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    I mentioned Arrau's fingernails several posts before yours! I knew I couldn't be the only one.

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    Several composers of solo keyboard works have especially led me to collect a number of interpreters. Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin, each allows such leeway of expression and personality. For the 'Nocturnes' there are Freire, of course Moravec, and the immortal Arrau, Tipo, Feltsman...Bolet: each with distinctive insight. I'm particularly fond of Andrzej Wasowski, who is not so well known. My latest preference is Elizabeth Leonskaja, for her introspection and depth of understanding, her sensitive phrasing. My heart goes out to her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lextune View Post
    I mentioned Arrau's fingernails several posts before yours! I knew I couldn't be the only one.
    lextune
    They talk about remastering this and remastering that, but no one mentions Arrau's fingernails!!
    "I only have a hunch in what I've become expert." - Leonard Cohen

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    Pires
    Engerer
    Historical: Friedheim, Novaes

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    I would name Arrau's complete Chopin nocturnes by Philips 1997; superb quality. My favourite pieces are B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1, and E flat major Op. 9 No. 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowyflow View Post
    I would name Arrau's complete Chopin nocturnes by Philips 1997; superb quality. My favourite pieces are B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1, and E flat major Op. 9 No. 2.
    Must be heavenly. (Arrau died in 1991. )

    I presume that is one of several re-releases of his 1978(?) set. It's my second favorite after Moravec.

    And welcome to Talkclassical.
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    Since posting on this subject in September, I have had the pleasure of acquiring or listening to a number of Chopin Nocturne recordings. I have yet to find one I really don't like. I believe it's almost a can't miss with just about any recommendation you receive. Someone previously mentioned Leonskaja and I found this one on the cheap. It is indeed worth listening to. I read a few reviews on this one as I had not heard of the pianist. Reviews generally said she plays well and accomplished but is too sparse, technical and cold. Granted it is a "leaner" interpretation than some others but I agree with the previous poster, this is a beautiful and heartfelt performance. I quite enjoy it!

    Another goodie that critics didn't like as well is Angela Hewitt. The sound is fantastic, and I believe some of it has to do with the piano being used. I will leave you to look up that info yourself as it is interesting. But Hewitt is criticized as not having Chopin "in her heart" I don't know what those cats heard, but sister has definitely got it all together from what I heard.

    Other good one's probably already mentioned would include: Pollini (mid 60's), Moravec, Pires, and Engerer. I am sure there are many more.
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    Pollini plays nicely the Nocturnes

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