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Track(s) taken from CDS44351/66

Nocturne in A flat major, Op 32 No 2

composer
1836/7

Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Recording details: October 1994
Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York, USA
Produced by Adam Abeshouse
Engineered by Adam Abeshouse
Release date: November 2008
Total duration: 5 minutes 48 seconds

Cover artwork: Frédéric Chopin in concert at the Hotel Lambert, Paris (1840) by Antar Teofil Kwiatowski (1809-1891)
Bibliothèque Polonaise, Paris / Archives Charmet / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 
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Reviews

'Hyperion's big deal … Ohlsson is a powerful and committed player, and is afforded very good sound by the engineers … this is almost certainly how these pieces were played in Chopin's time' (The Mail on Sunday)

'This is an oustanding achievement, which any genuine Chopin lover and student of Romantic music should own … a landmark in the recording of Chopin's music … Garrick Ohlsson and Hyperion deserve the greatest success in bringing this important undertaking to such a consistently impressive conclusion' (International Record Review)

'An attractively priced box set … Ohlsson is in a class of his own' (Pianist)

'The collaborative works receive particularly rewarding performances … Ohlsson arguably offers more consistent artistry than Biret, Ashkenazy, Magaloff, and Harasiewicz' (ClassicsToday.com)

'Garrick Ohlsson’s complete survey of everything Chopin wrote for piano (including chamber music, songs, and for piano and orchestra) will delight the completist and the Chopin connoisseur. Ohlsson (who won the Chopin International Piano Competition in 1970) gives us accounts of this wondrous repertoire in weighty and commanding style, aristocratic and impulsive (but not lacking light and shade or contemplative contrasts) and, at times, very sensitive and searching. These vivid recordings were made in the second half of the 1990s and have previously appeared on the Arabesque label. They now sit very well in Hyperion’s catalogue' (ClassicalSource.com)
The Nocturne in A flat major was much later incorporated in an orchestral version into Fokine’s ballet Les Sylphides; I admit that this was how I first became acquainted with it so, like it or not, it is forever associated in my mind with the dance. The middle section in particular lends itself to this feeling with its lightly tripping triplets that become increasingly intense and wild, so much so as to bring back the opening theme fortissimo and appassionato. But Chopin gradually calms down, and closes the Nocturne with the same two-bar cadence and reverential gesture with which it opened.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

Une version orchestrale du nocturne en la bémol majeur fut incorporée beaucoup plus tard au ballet de Fokine, Les Sylphides; j’avoue l’avoir découvert sous cette forme et, que je le veuille ou non, mon esprit l’associera toujours à la danse. La section centrale se prête particulièrement à ce sentiment, avec ses triolets sautillant d’un pas léger, qui se font de plus en plus intenses et débridés, au point de ramener le thème initial fortissimo et appassionato. Mais Chopin s’apaise peu à peu et conclut le Nocturne par la même cadence de deux mesures et le même geste révérenciel qu’en ouverture.

extrait des notes rédigées par Angela Hewitt © 2004
Français: Hypérion

Das Nocturne in As-Dur wurde in einem Arrangement für Orchester sehr viel später in Fokines Ballett Les Sylphides eingefügt; ich muss gestehen, dass ich das Stück in dieser Form zum ersten Mal zu hören bekam und dass es sich mir auf diese Weise, ob ich wollte oder nicht, unauslöschlich in Verbindung mit dem Tanz eingeprägt hat. Der Mittelteil mit seinen trippelnden Triolen passt besonders gut in ein solches Bild. Diese Triolen werden dann jedoch so intensiv und wild, dass das Anfangsthema appassionato und im fortissimo zurückkehrt. Doch Chopin beruhigt sich allmählich und beendet das Nocturne mit derselben zweitaktigen Kadenz und ehrerbietigen Geste, mit der es begann.

aus dem Begleittext von Angela Hewitt © 2004
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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