CHOPIN 12 Nocturnes Pires GRAND PRIX

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN

12 Nocturnes
No. 1 op. 9,1 · No. 2 op. 9,2
No. 4 op. 15,1 · No. 5 op. 15,2
No. 7 op. 27,1 · No. 8 op. 27,2
No. 10 op. 32,2 · No. 11 op. 37,1
No. 13 op. 48,1 · No. 15 op. 55,1
No. 18 op. 62,2 · No. 20 op. posth.
Maria João Pires
Int. Release 01 Apr. 2008
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0289 477 7583 6
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Here is an intensity and drama that scorn all complacent salon or drawing-room expectations. How she relishes Chopin's central storms, creating a vivid and spectacular yet unhistrionic contrast with all surrounding serenity or "embalmed darkness". The "con fuoco" of Op 15 No 1 erupts in a fine fury and in the first Nocturne, Op 9 No 1, Pires's sharp observance of Chopin's "appassionato" marking comes like a prophecy of the coda's sudden blaze . . . More intimately, in Op 15 No 3 . . . Pires makes you hang on to every note in the coda's curious, echoing chimes, and in the "dolcissimo" conclusion to No 8 (Op 27 No 2) there's an unforgettable sense of "all passion spent", of gradually ebbing emotion. Pires with her burning clarity has reinforced our sense of Chopin's stature and created a new range of possibilities . . . moving ahead, one has no hesitation in declaring Maria Joao Pires among the most eloquent master-musicians of our time.