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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



Review By David Denton,Naxos,August 2007

Issued under the title 'Encores'this is a sweeping up exercise in Naxos's on-going series of Cortot recordings, the recordings offering a taste of one of the great and unpredictable pianists of his time. Born in Switzerland in 1877, he moved to Paris as a child and was always considered as a multi-talented French musician. He was to become a highly respected conductor, part of the greatest piano trio of his time, a teacher and, of course, a concert pianist. That he could be totally erratic seemed to only boost his stage image, his tempos often so optimistic that his fingers were unable to cope - the excerpt from Chopin's Ballade recording in 1925 (track 5) a perfect example. While he was generally regarded as the leading Chopin exponent, it was Liszt that afforded him scope to


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