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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 Recital / Andrew Rangell
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30038   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin, Schumann: Etudes / Valentina Lisitsa
Release Date: 11/10/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002224502   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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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 15 / Idil Biret, Et Al
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554541   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2; Variations On
Release Date: 10/26/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572336   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp major

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    Charles Rosen - The Complete Columbia and Epic Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301476 Release Date: 12/02/2014   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Rosen,  Paul Jacobs,  Robert Casadesus,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Conductor:  Frederik Prausnitz
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    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,  Ralf Gothóni  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner
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    Piano Encores / Jorge Bolet
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 002126902 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Isaac Albeniz
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
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    Chopin: Nocturnes / Luc Devos
    Label: Rewind   Catalog: 518 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Luc Devos
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    Chopin: Nocturnes / Ewa Kupiec
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4764835 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ewa Kupiec
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    Solo And Concerto Recordings
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 7401 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  André-Ernest-Mode Grétry,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Arthur De Greef
    Conductor:  Landon Ronald
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 2
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300350 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Byron Janis,  Gary Graffman,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips,  Fritz Reiner,  Pierre Monteux,  Charles Munch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Icon: Witold Malcuzynski - The Polish Master Pianist
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 924428 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Witold Malcuzynski
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Paul Kletzki,  Fritz Rieger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  French National Radio Orchestra
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    Les Sons et les Parfums - Debussy Meets Chopin / Perianes
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902164 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Unspecified
    Performer:  Javier Perianes
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    The  Complete Homocord Recordings And Other Rarities
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 6013 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking,  Lambros Callimahos,  Gustav Scheck
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    Chopin By Horszowki Through Text And Sound
    Label: Arbiter   Catalog: 161 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Conductor:  Alexander Schneider
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Festival Orchestra
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    Jorge Bolet - The Last Romantic
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1037610 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Felix Mendelssohn,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
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    Chopin: Piano Masterpieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564651479 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires,  Elisabeth Leonskaja,  Nikolai Lugansky,  Francois-René Duchable  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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    Diabolo: 28 Classical Audiophile Examples + Test Signals [1 Blu-ray Audio & 1 SACD]
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9061757 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Frédéric Chopin,  Oskar Böhme,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Leonskaja,  Yeon-Hee Kwak,  Zvi Meniker,  Heiko Ter Schegget  ... 
    Conductor:  Stefan Blunier,  Jörg Straube,  Johannes Goritzki,  Christian Zacharias  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Wolfgang Bauer,  Mozart Piano Quartet
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 22367 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Richard Wagner,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski
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    Favourite Noctures
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1159 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Kathryn Stott
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    50 Best Romantic Piano Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 333232 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  John Ogdon,  Garrick Ohlsson  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rostal & Schaefer Piano Duo
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    Alfred Cortot: Anniversary Edition
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 4907 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Cortot,  Pablo Casals,  Jacques Thibaud,  Charles Panzera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  International String Quartet
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    Icon - John Ogdon
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4637 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Paul Dukas,  Henri Dutilleux,  Florent Schmitt,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  John Ogdon
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Lawrence Foster,  Paavo Berglund,  John Pritchard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Chopin: Polonez; Nokturn; Mazurki; Scherzo
    Label: Fryderyk Chopin Society   Catalog: 616 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Marcin Koziak
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    Chopin: Sonata H-moll; Nokturny; Ballada As-dur, Op. 47; Scherzo Cis-moll
    Label: Fryderyk Chopin Society   Catalog: 206 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz
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  • 22.
    Chopin For Dummies
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 21233 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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    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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    Chopin - The 1981 Baldwin Recordings / Earl Wild
    Label: Ivory Classics   Catalog: 77002 Release Date: 03/20/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Earl Wild
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    Chopin, Liszt, Ravel / Benjamin Grosvenor
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001642102 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Benjamin Grosvenor
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