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The pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe - John Field's complete nocturnes

Friday, 19 August 2016 , ora 8.54

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On the 6th of May 2016, the London label, Decca, has released an unique album: the first that includes all 18 nocturnes written by John Field, played by the American pianist, Elizabeth Joy Roe. This has been the second record for her at Decca Records, after the success of her first album that was launched in March 2015, which included concerts by Barber and Britten.

Here is a less known repertoire: nocturnes by John Field, also called the father of nocturnes. The Irish composer lived between 1782 and 1837, was born in Dublin and died in Moscow. Indeed, John Field was the first composer who has ever written nocturnes. Chopin borrows the genre and adds a personal touch to it and, of course, pinches of his genius, so that today, the most famous nocturnes are Chopin's.

Between 1812 and 1836, John Field has written 18 nocturnes, salon music that stands out through its vibe and melodic phases interestingly composed.

On this record, we can notice the balanced and elegant rendition of the American pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe: in terms of expressiveness, John Field's nocturnes are as hard to play as Chopin's; the excessive rubato is usually the first trap less experienced pianists fall into.

But Elizabeth Joy Roe is an experienced musician who came to the attention of the world of international concerts when she was just 13 years old, when she won a major prize in Italy and then appeared on prestigious stages in America, her homeland. She was born in Chicago and her parents are Korean.

For music labels, it is important to find and promote artists who have something personal and important to say to the public nowadays - which adopt also more special repertoires, and Elizabeth Joy Roe certainly fits this portrait. She is a very good pianist that during those 86 minutes, as long as the complete nocturnes by John Field last, tells a little story so full of lyricism, making this album perfect for anyone who wants relaxing music after a hectic day.

The album is part of the Vote the classical music disc of 2016 campaign and can be listened to on Monday, August 22nd, at 19.00.

Cristina Comandașu
Translated by Enache Iulia-ElenaMTTLC, University of Bucharest, 2nd year