Title: Chopin – Nocturnes
Artist: Maria João Pires (piano)
Cat No.: LP43028
Format: 2LP, 180g Vinyl, Gatefold.
● From the original masters of Universal Music.
● Audiophile analogue mastering by Maarten de Boer
● Cutting at Emil Berliner Studios
● 180g audiophile virgin vinyl
● Pressed by Pallas GmbH in Germany.
● The first time ever on vinyl
“Passion rather than insouciance is Pires's keynote. Here is an intensity and drama that scorn all complacent salon or drawing-room expectations. How she relishes Chopin's central storms, creating a vivid and spectacular yet unhistrionic contrast with all surrounding serenity or 'embalmed darkness'. The con fuoco of Op 15 No 1 erupts in a fine fury and in the first Nocturne, Op 9 No 1, Pires's sharp observance of Chopin's appassionato marking comes like a prophecy of the coda's sudden blaze. Chopin, she informs us in no uncertain terms, was no sentimentalist. More intimately, in Op-15 No 3 (where the music's wavering sense of irresolution led to the sobriquet 'the Hamlet Nocturne') Pires makes you hang on to every note in the coda's curious, echoing chimes, and in the dolcissimo conclusion to No 8 (Op 27 No 2) there's an unforgettable sense of 'all passion spent', of gradually ebbing emotion. Pires with her burning clarity has reinforced our sense of Chopin's stature and created a new range of possibilities (showing us that there's life after Rubinstein). Naturally, Rubinstein's legendary cycles possess a graciousness, an ease and elegance reflecting, perhaps, a long-vanished belle époque. Yet moving ahead, one has no hesitation in declaring Maria João Pires among the most eloquent master- musicians of our time.”
- The Gramophone Magazine
* Originally released 0n 1996
Chopin - Nocturnes
DetailsFrédéric Chopin (1810 – 1949) - Nocturnes Nos. 1 ~ 21 (Complete recording)
No. 1 In B Flat Minor, Op. 9 No. 1: Larghetto 5:36 / No. 2 In E Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2: Andante 4:29 / No. 3 In B Major, Op. 9 No. 3: Allegretto 6:39 / No. 4 In F Major, Op. 15 No. 1: Andante Cantabile 4:21 / No. 5 In F Sharp Major, Op. 15 No. 2: Larghetto 3:27 / No. 6 In G Minor, Op. 15 No. 3: Lento 4:26
No. 7 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 1: Larghetto 5:11 / No. 8 In D Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2: Lento Sostenuto 6:37 / No. 9 In B Major, Op 32 No. 1: Andante Sostenuto 4:54 / No. 10 In A Flat Major, Op. 32 No. 2: Lento 4:49 / No. 11 In G Minor, Op. 37 No. 1: Andante Sostenuto 5:47
No. 12 In G Major, Op. 37 No. 2: Andantino 5:57 / No. 13 In C Minor, Op. 48 No. 1: Lento 6:45 / No. 14 In F Sharp Minor, Op. 48 No. 2: Andantino 7:18 / No. 15 In F Minor, Op. 55 No. 1: Andante 4:40
No. 16 In E Flat Major, Op. 55 No. 2: Lento Sostenuto 4:52 / No. 17 In B Major, Op. 62 No. 1: Andante 6:27 / No. 18 In E Major, Op. 62 No. 2: Lento 5:58 / No. 19 In E Minor, Op. Post. 72 No. 1: Andante 4:08 / No. 20 In C Sharp Minor, Op. Post.: Lento Con Gran Espressione 4:02 / No. 21 In C Minor, Op. Post. 2:48