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 Edition Vol 9 - Piano Sonatas / Eugene Mursky
Release Date: 01/29/2013   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 4074   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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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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Louis Lortie Plays Chopin Vol 3
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10813   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: The Complete Études / Louis Lortie
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8482   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Nocturne for Piano in D flat major, Op. 27 no 2

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  • 176.
    Michael Rabin - Mosaics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67020 Release Date: 01/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Eugčne Ysa˙e,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Josef Suk  ... 
    Performer:  Leon Pommers,  Michael Rabin
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  • 177.
    Chopin: Chopin For Lovers
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460322 Release Date: 11/04/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 178.
    Music Of The Night - The Essential Chopin Collection
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 457992 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Daniel Barenboim,  Jean-Marc Luisada,  Tamás Vásáry  ... 
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  • 179.
    Timeless Kiss - The Best Romantic Piano Music
    Label: Four Winds   Catalog: 3007 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Franz Schubert,  Claude Debussy,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  John Novacek,  Joseph Paratore,  Anthony Paratore,  Daniel Pollack
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  • 180.
    Artur Rubinstein - Nocturne
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 63185 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Enrique Granados,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein,  Enrique Jorda,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  New Symphony Orchestra
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  • 181.
    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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  • 182.
    Chopin: 21 Nocturnes / David Allen Wehr
    Label: Connoisseur Society   Catalog: 4211 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  David Allen Wehr
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  • 183.
    Byron Janis Plays Chopin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56196 Release Date: 09/10/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Byron Janis
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  • 184.
    Reflections In The Water / Carol Rosenberger
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3190 Release Date: 08/22/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Charles Tomlinson Griffes,  Enrique Granados,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Carol Rosenberger
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  • 185.
    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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  • 186.
    Grand Piano - The Grand Piano Era / Bauer, Busoni, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 8801 Release Date: 01/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Ignaz Friedman  ... 
    Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Josef Hofmann,  Harold Bauer,  Ignaz Friedman  ... 
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  • 187.
    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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  • 188.
    Chopin: Nocturnes (Complete) / Abbey Simon
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5146 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Abbey Simon
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  • 189.
    Dinner For Two - Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Ravel
    Label: Sony Classical Infinity Digital   Catalog: 61979 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Antonín Dvorák,  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Shakin,  Daniel Pollack,  Nelly Lee
    Conductor:  Stanislav Gorkovenko,  Alexander Titov,  Jahni Mardjani,  Arnold Kaz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Radio/TV Orchestra of St. Petersburg,  St. Petersburg New Classical Orchestra,  Georgian Festival Orchestra  ... 
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  • 190.
    Chopin, Liszt / Jack Richard Crossan
    Label: Cambria   Catalog: 1073 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jack Richard Crossan
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  • 191.
    Art Of The Encore / Shura Cherkassky
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7708 Release Date: 08/08/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Shura Cherkassky
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  • 192.
    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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  • 193.
    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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  • 194.
    Classically Romantic Piano
    Label: Michele   Catalog: 422 Release Date: 05/30/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg,  Edward MacDowell  ... 
    Performer:  Valery Lloyd-Watts
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  • 195.
    Classic Piano - Bach, Scarlatti, Et Al / Steven Hall
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20006 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Steven Hall
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  • 196.
    Chopin: Piano Favorites / Idil Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553170 Release Date: 05/09/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret
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  • 197.
    Schumann: Carnaval;  Chopin: Fantasie / Esther Lee Kaplan
    Label: Cambria   Catalog: 1098 Release Date: 01/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Esther Lee Kaplan
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  • 198.
    The Romantic Piano - Chopin: Piano Sonatas, Nocturnes
    Label: Sony Classical Infinity Digital   Catalog: 64373 Release Date: 05/31/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Daniel Pollack
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  • 199.
    Evgeny Kissin - Chopin Vol 1
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60445 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
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  • 200.
    Favorite Chopin / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436389 Release Date: 01/19/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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