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

Composer(s)Chopin, FryderykSchumann, Robert
Artist(s) Cortot, Alfred, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.111327
Label / Series Naxos Historical / Great Pianists
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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.



Work/Track Title Time
CHOPIN, F.: Piano Sonata No. 2 / SCHUMANN, R.: Kinderszenen / Carnaval (Cortot) (1953) 1:02:53   
  Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March"          
      I. Grave - Doppio movimento 5:25       
      II. Scherzo 4:50       
      III. Marche funebre: Lento 5:42       
      IV. Finale: Presto 1:39       
  Kinderszenen (Scenes of Childhood), Op. 15          
      No. 1. Von fremden Landern und Menschen (Of Foreign Lands and People) 1:39       
      No. 2. Curiose Geschichte (A Strange Story) 0:58       
      No. 3. Hasche-Mann (Catch-as-catch-can) 0:34       
      No. 4. Bittendes Kind (Pleading Child) 0:51       
      No. 5. Gluckes genug (Happy Enough) 1:12       
      No. 6. Wichtige Begebenheit (An Important Event) 0:53       
      No. 7. Traumerei (Dreaming) 2:29       
      No. 8. Am Camin (By the Fire-side) 0:52       
      No. 9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd (Knight of the Hobby-horse) 0:45       
      No. 10. Fast zu ernst (Almost Too Serious) 1:31       
      No. 11. Furchtenmachen (Frightening) 1:41       
      No. 12. Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep) 1:42       
      No. 13. Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks) 2:07       
  Waldszenen, Op. 82: No. 7. Vogel als Prophet (The Songster-Prophet) 2:36       
  Carnaval, Op. 9          
      No. 1. Preambule 2:36       
      No. 2. Pierrot 1:08       
      No. 3. Arlequin 0:43       
      No. 4. Valse noble 1:19       
      No. 5. Eusebius 1:30       
      No. 6. Florestan 0:53       
      No. 7. Coquette 1:01       
      No. 8. Replique 0:26       
      Sphinx 1-3 0:23       
      No. 9. Papillons 0:43       
      No. 10. ASCH - SCHA (Lettres dansantes) 0:38       
      No. 11. Chiarina 0:49       
      No. 12. Chopin 1:17       
      No. 13. Estrella 0:30       
      No. 14. Reconnaissance 1:56       
      No. 15. Pantalon et Colombine 0:52       
      No. 16. Valse allemande 0:54       
      No. 17. Intermezzo: Paganini 1:18       
      No. 18. Aveu 0:53       
      No. 19. Promenade 1:44       
      No. 20. Pause 0:18       
      No. 21. Marche des Davidsbundler contre les Philistins 3:36       
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