Chopin Nocturne in D flat major, Opus 27 no. 2

Excerpt of Chopin's nocturne in D flat major

This piece of music is the epitome of Chopin’s beautiful cantabile style. My mind drifts to a beautiful place whenever I play this piece late at night.

Lento sostenuto meaning “slow and sustained” is Chopin’s musical directive for this piece where the left hand plays beautiful arpeggios of six semiquavers throughout the entire piece to accompany a right hand which is required to bring out a beautiful and haunting melodic line.

This piece is not difficult to play. However, the challenge to play it well is to be able to bring out the melody in a sustained yet delicate manner while maintaining a good level of legato without any awkward variations in tempo. Crescendos and decrescendos should be very gradual and I believe this is how Chopin would have liked this nocturne played.

Lang Lang included this piece in the program of his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York and I’m so glad he did. There is a famous saying for musicians of all levels – “don’t play the instrument, play the music”.

The piano just happened to be physically there. But for this particular piece, the piano became the conduit between Lang Lang and Chopin’s soul.

I have not encountered another published interpretation on youtube that comes anywhere close to rivaling this sublime performance.

Here is Lang Lang playing Chopin’s Nocturne in D flat major, Opus 27 no. 2

(Listening tip: Use a good set of headphones)

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4 Responses to Chopin Nocturne in D flat major, Opus 27 no. 2

  1. Oh, beautiful! I’ve played that at my second last piano recital. So wonderful! And Lang Lang does an awesome job here. I really like his Chopin interpretations. 1:40 and the following is just magic!

    • Chopinand says:

      This is my favourite Chopin nocturne to play although I also love the E flat major.

      I have tried hard to find a better interpretation on youtube but I think this Lang Lang interpretation is truly sublime!

  2. Nicole Merriman says:

    I am studying Chopin for my music history class. This website really helped me understand this Nocturne. It made it magical, not just another assignment!

    • Chopinand says:

      Dear Nicole,

      I am glad you found this post helpful for your studies. Feel free to contact me via email should you need to discuss anything further. I can’t promise but I can try and help you in any way.

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