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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Benjamin Frith’s playing is delectably coaxing, and he makes these Nocturnes so often seem exquisitely like Chopin, yet still catches their naïve innocence, especially in the A flat major work. He hops, skips and jumps delightfully in the Irish Rondo finale of the First Sonata and is hardly less beguiling in the rather more imposing opening movement of the Second.

Classic FM, January 2000

"another Naxos edition well worth collecting"

Stephen Haylett
BBC Music Magazine, January 2000

"Frith captures the benign tranquillity of these miniatures beautifully... Listen to the Nocturne in C minor as an example of Frith's keen sensitivity to balance and texture."

Raymond Chapman Smith
The Advertiser (Adelaide), December 1999

"Field's Nocturnes have long been historically pigeon-holed as mere prototypes for Chopin but Frith's eloquence presents them as highly original, finely crafted examples of early romanticism-significant pieces in their own right, as much as for their obvious influence on Chopin and a great deal of later, Russian piano music-the country that first saw their creation and success."

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