaises / Vlado Perlemuter
Release Date: 12/02/1992   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5209   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano No. 1 in E minor

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  • 26.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Polonaises; Mazurkas / Pressler
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7989 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Menahem Pressler
    Conductor:  David Josefowitz,  Hans Swarowsky,  Jean-Marie Auberson
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  • 27.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos / Shura Cherkassky
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5085 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Shura Cherkassky
    Conductor:  Christopher Adey,  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Emil Gilels Plays Concertos & Sonatas
    Label: Sony (Nax615)   Catalog: 1991362 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Fritz Reiner,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Murray Perahia - The First 40 Years
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 191256 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Murray Perahia,  Michael Cox,  Leonore Smith,  Kenneth Sillito  ... 
    Conductor:  Murray Perahia,  Bernard Haitink,  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Amadeus String Quartet members  ... 
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    Coming Home: Israel Philharmonic 75th Anniversary [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059094 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Rachlin,  Vadim Repin,  Evgeni Kissin
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Anniversary Edition
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059458 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Rachlin,  Vadim Repin,  Evgeni Kissin,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 32.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001740002 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Tamás Vásáry,  Ivo Pogorelich
    Conductor:  Jerzy Semkow,  Claudio Abbado
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    Coming Home: Israel Philharmonic 75th Anniversary
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059098 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Rachlin,  Vadim Repin,  Evgeni Kissin
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Chopin: Nokturn Cis-moll; Ballada As-dur; Etiuda Es-dur; Koncert C-moll, Op. 11
    Label: Fryderyk Chopin Society   Catalog: 615 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Leonora Armellini
    Conductor:  Jacek Kaspszyk
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  • 35.
    Van Cliburn: Great Piano Concertos
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7742852 Release Date: 08/07/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  Eugene Ormandy,  Fritz Reiner,  Walter Hendl  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Lang Lang - Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001697972 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Guo-Ren Lang,  Wu Yuxia,  Chen Shasha  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Valery Gergiev,  Long Yu,  Christoph Eschenbach  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra,  Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China  ... 
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  • 37.
    Best Of Chopin
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300342 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Alois Melichar
    Performer:  Sebastian Knauer,  Marc Laforet,  Peter Schreier,  Elfrun Gabriel  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Hanell,  Kurt Masur
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  • 38.
    The Russian Archives - Evgeny Kissin Plays Chopin & Liszt
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94397 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
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    Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1, Mazurkas Op. 59, Polonaise Op. 44 / Lucas Geniusas
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 833 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Lukas Geniusas
    Conductor:  Wojciech Rajski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 02320 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
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  • 41.
    Great Piano Concertos
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501056 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Stefan Vladar,  Idil Biret,  Eldar Nebolsin  ... 
    Conductor:  András Ligeti,  Mátyás Antal,  Barry Wordsworth,  Antoni Wit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  Capella Istropolitana,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 42.
    Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Maurizio Pollini
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 6787072 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
    Conductor:  Paul Kletzki
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  • 43.
    Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1 /  Dutoit, Argerich
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6027395 Release Date: 03/13/2012  
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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    Icon - Alexis Weissenberg: The Champagne Pianist
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6790862 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Herbert von Karajan,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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  • 45.
    Moritz Rosenthal - The Complete Recordings
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 7503 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Moritz Rosenthal,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Moritz Rosenthal
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  • 46.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Garrick Ohlsson, Warsaw Philharmonic
    Label: Juxtapositions   Catalog: 3078944 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 47.
    The Art Of Maurizio Pollini [3-CD Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001637502 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Anton Webern,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Jerzy Katlewicz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Chopin: The Complete Works, Vol. 4: My Own Ideal / Hobson, Sinfonia Varsovia
    Label: Zephyr   Catalog: 9 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ian Hobson
    Conductor:  Ian Hobson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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  • 49.
    Beethoven, Chopin: Concertos / Arrau, Klemperer, Dohnanyi
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5045 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Ultimate Piano Concerto Collection (W/Cdrom) (Box)
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9098 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Derek Han,  Evgeni Kissin,  Karin Lechner,  Klára Würtz  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Dmitri Kitayenko,  Eduardo Marturet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Israel Chamber Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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