A Chopin Diary: The Complete Nocturnes
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Label: Berlin Classics
Cat No: 0300905BC
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 23rd June 2017
WorksEtudes (12), op.25
ArtistsClaire Huangci (piano)
Tristan Cornut (cello)
During her background research work into Chopin’s oeuvre she repeatedly came across poems by French authors such as Charles Baudelaire, Victor Hugo and Tristan Corbière. She began to form associations and found a poem contemporary to each of Chopin’s nocturnes. You will find the links between poetry and music in the CD booklet. Claire Huangci herself explains: “They may add a further dimension to your listening pleasure, so that everyone can conjure up an image of what I see as I play. I do hope that these lovely verses will act as an impetus to allow listeners’ fantasy to take flight and to create their very own Chopin diary.” This approach is proof of Claire Huangci’s artistic maturity – an approach that will open up new avenues in our appreciation of Chopin.
The Nocturnes are the epitome of Chopin’s artistic work. Claire Huangci’s approach to them is a highly personal, unique one: “With her differentiated agogic approach and superior technique, Claire Huangci proved that she is now the most expressive Chopin performer of her generation,” according to Gerd Kurat of the Südkurier newspaper. She rounds off the programme with the Nocturne Oubliée and the Etude in C sharp minor, recorded together with cellist Tristan Cornut.
“instinctive musicality, unflappable technical command and sensitive ear for nuance” - Gramophone (0300603BC - Scarlatti)
“Huangci’s Yamaha piano has a harpsichord-like sound that suits her pert finger staccato: there is some stunning fast playing, and the gem-like brilliance of Scarlatti’s invention shines through.” - The Observer (0300603BC)
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