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Chopin: Piano Works, Vol. 2 / Louis Lortie, piano

> Nocturne No. 6 in G minor, Op. 15, No. 3 - Nocturne No. 6 in G minor, Op. 15, No. 3
> Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23 - Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
> Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15, No. 1 - Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15, No. 1
> Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38 - Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38
> Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2 - Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2
> Nocturne No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1 - Nocturne No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1
> Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47 - Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47
> Nocturne No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1 - Nocturne No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1
> Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 - Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
> Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57 - Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57
> Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15, No. 2 - Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15, No. 2
> Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60 - Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 6 in G minor, Op. 15/3, CT. 113
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 4 in F major, Op. 15/1, CT. 111
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 13 in C minor, Op. 48/1, CT. 120
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 15 in F minor, Op. 55/1, CT. 122
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52
>Chopin, Frédéric : Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15/2, CT. 112
>Chopin, Frédéric : Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60
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Notes & Reviews:

Chandos presents Volume two in its series of solo piano works by Chopin, played by the French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie. Recording exclusively for Chandos, Lortie is recognized as one of the finest interpreters of Chopin today. He first recorded Chopin's Études for Chandos more than twenty years ago; the disc was named as one of the '50 great performances by superlative pianists' by BBC Music. Volume 1 of his current Chopin series also has received excellent reviews: the magazine Pianist wrote: 'He is a pianist of our time when it comes to speed, energy and an unfussy approach to Chopin. His way of playing is like a sharply cut steel sculpture, super elegant and with not one single smudge.' And in the words of International Piano: 'These are full-blooded and eloquent performances, an auspicious start to what looks likely to become one of the finest of Chopin surveys.'

Gramophone Magazine
Throughout his recital you will hear playing of the most patrician poise, fluidity and tonal finesse...In the Op. 9 E flat Nocturne, his rubato has all the delicacy and fragrance of a born Chopin pianist, a subtle give and take and musical breathing. His way with the Berceuse in particular is a marvel of iridescence, unruffled technique and musicianship.

BBC Music Magazine
An understated view of the composer, yet one that is fully cultivated and always convincing...not that Lortie is afraid of big expression, or lacking in virtuosity: his elegant playing always gets to the heart of the matter...a highly satisfying recital.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Apart from the questionable reasoning behind the programming of these works, I find the exploration of parallels and contrasts among the works appealing. The program strikes me as the most interesting thing about Lortie's performance, which though certainly adequate, tends to be on the tame and conventional side compared to Katz's more vibrant and perceptive interpretations. Lortie's readings show an understanding of this music, but Katz's readings seem better at going beyond mere understanding and grasping a deeper emotional dimension.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/24/2011/10/25/2011).



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Works Details

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 6 in G minor, Op. 15/3, CT. 113
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/24/2011/10/25/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/24/2011/10/25/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 4 in F major, Op. 15/1, CT. 111
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/24/2011/10/25/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/24/2011/10/25/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/24/2011/10/25/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 13 in C minor, Op. 48/1, CT. 120
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/24/2011/10/25/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/24/2011/10/25/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 15 in F minor, Op. 55/1, CT. 122
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/24/2011/10/25/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1844

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/24/2011/10/25/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1843

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/24/2011/10/25/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1844

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15/2, CT. 112
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/24/2011/10/25/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/24/2011/10/25/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845-1845