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Track(s) taken from CDD22013
Recording details: September 1988
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: November 1989
Total duration: 7 minutes 1 seconds

'A very welcome reissue indeed. Eloquent, unfailingly beautiful in tone and blessedly free of mannerism, Livia Rev combines in almost perfect balance the simplicity of utterance required of all great Chopin playing' (BBC Music Magazine)

Nocturne in B major, Op 62 No 1
composer
1846

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Angela Hewitt (piano)
Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Stephen Hough (piano)
Artur Pizarro (piano)
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Nocturne in B major is as contrapuntal as anything Chopin ever wrote, with the left hand playing a much bigger role than simply accompanying. The phrases seem unending, one overlapping into the next. The middle section is totally operatic, with the melody boldly sustained over syncopated chords. When we return to the opening material, the melody is richly ornamented with trills and flourishes. As with Bach, the ornamentation is not just superimposed, but rather part of the melodic line itself. A short bridge section after an expressive pause wanders gradually back to the tonic. The coda is dream-like and solitary.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004


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