Editors’ Notes Chopin’s nocturnes could well have been written for the voice, their beautiful, lyrical melodies unfolding with a magic that few composers for piano can match. Arthur Rubinstein understood their childlike wonder, his playing refreshingly, charmingly simple. The bell-like tone of his right hand soars artlessly over subtle accompaniment, and everything is delicately pedalled, tempos just so. Bask in Op. 15 No. 3 or Op. 27 No. 1 to hear the mastery of Rubinstein’s control: fortes never growl, pianissimos are exquisite. And the elegant ornamentation in Op. 32 No. 1 shows a stunning technique at the total service of Chopin’s timeless music.

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Nocturnes, Op. 9
Nocturnes, Op. 9: No. 1 in B-Flat Minor
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Nocturnes, Op. 9: No. 2 in E-Flat Major
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Nocturnes, Op. 9: No. 3 in B Major
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Nocturnes, Op. 15
Nocturnes, Op. 15: No. 1 in F Major
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Nocturnes, Op. 15: No. 2 in F-Sharp Major
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Nocturnes, Op. 15: No. 3 in G Minor
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Nocturnes, Op. 27
Nocturnes, Op. 27: No. 1 in C-sharp Minor
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Nocturnes, Op. 27: No. 2 in D-Flat Major
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Nocturnes, Op. 32
Nocturnes, Op. 32: No. 1 in B Major
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Nocturnes, Op. 32: No. 2 in A-Flat Major
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Nocturnes, Op. 37
Nocturnes, Op. 37: No. 1 in G Minor
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Nocturnes, Op. 37: No. 2 in G Major
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Nocturnes, Op. 48
Nocturnes, Op. 48: No. 1 in C Minor
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Nocturnes, Op. 48: No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor
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Nocturnes, Op. 55
Nocturnes, Op. 55: No. 1 in F Minor
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Nocturnes, Op. 55: No. 2 in E-Flat Major
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Nocturnes, Op. 62
Nocturnes, Op. 62: No. 1 in B Major
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Nocturnes, Op. 62: No. 2 in E Major
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Nocturne No. 19 in E Minor, Op. 72 No. 1
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