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Field: Piano Music Vol 1 - Nocturnes And Sonatas / Frith


Release Date: 11/30/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8550761   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fifteen years before Chopin wrote his first "nocturne", Irish pianist/composer John Field composed his Nocturne No. 1 in E-flat major, followed by at least 15 more pieces in the same style. In these short works for solo piano, Field--who was one of the most celebrated pianists in the world during the first quarter of the 19th century--put form to the idea of a contemplative, lyrical composition, specifically tailored to the piano's expressive capabilities. These "night" pieces are primarily characterized by a dominant, gracefully flowing melody, with most of the harmonic activity in the pianist's left hand. Although other pianists have recorded at least some of Field's Nocturnes--most notably John O'Conor (Telarc) and Miceál O'Rourke Read more (Chandos)--Benjamin Frith's own uniquely inflected, poetic readings have a satisfying aura of intimacy cast in the warm colors of his well-tempered, expertly recorded piano. Although O'Conor's playing is more lyrical, with more fluid legatos, Frith generally takes more time--and these invariably lovely pieces blossom just as fully and brilliantly. The two sonatas are not notable for their originality--they owe much to their dedicatee, Field's teacher Clementi--but they reveal the young composer's gift for understanding the piano's unique voice. This is music for everyone--for any time of day, for any prevailing mood--and we're lucky to have such a fine pianist as Frith joining the Field field. [10/22/1999]

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonatas (3) for Piano, Op. 1/H 8: no 1 in E flat major by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1801; England 
2.
Sonatas (3) for Piano, Op. 1/H 8: no 2 in A major by John Field
Performer:  Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1801; England 

Sound Samples

Nocturne No. 1 in E flat major, H. 24a: Nocturne No. 1 in E flat major
Nocturne No. 2 in C minor, H. 25: Nocturne No. 2 in C minor
Nocturne No. 3 in A flat major, H. 26: Nocturne No. 3 in A flat major
Nocturne No. 4 in A major, H. 36: Nocturne No. 4 in A major
Nocturne No. 5 in B flat major, H. 37: Nocturne No. 5 in B flat major
Piano Sonata No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 1, No. 1, H. 8: I. Allegro moderato
Piano Sonata No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 1, No. 1, H. 8: II. Rondo: Allegro
Nocturne No. 6 in F major, H. 40a: Nocturne No. 6 in F major
Nocturne No. 7 in C major
Nocturne No. 8 in A major
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 1, No. 2, H.8: I. Allegro vivace
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 1, No. 2, H.8: II. Allegro vivace
Nocturne No. 9 In E flat major: Nocturne No. 9 in E flat major

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