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Florent Albrecht|Field : Nocturnes

Field : Nocturnes

Florent Albrecht

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“Unprecedented” is the right word to sum up this album entirely devoted to John Field's Nocturnes. Unprecedented because it is the first recording by Florent Albrecht, an extra-terrestrial of the pianoforte, who trained late in life after a first career in the luxury goods industry. After graduating from the Conservatoire of Geneva in 2018 and laureate of the Royaumont Foundation the same year, the French pianist has already performed at the Paris Opera and the Juilliard School, among others. An unprecedented album, as it features the world premiere of Nocturne in B flat major, posthumous Op.142, a score exhumed from the shelves of the St Petersburg library by Florent Albrecht. For the occasion, Qobuz presents this original and enchanting album exclusively for five weeks.

The nocturne, a form made popular by Chopin, emerged at a time in the history of music when technical improvements in keyboard instruments enabled them to rival the expressiveness of the human voice. We do not know if it is John Field's writing talent or Florent Albrecht's fluid and airy playing—it is probably a subtle mixture of the two—but we come away from listening being convinced that the piano is the sole instrument capable of expressing the emotions of the romantic soul. The musician opts for a phrasing that is both clear and supple, perfectly suited to his instrument (a Carlo Meglio from 1826), whose rounded and slightly trembling timbre, sometimes close to a cimbalom, acts like a soothing balm for the soul. A truly calming interlude. © Pierre Lamy/Qobuz

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1
Nocturne XII en Sol Majeur, H 58
00:02:16

Florent Albrecht, Pianoforte - John Field, Composer

© 2021 HORTUS ℗ 2021 HORTUS

2
Nocturne X en Mi Mineur, H 46
00:03:24

Florent Albrecht, Pianoforte - John Field, Composer

© 2021 HORTUS ℗ 2021 HORTUS

3
Nocturne XIV en Ut Majeur, H 60
00:10:02

Florent Albrecht, Pianoforte - John Field, Composer

© 2021 HORTUS ℗ 2021 HORTUS

4
Nocturne I en Mi Bémol Majeur, H 24
00:03:41

Florent Albrecht, Pianoforte - John Field, Composer

© 2021 HORTUS ℗ 2021 HORTUS

5
Nocturne IV en La Majeur, H 36
00:05:44

Florent Albrecht, Pianoforte - John Field, Composer

© 2021 HORTUS ℗ 2021 HORTUS

6
Nocturne II en Do Mineur, H 25
00:03:41

Florent Albrecht, Pianoforte - John Field, Composer

© 2021 HORTUS ℗ 2021 HORTUS

7
Nocturne IX en Mi Bémol Majeur, H 30
00:04:28

Florent Albrecht, Pianoforte - John Field, Composer

© 2021 HORTUS ℗ 2021 HORTUS

8
Nocturne XI en Si Bémol Majeur, H 56
00:06:53

Florent Albrecht, Pianoforte - John Field, Composer

© 2021 HORTUS ℗ 2021 HORTUS

9
Nocturne III en La Bémol Majeur, H 26
00:03:34

Florent Albrecht, Pianoforte - John Field, Composer

© 2021 HORTUS ℗ 2021 HORTUS

10
Nocturne V en Si Bémol Majeur, H 37
00:02:47

Florent Albrecht, Pianoforte - John Field, Composer

© 2021 HORTUS ℗ 2021 HORTUS

11
Nocturne XIII en Ré Mineur, H 59
00:03:13

Florent Albrecht, Pianoforte - John Field, Composer

© 2021 HORTUS ℗ 2021 HORTUS

12
Nocturne VI en Fa Majeur, H 40
00:04:47

Florent Albrecht, Pianoforte - John Field, Composer

© 2021 HORTUS ℗ 2021 HORTUS

13
Nocturne XV en Do Majeur, H 61
00:05:32

Florent Albrecht, Pianoforte - John Field, Composer

© 2021 HORTUS ℗ 2021 HORTUS

14
Nocturne VIII en La Majeur, H 14
00:04:59

Florent Albrecht, Pianoforte - John Field, Composer

© 2021 HORTUS ℗ 2021 HORTUS

15
Nocturne XVI en Fa Majeur, H 62
00:04:56

Florent Albrecht, Pianoforte - John Field, Composer

© 2021 HORTUS ℗ 2021 HORTUS

16
Nocturne en Si Bémol Majeur, Op. Posth.
00:05:17

Florent Albrecht, Pianoforte - John Field, Composer

© 2021 HORTUS ℗ 2021 HORTUS

Album Description

“Unprecedented” is the right word to sum up this album entirely devoted to John Field's Nocturnes. Unprecedented because it is the first recording by Florent Albrecht, an extra-terrestrial of the pianoforte, who trained late in life after a first career in the luxury goods industry. After graduating from the Conservatoire of Geneva in 2018 and laureate of the Royaumont Foundation the same year, the French pianist has already performed at the Paris Opera and the Juilliard School, among others. An unprecedented album, as it features the world premiere of Nocturne in B flat major, posthumous Op.142, a score exhumed from the shelves of the St Petersburg library by Florent Albrecht. For the occasion, Qobuz presents this original and enchanting album exclusively for five weeks.

The nocturne, a form made popular by Chopin, emerged at a time in the history of music when technical improvements in keyboard instruments enabled them to rival the expressiveness of the human voice. We do not know if it is John Field's writing talent or Florent Albrecht's fluid and airy playing—it is probably a subtle mixture of the two—but we come away from listening being convinced that the piano is the sole instrument capable of expressing the emotions of the romantic soul. The musician opts for a phrasing that is both clear and supple, perfectly suited to his instrument (a Carlo Meglio from 1826), whose rounded and slightly trembling timbre, sometimes close to a cimbalom, acts like a soothing balm for the soul. A truly calming interlude. © Pierre Lamy/Qobuz

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