About the Nocturnes...
Audio examples of Jean’s art can be found on these music files.
They have been selected from Jean’s latest recording project,
complete Nocturnes of Frédéric Chopin. The files
been compressed to make streaming faster for those with slow internet
connections, so the sound quality is not equal to that of the master
recordings, which were made at Le Petit Trianon Theatre in San Jose,
California, with Jean playing a New York Steinway
selections are Nocturnes numbers 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, and 13. Enjoy!
Jean's playing harks back to the "Golden Age" of pianism, when
total musical commitment, individuality of personal expression, and a
beautifully produced sound were considered the most important
objectives a pianist should strive for.
Jean has always been fond of this quote from the great cellist, Pablo
"Willing or not, the
an interpreter and can only render the work through his own self.
Sometimes, looking at a score, I say to myself, 'what marvelous music.
But I must make it so'. What is necessary is to bring to life what is
written, to infuse life, instead of avoiding it with timidity.
"How can we expect to produce a vital performance if we don't re-create
the work every time? Each year the leaves of trees reappear with the
spring, but they are different every time. We can never exhaust the
multiplicity of nuances and subtleties which make the charm of music."