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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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His Ravel, while less unfortunate than his recording of the Left-hand Concerto, hardly counts among his most distinguished offerings.

Chopin etudes cortot to his way with Chopin’s instruction la melodia xortot e legata in the E minor, Op. The F minor Fantaisie also suggests that Cortot never compromised where his intensity of vision was concerned, aiming for speeds which other more stable pianists would never dare consider, and achieving in the process a truly demonic force rather than the chopin etudes cortot of received custom or taste.

Has there ever been a more bewitching or endearing virtuoso than Alfred Cortot? The bald forte chord that ends No. You will not easily find a more absorbing box-set of piano discs, or one that will be so frequently played while others languish in chopin etudes cortot oblivion, often examples of the dull respectability Cortot so demonstrably shunned.

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Once again, and perhaps to an even greater extent than in his Chopin, you realize that for Cortot the most audaciously romantic piano was invariably chopin etudes cortot apotheosis of song and dance. Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. Invitation to the Dance Aufforderung zum Tanze.

It comes almost as a relief to find Cortot’s Debussy and Ravel less distinguished. The B minor Sonata chopin etudes cortot 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 chopin etudes cortot, 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.

The final etures awe inspiring Op. Elsewhere you will hear a Black Keys Etude Op.

studes Sonata for Piano No. Chopin etudes cortot to main content. But clearly all these discs are indispensable; a living reflection of a richer more vital culture than our own. Then there is his account of the Concerto, no less idiosyncratic, and alive with those seemingly improvisatory gestures that enchant or infuriate according to taste.

The Preludes, as I have suggested, are more intriguing than convincing, less eloquent, fiery, or articulate than those of The truth is that Cortot chopin etudes cortot neither the time nor the inclination to polish his chopin etudes cortot to a high degree of perfection. The combination of his alternately taut and flexible chopin etudes cortot of phrase and line with his tireless illumination of detail of above all, passing rhythmic and harmonic piquancy was one of Cortot’s most priceless gifts and in Chopin etudes cortot.

In the D minor Trio, music of a driving, almost Franckian pace, Cortot and his colleagues plunge through the second movement like men possessed. Chopin etudes cortot Barcarolle his only recording of one of Chopin’s greatest masterpieces was once described by a Chopin etudes cortot critic as ”un rituel erotic-passionel” and it is indeed as insinuating as it is blisteringly intense, even though the hectic rush through the final pages shows him at his least eloquent.

Composition Artist Credits 4 Ballades. 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. If I had to pick just one short example of Cortot’s artistry for my desert island this would be high on my list.

Such famous errors surely resulted not from incompetence, but from Cortot’s nervous, high-pitched intensity; a sheer involvement that could easily cloud his composure or unsettle his equilibrium. And if the recording remains sadly dim and dated nothing can lessen the impact of what is re-created as an elemental game of tag, each player in hot pursuit of the other. Having grown up with Cortot’s early 78rpm sets of Chopin, I have deeply resented their absence from the catalogue for so many years.

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His falls from grace could indeed seem like spots on the sun, and in the words chopin etudes cortot Yvonne Lefebure always among his most distinguished pupils ”his wrong notes were those of a God”. There is a disarming lightness to the popular No. With him Chopin’s music leaves its earthly moorings far behind; as one writer put it ”when Cortot is no more Chopin will die a second time”. Both performances are teasing sophistications of innocence, of childhood dreams seen through adult eyes.

Like the beam of a lighthouse piercing the surrounding gloom Cortot’s vividness outshone his faults and made critical complaint or the use chopin etudes cortot a Beckmesser’s slate seem churlish and arbitrary.

How one missed his nimbleness, his arch-Gallic vivacity and, above all, his entirely ‘vocal’ conception of a score.

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Cortot, who suffered painfully from a sense of his own imperfections, would have been gratified chopin etudes cortot know that future as well as contemporary admirers joined him in realizing that there are, perhaps, higher things in art than mere discretion.

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 is possible to clarify writing which can so easily seem wilfully obscure.

Once there was virtually nothing chopin etudes cortot there was usually only available in Japannow there is a positive deluge of reissues and, indeed, of duplications from Pearl, Biddulph, Music and Arts and, far from least, from EMI. 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?

His touch an old-fashioned word but one inseparable from the man chopin etudes cortot of a crystalline clarity, his coloration alive with myriad tints and hues. The Second Concerto, heard in Cortot’s own arrangement or refurbishment with some marginal re-texturing here and there, shows him at his most excitingly rhetorical.

There are growling bass reinforcements and the principal melody shouts its triumph at one point an octave higher than written, though it has to be said that Cortot had a way of making such licence irresistible. 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.

Of the two, Biddulph again offer the finest transfers, though I chopin etudes cortot 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 chopin etudes cortot old-fashioned poetry, thunder and lightning. Like Benno Moiseiwitsch, Cortot confessed to a special affection for Schumann, whose music is at the very heart of romanticism.