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CHOPIN: Ballades Nos. 1-4 / Nocturnes (Cortot, 78 rpm Recordings, Vol. 5) (1929-1951) (Alfred Cortot/ Mark Obert-Thorn) (Naxos Historical: 8.111245)



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As with previous discs, this fifth and final release in the Naxos series of Cortot's 78 rpm era Chopin recordings includes versions of recordings which have not been reissued often, if at all. The 1929 set of Ballades, which emerge from Cortot's hands with all the passion and emotion, poetry and tenderness that were the hallmark of his playing, has been chosen over the more familiar 1933 remake. The 1949 re-recording of the Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 has not previously been available on CD outside of Japan. Cortot's phrasing, colourful tonal palette and singing tone in the F major and C sharp minor Nocturnes are without equal, while the dramatic middle sections of these works explode in anguish or ecstasy. Posterity has judged Alfred Cortot as one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. His Naxos Historical recording of Chopin and Schumann 'Piano Concertos' had him elevated in 'The Sunday Times' as \The great French pianist famous for.... his magical touch and lovely singing tone and a flexibility of phrasing and movement as natural as breathing.""
Facts
Item number 8111245
Barcode 747313324521
Release date 29/01/2007
Category Instrumental | Classical Music
Label Naxos Records | Naxos Historical
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Performers
Artists Alfred Cortot
Composers Fryderyk Chopin
Producers Mark Obert-Thorn
Disc: 1
Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
1 Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38
2 Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38
Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47
3 Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47
Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
4 Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2
5 Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2
Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2
6 Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2
Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15, No. 1
7 Nocturne No. 4 in F major, Op. 15, No. 1
Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15, No. 2
8 Nocturne No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15, No. 2
Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1
9 Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1
Nocturne No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1
10 Nocturne No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1
Nocturne No. 16 in E flat major, Op. 55, No. 2
11 Nocturne No. 16 in E flat major, Op. 55, No. 2
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