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Track(s) taken from CDS44351/66

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

No 20; 1830; published in 1875

Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Recording details: October 1994
Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York, USA
Produced by Adam Abeshouse
Engineered by Adam Abeshouse
Release date: November 2008
Total duration: 4 minutes 46 seconds

Cover artwork: Frédéric Chopin in concert at the Hotel Lambert, Paris (1840) by Antar Teofil Kwiatowski (1809-1891)
Bibliothèque Polonaise, Paris / Archives Charmet / Bridgeman Art Library, London

Other recordings available for download

Angela Hewitt (piano)
Lívia Rév (piano)
Artur Pizarro (piano)


'Hyperion's big deal … Ohlsson is a powerful and committed player, and is afforded very good sound by the engineers … this is almost certainly how these pieces were played in Chopin's time' (The Mail on Sunday)

'This is an oustanding achievement, which any genuine Chopin lover and student of Romantic music should own … a landmark in the recording of Chopin's music … Garrick Ohlsson and Hyperion deserve the greatest success in bringing this important undertaking to such a consistently impressive conclusion' (International Record Review)

'An attractively priced box set … Ohlsson is in a class of his own' (Pianist)

'The collaborative works receive particularly rewarding performances … Ohlsson arguably offers more consistent artistry than Biret, Ashkenazy, Magaloff, and Harasiewicz' (Classics Today)

'Garrick Ohlsson’s complete survey of everything Chopin wrote for piano (including chamber music, songs, and for piano and orchestra) will delight the completist and the Chopin connoisseur. Ohlsson (who won the Chopin International Piano Competition in 1970) gives us accounts of this wondrous repertoire in weighty and commanding style, aristocratic and impulsive (but not lacking light and shade or contemplative contrasts) and, at times, very sensitive and searching. These vivid recordings were made in the second half of the 1990s and have previously appeared on the Arabesque label. They now sit very well in Hyperion’s catalogue' (Classical Source)
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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