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Throughout his career as a pianist and record producer, David has noticed a hunger in his listeners for classical piano music void of the abrupt displays of virtuosity that direct, rather than support, the listener's own inner contemplative journey of thought. After extensive research, he chose to interpret ten nocturnes by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) that perfectly meet these needs. Rounding out the program, Chopin's beautiful Berceuse (in French, lullaby ) and Andante Spianato serve as the prelude and postlude to this selection of nocturnes.
The nocturne for solo piano emerged in the early 1800's as a sung (cantabile) melody played by the right hand together with the left hand strumming or arpeggiating guitar-like accompaniment. Chopin added his Parisian sophistication, a hint of his Polish roots, and a wealth of his creative genius to this form, making his nocturne one of the jewels of Romanticism that transformed western culture in the early 19th century. Unlike his contemporaries, Chopin preferred to compose for the intimacy of the parlor room, as opposed to the concert hall, and his mastery of the nocturne best demonstrates how some of the most powerful musical statements can be made with a whisper.
Frédéric Chopin is celebrated as the greatest piano composer of all time.