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CHAN 10813

Louis Lortie plays Chopin, Volume 3

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Louis Lortie

piano

Venue:

Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk



Producer:

Ralph Couzens



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Piano


Classical

Total Time - 76:07
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FRYDERYK CHOPIN

(1810-1849)
   
1 

Nocturne, Op. 27 No. 1

5:51
  in C sharp minor - in cis-Moll - en ut dièse mineur  
  À Mme la Comtesse d'Appony  
  Larghetto - Più mosso - Tempo I - Adagio  
2 

Impromptu, Op. 66

4:56
  (Fantaisie-Impromptu)  
  in C sharp-minor - in cis-Moll - en ut dièse mineur  
  Allegro agitato - Largo - Moderato cantabile - Tempo I (Allegro agitato)  
3 

Nocturne, Op. 32 No. 2

5:37
  in A flat major - in As-Dur - en la bémol majeur  
  À Mme la Baronne de Billing, née de Courbonne  
  Lento - Appassionato - Lento  
4 

Impromptu, Op. 29

3:58
  in A flat major - in As-Dur - en la bémol majeur  
  À Mlle Caroline de Lobau  
  Allegro assai, quasi presto  
5 

Nocturne, Op. 48 No. 2

6:28
  in F sharp minor - in fis-Moll - en fa dièse mineur  
  À Mlle Laura Duperré  
  Andantino - Molto più lento - Tempo I  
6 

Impromptu, Op. 36

5:26
  in F sharp major - in Fis-Dur - en fa dièse majeur  
  Andantino  
7 

Nocturne, Op. 27 No. 2

6:00
  in D flat major - in Des-Dur - en ré bémol majeur  
  À Mme la Comtesse d'Appony  
  Lento sostenuto  
8 

Impromptu, Op. 51

4:51
  in G flat major - in Ges-Dur - en sol bémol majeur  
  À Mme la Comtesse Esterházy, née Comtesse Batthyany  
  Allegro vivace  
9 

Nocturne, Op. 9 No. 3

6:43
  in B major - in H-Dur - en si majeur  
  À Mme Camille Pleyel  
  Allegretto - Agitato - Tempo I - Adagio  
 

Sonata, Op. 58

26:27  
  in B minor - in h-Moll - en si mineur  
  À Mme la Comtesse E. de Perthuis  
10 Allegro maestoso 9:17
11 Scherzo. Molto vivace 2:41
12 Largo 8:52
13 Finale. Presto, non tanto - Agitato 5:27
  TT 76:41      
   
 Louis Lortie piano
  7 and 8 June 2013  


Louis Lortie here gives us the third volume in his ongoing Chopin project. Throughout the series his guiding principle has been to emulate the recital practice of the great romantic pianists, who might play a short improvisation before a major work in order to set the audience in the right frame of mind. On this album Lortie plays the four Impromptus and the Piano Sonata in B minor, introducing each with a Chopin Nocturne (typically of an improvisatory character) in the same or a related key.

Of all the Impromptus, the first and most famous was actually withdrawn from the public during Chopin’s lifetime. Published posthumously as Fantaisie-Impromptu, it set the mould for the unpretentious pieces that followed, all striving more toward casual entertainment than high artistic expression. The third and last of Chopin’s Piano Sonatas, Op. 58 in B minor was composed in 1845. While its four-movement design reflects a traditional approach, the appearance of imitative counterpoint, chromatic harmonies, and heightened rhythmic tension mark it as an inspired masterwork of Chopin’s late creative period.

 
Lortie’s previous two volumes have received extremely high praise, the magazine Pianist claiming of Vol. 2 that ‘his selected nocturnes are probably not bettered by any living pianist’.

 

 “… Chandos has again graced Lortie with splendid recorded sound that faithfully captures his distinctive pianistic palette. .. strongly recommended to fans of Chopin and Lortie alike,”

 
James A Altena – Fanfare – September/October 2014

                            ***** (Exceptional Album)

Luca Segalla – Musica magazine (Italy) – July/August 2014


"...You only have to listen to that most popular of the Nocturnes, Op 9 No 3, to appreciate Lortie’s thoughtful approach ... the sound from Potton hall is exceptionally fine - Lortie plays a Fazioli grand."  Sound Quality: 90%

Christopher Breunig - Hi-Fi News - June 2014


                                            Intsrumental Choice

                     Performance *****          Recording ****

“…Lortie is a model Chopinist – eloquent but never sentimental … this is Chopin playing of an exceptionally high order…”

Jeremy Siepmann – BBC Music magazine – July 2014


“… I try to listen to new recordings two or three times before pulling out the score. When I do finally follow the notes listening to Lortie, my admiration redoubles as I observe the reverent exactitude with which he carries out Chopin’s meticulous indications. The Chandos people have captured a round limpid, true-to-life sound with great care and expertise. I have no idea if the series will extend to the Mazurkas and Polonaises, but I certainly hope it does.”

Patrick Rucker - International Record Review - May 2014

 


“… Lortie’s Chopin playing has a wonderful, penetrating directness about it; there’s not a trace of dreamy indulgence in any of the nocturnes, though all their decorative tracery shines out with a sharp-cut brilliance, and the impromptus dance and divert without a trace of self-consciousness. The sonata, though, is made of much tougher stuff, once again doing nothing purely for show, and culminating in a titanic account of the finale; it’s hard to think of a better one on disc in recent times.”    ****

Andrew Clements – The Guardian – 25 April 2014

 



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