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Track(s) taken from CDS44351/66

Nocturne in B major, Op 9 No 3

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

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: 6 minutes 50 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

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Angela Hewitt (piano)
Lívia Rév (piano)
Ingrid Fliter (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 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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