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
Release Date: 07/15/2014   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002092802   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven, Chopin: Concertos / Arrau, Klemperer, Dohnanyi
Release Date: 11/15/2011   Label: Ica Classics  
Catalog: 5045   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Polonaises; Mazurkas / Pressler
Release Date: 02/12/2013   Label: Doremi Records  
Catalog: 7989   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: Piano Concertos / Shura Cherkassky
Release Date: 11/13/2012   Label: Ica Classics  
Catalog: 5085   Number of Discs: 1
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Schumann, Brahms, Chopin, Mozart / Emil Gilels
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Ica Classics  
Catalog: 5108   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Nocturne for Piano in D flat major, Op. 27 no 2

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    Valentina Lisitsa - Live At The Royal Albert Hall [DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001717409 Release Date: 08/07/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Liszt,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Valentina Lisitsa
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    Chopin: Selected Piano Works / Prosseda (DVD Audio, Video & CD)
    Label: Aix Records   Catalog: 81006 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Roberto Prosseda
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  • 28.
    Chopin: Piano Encores
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001706302 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis,  Claudio Arrau,  Bella Davidovich,  Nikita Magaloff  ... 
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    Lang Lang - Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001697972 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Guo-Ren Lang,  Wu Yuxia,  Chen Shasha  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Valery Gergiev,  Long Yu,  Christoph Eschenbach  ... 
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    Valentina Lisitsa - Live At The Royal Albert Hall
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001709102 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Valentina Lisitsa
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  • 31.
    Arthur Rubinstein Plays Frederic Chopin
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001684 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
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  • 32.
    The Very Best Of Lang Lang
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 1006752 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach,  Zubin Mehta,  Valery Gergiev,  Daniel Barenboim
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    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 06/01/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Bedrich Smetana,  Antonín Dvorák,  Niccolò Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Ponti,  Iwan Czerkow,  Dubravka Tomsic,  Ivan Cerkov  ... 
    Conductor:  Othmar M. F. Mága,  Heribert Beissel,  Vladimir Petroschoff,  Alfred Scholz  ... 
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  • 34.
    Nikolai Lugansky Plays Chopin, Rachmaninov, Beethoven & Prokofiev
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 666189 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky,  Alexander Kniazev
    Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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  • 35.
    We Capture The Feeling: Sampler And Audio Set-up Disc
    Label: Audience Records   Catalog: 912 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sammy Fain,  Arturo Márquez,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Giulio Caccini  ... 
    Performer:  Doreen Smith,  Vincent Belanger,  Mélanie Barney,  Guy Belanger  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Pascal Hamelin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Maânouche Swing Quintet
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    My First Lullaby Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578213 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Igor Stravinsky,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Idil Biret,  Einar Steen-Nökleberg,  Stefan Veselka  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner,  Anthony Bramall,  Alexander Rahbari,  Keith Clark  ... 
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  • 37.
    Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Maurizio Pollini
    Label: Emi 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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  • 38.
    The Complete Vladimir De Pachmann
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 54003 Release Date: 03/12/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Leopold Godowsky,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir de Pachmann
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  • 39.
    Music Of Frederic Chopin / Melody Fader
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3172 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Melody Fader
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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    Chopin: Waltzes; Barcarolle; Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2; Mazurka Op. 50 No. 3  / Lipatti
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85186 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Unspecified
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
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    Icon - Young Genius Of The Violin / Michael Rabin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6790602 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini,  Henri Wieniawski,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Rabin,  Leon Pommers
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Alceo Galliera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    Michael Rabin -  Studio Recordings 1954-1960
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1471 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini,  Alexander Glazunov,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Rabin,  Leon Pommers
    Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Lovro von Matacic,  Alceo Galliera,  Felix Slatkin  ... 
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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    Paderewski, Chopin, Szymanowski, Paderewski / Michael Szymanowski
    Label: Cd Accord   Catalog: 170 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Karol Szymanowski,  Ignace Jan Paderewski
    Performer:  Michal Szymanowski
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  • 47.
    Chopin: Tableaux Intimes
    Label: Fidelio Musique   Catalog: 34 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jean-Pascal Hamelin
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  • 48.
    Chopin: Works for Solo Piano Vol 2 / Ronan O'Hora
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28970 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ronan O'Hora
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  • 49.
    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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  • 50.
    The Best Of Chopin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82162 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder
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