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Nocturne in E flat major, Op 55 No 2

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1843; dedicated to Jane Stirling

Angela Hewitt (piano)
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Recording details: November 2003
Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany
Produced by Ludger Böckenhoff
Engineered by Ludger Böckenhoff
Release date: November 2004
Total duration: 4 minutes 57 seconds
 
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Reviews

'In a catalogue boasting many distinguished Chopin Nocturne cycles, Angela Hewitt's commands attention' (BBC Music Magazine)

'One of the most elegant pianists around, the Canadian virtuoso Angela Hewitt interrupts her epic Bach and Couperin cycles for Hyperion to explore some of Chopin's most refined music, the complete Nocturnes and Impromptus. Hewitt's innate sophistication and delicacy of touch are perfectly suited to these exquisite pieces, 25 of them over two discs, by a master of the genre at the height of his fragile powers. Spanning almost his entire creative life, the Nocturnes amount to a remarkable graph of Chopin's emotional maturity, touchingly reflected in the affectionate care Hewitt brings to what sounds like a labour of love' (The Observer)

'Hewitt is not given to grand effects, whether an extreme rubato or rude dynamic change. Still, she can play grandly as well, as we hear on her powerful performance of the great Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor. This new recording of the nocturnes is what Marlon Brando would have called, if he had cared, a contender. It's richly recorded and beautifully played: it has art's final seal' (Fanfare, USA)

'Angela Hewitt is a sound buy … the delicacy of touch and manicured precision of the phrasing is a delight' (The Scotsman)
The E flat major Nocturne is announced by a solo high B flat in the right hand. The rhapsodic yearning expressed in this work, and the mastery of counterpoint and rhythm that produces it result in a wondrous piece. How far we have come from those early Nocturnes! The long lines, the uninterrupted flow of ideas, the dialogue between the upper voices that is passionate and spontaneous, the fluidity of the left hand while outlining such rich harmonies, and the poetry of it all give us Chopin at his best. The Op 55 Nocturnes were dedicated to Jane Stirling, his Scottish student and admirer.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

Le Nocturne en mi bémol majeur est annoncé par un si bémol aigu solo, à la main droite. La langueur rhapsodique, mais aussi la maîtrise du contrepoint et du rythme dont elle découle, font de ce nocturne une pièce merveilleuse. Comme nous sommes loin des Nocturnes de jeunesse! Les lignes longues, le flot d’idées ininterrompu, le dialogue entre les voix supérieures, passionné et spontané, la fluidité de la main gauche déroulant de riches harmonies, sans oublier la poésie de l’ensemble, nous montrent un Chopin sous son meilleur jour. Ces nocturnes furent dédiés à Jane Stirling, élève et admiratrice écossaise du compositeur.

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

Das Es-Dur Nocturne das von einem einzelnen, hohen B in der rechten Hand angekündigt wird. Die rhapsodische Sehnsucht dieses Stücks und der meisterhafte Umgang mit Kontrapunkt und Rhythmus machen es zu einem wahren Wunderwerk. Wie weit sind wir hier von den frühen Nocturnes entfernt! Die langen Phrasen, der ununterbrochenen Ideenstrom, der spontane und leidenschaftliche Dialog zwischen den Oberstimmen, das Fließen in der linken Hand, die gleichzeitig so reichhaltige Harmonien umschreibt und die Poesie des Werks machen deutlich, dass Chopin sich hier auf den Zenith seines Schaffens befindet. Die Nocturnes op. 55 wurden seiner schottischen Schülerin und Verehrerin Jane Stirling gewidmet.

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

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