Chopin/Cortot

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Chopin
24 Préludes, Op.28
Prélude in C sharp minor, Op.45
Berceuse, Op.57
Impromptus – in A flat, Op.29; in F sharp minor, Op.36; in G flat, Op.51; in C sharp minor, Op.66 (Fantaisie-Impromptu)Barcarolle, Op.60


Reviewed by: Colin Anderson

Reviewed: November 2006
CD No: EMI 3 61541 2
Duration: 69 minutes

Alfred Cortot (1877-1962) is synonymous with Chopin. These legendary recordings continue to stand the test of time. The 24 Préludes are intense and searching, the antithesis of ‘salon Chopin’ – unexaggerated, concise and potent. The stand-alone Prélude and the Berceuse enter an interior world, the Impromptus are diverting and with a sweet centre, and the great Barcarolle is rigorous and exposed.

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