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

Artist(s) Cortot, Alfred, piano
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)Classical (1750-1830)Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.111261
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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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



Work/Track Title Time
CORTOT, Alfred: Encores - 78 rpm Recordings (1925-26) 1:19:02   
  Litanei auf das Fest aller Seelen, D. 343 (arr. A. Cortot for piano) 3:28       
  Impromptu No. 2 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 36 4:39       
  Etude No. 13 in A-Flat Major, Op. 25, No. 1, "Harp Study" 2:09       
  Waltz No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2 3:04       
  Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 (concluding section) 4:08       
  5 Lieder, Op. 49: No. 4. Wiegenlied (Lullaby) (arr. A. Cortot for piano) 2:34       
  19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: Rhapsody No. 11 in A Minor 4:16       
  Aufforderung zum Tanze (Invitation to the Dance), Op. 65, J. 260 6:35       
  Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: IV. Air and Variations, "The Harmonius Blacksmith" 3:37       
  Chant d'Espagne, Op. 232: III. Sous le palmier 3:37       
  Aufforderung zum Tanze (Invitation to the Dance), Op. 65, J. 260 6:31       
  Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 8:18       
  Berceuse in D-Flat Major, Op. 57 4:22       
  19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: Rhapsody No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor 9:26       
  19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: Rhapsody No. 11 in A Minor 5:36       
  Verdi - Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert , S434/R267 6:42       
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