EMI Icon. Alfred Cortot - The Master Pianist (7 CD box set, FLAC)
EMI Icon. Alfred Cortot – The Master Pianist (7 CD box set, FLAC)

Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 7 CD box set
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: EMI
Size: 1.29 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

CD 01
01. Preludes Op. 28: No. 1 in C major (Agitato)
02. Preludes Op. 28: No. 2 in A minor (Lento)
03. Preludes Op. 28: No. 3 in G major (Vivace)
04. Preludes Op. 28: No. 4 in E minor (Largo)
05. Preludes Op. 28: No. 5 in D major (Allegro molto)
06. Preludes Op. 28: No. 6 in B minor (Lento assai)
07. Preludes Op. 28: No. 7 in A major (Andantino)
08. Preludes Op. 28: No. 8 in F sharp minor (Molto agitato)
09. Preludes Op. 28: No. 9 in E major (Largo)
10. Preludes Op. 28: No. 10 in C sharp minor (Allegro molto)
11. Preludes Op. 28: No. 11 in B major (Vivace)
12. Preludes Op. 28: No. 12 in G sharp minor (Presto)
13. Preludes Op. 28: No. 13 in F sharp major (Lento)
14. Preludes Op. 28: No. 14 in E flat minor (Allegro)
15. Preludes Op. 28: No. 15 in D flat major (Sostenuto)
16. Preludes Op. 28: No. 16 in B flat minor (Presto con fuoco)
17. Preludes Op. 28: No. 17 in A flat major (Allegretto)
18. Preludes Op. 28: No. 18 in F minor (Allegro molto)
19. Preludes Op. 28: No. 19 in E flat major (Vivace)
20. Preludes Op. 28: No. 20 in C minor (Largo)
21. Preludes Op. 28: No. 21 in B flat major (Cantabile)
22. Preludes Op. 28: No. 22 in G minor (Molto agitato)
23. Preludes Op. 28: No. 23 in F major (Moderato)
24. Preludes Op. 28: No. 24 in D minor (Allegro appassionato)
25. Prelude in C sharp minor Op. 45
26. Berceuse in D flat Op. 57
27. Impromptus: No. 1 in A flat Op. 29
28. Impromptus: No. 2 in F sharp Op. 36
29. Impromptus: No. 3 in G flat Op. 51
30. Fantaisie-impromptu in C sharp minor Op. 66
31. Barcarolle in F sharp major Op. 60

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CD 02
01. Piano Trio in B flat ‘Archduke’ Op. 97: I. Allegro moderato
02. Piano Trio in B flat ‘Archduke’ Op. 97: II. Scherzo (Allegro) & Trio
03. Piano Trio in B flat ‘Archduke’ Op. 97: III. Andante cantabile, ma però con moto
04. Piano Trio in B flat ‘Archduke’ Op. 97: IV. Allegro moderato – Presto
05. Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat D898: I. Allegro moderato
06. Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat D898: II. Andante un poco mosso
07. Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat D898: III. Scherzo (Allegro) & Trio
08. Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat D898: IV. Rondo (Allegro vivace – Presto)
09. 7 Variations on Mozart’s ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen’ from ‘Die Zauberflöte’ WoO46

CD 03
01. Children’s Corner: I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
02. Children’s Corner: II. Jimbo’s Lullaby
03. Children’s Corner: III. Serenade for the Doll
04. Children’s Corner: IV.The Snow is Dancing
05. Children’s Corner: V. The Little Shepherd
06. Children’s Corner: VI. Golliwogg’s Cake Walk
07. Danseuses de Delphes
08. Voiles – from 24 Préludes
09. Le vent dans la plaine
10. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir – from 24 Préludes
11. Les collines d’Anacapri – from 24 Préludes
12. Des pas sur la neige – Préludes Livre I, 6
13. Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest – from 24 Préludes
14. La fille aux cheveux de lin
15. La sérénade interrompue from 24 Préludes
16. La cathédrale engloutie – from 24 Préludes
17. La danse de Puck – from 24 Préludes
18. Minstrels from 24 Préludes
19. Sonatine: 1. Modéré
20. Sonatine: 2. Mouvement de menuet
21. Sonatine: 3. Animé
22. Jeux d’eau

CD 04
01. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A: I. Allegretto ben moderato
02. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A: II. Allegro
03. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A: III. Recitativo – Fantasia (Ben moderato – Molto lento)
04. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A: IV. Allegretto poco mosso
05. Sonata for Violin and Piano: I. Allegro vivo
06. Sonata for Violin and Piano: II. Intermède: Fantasque et léger
07. Sonata for Violin and Piano: III. Finale: Très animé
08. Préludes: Minstrels
09. Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major Op. 13: I. Allegro molto
10. Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major Op. 13: II. Andante
11. Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major Op. 13: III. Allegro vivo
12. Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major Op. 13: IV. Allegro quasi presto

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CD 05
01. Trio No. 25 in G (Sonata) Hob. XV: 25 (Op. 73 No. 2): I. Andante
02. Trio No. 25 in G (Sonata) Hob. XV: 25 (Op. 73 No. 2): II. Poco adagio, cantabile
03. Trio No. 25 in G (Sonata) Hob. XV: 25 (Op. 73 No. 2): III. Rondo all’ongarese (Presto)
04. Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, ‘Kreutzer’ Op. 47: I. Adagio sostenuto – Presto
05. Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, ‘Kreutzer’ Op. 47: II. Andante con variazioni 1-4
06. Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, ‘Kreutzer’ Op. 47: III. Finale (Presto)
07. Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A minor Op. 102: I. Allegro
08. Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A minor Op. 102: II. Andante
09. Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A minor Op. 102: III. Vivace non troppo

CD 06
01. Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op.49: I. Molto allegro ed agitato
02. Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op.49: II. Andante con moto tranquillo
03. Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op.49: III. Scherzo (Leggiero e vivace)
04. Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op.49: IV. Finale (Allegro assai appassionato)
05. Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op. 63: I. Mit Energie und Leidenschaft
06. Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op. 63: II. Lebhaft, doch nicht zu rasch
07. Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op. 63: III. Langsam, mit inniger Empfindung
08. Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op. 63: IV. Mit Feuer
09. Ten Variations in G on the song ‘Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu’ from ‘Die Schwestern von Prag’ by MüllerOp. 121a

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CD 07
01. Piano Sonata in B minor S178
02. No. 2 in C sharp minor from 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies S244
03. No. 11 in A minor from 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies S244
04. Paraphrase on Verdi’s “Rigoletto” S434
05. St Francis de Paule walking on the water from Légendes S175
06. La leggierezza from 3 Concert Studies S144

EMI’s new 7-CD “Icon” box gathers together all od Cortot-Thibaud-Casals chamber music and Brahms double concerto, with a selection of Cortot’s most admired solo recordings, many in re-masterings from 2006-2008 in startlingly vivid sound with brilliant treble and full bass … Cortot’s famous patented bass rumbles are all there … with no frying bacon scratch, very little surface noise, and no audible compression. To connoisseurs of the piano and Cortot admirers, it’s what I call a mandatory purchase. Debussy’s Preludes Book I and Ravel’s Sonatine are among the best things here, and the fabulous Chopin playing by one of the great pianists of the last century. Full booklet and recording details. The two Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies from Cortot’s absolute prime have seldom if ever been played with such fun and hilarity. Although many collectors, including this one, have long had all the contents in other pressings and re-masterings, these are particularly enjoyable in the new 2006-2008 re=masterings.

For those who don’t yet know Cortot, his daring, bravura, and imagination, with exquisite tonal shadings and phrasings will come as a delight.

1 Comment

  1. A big thank you for this.

    I started with the Chopin Preludes and couldn’t stop listening despite the age of the recordings (1933). Very good mono re-masterings I must add.

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