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Nocturne in E flat major, Op 55 No 2

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 12 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 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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