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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55175
Recording details: January 1989
St Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tim Handley
Release date: June 1989
Total duration: 3 minutes 6 seconds

'We have had to wait far too long for this first solo recording from Yitkin Seow, for he is an excellent pianist with a keen sense of style' (Gramophone)

'A generously filled anthology… consistent beauty of sound' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

Nocturne No 1

Nocturne No 1  [3'06]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
As is to be expected, the five Nocturnes have nothing at all Romantic about them, nothing of Chopin’s graceful melancholy. They are austere and monochrome in spirit. Perhaps because they are among the last works he wrote for the piano and constitute a grave farewell to the instrument he loved but never played very adequately, the Nocturnes display an objective quality and lack facetious instructions to the player. Satie, you feel, has reached a point where he is no longer in the mood for jocular whimsicalities and wants his music to speak alone.

from notes by James Harding © 1989

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