A Chopin Diary: The Complete Nocturnes | Berlin Classics 0300905BC

A Chopin Diary: The Complete Nocturnes

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Label: Berlin Classics

Cat No: 0300905BC

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 23rd June 2017

Contents

Works

Chopin, Frederic

Etudes (12), op.25
» no.7 in C sharp minor (arr. for cello and piano)
Nocturne oubliee in C sharp minor
Nocturnes (21)

Artists

Claire Huangci (piano)
Tristan Cornut (cello)

Works

Chopin, Frederic

Etudes (12), op.25
» no.7 in C sharp minor (arr. for cello and piano)
Nocturne oubliee in C sharp minor
Nocturnes (21)

Artists

Claire Huangci (piano)
Tristan Cornut (cello)

About

Claire Huangci proves herself to be a vividly expressive interpreter of Chopin, the first since Artur Rubinstein to offer a complete cycle of the Nocturnes by Frédéric Chopin.

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)

Reviews

With priceless playing and at times an understatement that reminds me of Earl Wild’s compellingly intimate recording (review), this is a set of Chopin Nocturnes to savour at length.
MusicWeb International 30 June 2017
The music gets under your skin, and that is equally true for the Chinese-American pianist Claire Huangci, who has recorded all 21 nocturnes. Are they too unvaried a sequence? No, because of the deftness and variety that Chopin creates within the form. Huangci has a lovely, warm sound and in some pieces, like the F sharp major, integrates all the incredible filigree to beautiful effect.  Nicholas Kenyon
The Observer 25 June 2017

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