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Nocturne in B flat minor, Op 9 No 1

composer
1830/2; published in 1832; dedicated to Camille Pleyel

 
The Nocturne in B flat minor is sombre and plaintive, though Chopin ends the piece in major mode. The middle section is the most original: a melody presented in octaves with startling and rapid changes of harmony. It builds up to a pedal point (shadows of Bach) where for sixteen bars the harmony stays in D flat major, then chromatically returns to the tonic key. Sonority is of crucial importance here.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

Le Nocturne en si bémol mineur, est sombre et plaintif, quoique terminé en majeur. Sa section centrale, la plus originale, est une mélodie présentée en octaves avec de saisissants et rapides changements d’harmonie, qui se développe jusqu’à une pédale (l’ombre de Bach plane) où, pendant seize mesures, l’harmonie reste en ré bémol majeur, avant un retour chromatique à la tonique. La sonorité est, ici, cruciale.

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

Das Nocturne in b-Moll ist düster und klagend angelegt, obwohl es in Dur endet. Der Mittelteil ist besonders originell: es handelt sich hier um eine Melodie, die in Oktaven dargestellt wird und in der schnelle Harmoniewechsel vorkommen. Das Ganze steigert sich zu einem Orgelpunkt (der Einfluss Bachs), wo die Harmonie 16 Takte lang in Des-Dur verweilt und dann chromatisch zur Tonika zurückkehrt. Klangfülle ist hier von besonderer Wichtigkeit.

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

Recordings

Chopin: Nocturnes
CDD220132CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus
Studio Master: CDA67371/22CDsStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Chopin: The Complete Works
CDS44351/6616CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus
This album is not yet available for downloadSACDA67371/22CDs Super-Audio CD — Deleted

Details

Track 3 on CDA67371/2 CD1 [5'59] 2CDs
Track 1 on CDS44351/66 CD8 [6'38] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 3 on CDD22013 CD1 [5'49] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 3 on SACDA67371/2 CD1 [5'59] 2CDs Super-Audio CD — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDA66341/2 disc 1 track 3

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-90-34103
Duration
5'49
Recording date
4 September 1988
Recording venue
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Chopin: Nocturnes (CDA66341/2)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: November 1989
    Deletion date: April 1998
    2CDs Superseded by CDD22013
  2. Chopin: Nocturnes (CDD22013)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: April 1998
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
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