Chopin - Nocturnes | Alpha ALPHA359

Chopin - Nocturnes


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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA359

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 6th October 2017



Nelson Goerner (piano)


Chopin, Frederic

Nocturnes (21)


Nelson Goerner (piano)


‘Sophisticated colourist and cerebral virtuoso though he is, Nelson Goerner nevertheless brings out the moments of weakness, the hesitations, the lightning passions in the labyrinth of Chopin’, wrote Diapason on the release of the Preludes in 2015 (Diapason d’Or, Choc de Classica). ‘Serenity’, ‘balance’, ‘clarity’, ‘phrasing’ are the key words that recur in reviews of the discs and concerts of the Argentine pianist, whose fifth solo release on Alpha this is. His latest venture is a complete recording of the Nocturnes, a highpoint of Chopinesque poetry.

These twenty-one miniatures accompanied Chopin over a good part of his life, for he composed them between 1827 and 1848. They are tributes to Italian bel canto, expressing reveries but also complexity of feeling and a profundity that far transcends their apparent simplicity.

Nelson Goerner’s feeling for melody and tempo works wonders in these pieces, which he recorded in the ideal surroundings of the Salle de Musique of La Chaux de Fonds (Switzerland).


insightful and musicianly performances by Argentiniain pianist Nelson Goerner
BBC Music Magazine January 2018
Goerner ends on a high, shading the Op Posth C minor Nocturne with temendous beauty and gravity
Gramophone December 2017

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