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
Tchaikovsky & Chopin / Ingolf Wunder, Vladimir Ashkenazy, St. Petersburg Philharmonic
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Catalog: 002092802   Number of Discs: 1
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Louis Lortie Plays Chopin Vol 3
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Catalog: 10813   Number of Discs: 1
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Schumann, Chopin Piano Concertos / Lortie, Jarvi, Philharmonia Orchestra
Release Date: 06/29/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10603   Number of Discs: 1
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Gyorgy Cziffra: Piano Recital, Vol. 2 - Bach/Busoni, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt
Release Date: 03/11/2014   Label: Fabula Classica  
Catalog: 12101   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven, Schubert & Chopin / Menahem Pressler
Release Date: 11/19/2013   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1999   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57

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  • 201.
    Lullabies For Lovers
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462277 Release Date: 01/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Cutting,  Frédéric Chopin,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Toyohiko Satoh,  Adam Harasiewicz,  Nikita Magaloff,  Maria Graf  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Antal Doráti,  Raymond Leppard,  Paul Paray
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 202.
    Chopin: Piano Works / Vlado Perlemuter
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1764 Release Date: 11/18/1997   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vlado Perlemuter
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  • 203.
    The Complete Josef Hofmann Vol 5 - Solo Recordings 1935-1948
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 52004 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Hofmann,  Efrem Zimbalist
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  • 204.
    Lullaby - Chopin, Brahms, Et Al / Vima, Monch, Damerini
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47282 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski,  Alban Berg,  Claude Debussy,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Georg Mönch,  Massimiliano Damerini,  Jeanne Marie Bima
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  • 205.
    The Best Of Chopin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556654 Release Date: 09/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
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  • 206.
    Chopin: Piano Works / Peter Katin
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 24116 Release Date: 08/19/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Peter Katin
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  • 207.
    Chopin: Polonaises, Etc / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 452167 Release Date: 06/10/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 208.
    Chopin - Interpretations By Emile Pandolfi
    Label: Revere   Catalog: 964 Release Date: 12/03/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Emile Pandolfi
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  • 209.
    Historical Danish Female Pianists Play Liszt, Chopin, Etc
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 442/43 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Galina Werschenska,  France Ellegard,  Johanne Stockmarr
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  • 210.
    Michelangeli - All Chopin Recital Torino 1962
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 924 Release Date: 07/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
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  • 211.
    The Young Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 13303 Release Date: 06/04/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Pellegrino Tomeoni  ... 
    Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
    Conductor:  Alceo Galliera,  Antonio Pedrotti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 212.
    A Touch Of Romance / Wibi Soerjadi
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454149 Release Date: 02/26/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Johannes Brahms,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Wibi Soerjadi
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  • 213.
    Grand Piano - Josef Hofmann Plays Chopin
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 8803 Release Date: 01/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Josef Hofmann
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  • 214.
    Solomon - The Complete Recordings Of Chopin
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1030 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Solomon
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  • 215.
    Brailowsky Plays Vivaldi/Bach, Scarlatti/Tausig, Etc
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 5501 Release Date: 12/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky
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  • 216.
    Berceuses, Lullabies, Wiegenlieder / Christian Spring
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 564 Release Date: 08/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Rolf Urs Ringger,  Martin Wendel,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Spring
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  • 217.
    Chopin And Champagne
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446629 Release Date: 06/13/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau,  Nikita Magaloff
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal,  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 218.
    The Best Of Chopin / Arrau, Cziffra, Davidovich, Et Al
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 446145 Release Date: 06/13/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  György Cziffra,  Nikita Magaloff,  Adam Harasiewicz,  Stephen Kovacevich  ... 
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  • 219.
    The Art Of Guiomar Novaes Vol 1 - Chopin: Ballades, Etc
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 8071 Release Date: 02/09/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Guiomar Novaës
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  • 220.
    Konstantin Lifschitz Live In Milano - Mozart, Chopin, Ravel
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 78908 Release Date: 11/29/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Maurice Ravel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Konstantin Lifschitz
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  • 221.
    Piano Classics - 2 Hours Of Beautiful Classical Piano Works
    Label: Madacy Records   Catalog: 5435 Release Date: 09/09/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt  ... 
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  • 222.
    The Complete Josef Hofmann Vol 2
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1020 Release Date: 09/01/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Hofmann
    Conductor:  Ignace Hilsberg,  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Curtis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 223.
    The Complete Josef Hofmann Vol 3 - Chopin, Liszt
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1036 Release Date: 09/01/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Constantin Sternberg,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Carl Tausig  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Hofmann
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  • 224.
    Chopin: Fantasie, Polonaise-fantasie, Etc / Fou Ts'ong
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 53515 Release Date: 05/03/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Fou Ts'ong
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  • 225.
    Arthur Rubinstein - Chopin
    Label: Emi Classics Références   Catalog: 64933 Release Date: 03/15/1994   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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