Jan Smeterlin – Jan Smeterlin Plays Chopin
Jan Smeterlin
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4841308
Barcode
00028948413089
Format
2-CD
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FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810–1849)

CD 1                                                                                                                       

1–14 Nocturnes Nos. 1–14                                                                                   

CD 2                                                                                                                       

1–6 Nocturnes Nos. 15–20                                                                                   

 BBC Recital, London, 17 April 1949*

7 Mazurka in B minor, Op. 33 No. 4
8 Mazurka in C minor, Op. 56 No. 3
9 Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
10 Mazurka in A flat major, Op. 59 No. 2
11 Mazurka in F sharp minor, Op. 59 No. 3
12 Mazurka in G major, Op. 67 No. 1
13 Mazurka in B flat minor, Op. 24 No. 4
14 Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Unpublished Decca Recordings*

15 Etude in F major, Op. 25 No. 3
16 Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op. 63 No. 3

Jan Smeterlin, piano

*PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED

Recording information

Recording Producers & Balance Engineers: unknown
Recordings: 1954 (Nocturnes); London, 17 April 1949 (BBC Recital); 11–12 June 1946 (Decca Recordings)
Audio Restoration: Andrew Halifax (BBC Recital); Mark Obert-Thorn (Decca Recordings)
Remastering Engineer: Chris Bernauer (Nocturnes)
Audio assembly: Chris Bernauer

Reviews

‘His playing was spontaneous and refined; sometimes he was heard to better advantage in an unfamiliar mazurka than in one of the grander works.’ Musical Times, March 1967

‘Impulsive, personal and always interesting.’ Gramophone, Awards issue 2004

‘A wealth of tonal colour. I can forgive [Smeterlin] his minor indiscretions for the wonderful spontaneity, poetic insights and intense lyricism he brings to these works. He projects long lines, with instinctive phrasing.’ MusicWeb International, May 2015 (Nocturnes)