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 Concerto No 2; Variations On
Release Date: 10/26/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572336   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Concertos / Tirimo, Glushchenko
Release Date: 05/04/2010   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1096   Number of Discs: 1
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Louis Lortie plays Chopin, Vol 1
Release Date: 05/25/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10588   Number of Discs: 1
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Nocturnal: Chopin, Scriabin / Albert Tiu
Release Date: 05/24/2011   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 3093   Number of Discs: 1
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Louis Lortie Plays Chopin Vol 3
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10813   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Grande valse brillante, Op. 18

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  • 26.
    Icon: Witold Malcuzynski - The Polish Master Pianist
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 924428 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Witold Malcuzynski
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Paul Kletzki,  Fritz Rieger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  French National Radio Orchestra
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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    Frederic Chopin - Reminiscences / Artur Pizarro
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 248 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Pizarro
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  • 29.
    Chopin: Piano Masterpieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564651479 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Elisabeth Leonskaja,  Maria-Joao Pires,  Nikolai Lugansky,  Alexei Sultanov  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 30.
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 22367 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Richard Wagner,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski
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  • 31.
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 4229 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky
    Conductor:  Enrique Jorda
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  • 32.
    Trifonov plays Chopin
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001827102 Release Date: 04/02/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Daniil Trifonov
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  • 33.
    Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28; Sonata, Op. 35; 27 Etudes, 14 Valses / Lortat
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 71105 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Robert Lortat
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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    Essential Encores
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 05149 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Niccolň Paganini,  Fritz Kreisler,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Vag Papian,  Maxim Vengerov,  Michael Rabin,  John Lenehan  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Rudolf Kempe,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi,  Nash Ensemble
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  • 36.
    The Chopin Album / Lang Lang
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 548960 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Oh Land
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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    Live In Warsaw - Evgeni Bozhanov Plays Chopin, Schubert, Debussy, Scriabin, Liszt
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12015 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert,  Claude Debussy,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Evgeni Bozhanov
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  • 39.
    Complete Waltzes & Impromptus / Vladimir Feltsman
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6184 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman
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  • 40.
    Best Of Chopin
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300342 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Alois Melichar
    Performer:  Sebastian Knauer,  Marc Laforet,  Peter Schreier,  Elfrun Gabriel  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Hanell,  Kurt Masur
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  • 41.
    Chopin For Dummies
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 21233 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    Chopin: The Complete Works, Vol. 6
    Label: Zephyr   Catalog: 13710 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ian Hobson
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  • 44.
    Stravinsky: The Firebird / Litton, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1874 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Jean Sibelius,  Frédéric Chopin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Chopin: Waltzes; Barcarolle; Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2; Mazurka Op. 50 No. 3  / Lipatti
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 85186 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Unspecified
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
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  • 46.
    Chopin: Piano Works / Xiaotang Tan
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 7157 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Xiao-Gang Ye,  Qigang Chen
    Performer:  Xiaotang Tan
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  • 47.
    Chopin: The Complete Waltzes / Stephen Hough
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67849 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Stephen Hough
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  • 48.
    Brailowsky Plays Chopin
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 68164 Release Date: 02/11/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky
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  • 49.
    Dinu Lipatti: Studio Recordings 1950
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 7054/55 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Wilhelm Kempff,  Frédéric Chopin,  Myra Hess  ... 
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
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  • 50.
    Last Recital At Besancon (Sept. 16, 1950)
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 7056 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
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