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Alfred Cortot
Cesar Franck, Maurice Ravel, Camille Saint-Saens
Alfred Cortot
Genre: Classical
 
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Few artists can match Alfred Cortot's ability to penetrate the emotional core of the music he played, and to bring listeners along for the ride. That it was a sometimes bumpy ride can be heard in the Ravel, where the wrong...  more »

     
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Few artists can match Alfred Cortot's ability to penetrate the emotional core of the music he played, and to bring listeners along for the ride. That it was a sometimes bumpy ride can be heard in the Ravel, where the wrong note quotient is pretty high. But, like everything on this disc of 1930s recordings, it's still an exciting performance. For despite his cavalier attitude toward note-perfect playing, Cortot was a front-rank virtuoso with immense communicative powers and an absolute identification with the music in his repertory. That helps explain why many of his recordings are so revered. The Franck is near-definitive, with few rivals in Cortot's understanding of the composer's style and the spontaneity of his playing. He makes the neglected Saint-Saëns Concerto sparkle and the Etude is played with vivacity. Mark Obert-Thorn's exemplary transfers make the vintage sound bearable, and Naxos's budget price makes purchase painless. --Dan Davis
 

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A Great Pianist At A Bargain Price
D. A Wend | Buffalo Grove, IL USA | 12/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The recording of the Cesar Frank Symphonic Variations and Saint Saens Fourth Piano Concerto are among the best of Alfred Cortot. His playing is simply beatiful in both works. However, the Ravel concerto is peppered with the wrong notes that Cortot is also famous for. It is rather difficult to listen to this recording but it is made up for by the other works on this disc. The sound is very good, certainly not digital sound let alone stereo but a great addition to one's collection."