Saturday, September 24, 2016

Alfred Cortot Plays Chopin (24 Préludes, Op. 28)

Chopin's famous 24 Préludes Op. 28, in each key in the circle of the 5:th, inspired by Bach's Preludes were at the time of publication something that many musicians proved sceptical to. "Préludes to what ?" And still, these wonderful short miracles leave much to wonder about. Are they constructed to demonstrate a certain musical style, as with the Etudes focusing on a technical difficulty, or is the intention to use the preludes as a kind of a glossary of introductions to other works ? Or maybe they should be performed in order, preceding only each other. Chopin left this great mystery to be figured out by ourselves or is it really possible that there is no pattern but just a set of wonderful small pieces, representing a certain mood or style ? Chopin also wrote another longer Prélude, Op. 48, and after his death, two more sketches were found published posthumously.

Source : http://www.pianosociety.com/cms/index.php?section=132

Alfred Cortot
Plays
Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

Tracks

24 Préludes Op. 28
1 N° 1 in C Major. Agitato  0:36
2 N° 2 in A Minor. Lento  2:06
3 N° 3 in G Major. Vivace  0:56
4 N° 4 in E Minor. Largo  1:54
5 N° 5 in D Major. Molto allegro  0:32
6 N° 6 in B Minor. Lento assai  1:50
7 N° 7 in A Major. Andantino  0:37
8 N° 8 in F-Sharp Minor. Molto agitato 1:38
9 N° 9 in E Major. Largo 1:22
10 N° 10 in C-Sharp Minor. Molto allegro  0:30
11 N° 11 in B Minor. Vivace  0:29
12 N° 12 in G-Sharp Minor. Presto  1:04
13 N° 13 in F-Sharp Major. Lento  2:41
14 N° 14 in E-Flat Minor. Allegro  0:28
15 N° 15 in D-Flat Major 'Raindrop'. Sostenuto  4:31
16 N° 16 in B-Flat Minor. Presto con fuoco  1:03
17 N° 17 in A-Flat Major. Allegretto  2:46
18 N° 18 in F Minor. Molto allegro  0:48
19 N° 19 in E-Flat Major. Vivace 1:07
20 N° 20 in C Minor. Largo  1:24
21 N° 21 in B-flat Major. Cantabile  1:33
22 N° 22 in G Minor. Molto agitato  0:41
23 N° 23 in F Major. Moderato  0:40
24 N° 24 in D Minor. Allegro appassionato  2:32

25 Berceuse in D-Flat Major, Op. 57  4:17
26 Ballade n° 1 in G Minor, Op. 23  8:53
 27 Nocturne n° 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 9 n° 2  4:04
28 Valse n° 7 in C-Sharp minor, Op. 64 n° 2  3:05
29 Valse n° 9 in A-Flat Major, Op. 69 n° 1  3:04
30 Tarentelle in A-Flat Major, Op. 43  3:02

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Alfred Cortot - p

Recorded at Studio 1, Hayes ; March 22 & April 4, 1926 [# 1-24] ; in New York ; December 28, 1926 [# 25] ; Small Queen's Hall, London ; June 7, 1929 [# 26] ; Studio C, Small Queen's Hall, London ; March 19, 1929 [# 27 & 28] ; & May 13, 1931 [# 29 & 30]

4 comments:

Zwan said...

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