Great Pianists - Cortot

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Great Pianists - Cortot

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Naxos

Catalogue No:

8111245
(8.111245)

Discs:

1

Release date:

29th Jan 2007

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0747313324521

Length:

62 minutes

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CD

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Great Pianists - Cortot

78 rpm recordings - volume 5


Chopin:

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Recorded 7th June, 1929, London

Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Recorded 11th March, 1929, London

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

Recorded 19th March, 1929, London

Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15 No. 1

Recorded 17th October, 1951, London

Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15 No. 2

Recorded 20th April, 1948, London

Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1

Recorded 17th October, 1951, London

Nocturne No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55 No. 1

Recorded 9th October, 1947, London

Nocturne No. 16 in E flat major, Op. 55 No. 2

Recorded 15th October, 1947, London


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Fryderyk Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Fryderyk Chopin: Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

Fryderyk Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

Fryderyk Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Fryderyk Chopin: Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2

Fryderyk Chopin: Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15, No. 1

Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15, No. 1

Fryderyk Chopin: Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15, No. 2

Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15, No. 2

Fryderyk Chopin: Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1

Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1

Fryderyk Chopin: Nocturne No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1

Nocturne No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1

Fryderyk Chopin: Nocturne No. 16 in E flat major, Op. 55, No. 2

Nocturne No. 16 in E flat major, Op. 55, No. 2

BBC Music Magazine

Proms 2007

*****

“In glorious tone quality, drama, visionary intensity and sheer poetry, few pianists have ever surpassed Cortot. This CD is a treat, if you don't mind wrong notes, and includes two totally different interpretations of the Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“This fifth and final release of Cortot's 78rpm Chopin recordings is surely the jewel in the crown. Here, the 1929 rather than the more familiar 1933 set of the Ballades blazes with a passion, brilliance and poetic audacity that set the pulses racing and the mind reeling. Here is a great artist who seized the opportunity to achieve ever greater heights of eloquence and rhetorical verve. Superbly restored by Mark Obert-Thorn, every performance is charged with a heady and consuming poetry that confirms Daniel Barenboim's claim that 'Cortot discovered the opium in Chopin'. Take the First Ballade's opening, where Cortot is every inch the bardic poet, free, rhapsodic and inimitable; or hear him in the Presto con fuoco storms of the Second Ballade, where he plays as if pursued by the furies of hell.
Again, even when inaccuracies fly in all directions in the heat of the chase, no other pianist has approached the Third Ballade's central C sharp minor turbulence with such daring or recreative force. Cortot was never one to hold back in the interests of decorum and in the Fourth Ballade he stretches the parameters of Chopin's poetry to the very edge, his playing close to being consumed in its own ecstasy.
His selection of Nocturnes (sadly his projected Chopin survey was never completed) pulse with the same alluring quality, suggesting the reverse of Rubinstein's more patrician elegance. True, for today's more antiseptic and 'tasteful' practitioners such artistic conviction and originality will seem extravagant or even camp. Yet there is surely no living pianist who could or would attempt to emulate such heart-stopping poetry.
Maria Callas herself would have been among the first to pay tribute to Cortot's cantabile, an unequalled 'singing' at the piano.”

Sunday Times

“The great French pianist famous for…. His magical touch and lovely singing tone and a flexibility of phrasing and movement as natural as breathing.”

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