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Nocturne in E flat major, Op 55 No 2

composer
1843; dedicated to Jane Stirling

 
The E flat major Nocturne is announced by a solo high B flat in the right hand. The rhapsodic yearning expressed in this work, and the mastery of counterpoint and rhythm that produces it result in a wondrous piece. How far we have come from those early Nocturnes! The long lines, the uninterrupted flow of ideas, the dialogue between the upper voices that is passionate and spontaneous, the fluidity of the left hand while outlining such rich harmonies, and the poetry of it all give us Chopin at his best. The Op 55 Nocturnes were dedicated to Jane Stirling, his Scottish student and admirer.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

Le Nocturne en mi bémol majeur est annoncé par un si bémol aigu solo, à la main droite. La langueur rhapsodique, mais aussi la maîtrise du contrepoint et du rythme dont elle découle, font de ce nocturne une pièce merveilleuse. Comme nous sommes loin des Nocturnes de jeunesse! Les lignes longues, le flot d’idées ininterrompu, le dialogue entre les voix supérieures, passionné et spontané, la fluidité de la main gauche déroulant de riches harmonies, sans oublier la poésie de l’ensemble, nous montrent un Chopin sous son meilleur jour. Ces nocturnes furent dédiés à Jane Stirling, élève et admiratrice écossaise du compositeur.

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

Das Es-Dur Nocturne das von einem einzelnen, hohen B in der rechten Hand angekündigt wird. Die rhapsodische Sehnsucht dieses Stücks und der meisterhafte Umgang mit Kontrapunkt und Rhythmus machen es zu einem wahren Wunderwerk. Wie weit sind wir hier von den frühen Nocturnes entfernt! Die langen Phrasen, der ununterbrochenen Ideenstrom, der spontane und leidenschaftliche Dialog zwischen den Oberstimmen, das Fließen in der linken Hand, die gleichzeitig so reichhaltige Harmonien umschreibt und die Poesie des Werks machen deutlich, dass Chopin sich hier auf den Zenith seines Schaffens befindet. Die Nocturnes op. 55 wurden seiner schottischen Schülerin und Verehrerin Jane Stirling gewidmet.

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

Recordings

Alfred Cortot – The Late Recordings, Vol. 1 – 1947 Schumann, Chopin & Debussy
APR5571Download only
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 4 on CDA67371/2 CD2 [4'57] 2CDs
Track 4 on CDS44351/66 CD9 [5'12] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 8 on CDD22013 CD2 [5'20] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 15 on APR5571 [4'25] Download only
Track 16 on APR5571 [4'29] Download only
Track 4 on SACDA67371/2 CD2 [4'57] 2CDs Super-Audio CD — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDD22013 disc 2 track 8

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-90-34208
Duration
5'20
Recording date
4 September 1988
Recording venue
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Chopin: Nocturnes (CDA66341/2)
    Disc 2 Track 8
    Release date: November 1989
    Deletion date: April 1998
    2CDs Superseded by CDD22013
  2. Chopin: Nocturnes (CDD22013)
    Disc 2 Track 8
    Release date: April 1998
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
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