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
Schumann, Chopin & Franck: Piano Works / Slominski
Release Date: 04/07/2017   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 3516   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: Piano Works / Gavric
Release Date: 04/21/2017   Label: Edition  
Catalog: 1086  
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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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  • 26.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95106 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ewa Kupiec
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
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  • 27.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2
    Label: Fryderyk Chopin Society   Catalog: 42 Release Date: 11/06/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Akiko Ebi,  Janusz Olejniczak
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
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  • 28.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2 / Wallenstein, Rubinstein, Symphony of the Air
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88691928082 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Alfred Wallenstein
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  • 29.
    Frederic Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
    Label: Pavane Records   Catalog: 7571 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Stéphane De May
    Conductor:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
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  • 30.
    Martha Argerich: The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002364402 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 48
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Guy Touvron,  Gidon Kremer,  Alexandre Gurning  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Charles Dutoit,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Jörg Faerber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 31.
    Chopin: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94660 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ewa Kupiec,  Abbey Simon,  Alwin Bär,  Folke Nauta  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Heribert Beissel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 32.
    Murray Perahia plays Chopin
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88843062432 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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  • 33.
    Chopin, Brahms, Faure: Ballades
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 1408 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Jean-François Antonioli
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  • 34.
    Maria Joao Pires - Complete Concerto Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002281502 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires,  Christine Schäfer
    Conductor:  Emmanuel Krivine,  André Previn,  Claudio Abbado,  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 35.
    Label: Lp Classics   Catalog: 5638424603 Release Date: 03/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alexander Slobodyanik
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev,  Maxim Shostakovich
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  • 36.
    Argerich & Abbado - Complete Concerto Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002250602 Release Date: 01/20/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Mahler Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 37.
    Chopin: Complete Works For Piano & Orchestra / Marshev, Porcelijn
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 701 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Oleg Marshev
    Conductor:  David Porcelijn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  South Denmark Philharmonic
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  • 38.
    Chopin: Concertos
    Label: Herisson   Catalog: 11 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Soo Park,  Mathieu Dupouy
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  • 39.
    Radio Days - Concerto Broadcasts 1969-1979 / Freire
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002178802 Release Date: 10/21/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Nelson Freire
    Conductor:  Heinz Wallberg,  Reinhard Peters,  Kurt Masur,  Yuri Ahronovitch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  ORTF Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Rubinstein plays Chopin
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 687122 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Alfred Wallenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of London,  Symphony of the Air
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  • 41.
    Tchaikovsky & Chopin / Ingolf Wunder, Vladimir Ashkenazy, St. Petersburg Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002092802 Release Date: 07/15/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ingolf Wunder
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Emil Gilels In Italy: Chopin, Schubert/Kabalevsky, Mozart
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 547 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
    Conductor:  Franco Caracciolo
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  • 43.
    Maria Joao Pires - The Complete Erato Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 631065 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires,  Huseyin Sermet
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Armin Jordan,  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Lisbon Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra,  Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne  ... 
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  • 44.
    Chopin: The Piano Concertos / Lugansky, Verdernikov, Sinfonia Varsovia
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 212 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky
    Conductor:  Alexander Verdernikov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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  • 45.
    RCA Living Stereo Collection, Vol. 1
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 541497 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Berj Zamkochian,  John Weicher,  Philip Farkas,  Jascha Heifetz  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  New England Conservatory Alumni Chorus  ... 
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  • 46.
    Sir Colin Davis - The Complete RCA Legacy
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300607 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Barbara Fleckenstein,  Ben Heppner,  Heinrich Weber  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 47.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos / Fliter, Markl, Scottish CO
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 455 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ingrid Fliter
    Conductor:  Jun Märkl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Chopin: Piano Works / Samson Francois
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 8471720 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Samson François
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  • 49.
    Stanislaw Skrowaczewski: The Complete Oehms Classics Recordings
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 90 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Annette Dasch,  Daniela Sindram,  Christian Elsner,  George Zeppenfeld  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Saarbrücken Radio Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 50.
    Bloody Daughter - A Film by Stephanie Argerich
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3073908 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
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