Alfred Cortot - Encores

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Alfred Cortot - Encores

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Gramophone Magazine

Re-issue of the Month - Awards Issue 2007

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8111261
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1

Release date:

30th July 2007

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0747313326129

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78 minutes

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Alfred Cortot - Encores


Albéniz:

Sous le palmier, Op. 232, No. 3

Brahms:

Wiegenlied, Op. 49 No. 4 (Lullaby)

(arr. Cortot)

Chopin:

Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major, Op. 36

Étude Op. 25 No. 1 in A flat major 'Aeolian Harp'

Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Part 2; (“Fragment from Ballade”)

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Handel:

Keyboard Suite, HWV 430 in E major 'The Harmonious Blacksmith': Air & Variations

Liszt:

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 11 in A minor

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto, S.434 after Verdi's opera

Schubert:

Litanei auf das Fest Allerseelen, D343

(arr. Cortot)

Weber:

Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65


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Franz Schubert: Litanei auf das Fest aller Seelen, D. 343 (arr. A. Cortot for piano)

Litanei auf das Fest aller Seelen, D. 343 (arr. A. Cortot for piano)

Fryderyk Chopin: Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major, Op. 36

Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major, Op. 36

Fryderyk Chopin: Etudes, Op. 25

Etude No. 13 in A flat major, Op. 25, No. 1, "Harp Study"

Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2

Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2

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

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23 (concluding section)

Johannes Brahms: 5 Lieder, Op. 49 (arr. A. Cortot)

5 Lieder, Op. 49: No. 4. Wiegenlied (Lullaby) (arr. A. Cortot for piano)

Franz Liszt: 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106

19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: Rhapsody No. 11 in A minor

Carl Maria von Weber: Aufforderung zum Tanze (Invitation to the Dance), Op. 65, J. 260

Aufforderung zum Tanze (Invitation to the Dance), Op. 65, J. 260

George Frideric Handel: Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV 430

Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV 430: IV. Air and Variations, "The Harmonius Blacksmith"

Isaac Albeniz: Cantas de Espana (Song of Spain), Op. 232

Chant d'Espagne, Op. 232: III. Sous le palmier

Aufforderung zum Tanze (Invitation to the Dance), Op. 65, J. 260

Aufforderung zum Tanze (Invitation to the Dance), Op. 65, J. 260

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Fryderyk Chopin: Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106

19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: Rhapsody No. 2 in C sharp minor

19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: Rhapsody No. 11 in A minor

Franz Liszt: Verdi - Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert, S434/R267

Verdi - Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert , S434/R267

BBC Music Magazine

January 2008

*****

“There are wrong notes, some of the recordings are of poor quality, others remarkably good for the 1920s: what is amazing is the unfailing verve, poetry, warmth and spontaneity. Some of the playing here is hardly credible, the technique and insight together are overpowering.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Here, in recordings dating from 1925-26, is the very essence of Cortot, superbly remastered by Mark Obert-Thorn. A voice from another age, Cortot was addicted to his incomparable recreative art. Every bar and phrase of these performances induces a frenzy or delirium in the listener, setting the mind and senses reeling.
Cortot may have 'discovered the opium in Chopin' (Daniel Barenboim) but he also discovered the opium in virtually everything else. His arrangement and playing of Schubert's Litany has all the poetic freedom and sumptuous tonal allure of the greatest singers and always you are made aware of his alternating simplicity, richness and intricacy of expression. Hear the cascades close to the end of Chopin's Second Impromptu and you may well agree that you have rarely heard such feline ease and facility.
The mechanics (forced out of focus in the heat of the moment) could be erratic but the technique was scintillating in a way known to very few pianists. Cortot's Liszt Rhapsodies, decked out with an array of sly nudges and winks, are as flamboyant as any on record, and time and again you are made aware of his own dictum on music: 'my secret is, I can't have enough of it'. Above all, he reminds you of Liszt's celebrated description of a virtuoso as 'one called upon to make emotion weep, and sing, and sigh. To conjure scent and blossom, and breathe the breath of life'. A wild but enthralling fragment from Chopin's First Ballade is included (a complete version comes later) and there are two versions of both Liszt's 11th Hungarian Rhapsody and Weber's Invitation to the Dance.”

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