horizontal line

Compared with Roe’s disc reviewed above, Ewa Pobłocka’s is fascinatingly different. Most obviously, she includes two recently discovered later Nocturnes, Nos 19 in B major (1816-21) and 20 in C major ‘The Troubadour’ (1832), given here in Patrick Piggott’s performing editions. Pobłocka uses the Peters Edition, ordering the pieces very differently from No 6 onwards, in which there are numerous textual differences. Most importantly, though, is the use of an 1838 (restored) Erard fortepiano, giving the music an entirely different atmosphere from Roe’s modern concert grand. Interpretatively, Pobłocka – who has recorded the Nocturnes on a modern instrument previously – is generally quicker than Roe though no less poetic. Preference for many will come down to the sound of the instrument and I must confess to finding the Erard a tad clattery. Entertaining listening, nonetheless.

GUY RICKARDS Read the full review on Agora Classica

   Read full review   

To continue reading, please upgrade to a premium account. You will have immediate full access.

Read more classical music reviews online here:

Piano International, 2016 - ©Rhinegold Publishing