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Track(s) taken from CDS44351/66

Nocturne in G major, Op 37 No 2


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: 7 minutes 44 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)


'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 G major is a barcarolle, and a sunny one at that. It is also an étude in double notes. The major problem facing the interpreter is to find a tempo at which the beginning is playable, and the lyrical section with which it alternates doesn’t drag too much, even though it is marked sostenuto. Chopin builds up the tension at the end, pausing on a diminished seventh chord, but then releases it in the most natural of ways. This set was entitled Les Soupirs by Chopin’s publisher in England. How he must have loved being asked to play his ‘Second Sigh’ by English ladies!

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

Le Nocturne en sol majeur, une barcarolle, ensoleillée de surcroît, est également une étude de doubles notes. L’interprète est avant tout confronté à la nécessité de trouver un tempo permettant de jouer le début, tout en faisant que la section centrale avec lequel elle alterne ne traîne pas trop, bien qu’elle soit marquée sostenuto. Chopin développe la tension à la fin, marquant une pause sur un accord de septième diminuée, avant de le relâcher de la manière la plus naturelle qui soit. Son éditeur anglais ayant intitulé cet opus Les Soupirs, l’on imagine combien Chopin dut adorer entendre les dames anglaises lui demander de jouer son «Second soupir»!

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

Es ist dies gleichzeitig eine freundliche Barcarolle als auch eine Etüde in Doppelnoten. Das Hauptproblem für den Interpreten besteht hier darin, ein Tempo zu finden, in dem einerseits der Anfang spielbar ist und in dem andererseits der lyrische Teil, mit dem er alterniert, nicht zu sehr schleppt, obwohl er mit sostenuto markiert ist. Gegen Ende erhöht Chopin die Spannung erheblich, hält auf einem verminderten Septakkord inne und löst ihn dann aber auf ganz natürlich Art und Weise auf. Diese beiden Nocturnes wurden von Chopins englischem Verleger Les Soupirs genannt. Wie sehr muss er es geliebt haben, von den englischen Damen aufgefordert zu werden, seinen „Zweiten Seufzer“ zu spielen!

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

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