Chopin - Nocturnes | Brilliant Classics 94930BR

Chopin - Nocturnes


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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 94930BR

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 22nd September 2014



Earl Wild (piano)


Chopin, Frederic

Nocturnes (21)


Earl Wild (piano)


Although it was the Irish pianist‐composer John Field who created the form ‘nocturne’, it was Frederic Chopin who realised its fullest possibilities as a medium for expressing some of his most sensitive and poetic thoughts. “They have”, wrote James Huneker of Chopin’s nocturnes, “the exotic savour of the heated conservatory, not the fresh scent of the flowers grown in the open by the less poetic John Field … Chopin loved the night and its starry mysteries; his nocturnes are truly night pieces, some wearing an agitated, remorseful countenance; others seen in profile only; while many are like whisperings at dusk – Verlaine moods.”

In this recording, the late Earl Wild abandons the usual chronological ordering in favour of mood, key and effect. Described as “one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century” (The Guardian), it was the American virtuoso’s wish to provide listeners with what he described as a “link to the romantic spirit and tradition of the past”, all the while emulating the abundance of technique and unfettered imagination that characterises the playing of who he considered to be history’s greatest interpreters of the set (Rachmaninov and Paderewski, among others).

Renowned for his “deeply considered interpretive approach and ironclad technique” (The New York Times), Wild achieves this and more – for many, his interpretations are the ones against which all others are to be judged: “It’s the finest collection of complete Nocturnes ever recorded. The instrument cannot be played more perfectly” (Harold C Schonberg, FI).

Booklet includes detailed notes on the music.

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