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Chopin: Complete Nocturnes / Bernard d'Ascoli


Release Date: 02/01/2006 
Label:  Divine Art   Catalog #: 23201   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 45 Mins. 

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“This ranks among the most remarkable of Chopin Nocturne recordings… Bernard d'Ascoli goes his own heartwarming way unburdened by tradition...such bold and declamatory playing is never less than enlivening, positively forbidding the listener to sink into complacency or repose. An impetuous thrust given to the D flat Nocturne's long-breathed Italianate lines, and the sudden plunge into darkness at the end of Op 31 No 1, are two among many examples of performances of a living, breathing presence, the reverse of studio-bound...The recordings are vivid and immediate and the outstanding notes...are by the pianist
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"A revelatory and probing disc from Bernard d'Ascoli. Many have recorded these pieces, but d'Ascoli proves that there is still more to be said. And, at the same time, announces himself as a top-flight pianist."
– Bryce Morrison, THE GRAMOPHONE

"a personal and individual view of the Nocturnes that also remains a “central” one. Bernard d’Ascoli has a sound that is clear, liquescent and very appropriate to Chopin...D’Ascoli is very sentient to the acoustical construction of Chopin’s textures, and he knows how to balance the left and right hands so that they blend into an overall sonority...D’Ascoli’s literate, beautifully expressed booklet note (very well translated by Eleanor Harris) finds exactly the right balance between technical and expressive comments...This is a release whose totality upholds the distinction of its individual parts, and for anyone who loves the Nocturnes it is well worth adding to the versions, either classic or more recent, in your own collection."
- Stephen Pruslin (International Record Review)

Also Available - Bernard d'Ascoli's Chopin Scherzi and Impromptus
“D’Ascoli brings you as close to Chopin’s intentions as could be possible... Soak in Bernard d’Ascoli’s delight in flinging his deft fingers into dramatic bouts of virtuosity, yet never losing the overall shape and purpose of the musical architecture.” – Denby Richards, Musical Opinion


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Works on This Recording

1. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
2. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1833 
3. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
4. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
5. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1849; Paris, France 
6. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
7. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
8. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
9. Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor, B 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830 
10. Nocturne for Piano in C minor, B 108 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
11. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 1 in B flat minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
12. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
13. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 3 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
14. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 1 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
15. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
16. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 3 in G minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
17. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 1 in C sharp minor, B 91 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
18. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
19. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
20. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32: no 2 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
21. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37: no 1 in G minor, B 119 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Paris, France 
22. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37: no 2 in G major, B 127 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
23. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48: no 1 in C minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
24. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48: no 2 in F sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
25. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55: no 1 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
26. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
27. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
28. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 2 in E major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
29. Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bernard d'Ascoli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 

Sound Samples

Nocturne No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9, No. 1
Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2
Nocturne No. 3 in B major, Op. 9, No. 3
Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15, No. 1
Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15, No. 2
Nocturne No. 6 in G minor, Op. 15, No. 3
Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1: Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1
Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27, No. 2
Nocturne No. 9 in B major, Op. 32, No. 1
Nocturne No. 10 in A flat major, Op. 32, No. 2
Nocturne No. 11 in G minor, Op. 37, No. 1
Nocturne No. 12 in G major, Op. 37, No. 2
Nocturne No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1
Nocturne No. 14 in F sharp minor, Op. 48, No. 2
Nocturne No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1
Nocturne No. 16 in E flat major, Op. 55, No. 2
Nocturne No. 17 in B major, Op. 62, No. 1
Nocturne No. 18 in E major, Op. 62, No. 2
Nocturne No. 19 in E minor, Op. 72, No. 1
Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor, Op. posth.
Nocturne No. 21 in C minor, Op. posth.: Nocturne in C minor, Op. Post.

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