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Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 1: Nocturnes, Scherzos, Sonata No. 2

> Nocturne No. 19 in E minor, Op. 72, No. 1 - Nocturne No. 19 in E minor, Op. 72, No. 1
> Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20 - Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20
> Nocturne No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1 - Nocturne No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1
> Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31 - Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31
> Nocturne No. 18 in E major, Op. 62, No. 2 - Nocturne No. 18 in E major, Op. 62, No. 2
> Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39 - Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39
> Nocturne No. 17 in B major, Op. 62, No. 1 - Nocturne No. 17 in B major, Op. 62, No. 1
> Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54 - Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54
> Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March" - I. Grave - Doppio movimento
> Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March" - II. Scherzo
> Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March" - III. Marche funebre: Lento
> Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March" - IV. Finale: Presto

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 19 in E minor, Op. 72/1, CT. 126
>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 16 in E flat major, Op. 55/2, CT. 123
>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 18 in E major, Op. 62/2, CT. 125
>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 17 in B major, Op. 62/1, CT. 124
>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March"
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"In the era of the great romantic pianists, it used to be the fashion at piano recitals to offer an improvisation in the same key as that of the piece that was scheduled to follow, in order to get the audience 'in the mood'. To compensate for this lost art, I have thought of always playing one of the nocturnes before a major piano composition by Chopin. It makes these nocturnes appear more like an improvisation, to serve as counterweight to the very dense content of the Ballades, Scherzos, and Sonatas. This practice transfers smoothly the logic of a piano recital to a CD and makes more sense by allowing the listener to enjoy the contents in one stretch" writes Louis Lortie on his concept for the album.

Gramophone Magazine
richly coloured and deftly articulated...Along the way there are some lovely individual touches like the way Lortie varies the dynamic in the exposition repeat of the First Scherzo...This is Chopin playing of a superior order.

The Telegraph
Lortie's recital-like organisation of the repertoire is particularly appealing...Nothing is overstated dramatically here, which is not to say that the individual character of the pieces is not identified and communicated with taste and a clear expressive intent.

BBC Music Magazine
Lortie's musicianship is imaginative but never eccentric, with a technique that is always at the service of the music.

The Guardian
It's all tremendously fluent, the technical hurdles easily cleared...Lortie gets the final peroration of the B flat minor Scherzo exactly right - a tremendous performance - and is pretty persuasive throughout the sonata, too

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Britten Studio, Hoffmann Building, Snape Maltings, Suff (12/09/2009-12/10/2009).



Reviews

Worth a listen!
Not being a technician of the piano, I can’t speak to Mr. Lortie’s execution of technique. What I can say is that I felt like I was at a live performance of his. He plays with such emotion and passion. There is a certain feeling of opposites in the pairings of the Nocturne and the Scherzo…the slow lilt vs. the brisk whirl allows the listener to experience something different with each piece. The Sonata in Bb minor was the highlight of the CD for me. The clarity of movement in the melismatic passages is astounding. The third movement of the Sonata being the most well-known was particularly entrancing with the lilt of the march like left hand. I can’t wait to actually hear Mr. Lortie in concert. If his live performance is anything like this recording, it will be well worth my money!
Submitted on 06/28/10 by C Briley 
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>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 19 in E minor, Op. 72/1, CT. 126
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Hoffmann Building, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, England (12/09/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1829

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Hoffmann Building, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, England (12/09/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1835

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 16 in E flat major, Op. 55/2, CT. 123
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Hoffmann Building, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, England (12/09/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1844

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Hoffmann Building, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, England (12/09/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 18 in E major, Op. 62/2, CT. 125
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Hoffmann Building, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, England (12/09/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Hoffmann Building, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, England (12/09/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 17 in B major, Op. 62/1, CT. 124
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Hoffmann Building, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, England (12/09/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Hoffmann Building, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, England (12/09/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1843

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March"
  • Performer: Louis Lortie (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Hoffmann Building, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, England (12/09/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837