Chopin: 21 Nocturnes François Dumont

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Label: Aevea Classics

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Instrumental

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  • Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849): Nocturnes, Op. 9:
  • 1Nocturnes, Op. 9: No. 1 in B-Flat Minor05:21
  • 2Nocturnes, Op. 9: No. 2 in E-Flat Major04:22
  • 3Nocturnes, Op. 9: No. 3 in B Major06:27
  • Nocturnes, Op. 15:
  • 4Nocturnes, Op. 15: No. 1 in F Major04:32
  • 5Nocturnes, Op. 15: No. 2 in F-Sharp Major03:34
  • 6Nocturnes, Op. 15: No. 3 in G Minor03:50
  • Nocturnes, Op. 27:
  • 7Nocturnes, Op. 27: No. 1 in C-Sharp Minor05:16
  • 8Nocturnes, Op. 27: No. 2 in D-Flat Major05:39
  • Nocturnes, Op. 32:
  • 9Nocturnes, Op. 32: No. 1 in B Major04:11
  • 10Nocturnes, Op. 32: No. 2 in A-Flat Major05:03
  • Nocturnes, Op. 37:
  • 11Nocturnes, Op. 37: No. 1 in G Minor05:27
  • 12Nocturnes, Op. 37: No. 2 in G Major05:42
  • Nocturnes, Op. 48:
  • 13Nocturnes, Op. 48: No. 1 in C Minor05:57
  • 14Nocturnes, Op. 48: No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor06:25
  • Nocturnes, Op. 55:
  • 15Nocturnes, Op. 55: No. 1 in F Minor04:49
  • 16Nocturnes, Op. 55: No. 2 in E-Flat Major04:58
  • Nocturnes, Op. 62:
  • 17Nocturnes, Op. 62: No. 1 in B Major06:37
  • 18Nocturnes, Op. 62: No. 2 in E Major05:30
  • Nocturne in E minor, Op. 72 No. 1:
  • 19Nocturne in E minor, Op. 72 No. 103:32
  • Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, B. 49:
  • 20Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, B. 4904:02
  • Nocturne in C Minor, B. 108:
  • 21Nocturne in C Minor, B. 10802:24
  • Total Runtime01:43:38

Info for Chopin: 21 Nocturnes

From the forward-thinking pianism and sublime originality displayed by the early Op. 9 (1830-31) to the filigreed arabesques that grace the middle-register melodies in the more imposing structures of Op. 62 (1846), it is the nocturnes that allow us to trace Chopin’s aesthetic evolution. Indeed, his intention to create a new era in art is here in full display, not only in the magical sonorities he managed to evoke from the instrument, but also in his revolutionary lyricism, present from the onset, in which operatic archetypes unite with completely new pianistic intuitions. Chopin’s nocturnes were the works of an inspired soul; in turn, they inspired future generations of composers. A prize winner in the XVI International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, French pianist François Dumont presents a double album featuring Chopin’s complete nocturnes. Dumont brings years of life experience in this performance, playing with refinement and inspiration. In addition to the nocturnes that Chopin published during his lifetime, the present recording includes the Nocturne in E Minor, possibly written in Warsaw in 1827 and published posthumously in 1855 as part of Op. 72; the Nocturne in C Minor, B. 108, written in 1837 but published only in 1938; and a piece inscribed “Largo con gran espressione,” a work Chopin composed for his sister in 1830 as she studied his Second Piano Concerto (thematic material from the Concerto in F Minor is recognizable throughout the piece). The latter is perhaps one of Chopin’s most celebrated works, and was titled “nocturne” only upon its publication in 1875. Mr. Dumont’s recording of Chopin’s complete nocturnes took place on February 2017 and is recorded with 3 microphones stereo pair.

Francois Dumont, piano

François Dumont
French pianist François Dumont's international career has been launched by his success in major international piano competitions winning prizes in the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw, Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, Clara Haskil Competition in Switzerland, the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan the Montecarlo Piano Masters, the Top of the world competition, Norway and the Cleveland International competition in the United States. In 2011 he has been nominated for the "Victoires de la musique", a major French classical music event. In 2012 he has received the Prix de la Révélation from the Syndicate of Music Critics in France.

François Dumont was fourteen years old when he entered the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Bruno Rigutto's class. He later studied with artists such as Murray Perahia, Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, Menahem Pressler, Andreas Staier and Fou Ts'ong, during masterclasses at the prestigious International Piano Academy Lake Como in Italy and works with William Grant Naboré as a recipient of the Theo Lieven Chair in Lugano Conservatory.

His recordings include the Complete Mozart Sonatas, two Chopin albums, a Wagner/Liszt CD, the complete Ravel piano music as well as the Complete Beethoven Trios.

He appears as a soloist with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra and the Fortworth Symphony in the United-States, the Mariinsky Theater orchestra in St Petersburg, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (conductor Jesùs Lopez-Cobòs), Belgium National Symphony, Warsaw National Philharmonic (conductor Antoni Wit), Krakow Philharmonic, Montecarlo Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Tokyo Symphony in Japan, Wuhan Philharmonic in China.

Also much in demand as a chamber music partner, he has played with violinist Augustin Dumay, violist Tabea Zimmermann, cellist Henri Demarquette, the Talich Quartet, Quatuor Voce, Quatuor Debussy and Quatuor Sine Nomine. In April 2014 he plays the Complete Brahms Sonatas with Augustin Dumay. François Dumont is a member of the Trio Elégiaque, with Virginie Constant and Philippe Aïche.

Highlights of the 2014-2015 season include a Japan Tour with the Mikhalovsky Theater Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky Concerto n.1, Mozart concerti K.271 and K.466 with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne (to be released on CD), as well as the two Ravel Concerti in Lyon, Auditorium, with the Orchestre National de Lyon conducted by Leonard Slatkin, which will be recorded for Naxos.

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