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Chopin: The Nocturnes / Nelson Freire


Release Date: 03/09/2010 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001405302  
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nelson Freire
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Intimacy, lyricism, and subtle textural diversity characterize Nelson Freire's Chopin Nocturnes, as opposed to Ashkenazy's stronger dynamic projection, Arrau's searching rhetoric, or Moravec's darkly-lit corners. The pianist's approach has mellowed and refined since he first recorded a selection of these works in the early 1970s for Telefunken. There are illuminating details to savor, and many more to discover on repeated hearings.

Freire's unorthodox slowing down of the F-sharp Op. 15 No. 2 coda is justified by the pianist's strong left-hand underpinning, while he manages to impart poetry in Op. 27 No. 2's rapid passagework in strict tempo. His sophisticated accentuation throughout
Read more Op. 15 No. 3 and Op. 55 No. 2 allows the phrases to soar in long melodic sentences liberated from barlines. Notice also how Freire's animated treatment of Op. 62 No. 1 still allows room for underlining harmonic surprises and for the long trills to materialize with the utmost control, evenness, and beauty.

Op. 37 No. 2's double notes gorgeously ring out, while an implied contrapuntal line emerges from the top of Op. 55 No. 1's left-hand chords. And speaking of left-hand chords, Freire is not averse to rolling them, but he does so with discretion and good taste (the famous Op. 9 No. 2, for example).

Decca's warm, well-balanced engineering perfectly suits Freire's interpretations, and the label's two-for-one price may be enticement enough for some music lovers. Even if you already own a Nocturnes cycle, try to spend some quality time with Freire.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
2.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
3.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
4.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
5.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
6.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1849; Paris, France 
7.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
8.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1833 
9.
Nocturne for Piano in C minor, B 108 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
10.
Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nelson Freire (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, Op.9 No.2
Nocturne No.3 in B, Op.9 No.3
Nocturne No.4 in F, Op.15 No.1
Nocturne No.5 in F sharp, 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.8 in D flat, Op.27 No.2
Nocturne No.9 in B, Op.32 No.1
Nocturne No.10 in A flat, Op.32 No.2
Nocturne No.11 in G minor, Op.37 No.1
Nocturne No.12 in G, 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, Op.55 No.2
Nocturne No.17 in B, Op.62 No.1
Nocturne No.18 in E, Op.62 No.2
Nocturne No.19 in E minor, Op.72 No.1
Nocturne No.20 in C sharp minor, Op.posth.

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