Frédéric Chopin

Nocturne for piano No. 11 in G minor, Op. 37/1, CT. 118

    Description by Blair Johnston

    Once widely regarded as the high-water mark of his work in the form, the two Nocturnes of Frédéric Chopin's Opus 37 gradually fell into disservice during over the course of the twentieth-century. They are, nevertheless, wondrous specimens of Nocturne form, being something of a hybrid between the more dramatic examples found in the composer's Opus 27 and the far simpler textures and moods of the two Opus 32 Nocturnes. It is perhaps important that Robert Schumann considered these two works to be examples of Chopin at his finest, declaring them to be "of that nobler kind under which poetic ideality gleams more transparently [than the earlier Nocturnes]." The first of the pair, the Nocturne in G minor, Op.37, No.1, is cast in the characteristic three-part (ternary) form. The opening and closing sections are of great sadness indeed; the initially restrained primary theme quickly gains in passion upon its repetition some sixteen bars into the piece, and only the sudden intrusion of a subito piano dynamic during the second phrase of the repetition curtails the tormented outpouring of grief. Consolation is found, or at least hinted at longingly, in the chorale-like chords of the central, E-flat major section of the piece. The texture is absolutely plain: not a single eighth-note interrupts the procession of steady, quarter-note chords, and no dynamic above piano is allowed by the composer. The reprise of the opening section is quite literal (if truncated to some degree)-the renewal of such anguish after having tasted the comfort of the middle section (which, some feel, hints very strongly at the composer's belief in the consoling power of religion), however, casts the material in a very different emotional light.

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    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 ABC Classics ABC 4812732
    2016 Nimbus Alliance NI 6335
    2016 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4795404
    2015 Chandos CHAN 10852
    2015 Naxos 8559745
    2015 Mercury Classics 4811486
    2014 Telarc
    2014 Brilliant Classics 94930BR
    2014 United Classics T 2CD2013024
    2014 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2013 AAO Music VER 62712
    2013 Piano Classics PCL 0049
    2013 AAO Music PWM 71032
    2013 4Tay Records 4036
    2012 Alto MCSCD 2012
    2012 ABC Classics 4764835
    2012 Supraphon SU 40972
    2012 Fryderyk Chopin Institute NIFCCD 032
    2012 ZYX Music CLABOX 007
    2011 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2011 Newton Classics 8802076
    2011 Decca
    2011 Estonian Record Productions ERP 4211
    2011 Fryderyk Chopin Institute NIFCCD000020
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099945533
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099996711
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94048
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099960839
    2010 Fryderyk Chopin Institute 20
    2010 Decca
    2010 Decca
    2010 Classics & Jazz / DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 Sonoma SGC 20145
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Aparte 3
    2009 Deutsche Grammophon / DG Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Music Classics and Jazz 001382602
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Denon Records
    2008 Quartz 2022
    2008 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4717432
    2008 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4777583
    2007 K-Tel 1033
    2007 DG
    2007 Universal Classics & Jazz
    2007 Centaur Records 2879
    2007 Decca
    2006 Brana Records 0033
    2006 Camerata Records 15040
    2006 Jeff Vidov 2006-01
    2006
    Ton
    Encora ENC 003
    2005 K-Tel Distribution 3963
    2005 Nonesuch
    2005 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 7243586507
    2005 Athene 23201
    2005 Brilliant 92202
    2005 Direct Source / Direct Source Special 44332
    2004 Madacy 3641
    2004 GSP Recordings 1024
    2004 Golden Classics / Madacy 3336
    2004 Pierian 0022
    2004 Brana Records 0018
    2003 Direct Source 1642
    2003 Philips 475029
    2003 Artek 11
    2003 Madacy 5592
    2002 Stradivari Classics STR 9360
    2002 Madacy 5595
    2001 One-Eleven 9010
    2001 Direct Source 60641
    2000 Stradivari / Stradivari Classics STR 9361
    2000 Amadis 7130
    2000 Direct Source 9071
    2000 Direct Source 6518
    2000 Direct Source 30692
    2000 Direct Source 6604
    1999 Stradivari 9002
    1999 Classical Heritage 1223
    1998 Ivory Classics 70701
    1997 The Piano Library 225
    1997 MCS Records 41001
    1997 Direct Source 7502
    1996 Nimbus 8805
    1996 T Records 9951
    1995 Telstar 2800
    1995 DG Deutsche Grammophon 437 464-2GX2
    1995 APR (Appian) 7010
    1994 Denon Records 78908
    1994 Madacy 8709
    1993 Royal Classics 6408
    1990 Naxos 550257
    1988 Decca / DG Deutsche Grammophon
    1988 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4237822
    1985 DG Deutsche Grammophon 415 117-2GH
    Marjorie Bliese Gluckstein
    DG Deutsche Grammophon 431588
    Classical Records 007
    DG Deutsche Grammophon 431579
    Lydian 18130
    Carlton Classics 02357
    BBC Music Magazine
    Ricercar 145143
    Brilliant 92202/3
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    Fone 9010
    DG Deutsche Grammophon 431996
    Fonoteca 960410
    Vox Allegretto 8086
    SNE 563
    Urania
    RCA Victor 7725
    Telstar 346
    Pilz 176002