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CORTOT, Alfred: Recordings (1929-1937)


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CORTOT, Alfred: Recordings (1929-1937)

Ranked among the most insightful of pianists for his exploration of the spiritual depths of the music he interpreted, Alfred Cortot was a multi-faceted musician with a wide-ranging repertoire. This album couples small treasures such as the four miniatures by Purcell and Bach’s transcription of a Vivaldi Concerto, with masterpieces by Mendelssohn and Franck, of whose music Cortot was one of the greatest exponents. In Cortot’s hands, even Saint-Saëns’s technically demanding Étude en forme de Valse poses no obstacles to his enviable lightness of touch.

Purcell, Henry
Henderson, A.M., arranger(s)

  Suite in G Major (arr. A.M. Henderson for piano)
1.   I. Minuet 00:02:21
2.   II. Sicilienne 00:01:01
3.   III. Gavotte 00:01:09
4.   IV. Air 00:01:20

Bach, Johann Sebastian
Cortot, Alfred, arranger(s)

  Organ Concerto in D Minor, BWV 596 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto, RV 565) (arr. A. Cortot for piano)
5.   I. Praeludium 00:02:57
6.   II. Sicilienne 00:02:56
7.   III. Toccata 00:04:04
  Keyboard Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056: II. Largo (arr. A. Cortot for piano)
8.   Keyboard Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056: II. Largo (arr. A. Cortot for piano) 00:03:05

Mendelssohn, Felix

  Variations serieuses in D Minor, Op. 54
9.   Variations serieuses in D Minor, Op. 54 00:10:46
  Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 1, Op. 19b: No. 1 in E Major
10.   Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 1, Op. 19b: No. 1 in E Major 00:03:32

Franck, César

  Prelude, choral et fugue, M. 21
11.   Prelude 00:04:44
12.   Choral 00:05:50
13.   Fugue 00:06:37
  Prelude, aria et final, M. 23
14.   Prelude 00:08:42
15.   Aria 00:05:46
16.   Final 00:06:26

Saint-Saëns, Camille

  6 Etudes, Op. 52: No. 6. En forme de Valse
17.   6 Etudes, Op. 52: No. 6. En forme de Valse 00:04:32

Total Playing Time: 01:15:48

Bach, Johann Sebastian; Franck, César; Mendelssohn, Felix; Purcell, Henry; Saint-Saëns, Camille

Cortot, Alfred; Henderson, A.M.

Cortot, Alfred

Label: Naxos Historical

Series: Great Pianists

Genre: Instrumental

Period: Baroque; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111381

Barcode: 747313338122

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Not available in the United States due to possible copyright restrictions

Physical Release: 10/2010

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