Digital booklet:  View · Download

Chopin Nocturnes

Chopin's celebrated nocturnes performed by pianist Nancy Tsou (pronounced "Zo"). Nancy hears in Chopin what very few hear, and her devotion to him has guided her.

Under Nancy's hands Chopin hurts. The shadows of the bass intrude. The music can be very loud, and the emotional charge equal to the climax of a full symphony in a tiny period of time. There is suffering, and exaltation too painful in its purity.

"We have to give the music all the power of our hearts, to make it live. The performer's task is to lead each member of her audience to the place where they are transfixed by the genius and nobility of the composer" - Nancy Tsou

Nancy specialises in solo recitals, performs extensively in Australia and overseas.


Nancy Tsou

Nancy Tsou (pronounced "Zo") was born to a diplomatic family of the Republic of China (Taiwan). She began her musical education at age five, in Argentina, and continued her studies in Melbourne and New York.

Press quote

“While not demanding technically, Chopin's Nocturnes contain pianistic pitfalls. Some artists over-prettify them - easy to do when the melodic line is highly decorated - and they can seem fragile and precious. Australian-based pianist Nancy Tsou avoids these traps by taking most at a reasonably fast pace. Tsou's incomplete but representative selection gives us just 13 of the Nocturnes. Her instrument is closely but beautifully recorded, aptly placing the listener in the front row at a chamber recital. In terms of dynamic shading and rubato, Tsou’s playing reveals a genuine personal connection to the composer’s spirit. The quasi-improvisational feeling and quiet inwardness are beautifully captured.” ★★★½

— Phillip Scott, Limelight Magazine

Audio previews

Track Listing

  1. Nocturne, Op. Posth: in C sharp minor Frédéric Chopin
  2. Nocturne, Op. 9: No. 1, in B flat minor Frédéric Chopin
  3. Nocturne, Op. 9: No. 2, in flat Eminor Frédéric Chopin
  4. Nocturne Op. 9: No. 3, in B major Frédéric Chopin
  5. Nocturne, Op. 15: No. 1, in F major Frédéric Chopin
  6. Nocturne, Op. 27: No. 1, in C sharp minor Frédéric Chopin
  7. Nocturne, Op. 27: No. 2, in D flat major Frédéric Chopin
  8. Nocturne, Op. 32: No. 1, in B major Frédéric Chopin
  9. Nocturne, Op. 32: No. 2, in A flat major Frédéric Chopin
  10. Nocturne, Op. 48: No. 1, in C minor Frédéric Chopin
  11. Nocturne, Op. 55: No. 1, in F minor Frédéric Chopin
  12. Nocturne, Op. 55: No. 2, in E flat major Frédéric Chopin
  13. Nocturne, Op. 72: No. 1, in E minor Frédéric Chopin



Frédéric Chopin

Frédéric François Chopin was a Polish composer, virtuoso pianist, and music teacher. He was one of the great masters of Romantic music and has been called "the poet of the piano".

Where to buy

Chopin Nocturnes is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Chopin Nocturnes is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Release date
August 2016
© 2016 Nancy Tsou
℗ 2016 Move Records
Catalogue number
MCD 546
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574054620