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: Piano Works / Maria Gabrys
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Arcodiva  
Catalog: 139   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Mazurkas / Janina Fialkowska
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 22682   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: Cello Sonata, Piano Trio / Ewa Kupiec, Johannes Moser, Kolja Blacher
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Hänssler Classic  
Catalog: 93321   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1 / Kern, Wit, Warsaw Philharmonic
Release Date: 05/09/2006   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907402   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Works / Alexei Volodin
Release Date: 05/11/2010   Label: Challenge  
Catalog: 72354   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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    Rubinstein Plays Chopin
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 687122 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Alfred Wallenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of London,  Symphony of the Air
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    Maria Joao Pires - Complete DG Solo Recordings [20-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002093102 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires,  Pavel Gomziakov,  Ricardo Castro
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    Maurizio Pollini: 3 Classic Albums [limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002093602 Release Date: 07/15/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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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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    William Kapell - Complete Recordings 1944-1953
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 5431362 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  William Kapell,  Jascha Heifetz,  William Primrose,  Edmund Kurtz
    Conductor:  William Steinberg,  Fritz Reiner,  Serge Koussevitzky,  Antal Doráti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robin Hood Dell Orchestra of Philadelphia,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Chopin: Ballades / Helene Tysman
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 894 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Hélène Tysman
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    In Dance And Song / Tom Poster
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 75 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Edvard Grieg,  Béla Bartók,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Tom Poster
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    Chopin: Piano Works / Samson Francois
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 8471720 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Samson François
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  • 9.
    Daniel Barenboim: 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 938424 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Jacqueline Du Pré
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Chopin: Late Piano Works, Vol. 1 / Jin Ju
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9471818 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jin Ju
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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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    Vladimir Horowitz Live at Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 548417 Release Date: 09/30/2013   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Muzio Clementi  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Isaac Stern,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Lyndon Woodside,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Oratorio Society of New York
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    Chopin: Polonaises  / Rafal Blechacz
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001888302 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Rafal Blechacz
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    Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron Plays Chopin
    Label: Cd Accord   Catalog: 189 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Katarzyna Popowa-zydroń
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 22329 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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    Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Polonaises; Mazurkas / Pressler
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7989 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Menahem Pressler
    Conductor:  David Josefowitz,  Hans Swarowsky,  Jean-Marie Auberson
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    Chopin: Solo Piano Music / Sung-Suk Kang
    Label: Meridian Records   Catalog: 84588 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Sung-Suk Kang
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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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    Chopin: Famous Piano Works / Pavlos Hatzopoulos, Vladimir Bunin
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94612 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Pavlos Hatzopoulos,  Vladimir Bunin
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    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: Piano Works / Nelson Goerner
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 636562 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Nelson Goerner
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  • 22.
    Chopin: Piano Recital
    Label: Anima Records (Classical)   Catalog: 51100001 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Mathilde Carre
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  • 23.
    Richter Plays Chopin
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001626 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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  • 24.
    Wilhelm Kempff - Solo Piano Recordings [35-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001648902 Release Date: 03/20/2012   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Christoph W. Gluck,  George Frideric Handel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff
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    Vladimir Horowitz - The Video Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 907209 Release Date: 03/06/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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