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Chopin: Nocturnes / Ivan Moravec


Release Date: 06/25/1991 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 79233   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews





These recordings were produced in 1965 by E. Alan Silver for his highly respected Connoisseur Society label, and the set became an instant classic on its release. Nonesuch?s reissue (which dates from 1991) captures the rich, warm sound of the originals perfectly. Despite the competition, which includes famous complete sets by Rubinstein and Nikita Magaloff, it is these Moravec performances to which I return again and again.


What is it that most clearly defines the uniqueness of Moravec?s readings? It is not one quality, but rather a combination which includes an extraordinary ear for harmonic motion and development, an ability to Read more extract a very wide range of color from the instrument, a flowing legato that virtually eliminates bar-lines, and perhaps most notably an infinite range of dynamics. Moravec produces more shades between mp and pp than almost any pianist in my experience, except perhaps for his idol Michelangeli. And at the other end of the dynamic spectrum he manages a variety of forte and fortissimo colors that never turn harsh.


Moravec also shapes each one of these 19 gems perfectly?building to the climax at precisely the right point. Time after time, one catches one?s breath at a particularly felicitous turn of phrase or a perfectly balanced voicing, or a remarkably original (but in no way fussy) tempo adjustment. Most often, though, it is the complete mastery of dynamics that makes one wonder how it is that this one pianist finds shadings that seem beyond virtually everyone else. This is playing that draws the listener deeply into the music?you are not drawn into Moravec?s achievement, but Chopin?s. The music flows with such an utterly natural motion that you cannot imagine it going any other way.


These are among the great piano recordings of the 20th century, and the set belongs in any serious collection of keyboard music.


FANFARE: Henry Fogel
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Works on This Recording

1. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
2. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 1 in B flat minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
4. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 3 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 5 Minutes 53 Secs. 
5. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1833 
6. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 1 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
7. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
8. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 3 in G minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
9. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
10. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 1 in C sharp minor, B 91 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
11. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 7 Minutes 23 Secs. 
12. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
13. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
14. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32: no 2 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
15. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1849; Paris, France 
16. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37: no 1 in G minor, B 119 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 6 Minutes 21 Secs. 
17. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37: no 2 in G major, B 127 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
18. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
19. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48: no 1 in C minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
20. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48: no 2 in F sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 5 Minutes 53 Secs. 
21. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
22. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55: no 1 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
23. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
24. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
25. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 7 Minutes 7 Secs. 
26. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 2 in E major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
27. Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivan Moravec (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 

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