athene-minerva ath 23201 (2CD for the price of 1)
Gramophone "Editor's Choice": March 2006
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Bernard d'Ascoli is a French pianist of great skill and musicianship, who has recorded for several companies. He is devoted to the music of Chopin, and his CD of the complete Scherzi and Impromptus was released on athene early in 2005. This splendid new recording of the 21 Nocturnes shows consummate musicianship and is sold for the price of one CD

CD DURATION:  104:37 (2CD)

Nocturne in F sharp, op.15 no.2






  review extracts: for full reviews click here
“a fascinating and stimulating experience…assured and brilliant technique and a natural sense of poetry and sound. A joy to hear.” – Denby Richards (Musical Opinion)
“This ranks among the most remarkable of Chopin Nocturne recordings… performances of a living, breathing presence. The recordings are vivid and immediate. A revelatory, probing disc… D’Ascoli announces himself as a top-flight pianist ” – Bryce Morrison (The Gramophone)
“D’Ascoli has a sound that is clear, liquescent and very appropriate to Chopin. He is a pianist who sounds at one with the instrument, and conveys the feeling that this really is his music. [This release] is of considerable interest… whose totality upholds the distinction of its individual parts.” – Stephen Pruslin (International Record Review)
“The Scherzos have what it is necessary of heroic spirit and expressive frisson, the Impromptus of smoothness and lyricism, the Nocturnes of melancholy grace. A very beautiful pianistic work” – JF (La Marseillaise)
“An artist of such exceptional sensitivity and tonal refinement in music that suits his style so well… a very considerable achievement. It is surely playing that the composer himself would have recognised”- Tony Haywood (MusicWeb)
“ The Frenchman Bernard d’Ascoli has perfect command of [rubato] and I’ve enjoyed his new 2-CD set of the Nocturnes… playing of authority and definition of character. And Bach as well as Chopin would have approved of the exemplary part-playing. There is drama and declamation here, as well as lyricism and sensitivity to the fundamental alliance of vocal music with Chopin’s writing” – Stephen Plaistow (BBC Radio 3 CD Review)
“This superb double CD presents Chopin by a pianist of astonishing skill and musicianship … Bernard d’Ascoli’s interpretation of the Nocturnes is full of feeling, drama and serenity, demonstrating his genuine love for the music.” - Piano Magazine
“deeply probing, exploratory, performances... bold… persuasive… compelling. His rubato… makes his Chopin alive and self-renewing. Performance **** Sound **** - Tim Parry (BBC Music Magazine)