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Nocturne

The Romantic Life of Frederic Chopin

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2013

Originally recorded in 2010

Artists:

Samuel West

Narrator

Dame Harriet Walter

Narrator

Lucy Parham

Piano

Engineer:

Peter Newble

Engineer

Record Label
Deux-Elles

Genre:

Piano




Total Time - 91:47
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FREDERIC CHOPIN

     
1 

Nocturne in C minor, Op.48 No.1

6:09
     
2 

'In the winter of 1831…' Polonaise in A, Op. 40 No.1

4:48
 Dame Harriet Walter Narrator
 Samuel West Narrator
     
3 

'We were in his audience…' Waltz in C sharp minor, Op.64 No.2

4:34
 Dame Harriet Walter Narrator
 Samuel West Narrator
     
4 

'Chopin's sensitivity…' Etude in A flat, Op.25 No.1

8:10
 Dame Harriet Walter Narrator
 Samuel West Narrator
     
5 

'Dear Chopin…' Mazurka in D, Op.33 No.2

5:39
 Dame Harriet Walter Narrator
 Samuel West Narrator
     
6 

'After some considerable effort…' Ballade No.3 in A flat, Op.47

12:40
 Dame Harriet Walter Narrator
 Samuel West Narrator
     
7 

'In the winter of 1838…' Mazurka in A minor, Op.67 No.4

5:30
 Dame Harriet Walter Narrator
 Samuel West Narrator
     
8 

'My Chopin has been rather unwell...' Prelude in D flat, Op.28 (Raindrop)

8:22
 Dame Harriet Walter Narrator
 Samuel West Narrator
     
9 

'My dear sister…' Prelude in G minor, Op.28

5:13
 Dame Harriet Walter Narrator
 Samuel West Narrator
     
10 

'October 1839…' Waltz in D flat, Op.64 No.1 (Petit Chien)

3:08
 Dame Harriet Walter Narrator
 Samuel West Narrator
     
11 

'We often shared the anguish…'Nocturne in D flat, Op.27 No.2

6:37
 Dame Harriet Walter Narrator
 Samuel West Narrator
     
12 

'Our life in Nohant was simple yet divine…' Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52

20:57
 Dame Harriet Walter Narrator
 Samuel West Narrator
     
 Lucy Parham Piano
   


The music of Chopin and the story of his turbulent affair with George Sand as told through their intimate letters and diaries.

Combining words and music, ‘Nocturne - The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin’ is the one of Lucy’s three musical portraits with narration by celebrated actors, Dame Harriet Walter and Samuel West.

Lucy’s life-long passion for the music of Schumann inspired the original concept of the words and music evening, Beloved Clara, released on CD by AVS to critical acclaim. Two further evenings, ‘Liszt - An Odyssey of Love’ and Nocturne - The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin’ was premiered in the London Pianoforte Series at the Wigmore Hall (the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth) and has toured the UK and abroad, making its US debut in Los Angeles and subsequently broadcast on NPR across the USA.

Acknowledged as one of Britain’s finest pianists, Lucy Parham applies her sensitivity and imagination not only to concertos and recitals, but also to portraits in words and music of such composers as Schumann, Chopin, Liszt and Debussy.

 

                        Performance ****         Recording *****

Julian Haylock - BBC Music magazine - April 2014




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