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Nocturne in B major, Op 9 No 3

1830/2; published in 1832; dedicated to Camille Pleyel

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: 6 minutes 20 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 third Nocturne in the set, in B major, is already much more adventurous and mature. It is marked allegretto and scherzando, two indications which need to be heeded to the letter. Chopin is also incredibly precise with his phrasing and articulation marks, giving us all the indications we need to shape the melody properly. It can drive us to distraction memorizing all the slight variants each time the theme is presented, especially when we think that Chopin himself probably never played it the same way twice. The middle section, a dramatic agitato, turns to the minor key, with a swirling, ominous accompaniment, and syncopated chords in the right hand. A sudden and brief transition brings us back to the major, and a particularly beautiful coda.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

Le Nocturne en si majeur est déjà nettement plus osé et abouti. Il est marqué allegretto et scherzando, deux indications qu’il faut suivre à la lettre. Chopin s’avère, en outre, incroyablement précis dans ses indications de phrasé et d’articulation, nous fournissant tous les signes indispensables au bon façonnement de la mélodie. Mémoriser toutes les variations minimes survenant à chaque présentation du thème peut nous rendre fou, surtout si l’on songe que Chopin lui-même ne le joua probablement jamais deux fois de la même manière. La section centrale, un dramatique agitato, passe à la tonalité mineure, avec un accompagnement tourbillonnant, inquiétant, et des accords syncopés à la main droite. Une soudaine et brève transition nous ramène ensuite au majeur et à une coda de toute beauté.

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

Das Nocturne op. 9 steht in H-Dur und ist bereits sehr viel gewagter und reifer. Es ist mit Allegretto und scherzando überschrieben, zwei Anweisungen, an die man sich unbedingt halten muss. Chopin ist auch in seinen Phrasierungs- und Artikulationsanweisungen sehr präzise, so dass absolut klar ist, wie er die Melodie geformt wissen möchte. Es kann einen bisweilen zur Verzweiflung treiben, wenn man alle noch so kleinen Abweichungen des Themas auswendiglernt, besonders wenn man sich vorstellt, dass Chopin selbst das Stück wahrscheinlich immer anders gespielt hat. Der Mittelteil, ein dramatisches Agitato, bewegt sich nach Moll, wobei synkopierte Akkorde in der Rechten von einer wirbelnden, ominösen Linken begleitet werden. Eine plötzliche und kurze Überleitung führt uns nach Dur zurück und es erklingt eine besonders gelungene Coda.

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

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