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 Mazurkas / Janina Fialkowska
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 22682   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: Preludes / Ingrid Fliter
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 475   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: The Piano Concertos / Lugansky, Verdernikov, Sinfonia Varsovia
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Naive  
Catalog: 212   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin Recital	/	Andrew Rangell
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30038   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Four Ballades, Polonaises / Vlado Perlemuter
Release Date: 12/02/1992   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5209   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Grande valse brillante, Op. 18

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  • 151.
    Chopin Favorites / Artur Rubinstein
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61717 Release Date: 11/29/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
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  • 152.
    Chopin: Piano Favourites
    Label: Amadis   Catalog: 7172 Release Date: 10/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Istvan Szekely,  Sándor Falvay
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  • 153.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto;  Chopin, Et Al / Arthur De Greef
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 80 Release Date: 05/23/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Moritz Moszkowski,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Arthur De Greef
    Conductor:  Landon Ronald
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Albert Hall Orchestra
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  • 154.
    The Art Of Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466462 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Bernard Haitink,  David Zinman,  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 155.
    William Kapell Edition Vol 2 - Chopin: Sonatas;  Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68991 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  William Kapell
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  • 156.
    Chopin Favourites (3 Cd Set) / Idil Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 503066 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Bernd Glemser,  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 157.
    Chopin: Klavierwerke / Elfrun Gabriel
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9407 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Elfrun Gabriel
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  • 158.
    The Chopin I Love / Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466357 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet
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  • 159.
    Elisso Wirssaladze Plays Chopin
    Label: Live Classics   Catalog: 391 Release Date: 11/26/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Elisso Wirssaladze
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  • 160.
    Chopin - Complete Edition Vol 8 - Waltzes, Chamber Music
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463069 Release Date: 11/09/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Lambert Orkis,  Anner Bylsma  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beaux Arts Trio
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  • 161.
    Chopin: 4 Scherzos, 26 Preludes, Etc / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460991 Release Date: 11/09/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 162.
    Chopin: 19 Waltzes For Piano / Nikita Magaloff
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4565582 Release Date: 10/04/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Nikita Magaloff
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  • 163.
    Chopin: Complete Piano Music / Idil Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501501 Release Date: 09/28/1999   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Martin Sauer
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 164.
    Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 13 / Idil Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554539 Release Date: 09/28/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret
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  • 165.
    Chopin: Complete Polonaises, 16 Walzes / Adam Harasiewicz
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 462874 Release Date: 06/15/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Adam Harasiewicz
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  • 166.
    A Window In Time - Rachmaninoff Performs Bach, Chopin, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80491 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert,  Anton Rubinstein,  Ignace Jan Paderewski  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
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  • 167.
    Chopin: 14 Waltzes, Barcarolle, Etc / Dinu Lipatti
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 66956 Release Date: 01/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
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  • 168.
    The Complete Josef Hofmann Vol 6 - Casimir Hall Recital
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 52014 Release Date: 11/24/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Josef Hofmann,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sigismund Stojowski  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Hofmann
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 169.
    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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  • 170.
    William Kapell Edition
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68442 Release Date: 09/29/1998   Number of Discs: 9
    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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  • 171.
    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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  • 172.
    Dame Myra Hess - Live Recordings, University Of Illinois Vol 1
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 5520 Release Date: 04/28/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Myra Hess
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  • 173.
    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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  • 174.
    Chopin: The Piano Works / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443738 Release Date: 06/24/1997   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Vovka Ashkenazy
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  • 175.
    Abbey Simon Plays Chopin: Etudes And Waltzes Complete
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5167 Release Date: 10/22/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Abbey Simon
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