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Godowsky: 22 Chopin Studies / Ivan Ilic


Release Date: 01/01/2014 
Label:  Paraty   Catalog #: 311205  
Composer:  Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

American pianist Ivan Ilic has recorded his second CD for the French label Paraty, entitled "22 Chopin Studies" by Leopold Godowsky.

Godowsky was a celebrity in his day: Artur Rubinstein said that ìit would take him 500 yearsî to acquire Godowskyís technique. Rachmaninoff wrote that ìGodowsky is the only musician of this age who has given a real, lasting contribution to the development of the pianoî.

But following Godowsky's death in 1938, his compositions were largely ignored until the year 2000, when super-virtuoso pianists such as Marc-AndrÈ Hamelin and Boris Berezovsky began to record and perform his works in concert.

Ivan Ilic is the latest
Read more pianist to rise to the formidable challenge. His album focuses on the 22 Studies for the left hand alone, considered among the most difficult pieces ever written for the instrument.

But there is a poetry in Ilic's interpretations which makes one forget the difficulty, and allows the listener to bask in Godowsky's rich, dark re-working of Chopin's masterpieces. The CD is a tour de force of virtuosity and musicianship.

"[Godowsky's] studies, conceived as they are for the configuration of the left hand, sound markedly different from their Chopin originals. They are of terrifying difficulty, and it is to the credit of the American pianist Ivan Ilic that he manages to bring expressive finesse to them as well as negotiating the technical hurdles. His is certainly a labour of love. " -- Geoffrey Norris, Daily Telegraph
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Works on This Recording

1.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 6 in C sharp minor (after Op. 10 no 4) "Left Hand" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
2.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 5 in D flat major (after Op. 10 no 3) "Left Hand" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
3.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 45a by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
4.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 44 by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
5.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 43 "Left Hand" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
6.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 41 "Left Hand" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
7.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 40 by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
8.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 35 by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
9.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 31 (after Op. 25 no 4) by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
10.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 30 by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
11.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 3 in A minor (after Op. 10 no 2) "Left Hand" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
12.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 28a in F sharp minor by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
13.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 23 "Left Hand" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
14.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 22 in C sharp minor (after Op. 10 no 12) "Left Hand" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
15.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 21 by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
16.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 20 in A flat major (after Op. 10 no 10) "Left Hand" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
17.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 2 in D flat major (after Op. 10 no 1) "Left Hand" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
18.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 18a in F sharp minor (after Op. 10 no 9) "Left Hand" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
19.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 16a in Gb (after Op. 10 no 8) "Left Hand" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
20.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 15a in Eb (after Op. 10 no 7) "Left Hand" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
21.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 13 in E flat major (after Op. 10 no 6) "Left Hand" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 
22.
Studies (53) on Chopin Etudes: no 12 in G flat major (after Op. 10 no 5) "Right Hand" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Ivan Ilic (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1914; Berlin, Germany 

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