Louis Lortie – Louis Lortie plays Chopin Volume 1 (2010) [FLAC 24 bit, 96 kHz]

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Artist: Louis Lortie
Album: Louis Lortie plays Chopin Volume 1
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2010
Audio Format:: FLAC (tracks) 24 bit, 96 kHz
Duration: 01:19:28
Total Tracks: 12
Total Size: 1,27 GB


1. Louis Lortie – Nocturne Op.72 No.1 (04:31)
2. Louis Lortie – Scherzo Op.20 No.1 (09:33)
3. Louis Lortie – Nocturne Op.55 No.2 (04:43)
4. Louis Lortie – Scherzo Op.31 No.2 (09:27)
5. Louis Lortie – Nocture Op.62 No.2 (05:37)
6. Louis Lortie – Scherzo Op.39 No.3 (07:03)
7. Louis Lortie – Nocturne Op.62 No.1 (06:36)
8. Louis Lortie – Scherzo Op.54 No.4 (10:26)
9. Louis Lortie – Piano Sonata Op.35 No.2 – I. Grave Doppio movimento Agitato (07:16)
10. Louis Lortie – Piano Sonata Op.35 No.2 – II. Scherzo Piu lento Tempo I (05:37)
11. Louis Lortie – Piano Sonata Op.35 No.2 – III. Marche funebre Lento (07:08)
12. Louis Lortie – Piano Sonata Op.35 No.2 – IV. Presto (01:28)


In the era of the great romantic pianists, it used to be the fashion at piano recitals to offer an improvisation in the same key as that of the piece that was scheduled to follow, in order to get the audience ‘in the mood’. To compensate for this lost art, I have thought of always playing one of the nocturnes before a major piano composition by Chopin. It makes these nocturnes appear more like an improvisation, to serve as counterweight to the very dense content of the Ballades, Scherzos, and Sonatas. This practice transfers smoothly the logic of a piano recital to a CD and makes more sense by allowing the listener to enjoy the contents in one stretch’ writes Louis Lortie on his concept for the album.

The immensely respected French-Canadian virtuoso Louis Lortie celebrates the Chopin anniversary with an album of Nocturnes and Scherzos for solo piano. These works stretch the pianist’s technique in every possible way. This Canadian pianist has long had an association with Chandos, and is recognised as one of the finest interpreters of Chopin. He first recorded Chopin’s Études for Chandos more than 20 years ago; it was named as one of the ‘50 great performances by superlative pianists’ by BBC Music Magazine. Since then he’s enjoyed an exceptionally rich performing and recording career. He won First Prize in the Busoni Competition in 1984. He was also a prize-winner at the Leeds Competition. He’s been named an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.

A recent performance at Carnegie Hall elicited the following review, ‘Those who bought a ticket to hear Louis Lortie play on Saturday night must have been extremely glad they did so. The pianist from Montreal gave a recital at Carnegie Hall that was filled with beauty, brains, and virtuosity.’“Lortie’s recital-like organisation of the repertoire is particularly appealing…Nothing is overstated dramatically here, which is not to say that the individual character of the pieces is not identified and communicated with taste and a clear expressive intent.”  – The Daily Telegraph

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