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Track(s) taken from CDS44351/66

Nocturne in F minor, Op 55 No 1

composer
1843; dedicated to Jane Stirling

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 45 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 F minor begins simply with a swinging bass, but in a quicker tempo than the C minor Nocturne. Things get almost military-sounding in the middle, but not for long; the song-like opening returns, dissolving quickly into triplets that take us to the top of the keyboard, before harp-like chords bring the piece to a close.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

Le Nocturne en fa mineur s’ouvre simplement sur une basse rythmée, mais dans un tempo plus rapide que celui du Nocturne et ut mineur. Au milieu, les choses prennent une tournure quasi militaire, mais cela ne dure pas; la mélodie revient, pour se dissoudre rapidement en triolets qui nous entraînent en haut du claiver, avant que des accords de type harpe ne viennent clore la pièce.

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

Das Nocturne in f-Moll beginnt einfach mit einem swingenden Bass, jedoch in einem schnelleren Tempo als das c-Moll Nocturne. Im Mittelteil wird das Ganze fast militärisch, jedoch nicht für lange; der liedhafte Anfang kehrt zurück, löst sich umgehend in Triolen auf und bewegt sich bis in die höchsten Höhen des Klaviers, bevor harfenähnliche Akkorde das Stück beenden.

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

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