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CORTOT, Alfred (1877-1962)

PIANO ARRANGEMENTS

BACH • BRAHMS • CHOPIN • FAURÉ • FRANCK • SCHUBERT


  • Yue He, piano

Legendary pianist Alfred Cortot’s distinguished reputation as an educator is demonstrated in these magnificent arrangements of chamber music for solo piano. They cover every aspect of technique and expression, from Bach’s demanding Toccata and Fugue in D minor to Fauré’s delectable Dolly Suite and the grand scale of Franck’s Violin Sonata. Award-winning pianist He Yue is a young and rising star of the Chinese musical firmament.

Tracklist

Fauré, Gabriel
 
Dolly Suite, Op. 56 (arr. A Cortot for piano) (1896) (00:14:00 )
1
I. Berceuse (00:02:32)
2
II. Mi-a-ou: Allegro vivo (00:01:58)
3
III. Le jardin de Dolly: Andantino (00:02:21)
4
IV. Kitty-valse: Tempo di valse (00:02:19)
5
V. Tendresse: Andante (00:03:11)
6
VI. Le pas espagnol: Allegro (00:02:07)
Bach, Johann Sebastian
7
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 (arr. A. Cortot for piano) (1708) (00:08:48)
Brahms, Johannes
8
5 Lieder, Op. 49: No. 4. Wiegenlied (arr. A. Cortot for piano) (1868) (00:02:13)
Bach, Johann Sebastian
9
Keyboard Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056: II. Largo (arr. A. Cortot for piano) (1742) (00:02:23)
Chopin, Fryderyk
10
Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65: III. Largo (arr. A. Cortot for piano) (1846) (00:02:40)
Schubert, Franz
11
Heidenroslein, Op. 3, No. 3, D. 257 (arr. A. Cortot for piano) (1815) (00:01:43)
Franck, César
 
Violin Sonata in A Major, M. 8 (arr. A. Cortot for piano) (1886) (00:25:00 )
12
I. Allegretto ben moderato (00:05:53)
13
II. Allegro (00:07:44)
14
III. Recitativo - Fantasia: Ben moderato - molto lento (00:05:56)
15
IV. Allegretto poco mosso (00:05:57)
Total Time: 00:57:45

The Artist(s)

He Yue

He Yue was born in 1990 and began to play the piano at the age of six. In 2007 he took part in the 49th Jaén international Piano Competition where he was awarded the prize for the youngest pianist and went on to give three concerts in Spain. He has participated in the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th international Piano Festivals at Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He graduated from the Piano department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree and currently teaches at the Central Conservatory of Music Piano Academy at Gulangyu.

The Composer(s)

Johann Sebastian Bach Johann Sebastian Bach belonged to a dynasty of musicians. In following inevitable family tradition, he excelled his forebears and contemporaries, although he did not always receive in his own lifetime the respect he deserved. Despite widespread neglect for almost a century after his death, Bach is now regarded as one of the greatest of all composers. Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis numbers, abbreviated to BWV, are generally accepted for convenience of reference.
Johannes Brahms Born in Hamburg, the son of a double bass player and his older seamstress wife, Brahms attracted the attention of Schumann, to whom he was introduced by the violinist Joachim. After Schumann’s death he maintained a long friendship with the latter’s widow, the pianist Clara Schumann, whose advice he always valued. Brahms eventually settled in Vienna, where to some he seemed the awaited successor to Beethoven. His blend of Classicism in form with a Romantic harmonic idiom made him the champion of those opposed to the musical innovations of Wagner and Liszt. In Vienna he came to occupy a position similar to that once held by Beethoven, his gruff idiosyncrasies tolerated by those who valued his genius.

Reviews

Pianist

“This is, in all the senses of the word, a brilliant release. ” – Pianist

“He Yue plays this music like a real artist, not just a showman or a kid trying to prove his technique.” – MusicWeb International

“Exhilarating recording” – Classic FM