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Track(s) taken from CDA67371/2

Lento con espressione in C sharp minor 'Nocturne', KKIVa/16

No 20; 1830; published in 1875

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: 3 minutes 53 seconds

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'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 C sharp minor was published in 1875 and was not given the title ‘Nocturne’ by Chopin. He wrote it for his sister Ludwika while in Vienna in 1830, telling her to learn it before she practised his Second Concerto (perhaps a mischievous comment?). It does indeed include several references to that work as well as an echo of his song Zyczenie (‘The Wish’). The section beginning at bar 21 was originally written in two different metres simultaneously, no doubt confusing most people, and he later simplified it. This piece has become very popular with students and amateurs, who struggle to put thirty-five notes in the right hand against four in the left in the final scales – a good starting point for what is to come in the rest of the Nocturnes.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

Le Nocturne en ut dièse mineur, publié en 1875, ne fut pas intitulé «nocturne» par Chopin, qui le composa pour sa sœur Ludwika, alors à Vienne, en 1830, en lui conseillant de l’apprendre avant de s’exercer à son Concerto no2 (peut-être une remarque espiègle?). Et de fait, il inclut plusieurs références à ce concerto, tout en faisant écho au lied Zyczenie («Le souhait»). La section commencée à la mesure 21 fut originellement écrite dans deux mesures différents à la fois, ce qui ne manqua pas de dérouter la plupart des gens – par la suite, Chopin la simplifia pour le grand public. Ce morceau est devenu fort populaire auprès des étudiants et des amateurs, qui s’échinent à placer trente-cinq notes à la main droite, contre quatre à la gauche dans les dernières gammes – un bon début pour ce que réserve le reste des Nocturnes.

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

Das Nocturne in cis-Moll wurde 1875 publiziert und war von Chopin nicht „Nocturne“ genannt worden. Er komponierte es für seine Schwester Ludwika während seines Aufenthalts in Wien 1830 und wies sie an, es zu lernen, bevor sie sein Zweites Klavierkonzert übe (möglicherweise ein spitzbübischer Kommentar?). Er spielt tatsächlich mehrmals an das Konzert an und zitiert auch sein Lied Zyczenie („Der Wunsch“). Die Passage, die in Takt 21 beginnt, stand ursprünglich in zwei verschiedenen Metren gleichzeitig, was die meisten zweifellos verwirrt haben muss, so dass er den Teil später für den allgemeinen Konsum vereinfachte. Dieses Stück ist heutzutage unter Schülern und Amateuren sehr beliebt, die sich jedoch schwer tun, bei den Tonleitern am Schluss 35 Noten in der rechten gegen 4 Noten in der linken Hand zu setzen – ein guter Ausgangspunkt für die restlichen Nocturnes.

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

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