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Nocturne in B major, Op 62 No 1
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The Nocturne in B major is as contrapuntal as anything Chopin ever wrote, with the left hand playing a much bigger role than simply accompanying. The phrases seem unending, one overlapping into the next. The middle section is totally operatic, with the melody boldly sustained over syncopated chords. When we return to the opening material, the melody is richly ornamented with trills and flourishes. As with Bach, the ornamentation is not just superimposed, but rather part of the melodic line itself. A short bridge section after an expressive pause wanders gradually back to the tonic. The coda is dream-like and solitary.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

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Details for SACDA67371/2 disc 2 track 5
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ISRC
GB-AJY-04-37205
Duration
7'29
Recording date
20 November 2003
Recording venue
Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany
Recording producer
Ludger Böckenhoff
Recording engineer
Ludger Böckenhoff
Hyperion usage
  1. Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus (CDA67371/2)
    Disc 2 Track 5
    Release date: November 2004
    2CDs
  2. Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus (SACDA67371/2)
    Disc 2 Track 5
    Release date: November 2004
    Deletion date: March 2009
    2CDs Super-Audio CD — Deleted
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