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Regardless of who was first to coin the term "Nocturne," 19th-century Irish composer John Field's Nocturnes, 15 of which are included here, stand side by side with those of Chopin for their consummate tunefulness, harmonic ingenuity, and pure pianistic resourcefulness. Fellow Irishman John O'Conor informs each of these gems with interpretive authenticity, unpretentious refinement, and elegance. --David Vernier

1. Molto Moderato
2. Moderato E Molto Espressivo
3. Poco Adagio
4. Andantino
5. Andante
6. Andante
7. Andantino
8. Adagio
9. Moderato
10. Lento
11. Lento
12. Molto Moderato
13. Molto Moderato
14. Molto Moderato
15. Allegretto

Product Details

  • Performer: John O'Conor
  • Composer: John Field
  • Audio CD (April 9, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003CVP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Melvyn M. Sobel on August 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Although literally overshadowed by Chopin's compositions of the same name, and not, quite honestly, unfairly so, and then "purged" even more considerably by Faure's efforts, nonetheless, John Field's "Romances," which he later re-titled "Nocturnes" (e.g. his version of Night Pieces), are the genuine precursors, the seeds, from whence the more developed "fruits" grew.

It would be simple to leave such a metaphor as is; but it's not so "simple," really, because Field's Nocturnes are, in and of themselves, beautiful, dreamy pieces for the piano with original and charming melodic content (sans the turbulent middle sections Chopin gives us or the discursive aberrations of Faure), soft, rippling passagework, singing lines, all of which can easily stand on their own merits.

This Teldec collection of fifteen (of the "known" eighteen) Nocturnes of Field (1782-1837) played by Mr. O'Conor is, well, simply gorgeous music, period. No caveats here, just wonderful pieces, jewels, performed lovingly and recorded with true warmth and presence.

[Running time: 65:46]
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Southern Man on February 20, 2005
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This was one of my very first CD purchases when I finally crossed over to digital in 1990 and about 1300 CDs later, it's still one of the ones I play most often. Comparisons to Chopin are unnecessary, this gorgeous music stands on its own. I was unfamiliar with Field's work when I purchased this and John O'Conor can be credited with a mini renaissance of John Field - there are now numerous Field works available in the catalog.

In my view, Field's Nocturnes are still not as popular as they should be - they may not be as musically complex as the more famous Romantic piano composers, but they are always beautiful. I can't imagine a more sympathetic performance than that given by Mr. O'Conor. I've been playing this CD regularly for 15 years and I really have no desire to hear any other performance of this beautiful music.

The CD cover effectively captures the mood these pieces evoke. The music is consistently gentle and tranquil but never even remotely dull. This would be an excellent purchase for someone just starting to explore classical music (stay away from those dreadful compilations!). In fact, this would be a great purchase for people who profess not to like classical music. It's difficult for me to believe that there's anybody who wouldn't find moments when this CD would create just the mood they were looking for. Even headbangers need some reflective time.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2003
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This disc is absolutely wonderful. Every piece is composed with luxurious beauty, delicacy, and sensuousness. The inevitable comparison to the Nocturnes of Chopin do not even slightly dim the luster of these exquisite little gems, most under five minutes in length. They are certainly not as perfectly crafted as Chopin's, but they can stand on their own as delightful listening music, sublime in simplicity and flowing lyricism. John O'Conor performs flawlessly; it is obvious that he takes great pleasure in allowing the piano to sing to us.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1998
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This is a wonderful CD that should be in the library anyone who loves beautiful, lyrical, sensitive piano works. They are reminiscent of the Chopin Nocturnes, but with less dynamic range. As a result I found them in ways more listenable. Buy this CD!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Moreno on June 2, 2014
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In the now more than two decades since its release this remains the best available recording of Field's Nocturnes. The sound and the interpretations are both excellent. The pianist is Irish, like Field, if that sort of thing is important to you, and he caresses these pieces very lovingly.

These pieces are high-quality salon music from the early 19th century. They contain elements of both Romanticism and Classicism. As many others have noted, these pieces both anticipate and influenced one Fred Chopin. Field was a very polished and inventive musician, but perhaps needless to say, he did not possess Chopin's shattering musical intelligence. These pieces waft by on a warm breeze with no sense of drama or introspection. This is excellent music to put on while you're having dinner, and that's not necessarily a compliment. If you should bother to listen closely, however, you will find that beneath the tranquil surface there is music that is both tasteful and interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on December 12, 2009
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For anyone who enjoys Chopin's Nocturnes--especially quieter pieces like his Op. 9 No. 1--John Field's earlier and original nocturnes will not disappoint. Excellent sound quality and performance. Truly a desert island selection.
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By simon1c on June 24, 2012
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This is probably the gentlest interpretation of John Field's nocturnes regarding the performance or recording alike. All the songs were played quietly with soft hands throughtout, including the allegro at the end. Only in a few moments did I hear somewhat weightier strokes, which were done sensitively so that the overall tender mood of music was not disrupted.

The first song makes a nice and beautiful opening for the album. The third song has an intense, passionate passage. The fourth one was adopted in some cantabile version of his piano concerto no. 3. I find tracks 5 to 10 also very pleasant and melodious to listen to, and track 8 is especially emotional with a touch of melancholy.

Track 12 is a long fantasia, and tracks 13 and 14 have some scherzo character. The Allegretto is a sprightful delight to close the relaxing, meditative album. The overall melodies are much more lyrical and mellow than those of Chopin and other classical piano composers I've known. An outstanding accomplishment in the field of piano music for pure enjoyment and refreshment.
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