12 Studies Op10 Piano Etudes (English Text) [Alfred Cortot, Frederic Chopin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Edited by Alfred Cortot. 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. 26 Sep In my student days, a teacher lent me Cortot’s edition of Chopin’s B flat of the Sonatas, and both books of the Études, published by Salabert.

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Fryderyk Chopin – Information Centre – Alfred Denis Cortot – Biography

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 capacity, particularly in his early and relatively carefree days, to spin off the most delicate fioriture with a nonchalant iridescent fantasy and facility.

His recordings from the s and s, although acoustically imperfect, show an outstanding sensitivity to sound colour, a crystalline tone, a thoughtful use of the two pedals, a wide palette of dynamic nuances, displayed not only in the works of Debussy and Ravel, but also Chopin and Liszt.

His piano style grew from the tradition from the French school, but Cortot widened its repertoire and developed its technique.

In Kinderszenen his ”Kind im Einschlummer” suggests the journey from innocence to experience, of childhood glimpsed though pained and adult eyes, and has the poet in the concluding ”Der Dichter spricht” ever spoken with greater eloquence or gravity? One notable exception was Schumann: Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music.

Alfred Cortot plays Chopin

The B minor Sonata is also far superior to a later version from although the space between Cortot’s various recordings was often narrow, his performances, while retaining their essential outward characteristics, varied in detail, biased this way or that according to the heat and inspiration of the moment with a ravishing 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 magical sea. A photograph of the artist is included, cigarette as always in hand, and every inch the debonair Frenchman.

The truth is that Cortot had neither the time nor the inclination to polish his performances to a high degree of perfection. The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music. In the remaining solo items you will hear a magical sense of undulation in ”Des Abends” and cortor the central langsamer of ”Intermezzo I” Kreisleriana Cortot shows how it is possible to clarify writing which can so easily seem wilfully obscure.

The transfers are outstanding, with no attempt made corott mask the glitter of his brilliance in the interests of silent surfaces or to remove other acoustical hiccups.

Cortot Alfred Denis – Ballade F minor op. Biddulph’s three volumes include virtually all his Schumann, omitting the ”Vogel als Prophet” from Waldszenen recorded in and offering, unusually, the rather than Concerto.


Although not everything is included, Guthrie Luke’s selection is wonderfully enterprising and judicious, with several alternative performances of the same work offered for perusal. Few if any pianists have ever matched the haunting sweetness and etuees of his cantabile or equalled the lightness and vivacity of his rhythm. 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.

Having grown up with Cortot’s early 78rpm sets of Chopin, I have deeply resented their absence from the catalogue for so many years. The combination of his alternately taut and flexible maintenance of phrase and line with his tireless illumination of detail of above all, passing rhythmic and harmonic piquancy was one of Cortot’s most priceless gifts and in No. Barbirolli’s accompaniment may be rumbustious rather than subtle, yet the music sounds as etudds newly minted, alive in all its first audacious ardour and novelty.

It comes almost as a relief to find Cortot’s Debussy and Ravel less distinguished.

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. 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.

During World War II Cortot supported the German occupation of France; he accepted the position of Haut-Commissaire for arts in the Vichy government, was a member of the Conseil National, and appeared at official concerts in occupied Paris as well as in Germany The Funeral March’s central trio becomes a true benediction, with a good deal less de-synchronization than one might have expected, and in his light-fingered whirl through the phantom finale Cortot allows himself just one furious gust before the final explosion.

Cortot’s left hand in particular had a way of drifting in and out of focus two rather than three beats in his gossamer rhythmic support in many of the Chopin waltzes and leading a wayward and disobedient life of its own. Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. Cortot Alfred Denis – Ballade in F major, 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 same could be said of Cortot’s Schumann, music-making of a no less legendary calibre and status.

His touch an old-fashioned word but one inseparable from the man was of a crystalline clarity, his coloration alive with myriad tints and hues. His Ravel, while less unfortunate than his recording of the Left-hand Concerto, hardly counts among his most distinguished offerings. Cortot, who suffered painfully from a sense of his own imperfections, would have been gratified to know that future as well as contemporary admirers joined him in realizing that there are, perhaps, higher things in art than mere discretion.


The Preludes, as I have suggested, are more intriguing than convincing, less eloquent, fiery, or articulate than those of In the following years Cortot was active as a pianist, conductor and chamber musician he co-founded a famous piano trio with Jacques Thibaud and Pablo Casals, which was active inbecoming a leading figure of the French musical life.

Alfred Cortot plays Chopin 4 Ballades. He made his debut a year later at the Concerts Colonne and Concerts Lamoureux series. Cortot’s Barcarolle his only recording of one of Chopin’s greatest masterpieces was once described by a French critic as ”un rituel erotic-passionel” and it is indeed as insinuating as it is blisteringly intense, even though the hectic rush through the final pages shows him at his least eloquent.

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There are growling bass reinforcements and the principal melody shouts its triumph at one point an octave higher than written, though it has to be said that Cortot had a way of making such licence irresistible.

Like the beam of a lighthouse piercing the surrounding gloom Cortot’s vividness outshone his faults and made critical complaint or the use of a Beckmesser’s slate seem churlish and arbitrary. 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. The finale is launched in comically grand, curtain-raiser style and there are several instances of thundering bass reinforcements, or sudden skyward lifts of a treble line that are somehow central to Cortot’s liveliness and caprice, to his poetic vitality.

Inhe left France and settled in Switzerland, but continued to appear on the concert stage, playing notably in London and the Prades Festival. Cortott never recorded the mazurkas. SenartSalabertLiszt and Schumann, in which he included a number of his own interpretative ideas and variants.

Cortot Alfred Denis – Barcarolle, op. In the opening theme his tempo is beautifully natural a far cry from Pogorelich’s stylized drawl, to take an extreme opposite and if his sautille bowing in No. His relish, too, of that surprise chiming C natural just before the conclusion is pure Cortot, a true ”shock” rather than a ”digital impression”, to quote his own differentiation where true artistry is concerned. etudea

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In the D minor Trio, music of a driving, almost Franckian pace, Cortot and his colleagues plunge through the second movement like men possessed.

Cortot Alfred Denis – Impromptu in F sharp major, op. There is a disarming lightness to the corgot No. How one missed his nimbleness, his arch-Gallic vivacity and, above all, his entirely ‘vocal’ conception of a score.

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