Nocturne in E flat major Op.9 No.2
The first of 3 entries for Chopin in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This has appeared in all but 2 of the charts over the 20 years.
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.
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