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   Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 1



Год издания : 2010

Компания звукозаписи : Chandos

Время звучания : 1:19:32

Код CD : CHAN 10588

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CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Classics (Guru)      

Recorded in: Britten Studio, Hoffmann Building, Snape Maltings, Suffolk 9 and 10 December 2009

"Lortie's playing is very personal, his presentation scrupulously thought-out, his intelligence unmistakable, but he is not, as a performer, conspicuously intellectual. His playing is characterised by great warmth and lyricism, his virtuosity is formidable but unflaunted, his individuality communicative but never distractingly idiosyncratic. As an interpreter he is highly discriminating, playing no two pieces in quite the same way... This is Chopin playing of a high order." (International Record Review)

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This first volume of Chandos' series of the piano music of Frederic Chopin offers an interesting arrangement of works, pairing selected Nocturnes with each of the four Scherzos, which are then followed by the Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor as a closer. At first blush, pianist Louis Lortie appears to have chosen the pieces primarily for their obvious key relationships - E minor, B minor; E flat major, B flat minor; E major, C sharp minor; B major, E major - yet as transparent as these correspondences may be to a theoretician, and as pleasing to the ear as they undoubtedly are, the match-ups actually have more to do with the substance of the music. Each of the Scherzos is passionate, expansive, and intense in expression, so placing shorter Nocturnes of contrasting character before them, rather like preludes, necessitates some kind of organizational logic. Lortie has wisely chosen pieces that complement each other in content and expressions, but he has also created a broader grouping that has a natural tonal arc, beginning and ending on E. Theoretically, then, the Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor should stand apart from the first part of the program, because its key is as far removed from E as possible. Yet the contrasting moods and keys that are established in the Nocturnes and Scherzos prepare the ear for similar contrasts in the sonata. Lortie's Chopin is by turns reflective and flamboyant, dark and dazzling, and this emotional balance is underscored throughout the recital by the alternation of moods, which Lortie carefully establishes from the beginning. Chandos' sound is clear and vibrant, and the 24-bit/96 kHz recording gives the music an almost palpable presence.

All Music Guide

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Chopin: Nocturnes, Scherzos and Sonata, Volume 1

'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.

The immensely respected French-Canadian virtuoso Louis Lortie celebrates the Chopin anniversary with an album of Nocturnes and Scherzos for solo piano, concluded with the famous Sonata in B flat minor, often referred to as the Funeral March. These works stretch the pianist's technique in every possible way.

Louis Lortie has long had an association with Chandos, and is recognised as one of the finest interpreters of Chopin. He first recorded Chopin's Etudes for Chandos more than 20 years ago; it was named as one of the '50 great performances by superlative pianists' by BBC Music Magazine. Since then he's enjoyed an exceptionally rich performing and recording career. He's been named an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a Knight of the National Order of Quebec. A recent performance at Carnegie Hall elicited the following review, 'Those who bought a ticket to hear Louis Lortie play on Saturday night must have been extremely glad they did so. The pianist from Montreal gave a recital at Carnegie Hall that was filled with beauty, brains, and virtuosity.'

Chopin, Volume 1: Nocturnes, Scherzos, Sonata in B flat minor - Louis Lortie (piano)

On his concept for this album, Louis Lortie writes: '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.'

The immensely respected French-Canadian virtuoso Louis Lortie celebrates the Chopin anniversary with an album of Nocturnes and Scherzos for solo piano, concluding with the Sonata in B flat minor, including the famous 'Funeral March'. These works stretch the pianist's technique in every possible way.

Louis Lortie has long had an association with Chandos, and is recognised as one of the finest interpreters of Chopin. He first recorded Chopin's Etudes for Chandos more than twenty years ago; his was named one of the '50 great performances by superlative pianists' by the magazine BBC Music. Since then Lortie has enjoyed an exceptionally rich performing and recording career. He has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.

Reviews

"...His [Lortie] gorgeous tone, lucid phrasing and musical insight make this a masterclass in Chopin playing." *****

Jeremy Nicholas (Classic FM Magazine - March 2011)

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   1 Nocturne For Piano No. 19 In E Minor, Op. 72 / 1, CT. 126         0:04:32  
   2 Scherzo For Piano No. 1 In B Minor, Op. 20, CT. 197         0:09:33  
   3 Nocturne For Piano No. 16 In E Flat Major, Op. 55 / 2, CT. 123         0:04:43  
   4 Scherzo For Piano No. 2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 31, CT. 198         0:09:28  
   5 Nocturne For Piano No. 18 In E Major, Op. 62 / 2, CT. 125         0:05:37  
   6 Scherzo For Piano No. 3 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 39, CT. 199         0:07:04  
   7 Nocturne For Piano No. 17 In B Major, Op. 62 / 1, CT. 124         0:06:36  
   8 Scherzo For Piano No. 4 In E Major, Op. 54, CT. 200         0:10:27  
   9 Piano Sonata No. 2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 35, CT. 202         0:07:16 Grave - Doppio Movimento - Agitato
   10 Scherzo - Piu Lento - Tempo 1.         0:05:37 -"-
   11 Marche Funebre. Lento.         0:07:08 -"-
   12 Presto         0:01:31 -"-

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