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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 Nocturnes / Earl Wild
Release Date: 11/18/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94930   Number of Discs: 2
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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: Préludes; Mompou / Alexandre Tharaud
Release Date: 03/11/2008   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 901982   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Nocturne for Piano in D flat major, Op. 27 no 2

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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  ... 
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    Chopin / Lars Vogt
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553267 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Lars Vogt
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    Chopin: Preludes / Ingrid Fliter
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 475 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ingrid Fliter
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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  ... 
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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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    Piano / Myung-whun Chung
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 002054102 Release Date: 05/19/2014  
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
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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  ... 
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    Louis Lortie Plays Chopin Vol 3
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10813 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Louis Lortie
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    Dramatic Visions - Beethoven, Prokofiev, Schubert, Wagner, Liszt / Barbara Nissman
    Label: Three Oranges Recordings   Catalog: 5638268175 Release Date: 04/01/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Nissman
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    Longing - Music Of Frederic Chopin / Barbara Nissman
    Label: Three Oranges Recordings   Catalog: 5638267401 Release Date: 04/01/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Barbara Nissman
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    Evgeny Kissin Plays Chopin
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 5429362 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
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    Label: United Multimedia   Catalog: 67112 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Robert Graf,  Conrad Von der Goltz,  Vitalij Margulis,  Alexander Jenner
    Conductor:  Conrad Von der Goltz,  Eugen Duvier,  Anton Nanut,  Alfred Scholz  ... 
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    Life According To Chopin: Chopin's Greatest Piano Solos
    Label: Gpr Records   Catalog: 10014 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel
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    Sarasate: Transcriptions for Violin & Piano / Tianwa Yang
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572709 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Jean-Pierre Guignon  ... 
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    Dedication: Roger Peltzman Plays Chopin
    Label: Astre   Catalog: 5638208882 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Roger Peltzman
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    Frederic Chopin - Reminiscences / Artur Pizarro
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 248 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Pizarro
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    Salut D'amour /  Matthew Jones, Annabel Thwaite
    Label: Sleeveless   Catalog: 1006 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Frédéric Chopin,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
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    Chopin Souvenirs / Warren Mailley-smith
    Label: Sleeveless   Catalog: 1002 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith
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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  ... 
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 22258 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
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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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    Lullaby & Nocturne / David Hays, Peter Collins
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1436 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
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    Byron Janis - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 548440 Release Date: 04/16/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  George Gershwin,  Ferde Grofé  ... 
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    Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 3; Ravel, Chopin / Arthur Rubinstein
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5095 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
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