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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  • 176.
    Brailowsky Plays Vivaldi/Bach, Scarlatti/Tausig, Etc
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 5501 Release Date: 12/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky
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  • 177.
    Intimate Piano
    Label: Vox Cameo Classics   Catalog: 8764 Release Date: 11/03/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
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  • 178.
    Chopin: Piano Favorites / Idil Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553170 Release Date: 05/09/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret
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  • 179.
    Chopin: 4 Ballades / Murray Perahia
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64399 Release Date: 01/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
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  • 180.
    Mad About Mad About
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445900 Release Date: 09/20/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Sting,  David Jolley,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Herbert von Karajan,  Neeme Järvi,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 181.
    Rachmaninoff Plays Chopin
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 62533 Release Date: 08/16/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
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  • 182.
    Chopin - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3609 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Russell Sherman,  Arthur Moreira Lima,  Sylvia Cápová,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ljubljana Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 183.
    Chopin: Valses / Jean-Bernard Pommier
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 92887 Release Date: 02/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
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  • 184.
    Mad About Chopin
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439519 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Stanislav Bunin,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Jean-Marc Luisada,  Krystian Zimerman
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  • 185.
    My First Recital / Ruth Laredo
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1006 Release Date: 07/15/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Robert Schumann,  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Ruth Laredo
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  • 186.
    Favorite Chopin / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436389 Release Date: 01/19/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 187.
    Chopin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60830 Release Date: 09/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Robert Leonardy,  Peter Serkin,  Géza Anda,  Emanuel Ax  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 188.
    The Best Of Chopin
    Label: Rca Victrola   Catalog: 60770 Release Date: 06/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  John Browning,  Peter Serkin,  Géza Anda,  Emanuel Ax  ... 
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  • 189.
    Chopin: 14 Waltzes, Piano Sonata No 3 / Alexander Brailowsky
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 46346 Release Date: 04/05/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky
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  • 190.
    Chopin Favorites / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 4177982 Release Date: 01/19/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 191.
    Chopin: Waltzes / Claudio Arrau
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 4000252 Release Date: 06/01/1983   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau
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