Nocturne in E flat major Op.9 No.2
Frédéric Chopin

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Up 19. Highest position since 2011. 1st of 3 entries for Chopin this year.

Remarkably, this is the only piece of solo piano music by Chopin that has been a permanent fixture of the Classic FM Hall of Fame since its inception in 1996. Given the hundreds of not just nocturnes but polkas, mazurkas, waltzes, polonaises and plenty more besides that Chopin composed, you could arguably expect more of them to have found a place in the nation's heart. As with the concertos, this particular nocturne was composed around 1830, when Chopin was in his early twenties. The simple yet beguiling melody haunts from start to finish, inviting us into an intimate world where every note matters.