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CORTOT, Alfred: Encores - 78 rpm Recordings (1925-26)

    




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CORTOT, Alfred: Encores - 78 rpm Recordings (1925-26)

This collection brings together Alfred Cortot’s complete electrical recordings for the Victor Talking Machine Company. Of special interest to collectors are the March 1925 recordings of the second half of Chopin’s G minor Ballade, which here receives its first CD release outside Japan, and Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11, transferred for this Naxos release from a vinyl test pressing for the unissued twelveinch 78rpm. All these early electrical recordings are notable not only for the improved quality of sound, but for the way the microphone captured Cortot’s huge palette of tonal colours, on a Steinway piano rather than his preferred Pleyel. As a critic wrote after Cortot’s 5th January 1927 recital at New York’s Aeolian Hall: ‘He is one of those great musicians from whose readings of familiar works there is almost invariably something to learn and remember… it would be hard to surpass his sincerity, his feeling, his colouring, and declamation of the music. Nor are many as fortunate as he in striking the mean between what is nobly expressive and what is sentimental….’


Schubert, Franz
Cortot, Alfred, arranger(s)

  Litanei auf das Fest aller Seelen, D. 343 (arr. A. Cortot for piano)
1.   Litanei auf das Fest aller Seelen, D. 343 (arr. A. Cortot for piano) 00:03:28

Chopin, Fryderyk

  Impromptu No. 2 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 36
2.   Impromptu No. 2 in F - Sharp Major, Op. 36 00:04:39
  Etude No. 13 in A-Flat Major, Op. 25, No. 1, "Harp Study"
3.   Etude No. 13 in A - Flat Major, Op. 25, No. 1, "Harp Study" 00:02:09
  Waltz No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
4.   Waltz No. 7 in C - Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2 00:03:04
  Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 (concluding section)
5.   Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 (concluding section) 00:04:08

Brahms, Johannes
Cortot, Alfred, arranger(s)

  5 Lieder, Op. 49: No. 4. Wiegenlied (Lullaby) (arr. A. Cortot for piano)
6.   5 Lieder, Op. 49: No. 4. Wiegenlied (Lullaby) (arr. A. Cortot for piano) 00:02:34

Liszt, Franz

  19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: Rhapsody No. 11 in A Minor
7.   19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: Rhapsody No. 11 in A Minor 00:04:16

Weber, Carl Maria von

  Aufforderung zum Tanze (Invitation to the Dance), Op. 65, J. 260
8.   Aufforderung zum Tanze (Invitation to the Dance), Op. 65, J. 260 00:06:35

Handel, George Frideric

  Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: IV. Air and Variations, "The Harmonius Blacksmith"
9.   Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: IV. Air and Variations, "The Harmonius Blacksmith" 00:03:37

Albeniz, Isaac

  Chant d'Espagne, Op. 232: III. Sous le palmier
10.   Chant d'Espagne, Op. 232: III. Sous le palmier 00:03:37

Weber, Carl Maria von

  Aufforderung zum Tanze (Invitation to the Dance), Op. 65, J. 260
11.   Aufforderung zum Tanze (Invitation to the Dance), Op. 65, J. 260 00:06:31

Chopin, Fryderyk

  Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
12.   Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 00:08:18
  Berceuse in D-Flat Major, Op. 57
13.   Berceuse in D - Flat Major, Op. 57 00:04:22

Liszt, Franz

  19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: Rhapsody No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor
14.   19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: Rhapsody No. 2 in C - Sharp Minor 00:09:26
15.   19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: Rhapsody No. 11 in A Minor 00:05:36
  Verdi - Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert , S434/R267
16.   Verdi - Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert , S434/R267 00:06:42

Total Playing Time: 01:19:02






Composer(s):
Albeniz, Isaac; Brahms, Johannes; Chopin, Fryderyk; Handel, George Frideric; Liszt, Franz; Schubert, Franz; Weber, Carl Maria von

Arranger(s):
Cortot, Alfred

Artist(s):
Cortot, Alfred

Label: Naxos Historical

Genre: Instrumental

Period: Baroque; Classical; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111261

Barcode: 0747313326129

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Physical Release: 08/2007

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