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Track(s) taken from CDS44351/66

Nocturne in G minor, Op 37 No 1

composer
1838

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: 8 minutes 5 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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Angela Hewitt (piano)
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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 first Nocturne of Op 37, in G minor, is very vocal, with the lament sung by the soprano in long phrases, and the ornaments becoming increasingly elaborate. Then comes a chorale in E flat major played in the lower half of the keyboard which gives it a dark colour. The lament returns, but, as he has done previously, Chopin chooses to give us a ‘tierce de Picardie’ ending in the major key.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

Le premier nocturne de l’op.37, en sol mineur, très vocal, voit la lamentation chantée au soprano en de longues phrases, avec des ornements toujours plus élaborés. S’ensuit un choral en mi bémol majeur joué dans la moitié inférieure du clavier – d’où sa couleur ténébreuse. La lamentation revient mais, comme il l’a déjà fait auparavant, Chopin opte pour une «tierce de Picardie» s’achevant en majeur.

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

Das erste Nocturne op. 37 in g-Moll ist ausgesprochen gesanglich angelegt: die Sopranstimme singt ein Klagelied in langen Phrasen und die Verzierungen werden immer komplizierter. Darauf folgt ein Choral in Es-Dur, der in der unteren Hälfte der Tastatur gespielt wird und daher eine recht dunkle Farbe hat. Der Klagegesang kehrt wieder, doch wie es auch schon zuvor geschehen ist, bedient sich Chopin hier einer pikardischen Terz, was das Stück in Dur enden lässt.

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

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