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: Fantaisie, Ballades, Nocturnes / Yevgeny Sudbin
Release Date: 10/25/2011   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1838   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Zimerman, Giulini, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Release Date: 04/29/2016   Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002476202   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin / Freddy Kempf
Release Date: 09/25/2001   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1160   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Four Ballades, Barcarolle / Staffan Scheja
Release Date: 09/22/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 197   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concertos (Chamber Version) / Fumiko Shiraga
Release Date: 03/18/1997   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 847   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1

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    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503227 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Lee Hoiby,  Traditional,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
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    Sviatoslav Richter: 100th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002270 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Nina Dorliac,  Oleg Kagan,  David Oistrakh  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Yuri Nikolaevsky,  Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Rudolf Barshai
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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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: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94660 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ewa Kupiec,  Abbey Simon,  Alwin Bär,  Folke Nauta  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Heribert Beissel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
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    Chopin: Scherzi; Polonaise No. 6; Ballade No. 3; Berceuse; Nocturnes  / Nelson Freire
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 619911 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Nelson Freire
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    Chopin: Complete Nocturnes / Earl Wild
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94930 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Earl Wild
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    The Chopin Variations / Chad Lawson
    Label: Hillset Records   Catalog: 5640519782 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Chad Lawson
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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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    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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    Chopin: The Nocturnes
    Label: United Classics   Catalog: 13024 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Nikita Magaloff
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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  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips,  Fritz Reiner,  Pierre Monteux,  Charles Munch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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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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  • 15.
    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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    Solo Piano Works / Shura Cherkassky
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 17330 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Josef Hofmann  ... 
    Performer:  Shura Cherkassky
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    Chopin For Dummies
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 21233 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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    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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    Chopin: Complete Nocturnes / Kathryn Stott
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 2014 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Kathryn Stott
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    Chopin: Mazurki, Walce, Nokturny, Polonezy
    Label: Fryderyk Chopin Society   Catalog: 30 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Janusz Olejniczak
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    Koczalski Plays Chopin: Broadcast Recordings From German Radio 1945 & 1948
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 1261 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Raoul von Koczalski
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Orchestra
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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    Chopin, Liszt, Ravel / Benjamin Grosvenor
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001642102 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Benjamin Grosvenor
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  • 24.
    Chopin: Complete Songs / Aleksandra Lukowski, Jouni Somero
    Label: Fc Records   Catalog: 9729 Release Date: 01/10/2012  
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Aleksandra Lukowski,  Jouni Somero
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    Horowitz: 25th Anniversay Of His American Debut
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 143 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Scriabin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
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