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Chopin Volume 1 (Nocturnes, Scherzos And Sonata) CD

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Hailed as "one of perhaps half a dozen pianists who it is worth dropping everything to go and hear" (Daily Telegraph, London), Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has been praised for the fresh perspective and individuality he brings to a deliberately broad spectrum of the keyboard canon. He studied in Montreal with Yvonne Hubert (a pupil of the great French pianist, Alfred Cortot), in ... Read more in Amazon's Louis Lortie Store

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  • Composer: Chopin
  • Audio CD (26 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B003EN2S0K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nocturne No. 19 in E Minor, Op. 72, No. 1
2. Scherzo, Op. 20 in B Minor
3. Nocturne No. 16 in E Flat Major, Op. 55, No. 2
4. Scherzo, Op. 31 in B Flat Minor
5. Nocturne No. 18 in E Major, Op. 62, No. 2
6. Scherzo, Op. 39 in C Sharp Minor
7. Nocturne No. 17 in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1
8. Scherzo, Op. 54 in E Major
9. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor, Op. 35, 'Marche Funebre'

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Nocturnes, Scherzos & Sonate / Louis Lortie, piano


Other pianists should take note.taking his lead from the days when pianists would improvise between selections to get the audience in the right mood,Lortie uses a Nocturne in a closely related key to preface each Scherzo. This is Chopin playing of a superior order. --Gramophone,July 2010

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Banjanx on 14 Jan 2011
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Slightly disappointed. Didn't pick up on the "volume one" and a number of my preferred nocturnes not included.
Also nocturnes and scherzo(s) do not sit easily together and CD has slightly unsettled feel.
First thoughts (you asked me!!) and view may change....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Worth a listen 28 Jun 2010
By C. Briley - Published on
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Not being a technician of the piano, I can't speak to Mr. Lortie's execution of technique. What I can say is that I felt like I was at a live performance of his. He plays with such emotion and passion. There is a certain feeling of opposites in the pairings of the Nocturne and the Scherzo...the slow lilt vs. the brisk whirl allows the listener to experience something different with each piece. The Sonata in Bb minor was the highlight of the CD for me. The clarity of movement in the melismatic passages is astounding. The third movement of the Sonata being the most well-known was particularly entrancing with the lilt of the march like left hand. I can't wait to actually hear Mr. Lortie in concert. If his live performance is anything like this recording, it will be well worth my money!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Heartfelt Chopin, Impeccable Musicianship, and a Marvelous Sounding Piano 20 July 2010
By J Scott Morrison - Published on
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I have little to add to the earlier reviews except to say that Lortie is an impressive Chopin player. The first of the Nocturnes was so marvelous I immediately played it again. The monstrously difficult final pages of the B flat minor Scherzo come off as music, not gymnastics. The B flat minor sonata (the one with the funeral march) is superb. Lortie's voicings of its handfuls of chords are worth extra attention; how does he DO that? But best of all is the sound of the Fazioli piano. It is both mellow and brilliant. Bravo to Fazioli and to whoever the piano technician was.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Louis Lortie on Chopin 11 July 2010
By Bruce A. Mcdonald - Published on
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We are being deluged with Chopin recordings in this, the bicentennial year of the composer's birth. This one is outstanding among them-in every way! Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has been called "the best pianist no one ever heard of," but that will change, hopefully. I have long been acquainted with his fine recordings of Ravel's piano music, and this Chopin disc is equally good.
His program is a fine one, and his playing shows both taste and splendid technique. His Chopin is wonderfully "natural," by which I mean unmannered; one can actually forget Lortie and pay attention to what the composer is doing musically. The Chandos recording, too, is superb. All Chopin lovers should put this fine recording on their "wish list" for the next holiday--birthday, Christ-mas, or whatever. Bravo!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Le pianiste canadien Loui Lortie connut un immense succès il y des années avec son intégrale des Études de Chopin, lorsqu'il fut invité pour la première fois au Carnegie Hall.Le disque est encore édité chez Chandos. De ses quelque trente enregistrements allant de Mozart à Stravinsky, celui consacré aux Études de Chopin, figure, selon BBC Music Magazine, parmi les 50 meilleurs disques réalisés par des pianistes de premier rang. Il a une fougue de Caribou sonné à la vodka. Si le début de l'intégrale qu'il a décidé de graver ressemble en qualité à son interprétation des Etudes de l'Opus 10, cela risque d'être très excitant. A suivre ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful playing. 3 Dec 2012
By garmicham - Published on
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Louis Lortie plays so thoughtfully and with such nuance and beauty. No banging away. Very intelligent. Along with Marc-Andre Hamelin and Stephen Hough, he is one of my current favorite pianists.
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