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

No 20; 1830; published in 1875

Artur Pizarro (piano)
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Recording details: June 2004
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: February 2005
Total duration: 5 minutes 32 seconds

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Angela Hewitt (piano)
Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Lívia Rév (piano)


'Pizarro's playing is distinctive, however: lean and muscular, rather than sentimentally refined. Occasionally, he veers towards a mood of dark, high Romanticism more associated with Liszt than Chopin, but his approach pays off in the brooding introspection of his performances of the nocturnes, while there's an earthiness in some of the valses and mazurkas that reflects on their origins in folk music' (The Guardian)» More

'Classical music purists and Chopin aficionados should not be put off by the Classic FM-type title of this disc of Chopin piano music, or by the repertoire chosen by Artur Pizarro, a very distinguished pianist (though I'm not convinced how widely that fact is realised). Pizarro's choice of pieces might resemble a selection of Chopin favourites and pops, but he brings to the most familiar music a spellbinding array of insights in this set of performances, which admirably display his intelligence and originality of thought, along with breathtakingly sensitive playing which allows Chopin's music to breathe. Listen to the heartstopping, hushed versions of the Nocturnes in B Major and C sharp minor, the achingly beautiful performance of the D flat Nocturne, and Pizarro's dry, light, super-articulate playing of that perennial barnstormer the 'Grande valse brillante', to see what I mean. Even alongside legendary recordings by such pianists as Rubinstein, this collection features some of the finest Chopin playing on record' (The Herald)

'The sound is certainly spectacular, with the distinctively rich bass and bright upper register of his favoured Blüthner grand beautifully caught by the Linn engineers. Pizarro's playing itself is interesting and makes you take notice … his Mazurkas are excellent, as is his passionate rendition of the famous Polonaise. Indeed, this could be, for me, the pick of the disc, with the pent-up tension and superbly even left hand octaves making for thrilling listening' (MusicWeb International)» More
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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