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: Complete Etudes / Hardy Rittner
Release Date: 06/19/2012   Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)  
Catalog: 9041747   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 14 / Idil Biret, Et Al
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554540   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 5 / Idil Biret
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554531   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 10 / Idil Biret
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554536   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Polonaise-fantaisie for Piano in A flat major, B 159/Op. 61

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    Chopin: Piano Works / Francois
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 563140 Release Date: 08/18/2017   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Samson François
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    Polonaise-Fantasie: The Story of a Pianist / Faliks, Mozo
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3540 Release Date: 07/14/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Rodion Shchedrin,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jan Freidlin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Inna Faliks
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    Chopin: Grandes Polonaises / Amoyel
    Label: La Dolce Volta   Catalog: 300 Release Date: 06/09/2017  
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Pascal Amoyel
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    Espressione / Krupinski
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 1375 Release Date: 06/02/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Scriabin
    Performer:  Łukasz Krupiński
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    Chopin Recital, Vol. 3 / Fialkowska
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2728 Release Date: 04/07/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Janina Fialkowska
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    The Chopin Album / Fray
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 559343 Release Date: 02/17/2017  
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  David Fray
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    Chopin: Late Works, Opp. 59-64 / Pollini
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002591402 Release Date: 01/27/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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    Chopin: Polonaises Nos. 1-7 / Pollini [Vinyl]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: B002590701 Release Date: 12/16/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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    The Complete Chopin: Deluxe Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002599300 Release Date: 12/16/2016   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Jan Lisiecki,  Anatol Ugorski,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Krystian Zimerman,  Krzysztof Urbanski,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Festival Orchestra,  North German Radio Elbphilharmonie Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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    Maurizio Pollini: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002578510 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Arnold Schoenberg  ... 
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini,  Andreas Esders,  Gabriele Lechner,  Gretchen Eder  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann,  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung  ... 
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    Chopin: Piano Works / Richard-Hamelin
    Label: Fryderyk Chopin Society   Catalog: 617 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Charles Richard-Hamelin
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    Chopin: Polonaises / Pikul
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 0927 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Andrzej Pikul
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    Chopin: Scherzos & Polonaises / Rubinstein
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 557388 Release Date: 09/16/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
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    Chopin: Late Works, Op. 57-61 / Osokins
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 0109 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Georgijs Osokins
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    Chopin: Piano Works / Duchable
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 556700 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Francois-René Duchable
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
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    Imogen Cooper's Chopin
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10902 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Imogen Cooper
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    Chopin: Polonia / Amoyel
    Label: La Dolce Volta   Catalog: 25 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Pascal Amoyel
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    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503227 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Roy Harris,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Jussi Björling,  Frederick Schauwecker,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Serge Koussevitzky,  Bruno Walter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
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    Great Chopin Pianists
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002437202 Release Date: 01/15/2016   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Lev Oborin,  Alexandre Uninsky,  Yakov Zak,  Bella Davidovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Václáv Smetácek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Chronological Chopin: Ballades, Preludes, Scherzi and Other Works
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25752 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Burkard Schliessmann
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    Vladimir Horowitz: The Unreleased Live Recordings (1966-1983)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 305458 Release Date: 10/23/2015   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Recorded Sound,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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    Chopin: Piano Works / Richard-Hamelin
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29127 Release Date: 10/16/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Charles Richard-Hamelin
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    Martha Argerich: The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002364402 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 48
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Guy Touvron,  Gidon Kremer,  Alexandre Gurning  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Charles Dutoit,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Jörg Faerber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Stephen Kovacevich: The Complete Philips Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002369302 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Béla Bartók,  Igor Stravinsky,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Jack Brymer,  Patrick Ireland,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  John Lanchbery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Octet members  ... 
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  • 25.
    Cyprien Katsaris: The Sony Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875050462 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Josef Gelinek,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris
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