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Chopin: Nocturnes / Angela Hewitt

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 20 in C sharp minor, KK IVa/16, CT. 127 (B. 49)
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano in C minor, KK IVb/8, CT. 128 (B. 108)
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 19 in E minor, Op. 72/1, CT. 126
>Chopin, Frédéric : Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29
>Chopin, Frédéric : Impromptu for Piano no 2 in F sharp major, B 129/Op. 36
>Chopin, Frédéric : Impromptu for Piano no 3 in G flat major, b 149/Op. 51
>Chopin, Frédéric : Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46
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Notes & Reviews:

"Hewitt favors a noninterventionist approach. Everything is perfectly in place, embellishments beautifully executed, chording and dynamics given great care. It all seems like a controlled spontaneity enhanced by natural rubato. Most of the dark clouds some seem to find are dispelled here, but few could take issue with Hewitt's ideas on Chopin's 'Nocturnes'." - Becker, American Record Guide

'One of the most elegant pianists around, the Canadian virtuoso Angela Hewitt interrupts her epic Bach and Couperin cycles for Hyperion to explore some of Chopin's most refined music, the complete Nocturnes and Impromptus. Hewitt's innate sophistication and delicacy of touch are perfectly suited to these exquisite pieces, 25 of them over two discs, by a master of the genre at the height of his fragile powers. Spanning almost his entire creative life, the Nocturnes amount to a remarkable graph of Chopin's emotional maturity, touchingly reflected in the affectionate care Hewitt brings to what sounds like a labour of love' (The Observer)

'In a catalogue boasting many distinguished Chopin Nocturne cycles, Angela Hewitt's commands attention' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Angela Hewitt is a sound buy... The delicacy of touch and manicured precision of the phrasing is a delight' (The Scotsman)

'Hewitt is not given to grand effects, whether an extreme rubato or rude dynamic change. Still, she can play grandly as well, as we hear on her powerful performance of the great Fantaisie-Impromptu in C# minor. This new recording of the nocturnes is what Marlon Brando would have called, if he had cared, a contender. It's richly recorded and beautifully played: it has art's final seal' (Fanfare, USA)



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Works Details

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 20 in C sharp minor, KK IVa/16, CT. 127 (B. 49)
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfatz, Germany (11/16/2003-11/20/2003)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano in C minor, KK IVb/8, CT. 128 (B. 108)
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfatz, Germany (11/16/2003-11/20/2003)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfatz, Germany (11/16/2003-11/20/2003)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfatz, Germany (11/16/2003-11/20/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1833

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfatz, Germany (11/16/2003-11/20/2003)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfatz, Germany (11/16/2003-11/20/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfatz, Germany (11/16/2003-11/20/2003)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfatz, Germany (11/16/2003-11/20/2003)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfatz, Germany (11/16/2003-11/20/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1844

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfatz, Germany (11/16/2003-11/20/2003)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 19 in E minor, Op. 72/1, CT. 126
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfatz, Germany (11/16/2003-11/20/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1829

>Chopin, Frédéric : Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfatz, Germany (11/16/2003-11/20/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Chopin, Frédéric : Impromptu for Piano no 2 in F sharp major, B 129/Op. 36
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfatz, Germany (11/16/2003-11/20/2003)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Chopin, Frédéric : Impromptu for Piano no 3 in G flat major, b 149/Op. 51
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfatz, Germany (11/16/2003-11/20/2003)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842

>Chopin, Frédéric : Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfatz, Germany (11/16/2003-11/20/2003)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834