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Nocturne in B major, Op 62 No 1

composer
1846

Artur Pizarro (piano)
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Recording details: June 2004
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: February 2005
Total duration: 8 minutes 35 seconds
 
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Reviews

'Pizarro's playing is distinctive, however: lean and muscular, rather than sentimentally refined. Occasionally, he veers towards a mood of dark, high Romanticism more associated with Liszt than Chopin, but his approach pays off in the brooding introspection of his performances of the nocturnes, while there's an earthiness in some of the valses and mazurkas that reflects on their origins in folk music' (The Guardian)» More

'Classical music purists and Chopin aficionados should not be put off by the Classic FM-type title of this disc of Chopin piano music, or by the repertoire chosen by Artur Pizarro, a very distinguished pianist (though I'm not convinced how widely that fact is realised). Pizarro's choice of pieces might resemble a selection of Chopin favourites and pops, but he brings to the most familiar music a spellbinding array of insights in this set of performances, which admirably display his intelligence and originality of thought, along with breathtakingly sensitive playing which allows Chopin's music to breathe. Listen to the heartstopping, hushed versions of the Nocturnes in B Major and C sharp minor, the achingly beautiful performance of the D flat Nocturne, and Pizarro's dry, light, super-articulate playing of that perennial barnstormer the 'Grande valse brillante', to see what I mean. Even alongside legendary recordings by such pianists as Rubinstein, this collection features some of the finest Chopin playing on record' (The Herald)

'The sound is certainly spectacular, with the distinctively rich bass and bright upper register of his favoured Blüthner grand beautifully caught by the Linn engineers. Pizarro's playing itself is interesting and makes you take notice … his Mazurkas are excellent, as is his passionate rendition of the famous Polonaise. Indeed, this could be, for me, the pick of the disc, with the pent-up tension and superbly even left hand octaves making for thrilling listening' (MusicWeb International)» More
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

Le Nocturne en si majeur est plus contrapuntique que jamais, la main gauche allant bien au-delà du simple accompagnement. Les phrases, semblant sans fin, se chevauchent les unes les autres. La section centrale, totalement opératique, voit la mélodie tenue fermement par-dessus des accords syncopés. Au retour du matériau d’ouverture, cette mélodie s’orne richement de trilles et de fioritures. Comme chez Bach, l’ornementation ne vient pas en simple surimposition mais fait partie intégrante de la ligne mélodique même. Passé une pause expressive, un bref pont nous ramène peu à peu, un musant, à la tonique. La coda est onirique et solitaire.

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

Das Nocturne steht in H-Dur und ist mit das Kontrapunktischste, was er je komponierte, wobei die linke Hand eine viel wichtigere Rolle hat, als lediglich eine begleitende. Die Phrasen scheinen unendlich und überschneiden sich gegenseitig. Der Mittelteil ist sehr opernhaft angelegt und die Melodie wird unverzagt über synkopierten Akkorden ausgehalten. Bei der Rückkehr zum Anfangsmaterial erscheint die Musik reich verziert mit Trillern und anderen Ornamenten. Ebenso wie bei Bach sind die Verzierungen hier nicht lediglich oben drauf gesteckt, sondern Teil der melodischen Linie selbst. Eine kurze Überleitung nach einer expressiven Pause führt allmählich zurück zur Tonika. Die Coda erscheint traumartig und einsam.

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

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