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Alfred Cortot: The Master Classes

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Have you ever wished to be present as a great instrumentalist teaches gifted pupils? Sony's set of Alfred Cortot's Master Classes can satisfy that fantasy, as well as provide insightful performances of works (and excerpts of works) including some Cortot never recorded, and hearing him expound on them from a performer's point of view. It's possible thanks to an engineering student who taped many of Cortot's classes in the late 1950s and Murray Perahia, who tracked down the tapes and produced this invaluable set. Don't understand French? Not to worry--French texts and English translations of Cortot's remarks are provided. We also hear Cortot playing with spontaneity and captivating spur-of-the-moment impetuousness, if also with rather more wrong notes than the fastidious would like. The inevitable frustration of wanting him to play an entire lengthy work soon gives way to appreciation for his insights and the beauties of the excerpts he's highlighting. Those insights include technical points like pedaling, rhythm, and touch. But more often he’s teaching a work's expressive content. He'll relate a Beethoven Sonata to a love story or the way Chopin's Ballades reflect the Adam Mieckicwicz poems said to inspire them. There's Bach, Mozart, and Schumann here too. Cortot's main point, the lesson that pervades these discs, is one all aspiring artists need to absorb: "Technique can never really be separated from musical expression." This set is must for pianophiles, students, and admirers of one of the last century's greatest artists. --Dan Davis

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Digital Booklet: Master Classes from the École Normale featuring Alfred Cortot
Digital Booklet: Master Classes from the École Normale featuring Alfred Cortot
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Product details

  • Composer: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven
  • Audio CD (November 7, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • Run Time: 197 minutes
  • ASIN: B000BC8T8C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,123 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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