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Nocturnes - Chopin, Field, Et Al / Bart Von Oort


Release Date: 06/28/2005 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 92202   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John FieldFrédéric ChopinCamille PleyelFrederic Kalkbrenner,   ... 
Performer:  Bart Van OortAgnieszka Chabowska
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This boxed set gathers John Field's pioneering piano Nocturnes alongside all 21 of Chopin's works in the genre, together with interesting nocturnes by their contemporaries, including Camille Pleyel, Frédéric Kalkbrenner, Clara Schumann, Charles-Valentin Alkan, and Maria Szymanowska, among others. Pianist Bart van Oort employs an 1823 Broadwood throughout the Field selections, and takes full advantage of the misty half-tints resulting from the instrument's sustain pedal. This is not to say that van Oort wallows in coloristic effects, for a strong, decisive left hand propels his brisk, no-nonsense tempos. The Seventh Nocturne's steady left-hand chords, for example, take on a twangy resonance that creates a hypnotic cumulative Read more effect unlike any modern-instrument interpretation I've heard on disc. No. 11's left-hand triplet figurations also come to the fore with an almost Beethovenian urgency that transports the music from the salon to the saloon!


Similar qualities hold true in the Chopin Nocturnes, divided between an 1842 Pleyel and an 1837 Erard, where the instruments' wider dynamic compass and registral differentiation give convincing sonorous voice to van Oort's conceptions. He brings more nervous energy than usual to the "easy" G minor Nocturnes, and a long-lined sense of proportion to the often pounded-out middle sections of the F major (Op. 15 No. 1) and C minor (Op. 48 No. 1) selections. While Op. 55 No. 2's inspired two-part polyphony lacks clarity and Op. 62 No. 1's trills are not as sexy as they should be, van Oort more than compensates with stylish, well-considered embellishments in the posthumous C-sharp minor Nocturne, the A-flat Op. 32 No. 2, and the hackneyed Op. 9 No. 2. As both scholar and musical communicator, van Oort clearly knows what he's doing, and he complements his absorbing interpretations with equally cogent booklet notes. A release well worth seeking out. [8/11/2005]
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Nocturne for Piano no 1 in E flat major, H 24 by John Field
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; England 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands (06/26/1995 - 06/29/1995) 
2.
Nocturne for Piano no 2 in C minor, H 25 by John Field
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1812; England 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands (06/26/1995 - 06/29/1995) 
3.
Nocturne for Piano no 3 in A flat major, H 26 by John Field
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1812; England 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands (06/26/1995 - 06/29/1995) 
4.
Nocturne for Piano no 4 in A major, H 36 by John Field
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; England 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands (06/26/1995 - 06/29/1995) 
5.
Nocturne for Piano no 5 in B flat major, H 37 by John Field
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Ireland 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands (06/26/1995 - 06/29/1995) 
6.
Nocturne for Piano no 6 in F major, H 40 by John Field
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; England 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands (06/26/1995 - 06/29/1995) 
7.
Nocturne for Piano no 7 in C major, H 45 by John Field
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1821; England 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands (06/26/1995 - 06/29/1995) 
8.
Nocturne for Piano no 8 in A major, H 14E by John Field
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1815; England 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands (06/26/1995 - 06/29/1995) 
9.
Nocturne for Piano no 9 in E flat major, H 30 "Romance" by John Field
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1816; England 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands (06/26/1995 - 06/29/1995) 
10.
Nocturne for Piano no 10 in E minor, H 46b by John Field
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; England 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands (06/26/1995 - 06/29/1995) 
11.
Nocturne for Piano no 11 in E flat major, H 56A by John Field
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1833; England 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands (06/26/1995 - 06/29/1995) 
12.
Nocturne for Piano no 12 in G major, H 58D by John Field
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1834; England 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands (06/26/1995 - 06/29/1995) 
13.
Nocturne for Piano no 13 in D minor, H 59 by John Field
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; England 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands (06/26/1995 - 06/29/1995) 
14.
Nocturne for Piano no 16 in F major, H 62A by John Field
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1836; England 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands (06/26/1995 - 06/29/1995) 
15.
Nocturne for Piano in E major, H 54f by John Field
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1835 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 9 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands (06/26/1995 - 06/29/1995) 
16.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 15 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands (09/01/1998 - 09/02/1998) 
17.
Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands (09/01/1998 - 09/02/1998) 
18.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1833 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 12 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands (09/01/1998 - 09/02/1998) 
19.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 9 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands (09/01/1998 - 09/02/1998) 
20.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 12 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands (09/01/1998 - 09/02/1998) 
21.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 10 Minutes 59 Secs. 
22.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1849; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 12 Minutes 53 Secs. 
23.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 13 Minutes 6 Secs. 
24.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 9 Minutes 42 Secs. 
25.
Nocturne for Piano in C minor, B 108 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
26.
Nocturne for Piano in B flat major "alla Field" by Camille Pleyel
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
27.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 121 "Les soupirs de la harpe eolienne" by Frederic Kalkbrenner
Performer:  Agnieszka Chabowska (Fortepiano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 8 Minutes 15 Secs. 
28.
Soirées musicales, Op. 6: no 2, Notturno by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1836; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
29.
Nocturne for Piano in D flat major, Op. 1 "Premier Pensée" by Edmund Weber
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
30.
Nocturne for Piano no 1, Op. 22 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; France 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
31.
Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 43, Notturnino-innamorato by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
32.
Nocturne for Piano in E flat major by Mikhail Glinka
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 5 Minutes 45 Secs. 
33.
Nocturne for Piano in A flat major "Le murmure" by Maria Szymanowska
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Piano), Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1825 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
34.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 21: no 1 in G minor by Ignacy F. Dobrzynski
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1836; Poland 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
35.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 21: no 2 in B flat major by Ignacy F. Dobrzynski
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1836; Poland 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
36.
Nocturne for Piano in F minor, Op. 24 no 1 by Ignacy F. Dobrzynski
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
37.
Nocturne for Piano in D flat major, Op. 24 no 2 by Ignacy F. Dobrzynski
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Poland 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
38.
Nocturne for Piano in G minor "Farewell" by Ignacy F. Dobrzynski
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Poland 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
39.
Monastery Bells, Op. 54 no 1 by Louis J.A. Lefébure-Wely
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 An expected pleasure plus a real bonus June 27, 2012 By Henry R. (North Brunswick, NJ) See All My Reviews "This is 3 CDs of magic. I had heard the Field nocturnes on a modern piano, but that experience paled in listening to Bart Von Oort. The Chopin nocturnes when played on a concert grand always left me wondering which was more important, the music or the player; and often it was the player. Von Oort never places himself in front of the music, so I had the feeing that it was Chopin I was hearing, not some celebrated pianist. The fourth CD of various composers was a joy to hear. Names I had seen in the old Vox collections of piano concertos suddenly gained a new personality with their works seen without the addition of an orchestra.
This is a collection that cries out for a multi-disk CD player so one can sit back and luxuriate for four hours of pleasure. I hate to gush, but this collection is pure pleasure."
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