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Great Pianists Of The 20th Century - Alfred Cortot I


Release Date: 03/09/1999 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 456751   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinFranz LisztMaurice RavelRobert Schumann
Performer:  Alfred Cortot
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 37 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

When one thinks of Alfred Cortot, one cannot help think of the music of Chopin. Having begun his piano studies in 1892 with the Chopin pupil, Emile Decombes, Cortot's intelligent performances of Chopin have long held the cachet of authenticity.
His favoring of probing sensitivity over virtuosic display for its own sake can be heard not only in his 1933 and 1934 recordings of the Chopin Etudes, Op. 10 and Op. 25, but also in his 1929 recording of Schumann's fiendishly difficult Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13. Indeed, Cortot's performances of Schumann's music deserve a place alongside his performances of Chopin's music. His 1928 reading of Carnaval, Op. 9, is spry, wry, and, as in movements like the lovingly drawn "Chopin," fully comprehending.
When one thinks of Alfred Cortot, one cannot help think of the music of Chopin. Having begun his piano studies in 1892 with the Chopin pupil, Emile Decombes, Cortot's intelligent performances of Chopin have long held the cachet of authenticity.
His favoring of probing sensitivity over virtuosic display for its own sake can be heard not only in his 1933 and 1934 recordings of the Chopin Etudes, Op. 10 and Op. 25, but also in his 1929 recording of Schumann's fiendishly difficult Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13. Indeed, Cortot's performances of Schumann's music deserve a place alongside his performances of Chopin's music. His 1928 reading of Carnaval, Op. 9, is spry, wry, and, as in movements like the lovingly drawn "Chopin," fully comprehending. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alfred Cortot (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1833; Poland 
Date of Recording: 07/1933 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 26 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alfred Cortot (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/1934 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 27 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 2 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alfred Cortot (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 12/1926 
Length: 9 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 11 in A minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alfred Cortot (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1926 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
5.
Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alfred Cortot (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1926 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
6.
Jeux d'eau by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Alfred Cortot (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1923 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
7.
Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Alfred Cortot (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837/1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1929 
Venue:  Small Queen's Hall, London, England 
Length: 24 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Germany (1837).
Composition revised: Germany (1852). 
8.
Carnaval, Op. 9 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Alfred Cortot (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833-1835; Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded June and December 1928 at Kingsway Hall and Small Queen's Hall, London, England 
9.
Kreisleriana, Op. 16 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Alfred Cortot (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1935 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 25 Minutes 7 Secs. 

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