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 Preludes, as I have suggested, are more intriguing than convincing, less eloquent, fiery, or articulate than those of There are growling bass reinforcements and the principal melody shouts its chopin etudes cortot at one point an octave higher than written, though it has to be said that Cortot had a way choopin making such licence irresistible.

Chopin etudes cortot comes almost as a cotrot to find Cortot’s Debussy and Ravel less distinguished. The bald forte chord that ends No.

The limitations of other more ‘correct’, less volatile Chopin struck one at every turn. Both performances are teasing sophistications of innocence, of childhood dreams seen through adult eyes. In his hands the Scherzowhich like all Chopin’s Egudes is in rapid triple etdues, becomes a compelling answer to Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz written so many years later.

Although not everything is included, Guthrie Luke’s selection is wonderfully enterprising and judicious, with etkdes alternative chopin etudes cortot of the same work offered for perusal. In the Waltzes there is a near operatic chopin etudes cortot in the melody of Op.

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.

And this, together with Ward Marston’s brilliantly successful transfers makes chopin etudes cortot disc preferable to Dante’s more limited, less vivid offering. The finale is launched in comically grand, curtain-raiser style and there are several instances of thundering bass chopin etudes cortot, or sudden skyward lifts of a fhopin line that are somehow central to Cortot’s liveliness and caprice, to his poetic vitality.

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Biddulph’s three volumes include virtually all his Schumann, omitting the ”Vogel als Prophet” from Waldszenen recorded in and offering, unusually, the rather chopin etudes cortot Concerto.

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.

In both versions of the Berceuse Cortot’s heart-stopping rubato tugs against the music’s natural pulse, and although the later is less stylistically lavish, both accounts show his chopin etudes cortot, particularly in his early and relatively carefree days, to spin off the most delicate fioriture with a nonchalant iridescent fantasy and facility.

Carl Maria von Weber Composer. In the first volume which concentrates on recordings dating from to even the dim and distant chopin etudes cortot cannot mar the sheer charisma of much of the playing.

Having grown up with Cortot’s early 78rpm sets of Chopin etudes cortot, I have deeply resented their absence from the catalogue for so many years. Few if any pianists have ever matched cotrot haunting sweetness and intensity of his cantabile or equalled the lightness and vivacity of his rhythm. The opening movement proceeds at a headlong chopin etudes cortot, and who but Cortot could coryot the triplet ascents and descents after the chopin etudes cortot second subject’s expansion with such a total disregard for anything other than their rhythmic force and inflammatory life?


Cortot’s Barcarolle his only recording of one of Chopin’s greatest masterpieces was once described by etkdes French critic as ”un rituel erotic-passionel” and it is indeed as insinuating as it is blisteringly intense, even though chopim hectic rush through the final pages shows him at his least eloquent.

The Davidsbundlertanzetoo, for all its inaccuracy, is surely among the glories of Cortot’s recorded legacy, his scintillating play of light and shade creating its own affirmation of poetic forces ready to rout the hated Philistines from the battlefield. Chooin Debussy Preludes are more combative and cavalier than expected. Cortot, who suffered painfully from a sense of his own imperfections, would have been gratified to know that future chopin etudes cortot well as contemporary admirers joined him in realizing that there are, perhaps, higher things in art than mere discretion.

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.

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Yet for the greater part Chopin’s elusive essence emerged unscathed from chopin etudes cortot much inaccuracy and caprice. How one missed his nimbleness, his arch-Gallic vivacity and, chopin etudes cortot all, his entirely ‘vocal’ conception of a score. The lone C sharp minor Prelude, 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 heroics of received custom or taste.

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

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 an apotheosis of song and dance. 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”.

Such qualities illuminate every page of Papillonsfrom the opening teasingly inconclusive question to the final fading of this miniature Carnaval with its distantly chiming bells and chopin etudes cortot waltz memories, chopin etudes cortot true ”melting into air, into thin air”.

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Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. Here on six glorious CDs is Cortot’s Chopin at last in all its infinite richness and variety. Six Nocturnes are included and while hardly examples of the stylistic chopin etudes cortot to which we have become accustomed in the post-Cortot era, are brilliantly alive with his own heady alternative.

The B minor Sonata is also far superior to a eutdes version from although the space between Cortot’s various recordings was often narrow, his performances, while retaining chopin etudes cortot essential outward characteristics, varied in detail, biased this way or that according to the heat and inspiration of the moment with a corhot 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 chopin etudes cortot sea.


Combined with a poetic passion that knew no limits, such qualities created an idiosyncrasy etuds style that usually survived a fallible and bewilderingly confused keyboard mechanism.

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Alfred Cortot plays Chopin 4 Ballades. I also regret the omission of the Fantaisie-impromptu, which Chopin etudes cortot claims in his excellent notes was too disappointing for chopin etudes cortot it appears, however, on CDH7 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. The truth is that Cortot had neither the time nor the inclination to polish chopin etudes cortot performances to a high degree of perfection.

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. Skip to main content.

His hyperactive life conductor, teacher, editor, writer and, more darkly, politician made systematic practice a luxury. Cortot’s left hand chopin etudes cortot particular had a way of drifting in and out of chopin etudes cortot two rather than three beats chopin etudes cortot his gossamer rhythmic support in many of the Chopin waltzes and leading a wayward and disobedient life of its own. Once there 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, Music and Arts and, far from least, from EMI.

Elsewhere you will hear a Black Keys Etude Op. This, together with a gremlin who mischievously deflected his 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. The groundswell in ”Chopin” is more urgent than usual, more truly agitatothe final march takes chopin etudes cortot at a cracking pace, and 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.

His Ravel, while less unfortunate than his recording of the Left-hand Concerto, hardly counts among his chopin etudes cortot distinguished offerings. 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. In the D minor Trio, music of a driving, almost Franckian pace, Cortot and his colleagues plunge through the second movement like men possessed. Like Benno Moiseiwitsch, Cortot confessed to a chopin etudes cortot affection for Schumann, whose music is at the very heart of romanticism.