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
Favorite Chopin / Vladimir Ashkenazy
Release Date: 01/19/1993   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 436389   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc; Respighi / Cherkassky, Kempe
Release Date: 07/19/2005   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 4015   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin Edition Vol 9 - Piano Sonatas / Eugene Mursky
Release Date: 01/29/2013   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 4074   Number of Discs: 1
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Louis Lortie Plays Chopin Vol 3
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10813   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: 24 Preludes, Etc / Louis Lortie
Release Date: 02/17/1998   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9597   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57

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  • 26.
    Wilhelm Kempff - Solo Piano Recordings [35-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001648902 Release Date: 03/20/2012   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Christoph W. Gluck,  George Frideric Handel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff
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    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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    Chopin Collection / Maurizio Pollini  [9-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001632602 Release Date: 12/20/2011   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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  • 29.
    Best Of Chopin [tgg Direct]
    Label: Tgg Direct   Catalog: 60262 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 110 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Claude Debussy,  Jules Massenet,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Finghin Collins,  Andrea Kauten,  Sergio Tiempo,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Duo,  Saarland Radio Holzblaser-Trio
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    Romantic - Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908500 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Vignoles,  Bernarda Fink,  Régis Pasquier,  Jean-Claude Pennetier  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcus Creed,  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wanderer Trio,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Collegium Vocale  ... 
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    Baby To Be - Tender Classical Music For Your Unborn Baby
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28842 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Léo Delibes,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
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    Chopin: Complete Piano Works / Nikita Magaloff
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802076 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Nikita Magaloff
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  • 34.
    Chopin Recital / Anne-Marie McDermott
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9359 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Anne-Marie McDermott
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    Chopin: Sonata In Bb Minor, Berceuse, Etc / Katia Skanavi
    Label: Pro Piano   Catalog: 224522 Release Date: 06/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Katia Skanavi
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  • 36.
    Frederic Chopin: 24 Preludes / Florence Delaage
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 31 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Florence Delaage
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  • 37.
    Chopin: Ballets
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49834 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  John Lanchbery
    Performer:  Philip Gammon,  Ronald Smith,  Dmitri Alexeev,  Andrei Gavrilov  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Irving,  John Lanchbery
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  • 38.
    Classic Lullabies: Music For Sweetest Dreams
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 70829 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Bernhard Flies,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork,  Juhani Lagerspetz,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Leif Ove Andsnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate,  Richard Stamp,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Paul Tortelier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
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    The Warsaw Recital - Daniel Barenboim Plays Chopin
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001538402 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
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  • 40.
    Chopin: Resonances
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 782 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Scriabin,  Claude Debussy,  Karol Szymanowski  ... 
    Performer:  Kevin Kenner
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    Variations / Alejandro Pico-leonis
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 775 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Alejandro Pico-leonis
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  • 42.
    Chopin: Works For Piano
    Label: Ipo   Catalog: 1018 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic
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    The Himalaya Sessions Vol. 1 - Pianist Lost: Excesses & Excuses / Halstead
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1204 Release Date: 03/08/2011  
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Erik Satie,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Halstead
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  • 44.
    Brailowsky Plays Chopin
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 68164 Release Date: 02/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky
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  • 45.
    Daniel Barenboim - The Warsaw Recital
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 1020 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
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  • 46.
    Chopin: Complete Nocturnes, Barcarolle / Feltsman
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6126 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman
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  • 47.
    Chopin: Complete Piano Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 958381 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Bella Davidovich,  Louis Lortie,  Adam Harasiewicz,  Alwin Bär  ... 
    Conductor:  Dimiter Manolov,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Dmitri Kitayenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 48.
    The Complete Raoul Von Koczalski Vol 1 - Polydor Recordings 1924-1928
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 52063 Release Date: 12/01/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann,  Raoul Koczalski  ... 
    Performer:  Raoul von Koczalski
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  • 49.
    Daniel Barenboim - The Warsaw Recital
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 20102 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
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    Chopin By Knight
    Label: Hyperion Knight (Label)   Catalog: 5637668166 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Hyperion Knight
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