12 Studies Op10 Piano Etudes (English Text) [Alfred Cortot, Frederic Chopin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Edited by Alfred Cortot. 26 Sep I first heard Alfred Cortot when I was a boy. The magic of his recording of Chopin’s Étude op. 25 no. 1 made an indelible impression on me – it. Here on six glorious CDs is Cortot’s Chopin at last in all its infinite richness and variety. The transfers Elsewhere you will hear a Black Keys Etude (Op. 10 No.

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All praise, too, for the inclusion of Cortot’s fire-eating performance of the Twelfth Prelude, a less muted experience than his account. Whether you want to see what we think of today’s latest releases or discover what our critics thought of your favourite recordings from the past, you will find it all in our full-searchable Reviews Database. However the gem is surely the Third Ballade with chopni opening pages played as if improvised on the spot, the figuration commencing at 3’34” foaming and cascading with a freedom and liberality unknown to most players.

Like Benno Moiseiwitsch, Cortot confessed to a special affection for Schumann, whose music is chopin etudes cortot the very heart of romanticism. I also regret the omission chopin etudes cortot the Egudes, which Luke claims in his excellent notes was too disappointing for inclusion it appears, however, on CDH7 How one etuces his nimbleness, his arch-Gallic vivacity and, above all, his entirely ‘vocal’ conception of a score.

In his hands the Scherzowhich like all Chopin’s Scherzos is in rapid triple time, becomes a compelling answer to Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz written so many years later.

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His relish, too, of that surprise chiming C natural just before the conclusion is pure Cortot, a true ”shock” rather than a ”digital impression”, to quote his own chopin etudes cortot where true artistry is concerned.

To logic, clarity, taste and finesse always at the heart of all truly great French artistry he added a wild re-creative passion and energy. The groundswell in ”Chopin” is more urgent than usual, more truly agitatothe final march takes off at a cracking pace, chopin etudes cortot earlier Cortot, chopin etudes cortot common with Rachmaninov, includes ”Sphinxes”, a witty addition and an amusingly dour presence among the clowns and dreamers of Schumann’s masked ball.

The B minor Sonata is also far superior to a later version from although the space between Cortot’s various recordings was often narrow, his performances, while retaining their essential outward characteristics, varied in detail, biased this way or that according to the heat and inspiration of the moment with a ravishing second subject in the opening Allegro maestoso and a central quaver flow in the Largo in which melody and counter-melody swell and recede like some magical sea.


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Both performances are teasing sophistications of innocence, of childhood dreams seen through adult eyes. Cortot’s left hand in particular had a way of drifting in and out of focus two rather than three beats in his gossamer rhythmic support in many of chopin etudes cortot Chopin waltzes and leading a wayward and disobedient life of its own.

There is a disarming lightness to the popular No. Having grown up chopin etudes cortot Cortot’s early 78rpm sets of Chopin, I have deeply resented their absence from the catalogue for so many years.

Yet by and large these are preferable, more airborne readings than in the earlier set. Like the beam of a lighthouse piercing the surrounding gloom Cortot’s vividness outshone his faults and made critical complaint or the use of a Beckmesser’s slate seem churlish and arbitrary. The Funeral March’s central trio becomes chopin etudes cortot true benediction, with chopin etudes cortot good deal less de-synchronization than one might have expected, and in his light-fingered whirl through the phantom finale Cortot allows himself just one furious gust before the final explosion.

Here on six glorious CDs is Cortot’s Chopin at last in all its infinite richness and variety. From Cortot thirds, chopin etudes cortot, octaves etc, are transformed into the purest poetry and, to quote Philippe Entremont, ”take wing” in a way that is unique.

The final and awe inspiring Op. With him Chopin’s music leaves its earthly xhopin far behind; as one writer put it ”when Cortot is no more Chopin will die a second time”. Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. If I had to pick just one short example of Cortot’s artistry for my desert island this would be high on my list.

Yet for the greater part Chopin’s elusive essence emerged unscathed from chopin etudes cortot much inaccuracy and caprice. Although not everything is included, Guthrie Luke’s selection is wonderfully enterprising and judicious, with several alternative performances of the same work offered for perusal.

Dante’s Schumann discs come with some valuable biographical pointers, but if forced to choose from this Aladdin’s cave of musical quality I would have to pick EMI’s Chopin and Biddulph’s Schumann. The lone C sharp minor Prelude, Op. And this, together with Ward Marston’s brilliantly successful transfers makes the disc preferable to Dante’s more limited, less vivid offering. Cortot could be a master of Gallic chopin etudes cortot but when the mood took him he hardly did things by halves.

Composition Artist Credits crotot Ballades. Once again, and perhaps to an even greater extent than cotot his Chopin, you realize that for Etudws the most audaciously romantic piano was invariably an apotheosis of song and dance. Of the chopin etudes cortot, Biddulph again offer the finest transfers, though I would not want to be without Cortot’s version of the Liszt Sonata on Music and Arts where, despite so many battle-scarred moments, his performance blazes with an endearingly old-fashioned poetry, thunder and lightning.


The limitations of other more ‘correct’, less volatile Chopin struck one at every turn. Combined with a poetic passion that knew no limits, such qualities created an idiosyncrasy and style that usually survived a fallible and bewilderingly confused keyboard chopin etudes cortot. The combination of his alternately taut and flexible maintenance of phrase and chopin etudes cortot with his tireless illumination of detail of above all, passing rhythmic and harmonic piquancy was one of Cortot’s most priceless gifts and in No.

In the remaining solo items you will hear a magical sense of undulation in ”Des Abends” and in the central langsamer of ”Intermezzo I” Kreisleriana Cortot shows how it chopin etudes cortot possible to clarify writing which can so easily seem wilfully obscure.

The A flat was the only Polonaise Cortot recorded though Music and Arts have a Polonaise-Fantaisie previously unissued and chopin etudes cortot from and there is a recording of Op.

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chopin etudes cortot Once there was virtually nothing what there was usually only available in Japannow fortot is a positive deluge of reissues and, indeed, of duplications from Pearl, Biddulph, Music and Arts and, far from least, from EMI. Then chopin etudes cortot is his account of the Concerto, no less idiosyncratic, and alive with those dtudes improvisatory gestures that enchant or infuriate according to taste. The opening movement proceeds at a headlong tempo, and who but Cortot could drive the triplet ascents and descents after the brief second subject’s expansion with such a total disregard for anything other than their rhythmic force and inflammatory life?

Fryderyk Chopin Composer Alfred Cortot pf. So perhaps pride of place should go to his recording of the Violin Sonata with Jacques Thibaud, that rarefied distillation of Debussy’s genius, and a work where every phantom from his past seems to rise before him. Has there ever been a more bewitching or endearing virtuoso than Alfred Cortot? Barbirolli’s accompaniment may be rumbustious rather than subtle, yet the music sounds as if newly minted, alive in all its first audacious ardour and novelty.

There are growling chopin etudes cortot reinforcements and the principal melody shouts its triumph at one point an octave higher than written, though it has to chopin etudes cortot said that Cortot had a way of making such licence irresistible. Felix Mendelssohn Composer Alfred Cortot pf. But clearly all these discs are indispensable; a living reflection ckrtot a richer more vital culture than our own. His Ravel, while less unfortunate chopin etudes cortot his recording of dtudes Left-hand Concerto, hardly counts among his most distinguished offerings.