Notes and Editorial Reviews
This third volume of Cortot’s late recordings once again shows that their neglect has been unjustified. Chopin has always been the composer with whom Cortot was most identified and here we have a wonderful selection of mainly popular works which show off the pianist’s trademark lyrical playing to the full. Of particular interest to collectors are the Chopin titles from 1951 which have generally not yet appeared on any CD transfer; six of these titles were issued in the UK only as 78’s or 45rpm discs, both formats that did not last, another five were only issued in the USA on a RCA Victor LP, but as the relationship between EMI and RCA ceased shortly after these too had a very short life in the catalogue. The CD is completed with a fine
performance of the Mendelssohn Variations sérieuses, another Cortot favorite.
- Appian Recordings
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