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Track(s) taken from CDS44351/66

Nocturne in E minor, Op 72 No 1

No 19; 1827; published in 1855 by Julian Fontana

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 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)


'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 E minor, Op 72 No 1 was published six years after Chopin’s death and it is still not clear when it was written. Some experts believe it to be among the earliest of his compositions, perhaps dating from 1827. Others believe it to date from the last years of his life (substantiated by Liszt’s claim that the last of his Nocturnes was still in manuscript at the time of his death). The autograph has been lost. The form could certainly be that of an early work, but somehow the melodic material, rather than merely being slightly melancholic, seems to utter a haunting farewell.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

Le Nocturne en mi mineur, op.72 no1 fut publié six ans après la mort de Chopin. On ignore encore quand, au juste, il fut écrit. Certains experts le classent parmi les toutes premières compositions, le faisant remonter à peut-être 1827, tandis que d’autres l’associent aux dernières années du compositeur (s’appuyant en cela sur Liszt, qui affirmait que le dernier des Nocturnes était encore à l’état de manuscrit au moment de la mort de Chopin). Bien que la forme de cette pièce pût être celle d’une œuvre de jeunesse, son matériau mélodique, lui, ne se contente pas d’être juste un peu mélancolique: il semble dire un adieu lancinant.

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

Das Nocturne in e-Moll op. 72 Nr. 1 wurde sechs Jahre nach Chopins Tod veröffentlicht und es ist immer noch nicht klar, wann es entstanden ist. Einige Experten vertreten die Ansicht, dass es zu den frühsten Kompositionen gehören und um 1827 entstanden sein könnte. Andere wiederum siedeln es in den letzten Jahren seines Lebens an (was von der Behauptung Liszts bestätigt wird, dass die letzten Nocturnes Chopins zu seinem Tod noch nicht veröffentlicht gewesen seien sondern lediglich als Manuskripte existierten). Das autographe Manuskript ist verschollen. Der Form nach könnte es gewiss ein Frühwerk sein, doch das melodische Material ist nicht nur etwas melancholisch sondern scheint auch ein ergreifendes Lebewohl zu äußern.

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

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