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CHOPIN: Piano Sonatas No. 2 and 3 / Polonaises (Cortot, 78 rpm Recordings, Vol. 4) (1923-1947)


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CHOPIN: Piano Sonatas No. 2 and 3 / Polonaises (Cortot, 78 rpm Recordings, Vol. 4) (1923-1947)

Posterity has judged Alfred Cortot as one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. This fourth disc in the Naxos five volume series devoted to his 78rpm era recordings of Chopin includes three rarities: My Joys and the Polonaise-Fantasie, both unreleased on 78rpm, and the first-ever CD appearance of the 1933 version of the Piano Sonata No. 2. Completed in only fourteen takes on 6 July, this version of the Sonata has incredible energy, particularly in the last movement. The stunning performance of the Grande Polonaise, Op. 22 demonstrates Cortot’s total understanding of Chopin’s use of the decorated melodic line. The popular Polonaise in A flat, Op. 53 is played with majestic swagger and pomp, aided by a well recorded Steinway piano.

Chopin, Fryderyk

  Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March"
1.   I. Grave: Allegro 00:04:51
2.   II. Scherzo 00:04:22
3.   III. Marche funebre 00:06:25
4.   IV. Finale: Presto 00:01:23
  Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58
5.   I. Allegro maestoso 00:08:39
6.   II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace 00:02:32
7.   III. Largo 00:07:06
8.   IV. Finale: Presto non tanto 00:05:05

Liszt, Franz

  Chopin - 6 chants polonais, S480/R145 (Chopin, from Op. 74) (excerpts)
9.   No. 2. Frühling (Wiosna, Spring) 00:02:34
10.   No. 3. Das Ringlein (Pierscien, The Ring) 00:02:05
11.   No. 5. Mein Freuden (Moja pieszczotka, My Joys) 00:03:23

Chopin, Fryderyk

  Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22
12.   Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22 00:04:49
  Polonaise No. 6 in A-Flat Major, Op. 53, "Heroic"
13.   Polonaise No. 6 in A - Flat Major, Op. 53, "Heroic" 00:06:30
  Polonaise No. 7 in A-Flat Major, Op. 61, "Polonaise-fantasie"
14.   Polonaise No. 7 in A - Flat Major, Op. 61, "Polonaise - fantasie" 00:09:43

Total Playing Time: 01:09:27

Chopin, Fryderyk; Liszt, Franz

Cortot, Alfred

Label: Naxos Historical

Genre: Instrumental

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111065

Barcode: 0747313306527

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Not available in the United States due to possible copyright restrictions

Physical Release: 11/2006

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