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Chopin: Nocturnes


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 6, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gsp Records
  • ASIN: B0001XAK9W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No. 20, Op. post: lento con gran espressione
2. No. 2, Op. 9, No. 2: andante
3. No. 13, Op. 48, No. 1: lento
4. No. 5, Op. 15, No. 2: larghetto
5. No. 21, Op. post.
6. No. 6, Op. 15, No. 3:lento
7. No. 9, Op. 32, No. 1: andante sostenuto
8. No. 15, Op. 55, No. 1: andante
9. No. 7, Op. 27, No. 1: larghetto
10. No. 19, Op. post. 72, No. 1: andante
11. No. 11, Op. 37, No. 1: andante sostenuto

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It has been several years since Philip Hii's first, critically acclaimed album, 'J.S. Bach - New Transcriptions for Guitar' (also available through BDC). Now, his highly anticipated follow-up album is finally here. Philip has been studying the original.gsp rec - burnside.2004.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sor_Fingers on December 26, 2006
Hearing Chopin on the Guitar is quite an enjoyable experience. Philip Hii has provided a recording with perhaps the best transcripitons of Chopin's Nocturnes for the guitar. The pieces work very well on the guitar, sound beautiful and really pay a lot of attention to preserving the textures and details of the original piano scores. Hii's scholarship in transfering the nocturne's from the piano to the guitar shows discipline and creativity. There is one problem with this recording, however. Unfortunately Hii's scholarship does not equal his performance chops. It's really a shame that Hii's playing really suffers. His attack is very sloppy. There is lots of noise that does not come from a vibrating guitar string. There's fret noise, string noise and nail noise. His attack in general is just very naily. Furthermore, his intonation is not always right on. It's really a shame that these faults are so obvious on this recording. They really distract from the beauty of the music. Most unfortunately, it's hard to enjoy such beautiful music when it's not performed well. Hii's wonderful transcription work doesn't make up for his undesirable tone. It's worth a listen to hear the marvelous transcriptions, but Hii's playing is far from exceptional.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fica on February 19, 2007
This cd has a haunting quality to the playing which struck at one's inner cord with its lovely flowing gentle quality. One could simply sit back and let the notes run through one's being, vibrating with it, as the notes hits softly, gently or vibrantly, sweeping the listener along its tide, going from gentle to vibrant, from gentle to exciting. I love the fast strumming and wonder at how a guitar could effect all that. It is a masterpiece, a stroke of genius transcribing something like Chopin from piano to guitar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josafat Wiranto on June 11, 2009
If you are an audiophile and love a classical Guitar Solo, you should buy this CD.
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I totally agree with the reviewer, Sor Fingers, that the transcriptions are wonderful but the playing is abysmal. Very noisy and distracting, though a non-guitarist might accept it as normal. Hopefully, someday someone with good technique will record these nocturnes. Unfortunately, GSP Records, the label on which Philip Hii appears, hasn't published the transcriptions.
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