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Track(s) taken from CDS44351/66

Nocturne in E major, Op 62 No 2

composer
1846

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: 7 minutes 30 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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Angela Hewitt (piano)
Stephen Hough (piano)
Lívia Rév (piano)
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (piano)

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 major Nocturne sounds rich and expressive with its melody sung by a mezzo-soprano rather than a higher voice. In the turbulent middle section the left hand plays a melodic role as well, with the harmonic ‘stuffing’ lying in the inner voices. The return of the calmer section brings with it a good deal of resignation – perhaps what Chopin was feeling at the time.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

Le Nocturne en mi majeur exhale richesse et expressivité avec sa mélodie chantée au mezzo-soprano plutôt qu’à une voix plus aiguë. Dans la turbulente section centrale, la main gauche joue également un rôle mélodique, le «rembourrage» harmonique reposant dans les voix intérieures. Le retour de la section apaisée apporte son lot de résignation – peut-être ce que Chopin ressentait alors.

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

Die Melodie des E-Dur Nocturnes wird anstelle einer hohen Stimme von einer Mezzosopranstimme gesungen, was dem Stück eine besonders gehaltvolle und expressive Note verleiht. In dem turbulenten Mittelteil spielt die linke Hand ebenfalls eine melodische Rolle, so dass sich die harmonische „Füllung“ in den Mittelstimmen befindet. Die Rückkehr des ruhigeren Teils bringt ein gewisses Maß an Resignation mit sich – möglicherweise spiegelt das Chopins Gemütszustand zu jenem Zeitpunkt wider.

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

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