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Analogphonic / Deutsche Grammophon - LP43028 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
1st Time on Vinyl - DG 447 096-1 - Limited Edition
AAA 100% Analogue - Mastered by Maarten de Boer at Emil Berliner Studios
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Audiophile 180g Virgin Vinyl Cut at Pauler Acoustics
Pressed at Pallas in Germany
Mastered from the Original Masters
Maria João Pires
Pires' great Chopin recording The Nocturnes is scheduled for double vinyl on great box package, and it is the very first time on vinyl whioch was mastered by Maarten de Boer at Emil Berliner Studios. and pressed by Pallas GmbH in Germany.
Can 21 Nocturnes be a bit too much of a good thing in one go? Not if the composer is Chopin, undisputed king of the genre, and the pianist is Maria Joâo Pires. She's not exactly a prolific recording artist, but the results are invariably special. Not for her the namby-pamby, soft-focus approach that these pieces sometimes provoke. Chopin's approach to the form is by no means straightforwardly lyrical--take No. 4: it starts innocently enough, but in its middle section that mood is abruptly flung aside by a considerably more passionate section. To Pires, each is a song, a narrative urgently to be expounded (just try the famous No. 12--an entirely new experience in her hands, or the way she becomes the most expressive of sopranos in No. 20). Night casts strange shadows, shedding a different perspective on what seems so familiar by day. No one is more aware of that than Chopin. And no protagonist relishes the very innovative aspect of these pieces better than Pires.
"More intimately, in Op 15 No. 3 (where the music's wavering sense of irresolution led to the sobriquet 'the Hamlet Nocture') Pires makes you hang on to every note in the coda's curious, echoing chimes, and in the dolcissimo conclusion to No. 8 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 (showing us that there's life after Rubinstein).
"Naturally, Rubenstein's legendary cycles possess a graciousness, an ease and elegance reflecting, perhaps, a long-vanished belle epoque. Yet moving ahead, one has no hesitation in declaring Maria João Pires among the most eloquent master musicians of our time." - The Gramophone Magazine
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"Passion rather than insouciance is Pires's keynote. 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 undistrionic contrast with all surrounding serenity or 'embalmed darkness'. Pires makes you hang on to every note in the coda's curious, echoing chimes, and in tthe dolcissimo conclusion to No. 8 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." - The Gramophone Magazine
• Cut at Emil Berliner Studios
• Pressed at Pallas in Germany
• Mastered from the Original Masters of Universal Music
Maria Joao Pires, piano
Frederic Chopin (1810 - 1949)
Nocturnes Nos. 1 - 21
No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op. 9 No. 1:
No. 2 In E Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2:
No. 3 In B Major, Op. 9 No. 3:
No. 4 In F Major, Op. 15 No. 1:
4. Andante Cantabile
No. 5 In F Sharp Major, Op. 15 No. 2:
No. 6 In G Minor, Op. 15 No. 3:
No. 7 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 1:
No. 8 In D Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2:
8. Lento Sostenuto
No. 9 In B Major, Op 32 No. 1:
9. Andante Sostenuto
No. 10 In A Flat Major, Op. 32 No. 2:
No. 11 In G Minor, Op. 37 No. 1:
11. Andante Sostenuto
No. 12 In G Major, Op. 37 No. 2:
No. 13 In C Minor, Op. 48 No. 1:
No. 14 In F Sharp Minor, Op. 48 No. 2:
No. 15 In F Minor, Op. 55 No. 1:
No. 16 In E Flat Major, Op. 55 No. 2:
16. Lento Sostenuto
No. 17 In B Major, Op. 62 No. 1:
No. 18 In E Major, Op. 62 No. 2:
No. 19 In E Minor, Op. Post. 72 No. 1:
No. 20 In C Sharp Minor, Op. Post.:
20. Lento Con Gran Espressione
No. 21 In C Minor, Op.
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