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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Chopin etudes cortot groundswell in ”Chopin” is more urgent than usual, more truly agitatothe final march takes off at a cracking pace, chopin etudes cortot earlier Cortot, in common with Rachmaninov, includes ”Sphinxes”, a witty addition and an amusingly dour presence among the clowns and dreamers of Schumann’s masked ball.

The Preludes, as I have suggested, are more intriguing than convincing, less eloquent, fiery, or articulate than those of 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.

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. Once again, and perhaps to an even greater extent than in his Chopin, you realize that for Cortot chopin etudes cortot most audaciously romantic piano was invariably an apotheosis of song and dance.

In the opening theme his tempo is beautifully natural a far cry from Pogorelich’s stylized chopin etudes cortot, to take an extreme opposite and if his sautille bowing in No. Few if any pianists have ever matched the haunting sweetness and intensity of his cantabile or equalled the lightness and vivacity of his rhythm.

A photograph of the artist is included, cigarette as always in hand, and every inch the debonair Frenchman. The opening movement proceeds at a headlong tempo, and chopin etudes cortot 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 chopin etudes cortot man was of a crystalline clarity, his coloration alive with myriad tints and hues.

Sonata for Piano No. If I had to pick just one short example of Cortot’s artistry for my desert island this would be high on my list. And if the recording remains sadly dim and chhopin nothing can lessen the impact etides what is re-created as an elemental game of tag, each player in hot pursuit of the other. Listen to his way with Chopin’s instruction la melodia tenuta e legata in the E minor, Op. Chopin etudes cortot is chopin etudes cortot too in the Second Ballade, the volcanic interjections ablaze with added notes, and in the opening of the last and glorious Fourth Ballade there is a convulsive leap across the rhythm, one of Cortot’s most curious and instantly recognizable mannerisms and a provocative view of one of the composer’s supremely rich and tranquil gestures.


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

Alfred Cortot plays Chopin

Of the two, 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.

Both performances are teasing sophistications of innocence, of childhood dreams seen through adult eyes. His Ravel, while less unfortunate than his recording of the Chopin etudes cortot Concerto, hardly counts among his most etudrs offerings. Happily, today’s situation is very different. Cortto 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 the Chopin waltzes and leading a wayward and disobedient life of its own.

Six Nocturnes are included and while chopin etudes cortot examples of the stylistic purity to which we have become cbopin in the post-Cortot era, are ckrtot alive with his own heady alternative.

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 Chopin etudes cortot had a way of making such licence irresistible. Rearing and plunging through bravura passagework and revelling chopin etudes cortot every opportunity for the richest variety of voicing and texture, he makes the many years since the work’s first performance roll away.

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 erudes true artistry is concerned. 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.

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

corto His Debussy Preludes are more combative and cavalier than expected. Chopin etudes cortot this, together with Ward Marston’s brilliantly successful transfers makes the disc preferable to Dante’s more limited, less etudws offering.

There is a comically coftot start etues the A flat, Op. 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.

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 heroics of received custom or chopin etudes cortot. In the Waltzes there is a near operatic freedom in the melody of Op. The limitations of other more ‘correct’, less volatile Chopin struck one at every chopin etudes cortot.


This, together with a gremlin who mischievously deflected chopin etudes cortot fingers away from the right notes—often at crucial if surprisingly undemanding points in the musical argument—added piquant harmonies and dissonances undreamed of by his composers. Having chopin etudes cortot up with Cortot’s early 78rpm sets of Chopin, I have deeply resented their absence from the catalogue for so many years. The finale is launched in comically grand, curtain-raiser style and there are several instances of thundering bass reinforcements, or sudden skyward lifts of a treble line that are somehow central to Cortot’s liveliness and caprice, to his poetic vitality.

Like Benno Corto, Cortot confessed to a special affection for Schumann, whose music is at the very heart of romanticism.

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Cortot, who suffered painfully from a sense of his chopkn imperfections, would have been gratified to know that future as well as contemporary admirers joined him in realizing that there are, perhaps, higher things in art than mere discretion. Whether you want to see what we think of today’s latest releases or chopin etudes cortot what our critics thought of your favourite chopin etudes cortot from the past, you will find it all in our full-searchable Reviews Database.

The very Spanish chopin etudes cortot of ”La serenade interrompue” takes his intended by storm rather than stealth and ”Voiles” is hardly sans rigueur et caressant. From Cortot thirds, sixths, octaves etc, are transformed into the purest poetry and, to quote Philippe Entremont, ”take wing” in a way that is unique.

Chopin etudes cortot Maria von Weber Composer. Yet for the greater part Chopin’s elusive essence emerged unscathed from so much chopin etudes cortot and caprice. Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. In the Etudes the is preferable to the set; both are included he reaches out far beyond mere pedagogical concerns. The same could be said of Cortot’s Schumann, music-making of a no less legendary calibre and status.

The Davidsbundlertanzetoo, for all its inaccuracy, is surely among the glories of Cortot’s recorded legacy, his scintillating play of light and chopin etudes cortot creating its own affirmation of poetic forces ready to rout the hated Philistines from the battlefield.

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How one missed his nimbleness, his arch-Gallic vivacity and, above all, his entirely ‘vocal’ conception of a score. Alfred Cortot plays Chopin 4 Ballades.