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CHOPIN, F.: Piano Sonata No. 2 / SCHUMANN, R.: Kinderszenen / Carnaval (Cortot) (1953)

    

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CHOPIN, F.: Piano Sonata No. 2 / SCHUMANN, R.: Kinderszenen / Carnaval (Cortot) (1953)

Alfred Cortot was renowned above all as a pianist whose interpretations, especially of the works of Schumann, Debussy and Chopin, were often on a spiritual level.This 1953 performance of Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 is his fifth and final commercial recording of the work (the 1928 recording is available on Naxos 8.111065; the 1927 recording is unissued). Cortot wanted to record the work again partly because he felt his interpretation would be ‘an example for the young pianists, who are so little imbued with the Romantic spirit’. His 1953 and third recording of Schumann’s Kinderszenen is notable for the familiar singing tone and poetic warmth he brings to Kind im Einschlummern (Child falling asleep) and Der Dichter spricht (The poet speaks). Cortot’s interpretation of the youthful romanticism of Carnaval is full of colour and character,far preferable to bland and uninspired subsequent accounts from lesser pianists.


Chopin, Fryderyk

  Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March"
1.   I. Grave - Doppio movimento 00:05:25
2.   II. Scherzo 00:04:50
3.   III. Marche funebre: Lento 00:05:42
4.   IV. Finale: Presto 00:01:39

Schumann, Robert

  Kinderszenen (Scenes of Childhood), Op. 15
5.   No. 1. Von fremden Landern und Menschen (Of Foreign Lands and People) 00:01:39
6.   No. 2. Curiose Geschichte (A Strange Story) 00:00:58
7.   No. 3. Hasche - Mann (Catch - as - catch - can) 00:00:34
8.   No. 4. Bittendes Kind (Pleading Child) 00:00:51
9.   No. 5. Gluckes genug (Happy Enough) 00:01:12
10.   No. 6. Wichtige Begebenheit (An Important Event) 00:00:53
11.   No. 7. Traumerei (Dreaming) 00:02:29
12.   No. 8. Am Camin (By the Fire - side) 00:00:52
13.   No. 9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd (Knight of the Hobby - horse) 00:00:45
14.   No. 10. Fast zu ernst (Almost Too Serious) 00:01:31
15.   No. 11. Furchtenmachen (Frightening) 00:01:41
16.   No. 12. Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep) 00:01:42
17.   No. 13. Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks) 00:02:07
  Waldszenen, Op. 82: No. 7. Vogel als Prophet (The Songster-Prophet)
18.   Waldszenen, Op. 82: No. 7. Vogel als Prophet (The Songster - Prophet) 00:02:36
  Carnaval, Op. 9
19.   No. 1. Preambule 00:02:36
20.   No. 2. Pierrot 00:01:08
21.   No. 3. Arlequin 00:00:43
22.   No. 4. Valse noble 00:01:19
23.   No. 5. Eusebius 00:01:30
24.   No. 6. Florestan 00:00:53
25.   No. 7. Coquette 00:01:01
26.   No. 8. Replique 00:00:26
27.   Sphinx 1 - 3 00:00:23
28.   No. 9. Papillons 00:00:43
29.   No. 10. ASCH - SCHA (Lettres dansantes) 00:00:38
30.   No. 11. Chiarina 00:00:49
31.   No. 12. Chopin 00:01:17
32.   No. 13. Estrella 00:00:30
33.   No. 14. Reconnaissance 00:01:56
34.   No. 15. Pantalon et Colombine 00:00:52
35.   No. 16. Valse allemande 00:00:54
36.   No. 17. Intermezzo: Paganini 00:01:18
37.   No. 18. Aveu 00:00:53
38.   No. 19. Promenade 00:01:44
39.   No. 20. Pause 00:00:18
40.   No. 21. Marche des Davidsbundler contre les Philistins 00:03:36

Total Playing Time: 01:02:53






Composer(s):
Chopin, Fryderyk; Schumann, Robert

Artist(s):
Cortot, Alfred

Label: Naxos Historical

Series: Great Pianists

Genre: Instrumental

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111327

Barcode: 0747313332724

Distribution Note(s):

Not available in the United States due to possible copyright restrictions.


Physical Release: 09/2008

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