Nocture (DXL 1152)

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Combining words and music, ‘Nocturne – The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin’ is the one of Lucy’s three musical portraits with narration by celebrated actors, Dame Harriet Walter and Samuel West which tells of the composer’s t1urbulent affair with George Sand as told through their intimate letters and diaries.

“The Best Chopin of the Year”
The Times, 2010

“A passionate, humorous and deeply moving portrait of the relationship between Chopin and Sand”
Music Web, 2010 (Wigmore Hall)

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Product Description

Lucy’s life-long passion for the music of Schumann inspired the original concept of the words and music evening, Beloved Clara, released on CD by AVS to critical acclaim. Two further evenings, ‘Liszt – An Odyssey of Love’ and Nocturne – The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin’ was premiered in the London Pianoforte Series at the Wigmore Hall (the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth) and has toured the UK and abroad, making its US debut in Los Angeles and subsequently broadcast on NPR across the USA.

Acknowledged as one of Britain’s finest pianists, Lucy Parham applies her sensitivity and imagination not only to concertos and recitals, but also to portraits in words and music of such composers as Schumann, Chopin, Liszt and Debussy.

She came to public attention as the Piano Winner of the 1984 BBC Young Musician of the Year. Since her Royal Festival Hall concerto debut at age 16, she has played throughout the UK and around the globe. Lucy is also a regular contributor to BBC Music Magazine, Pianist Magazine and the Guardian and appears frequently on BBC Radio 3 and 4, as the commentator on the Leeds International Piano Competition and as a jury member for the final of Young Musician of the Year.

For more information on Lucy Parham, visit www.lucyparham.com

Track List:

CD 1
1) Nocturne in C minor Op.48 No.1

2) “In the winter of 1831 …”
Polonaise in A Op.40 No.1

3) “We were in his audience …”
Waltz in C sharp minor Op.64 No.2

4) “Chopin’s sensitivity …”
Etude in A flat Op.25 No.1

5) “Dear Chopin …”
Mazurka in D Op.33 No.2

6) “After some considerable effort …:
Ballade No.3 in A flat Op.47

CD 2
1) In the winter of 1838 …”
Mazurka in A minor Op.67 No.4

2) My Chopin has been rather unwell …”
Prelude in D flat Op.28 (raindrop)

3) “My dear sister …”
Prelude in G minor Op.28

4) “October 1839 …”
Waltz in D flat Op.64 No.1 (petit chien)

5) “We often shared the anguish …”
Nocturne in D flat Op.27 No.2

6) Our life in Nohant was simple yet divine …”
Ballade No.4 in F minor Op.52

Additional Information

Lucy Parham

Piano

Dame Harriet Walter

Narrator

Samuel West

Narrator

Frederic Chopin

Composer

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