Chopin: Nocturnes


Catalogue No: ATH 23201
EAN/UPC: 809730320126
Release Date: January 2005
Genres: ,
Discs: 2
Total Playing Time: 94:37

Bernard d’Ascoli is a French pianist of great skill and musicianship, who has recorded for several companies. He is devoted to the music of Chopin, and his CD of the complete Scherzi and Impromptus was released on Athene early in 2005. This splendid new recording of the 21 Nocturnes shows consummate musicianship and is sold for the price of one CD.

Track Listing

    Fryderyk Chopin:

  1. Nocturne no. 1 in C flat minor, op. 9 no. 1 (5:03)
  2. Nocturne no. 2 in E flat major, op. 9 no. 2 (4:02)
  3. Nocturne no. 3 in B major, op. 9 no. 3 (6:43)
  4. Nocturne no. 4 in F major, op. 15 no. 1 (3:59)
  5. Nocturne no. 5 in F sharp major, op. 15 no. 2 (3:36)
  6. Nocturne no. 6 in G minor, op. 15 no. 3 (3:58)
  7. Nocturne no. 7 in C sharp minor, op. 27 no. 1 (4:56)
  8. Nocturne no. 8 in D flat major, op. 27 no. 2 (5:15)
  9. Nocturne no. 9 in B major, op. 32 no. 1 (4:37)
  10. Nocturne no. 10 in A flat major, op. 32 no. 2 (4:58)
  11. Nocturne no. 11 in G minor, op. 37 no. 1 (6:35)
  12. Nocturne no. 12 in G major, op. 37 no. 2 (5:10)
  13. Nocturne no. 13 in C minor, op. 48 no. 1 (5:57)
  14. Nocturne no. 14 in F sharp minor, op. 48 no. 2 (6:54)
  15. Nocturne no. 15 in F minor, op. 55 no. 1 (4:39)
  16. Nocturne no. 16 in E flat major, op. 55 no. 2 (5:04)
  17. Nocturne no. 17 in B major, op. 62 no. 1 (6:41)
  18. Nocturne no. 18 in E major, op. 62 no. 2 (5:55)
  19. Nocturne no. 19 in E minor, op. posth. (3:48)
  20. Nocturne no. 20 in C sharp minor, op. posth (3:59)
  21. Nocturne no. 21 in C minor, op. posth. (2:34)


Piano Magazine

This superb double CD presents Chopin by a pianist of astonishing skill and musicianship … Bernard d’Ascoli’s interpretation of the Nocturnes is full of feeling, drama and serenity, demonstrating his genuine love for the music.

International Record Review

D’Ascoli has a sound that is clear, liquescent and very appropriate to Chopin. He is a pianist who sounds at one with the instrument, and conveys the feeling that this really is his music. [This release] is of considerable interest… whose totality upholds the distinction of its individual parts.

” —Stephen Pruslin
MusicWeb International

An artist of such exceptional sensitivity and tonal refinement in music that suits his style so well… a very considerable achievement. It is surely playing that the composer himself would have recognised

” —Tony Haywood
BBC Music Magazine

deeply probing, exploratory, performances… bold… persuasive… compelling. His rubato… makes his Chopin alive and self-renewing. Performance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sound ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

” —Tim Parry

This ranks among the most remarkable of Chopin Nocturne recordings… performances of a living, breathing presence. The recordings are vivid and immediate. A revelatory, probing disc… D’Ascoli announces himself as a top-flight pianist. GRAMOPHONE EDITOR’S CHOICE MARCH 2006

” —Bryce Morrison
Musical Opinion

a fascinating and stimulating experience…assured and brilliant technique and a natural sense of poetry and sound. A joy to hear.

” —Denby Richards
La Marseillaise

The Scherzos have what it is necessary of heroic spirit and expressive frisson, the Impromptus of smoothness and lyricism, the Nocturnes of melancholy grace. A very beautiful pianistic work

” —J.F.
BBC Radio 3 CD Review

The Frenchman Bernard d’Ascoli has perfect command of [rubato] and I’ve enjoyed his new 2-CD set of the Nocturnes… playing of authority and definition of character. And Bach as well as Chopin would have approved of the exemplary part-playing. There is drama and declamation here, as well as lyricism and sensitivity to the fundamental alliance of vocal music with Chopin’s writing

” —Stephen Plaistow