Title - 'John Field: Complete Nocturnes'
Artist - Elizabeth Joy Roe
For those not in the classical know, American pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe was featured in the cover story of Symphony Magazine as one of the classical music world's "Six on the Rise: Young Artists to Watch in 2008." Indeed, she has captured universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike for her appearances as recitalist, orchestral soloist, and chamber musician.
As the winner of the prestigious William Petschek Piano Debut Recital Award, Ms. Roe made her New York solo recital debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in April 2007. She made her New York concerto debut in 2005 under the baton of James Conlon, performing the Britten Piano Concerto at Alice Tully Hall. In 2003, she stepped in on short notice to replace the late John Browning for subscription performances of the Barber Piano Concerto.
The rest, as they say, is history, for now pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe follows-up her breath-taking Decca debut with an album showcasing the Father of the Nocturne, John Field. These half-formed sighs floating through the air, softly lamenting and dissolved in delicious melancholy Franz Liszt on John Fields Nocturnes are brought to us now under the banner of John Field: Complete Nocturnes.
Following her critically acclaimed coupling of the Britten & Barber Piano Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra, Roe enlightens the extraordinary world of John Field here on this 1-18 works, and near 90 minute musical journey through the works of Field (1782-1837).
If you are not aware, John Field has been called the Father of the Nocturne, creating the form which Chopin perfected, but thus relegated to a footnote in musical history. In fact he was held in high regard by his contemporaries: a student of Clementi, he knew Haydn, Hummel, Czerny and Mendelssohn, was championed by Liszt and an acknowledged influence on Chopin, Brahms and Schumann.
Ergo, John Field: Complete Nocturnes is the very first recording of John Fields complete Nocturnes on Universal, especially given that all 18 Nocturnes are whole and complete and all on a single CD for the first time ever also.