Album

Ivan Moravec

Chopin: Nocturnes

Catalogue Number: SU 4097-2
Published: 25th May 2012
Genre: Chamber Music
Format: 2 CD
Fryderyk Chopin - Nocturnes Opp. 9, 15, 27, 32, 37, 48, 55, 62 and 72
Legendary 1965 recording (New York, Vienna)

Ivan Moravec - piano (Steinway, Bösendorfer)

One of the first recordings that earned Ivan Moravec acclaim and secured him a position among the finest pianists of the 20th century was the album of the complete Chopin Nocturnes made in 1965 in New York (Steinway) and at Vienna's Konzerthaus (Bösendorfer) for the Connoisseur Society label. Many critics have branded this recording a benchmark and consider it the ultimate account of the Nocturnes; in the words of Henry Fogel (Fanfare): "This is playing that draws the listener deeply into the music-you are not drawn into Moravec's achievement, but Chopin's." Ivan Moravec presents the Nocturnes in an admirable scale of colours and dynamics (down to astonishingly tender, barely touched tones), with the music flowing so naturally that it seems as though there are no bars or individual notes. Supraphon is re-releasing this legendary recording with a sensitively remastered sound, which brings out to the full the wealth of tone colours of Moravec's piano.

Ivan Moravec's account of the legendary Chopin Nocturnes, in a more colourful remastered sound

Reviews

”The sound quality is startlingly good, capturing all the richness, warmth and immediacy of the two instruments..Then there’s the surely peerless singing quality of Moravec’s playing. It allows every piece simply and affectingly to weave its hypnotic, sweetly sad magic.”
The Sunday Times, 24th June 2012

CD 1

Frédéric Chopin
Nocturne for Piano, Op. 9
1.
in B flat minor (Larghetto), No. 1 05:43
2.
in E flat major (Andante), No. 2 04:30
3.
in B major (Allegretto), No. 3 06:26
Frédéric Chopin
Nocturne for Piano, Op. 15
4.
in F major (Andante cantabile), No. 1 04:29
5.
in F sharp major (Larghetto), No. 2 04:07
6.
in G minor (Lento), No. 3 04:38
Frédéric Chopin
Nocturne for Piano, Op. 27
7.
in C sharp minor (Larhetto), No. 1 05:24
8.
D flat major (Lento sostenuto), No. 2 07:23
Frédéric Chopin
Nocturne for Piano, Op. 32
9.
in B major (Andante sostenuto), No. 1 05:09
10.
in A flat major (Lento), No. 2 05:33

CD 2

Frédéric Chopin
Nocturne for Piano, Op. 37
1.
in G minor (Andante sostenuto), No. 1 06:22
2.
in G major (Andantino), No. 2 05:48
Frédéric Chopin
Nocturne for Piano, Op. 48
3.
in C minor (Lento), No. 1 06:14
4.
in F sharp minor (Andantino), No. 2 07:00
Frédéric Chopin
Nocturne for Piano, Op. 55
5.
in F minor( Andante), No. 1 04:59
6.
in E flat major (Lento sostenuto). No. 2 04:21
Frédéric Chopin
Nocturne for Piano, Op. 62
7.
in B major (Andante), No. 1 07:07
8.
in E major (Lento), No. 2 05:33
Frédéric Chopin
9.
Nocturne for Piano in E minor, Op. 72 04:43