Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 4: Waltzes; Nocturnes

Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 4: Waltzes; Nocturnes

by Louis Lortie

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Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 4: Waltzes; Nocturnes

In the early volumes in his Chandos series of the piano works of Frédéric Chopin, Louis Lortie placed an emphasis on the organization of his programs, whether by alternating work types or playing off-key relationships, which gave a certain theoretical coherence to his programs. In this fourth volume, which consists of 19 waltzes and 5 nocturnes, there isn't really a clear pattern to the ordering of the pieces but simply an interplay of contrasting moods. Lortie's Chopin encompasses a wide range of expressions, from the melancholy and poignant to the flashy and exuberant, yet in the course of this album, he keeps the music's emotions in a constant ebb and flow, and no single character dominates for long. It's helpful that Lortie can play anything brilliantly and his technique is always well concealed under his artistry, so the waltzes are easy to appreciate for their elegance and charm, with scarcely a thought to how they are organized. Even so, the handful of nocturnes at the end serve as a reminder that they, and the nocturnes on the first three volumes, will not have their own volume, which is a pity, since it would be fascinating to see what kind of schematic Lortie would make of them.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/2015
Label: Chandos
UPC: 0095115185223
catalogNumber: 10852

Tracks

  1. Waltz for piano in E flat major, KK IVb/10, CT. 223
  2. Waltz for piano No. 13 in D flat major, Op. 70/3, CT. 219
  3. Waltz for piano No. 12 in F minor, Op. 70/2, CT. 218
  4. Waltz for piano No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70/1, CT. 217
  5. Waltz for piano in E flat major (spurious), KK IVa/14 (B. 46)
  6. Waltz for piano No. 10 in B minor, Op. 69/2, CT. 216
  7. Waltz for piano in E major, KK IVa/12, CT. 220 (B. 44)
  8. Waltz for piano in E minor, KK IVa/15, CT. 222 (B. 56)
  9. Waltz for piano in A minor, KK IVb/11, CT. 224 (B. 150)
  10. Waltz for piano No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 34/1, CT. 208
  11. Waltz for piano in A flat major, KK IVa/13, CT. 221 (B. 21)
  12. Waltz for piano No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, CT. 207
  13. Nocturne for piano No. 12 in G major, Op. 37/2, CT. 119
  14. Nocturne for piano No. 11 in G minor, Op. 37/1, CT. 118
  15. Waltz for piano No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64/3, CT. 214
  16. Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213
  17. Nocturne for piano No. 9 in B major, Op. 32/1, CT. 116
  18. Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6
  19. Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212
  20. Nocturne for piano No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9/1, CT. 108
  21. Waltz for piano No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42, CT. 211
  22. Waltz for piano No. 9 in A flat major ("L'adieu") Op. 69/1, CT. 215
  23. Waltz for piano No. 4 in F major, Op. 34/3, CT. 210
  24. Waltz for piano No. 3 in A minor, Op. 34/2, CT. 209

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