Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Art of Alfred Cortot


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Composer: Frédéric Chopin

CD1:
  • (01-03) Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
  • (04) Fantaisie in F minor, Op. 49
  • (05) Tarantelle in A-flat major, Op. 43
  • (06-11) 6 Nocturnes
CD2:
  • (01-04) Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
  • (05-08) Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
  • (09) Barcarole in F-sharp major, Op. 60
  • (10-12) 3 Impromptus
  • (13) Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Op. 66
  • (14) Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53
CD3:
  • (01-14) 14 Waltzes
  • (15-18) 4 Ballades
CD4:
  • (01-12) 12 Études, Op. 10
  • (13-24) 12 Études, Op. 25
  • (25) Berceuse in D-flat major, Op. 57
  • (26-28) 3 Nouvelles études, B. 130
CD5:
  • (01-24) 24 Préludes, Op. 28
  • (25) 17 Songs, Op. posth. 74: 2. Spring (arr. Liszt)
  • (26) 17 Songs, Op. posth. 74: 14. The Ring (arr. Liszt)

Alfred Cortot, piano
Orchestra conducted by John Barbirolli (Op. 21)
Date: 1929-1951
Label: EMI Japan

More info & reviews:
http://www.gramophone.co.uk/review/alfred-cortot-plays-chopin
http://www.classicstoday.com/review/review-15297/
https://www.amazon.com/Chopin-Oeuvres-pour-Piano-Works/dp/B000002SBV
http://pianowizard.www2.50megs.com/top10_pianists.html


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Frédéric Chopin (22 February or 1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849) was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era who wrote primarily for the solo piano. He gained and has maintained renown worldwide as one of the leading musicians of his era, whose "poetic genius was based on a professional technique that was without equal in his generation". Chopin's music, his status as one of music's earliest superstars, his association (if only indirect) with political insurrection, his love life and his early death have made him a leading symbol of the Romantic era in the public consciousness. His works remain popular, and he has been the subject of numerous films and biographies of varying degrees of historical accuracy.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric_Chopin

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Alfred Cortot (26 September 1877 – 15 June 1962) was a Franco-Swiss pianist and conductor. He is one of the most renowned 20th-century classical musicians, especially valued for his poetic insight into Romantic period piano works, particularly those of Chopin and Schumann. He is also famous for his trio performances with Jacques Thibaud and Pablo Casals. Cortot is considered one of the last exponents of a personal, subjective style that deprecated precise technique in favour of intuition, interpretation, and authentic spirit. Cortot was among the very greatest musicians of the century, and his recordings and musical annotations have seldom been out of print.

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