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 Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Fialkowska, Tovey
Release Date: 10/26/2010   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 2643   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Mazurkas / Janina Fialkowska
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 22682   Number of Discs: 2
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Ashkenazy Plays Chopin: Sonata No 3, Barcarolle, Waltzes, Mazurkas, Etudes Op 10
Release Date: 01/22/2016   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1281   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin, Rachmaninov: Cello Sonatas / Denise Djokic, David Jalbert
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 22525   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin Recital 2 / Janina Fialkowska
Release Date: 04/24/2012   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 2666   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57

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    Chopin: Ballades, Berceuse & Mazurkas / Yundi
    Label: Mercury Classics   Catalog: 002456802 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Yundi Li
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    Chopin: 24 Preludes; Barcarolle; Polonaise; Berceuse / Goerner
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 224 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Nelson Goerner
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    Great Chopin Pianists
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002437202 Release Date: 01/15/2016   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Lev Oborin,  Alexandre Uninsky,  Yakov Zak,  Bella Davidovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Václáv Smetácek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Chronological Chopin: Ballades, Preludes, Scherzi and Other Works
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25752 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Burkard Schliessmann
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    The Complete Works of Chopin: Berceuse, Barcarolle & Impromptus / Alex Szilasi
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 32473 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alex Szilasi
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    A Couple of Men from 1810: Piano Music of Schumann and Chopin / Cockrell
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1601 Release Date: 12/08/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Findlay Cockrell
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    Chopin: 24 Preludes; Barcarolle; Berceuse; Variations Brillantes
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553018 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Dong Hyek Lim
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    Kathryn Stott: The Complete Solo Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875135622 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Kathryn Stott
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    Piano Legends: Michelangeli, Argerich, Brendel
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: OA 1153BD Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli,  Martha Argerich,  Paul Gulda  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Arming
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Label: Claudio   Catalog: 60212 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Adolfo Barabino
    Conductor:  Lee Reynolds
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    Memories & Variations
    Label: Phoenix Park-kim   Catalog: 5638553852 Release Date: 09/03/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Earl Wild,  John C. Griffin,  Dave Brubeck  ... 
    Performer:  Phoenix Park-kim
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    Brahms Inspired
    Label: Canary Classics   Catalog: 15 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Bruce Adolphe,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Orli Shaham
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    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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    The Video Tapes /  Friedrich Gulda [7-DVD Set]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109068 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Friedrich Gulda,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Herbie Hancock,  Chick Corea,  Nicolas Economou  ... 
    Conductor:  Friedrich Gulda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Chopin: Preludes  / Jean-francois Antonioli
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 1409 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jean-François Antonioli
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    Vassily Sapellnikoff, Xaver Scharwenka: The Complete Recordings
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 6016 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Mily Balakirev,  Anton Rubinstein,  Anatole Liadov  ... 
    Performer:  Vassily Sapellnikoff,  Franz Xaver Scharwenka
    Conductor:  Stanley Chapple
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    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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    111 - The Piano - Legendary Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002281002 Release Date: 04/21/2015   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Géza Anda,  Martha Argerich,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
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    Le  Piano D'argent: Un Conte Musical De Claude Clement
    Label: Little Village   Catalog: 69081004 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Spoken Word,  Erik Satie,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud,  Kristian Bezuidenhout,  Javier Perianes,  Frank Braley  ... 
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    Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2... / Nelson Freire
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002263802 Release Date: 02/10/2015  
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Nelson Freire
    Conductor:  Lionel Bringuier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra
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    Chopin: Scherzi; Polonaise No. 6; Ballade No. 3; Berceuse; Nocturnes  / Nelson Freire
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 619911 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Nelson Freire
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  • 22.
    Love Is Strange [original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
    Label: Madison Gate Records   Catalog: 40640 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alfred Schnittke,  Daniel Indart  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia Cápová,  Dovie Currin,  Idil Biret,  Mark Lubotsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner
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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    Maria Joao Pires - Complete DG Solo Recordings [20-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002093102 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires,  Pavel Gomziakov,  Ricardo Castro
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  • 25.
    Chopin And Beyond / Friedrich Gulda
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 102190 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Friedrich Gulda
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Limpe Fuchs
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