CORTOT Concertos, Volume 2: Schumann & Bach (1927-37) - PASC447

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CORTOT Concertos, Volume 2: Schumann & Bach (1927-37) - PASC447

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SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
Brandenburg Concertos
BACH (arr. Cortot)
 Organ Concerto No. 5
Studio recordings, 1927-1937
Total duration: 2hr 0:27  

Alfred Cortot, piano, conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
Landon Ronald, conductor
Gabriel Bouillon, violin
Roger Cortet, flute
Jacques Thibaud, violin
Orchestre de l'Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris

This set contains the following albums:

Cortot's Concerto Recordings, Volume Two - as performer, conductor and arranger

"The second movement, for the trio alone, is an everlasting retreat of beauty" - The Gramophone

These recordings demonstrate three sides of Cortot's musicianship: his second (of three!) outing as soloist in the Schumann Concerto, a fine 1927 recording; his conducting of the six Brandenburg Concertos, which include an outing as piano soloist in the fifth (it is unclear whether he plays harpsichord in the other concertos), recordings of considerably variable sound quality; and his own arrangement for piano of Bach's Organ Concerto No. 5, itself a re-working of a concerto by Vivaldi for two violins and cello, well-recorded in 1937.

Each recording presented a variety of technical challenges, and some noisy sides in the Brandenburgs proved exceptionally troublesome. Capstan pitch stabilisation has been deployed throughout, to considerable effect in solidifying the sound, whilst XR remastering has done much to improve the tonal balance of each recording.  

Andrew Rose

  • SCHUMANN  Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
    Recorded: Queen's Hall, London, 22 June 1927
    Issued as HMV DB.1059-62, Matrix Nos. CR 1398-1405

    Alfred Cortot, piano
    London Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Landon Ronald


  • BACH  Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051
    Recorded: Salle de l'Ecole Normale, Paris
    Conc erto No. 1: 1 June, 1933, HMV DB.2033-34, 2.PG.806-809
    Conc erto No. 2: 30 May, 1933, HMV DB.2035-36, 2.PG.801-803
    Conc erto No. 3: 2 December, 1931, HMV DB.1259-60, 0W.1024-27
    Conc erto No. 4: 29 May, 1933, HMV DB.2037-38, 2PG.797-800
    Conc erto No. 5: 16-17 May, 1932, HMV DB.1783-84, 2L.411-414
    Conc erto No. 6: 4 December, 1931, HMV DB.1626-27, 2W.1033-36

    Alfred Cortot, conductor, piano (concerto No. 5)
    Gabriel Bouillon, violin (concerto No. 4)
    Roger Cortet, flute (concertos Nos. 4, 5)
    Jacques Thibaud, violin (concerto No. 5)
    Orchestre de l'Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris


  • BACH arr. Cortot  Organ Concerto No. 5 in D minor, BWV 596
    Recorded: Abbey Road Studio 3, 18 May 1937
    Issued as HMV DB.3261-2, Matrix Nos. 2EA. 4930-32

    Alfred Cortot, piano