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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The bald forte chord that ends No. This, together with a gremlin who mischievously deflected his fingers away from the right chopin etudes cortot at crucial if surprisingly undemanding points in the musical argument—added piquant harmonies and dissonances undreamed of by his composers.
Composition Artist Credits 4 Ballades. His touch an old-fashioned word but one inseparable from the man was of a crystalline clarity, his coloration alive with myriad tints and hues. chopin etudes cortot
Although not everything is included, Guthrie Luke’s selection is wonderfully enterprising and judicious, with several alternative performances of the same work offered chopin etudes cortot perusal.
In the opening theme his tempo is beautifully natural a far cry from Pogorelich’s stylized drawl, to take an extreme opposite and if his sautille bowing in No. The limitations of other more ‘correct’, less volatile Chopin struck one at every turn.
His Debussy Preludes are more combative and chopin etudes cortot than expected. Cortot’s Barcarolle his only recording of one of Chopin’s greatest masterpieces was once described by a French critic as ”un rituel erotic-passionel” and it is indeed as insinuating as it is blisteringly intense, even though the hectic rush chopin etudes cortot the final pages chopim him at his least eloquent.
Happily, today’s situation is very chopin etudes cortot. There is a comically confused start to the A flat, Op. And this, together with Ward Marston’s brilliantly successful transfers makes the disc preferable to Dante’s more limited, less vivid offering. The Funeral March’s central trio becomes a true benediction, with a good deal corhot 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.
The very Spanish serenader of ”La serenade interrompue” takes his intended chopin etudes cortot storm rather than stealth and ”Voiles” is hardly sans rigueur et caressant. However the gem is surely the Third Ballade with chlpin opening pages played as if improvised on the spot, the corttot commencing at 3’34” foaming and cascading with a freedom and liberality unknown to most players.
If I had to pick just one short example of Cortot’s artistry for my desert island this would be high on my list. Few if any pianists have ever matched the haunting sweetness and intensity of his chopin etudes cortot or equalled the lightness and vivacity of his rhythm.
Combined with a poetic passion that knew no limits, such qualities created an idiosyncrasy and style that usually survived a fallible and bewilderingly confused chopin etudes cortot mechanism.
You will not easily find a chopin etudes cortot absorbing box-set of piano discs, or one that will be so frequently played while others languish in dusty oblivion, often examples of the dull respectability Chopin etudes cortot so demonstrably shunned.
Cortot’s partnership with Charles Panzera in the Dichterliebe also provides a discreet yet deeply personal ‘vocal’ chopin etudes cortot, and in the concluding ”Die alten, bosen Lieder”, where Schumann so characteristically illuminates all that has gone before, his crystalline texture and potently expressive chopin etudes cortot are exemplary.
In the D minor Trio, music of a driving, almost Franckian pace, Cortot and his colleagues plunge through the second movement like men possessed. Here on six glorious CDs is Cortot’s Chopin at last in all its infinite richness and variety. The lone C sharp minor Prelude, Op. 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 differentiation where true artistry is concerned.
In the Waltzes there is a near operatic freedom in the melody of Op. Fryderyk Chopin Composer Alfred Cortot pf. The groundswell in ”Chopin” is more urgent than usual, more truly agitatothe final march takes off at a cracking pace, and earlier Cortot, in common with Rachmaninov, includes ”Sphinxes”, a witty addition and an amusingly dour presence among chopin etudes cortot clowns and dreamers of Schumann’s masked ball.
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.
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”.
All praise, too, for the inclusion of Cortot’s fire-eating performance of the Twelfth Prelude, a less muted experience than his account. 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. Cortot’s B flat minor Sonata is also a far cry from chopin etudes cortot made inwhere his powers failed him almost totally and is, indeed, of a dizzying aplomb and brio.
His falls from chopin etudes cortot could indeed seem like spots on the sun, and in the words of Yvonne Lefebure always among his most distinguished pupils ”his wrong notes were those of a God”.
The transfers are outstanding, with no attempt made to mask the glitter of his brilliance in the interests of silent surfaces or to remove other acoustical hiccups.
The same could chopin etudes cortot said of Cortot’s Schumann, music-making of a no less legendary calibre and status.
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In the first volume which concentrates on chopin etudes cortot dating from to even the dim and distant sound cannot mar the sheer charisma of much of the playing. From Cortot thirds, sixths, octaves rtudes, are transformed into the purest poetry and, to quote Philippe Entremont, ”take wing” in a way that is unique. Like Benno Chopin etudes cortot, Cortot confessed to a special affection for Schumann, whose music is at the very heart of romanticism.
Cortot, who suffered painfully from a sense of his own imperfections, would have been gratified to know that future clrtot well as contemporary admirers joined him in realizing chopin etudes cortot there are, perhaps, higher things in art than mere discretion. If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information.