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Nocturne in E minor, Op 72 No 1

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No 19; 1827; published in 1855 by Julian Fontana

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 54 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 Nocturne in E minor, Op 72 No 1 was published six years after Chopin’s death and it is still not clear when it was written. Some experts believe it to be among the earliest of his compositions, perhaps dating from 1827. Others believe it to date from the last years of his life (substantiated by Liszt’s claim that the last of his Nocturnes was still in manuscript at the time of his death). The autograph has been lost. The form could certainly be that of an early work, but somehow the melodic material, rather than merely being slightly melancholic, seems to utter a haunting farewell.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

Le Nocturne en mi mineur, op.72 no1 fut publié six ans après la mort de Chopin. On ignore encore quand, au juste, il fut écrit. Certains experts le classent parmi les toutes premières compositions, le faisant remonter à peut-être 1827, tandis que d’autres l’associent aux dernières années du compositeur (s’appuyant en cela sur Liszt, qui affirmait que le dernier des Nocturnes était encore à l’état de manuscrit au moment de la mort de Chopin). Bien que la forme de cette pièce pût être celle d’une œuvre de jeunesse, son matériau mélodique, lui, ne se contente pas d’être juste un peu mélancolique: il semble dire un adieu lancinant.

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

Das Nocturne in e-Moll op. 72 Nr. 1 wurde sechs Jahre nach Chopins Tod veröffentlicht und es ist immer noch nicht klar, wann es entstanden ist. Einige Experten vertreten die Ansicht, dass es zu den frühsten Kompositionen gehören und um 1827 entstanden sein könnte. Andere wiederum siedeln es in den letzten Jahren seines Lebens an (was von der Behauptung Liszts bestätigt wird, dass die letzten Nocturnes Chopins zu seinem Tod noch nicht veröffentlicht gewesen seien sondern lediglich als Manuskripte existierten). Das autographe Manuskript ist verschollen. Der Form nach könnte es gewiss ein Frühwerk sein, doch das melodische Material ist nicht nur etwas melancholisch sondern scheint auch ein ergreifendes Lebewohl zu äußern.

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

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