Hi there, I’m not on about that piece. Im talking about the second he plays after 2:24Rognvald wrote: ↑Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:01 pmHi, Red,
I just listened to the music until 2:24 and believe that the tempo, although perhaps correct, is too slow for a classical guitar. A piano has the ability to sustain the notes filling in the "quiet spaces" whereas a CG's sustain dies quickly leaving the listener with unnatural "empty spaces." I believe if you wanted to add this to your repertoire, you would need a livelier tempo and, perhaps, a more Jazz-like feel to the adagio sections. This, of course, is one of the problems with CG transcriptions of piano music. Playing again . . . Rognvald
Nice rendition, John. I haven't previously heard of Cortot. I'll check him out further. Playing again . . . RognvaldJohnB wrote: ↑Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:25 amThanks for the link to the video
Out of curiosity I looked on YT for a performance of the Prelude on the piano and came across this remarkable recording by Cortot from back in 1933. Perhaps others with disagree but I find the performance almost shattering in its quiet intensity of expression.
Apologies for going off topic.
Cortot is one of those legendary figures whose playing many pianists have praised but who I have never before actually heard (even though I have been listening to classical music for more decades than I care to remember). I too will check him out further.
JohnB wrote: ↑Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:05 pmCortot is one of those legendary figures whose playing many pianists have praised but who I have never before actually heard (even though I have been listening to classical music for more decades than I care to remember). I too will check him out further.
Out of interest, I found this on The Guardian's website where seven of the current leading classical pianists name a pianist they admire and write a summary of why - two (Stephen Hough and Angela Hewitt) chose Alfred Cortot. (Stephen Hough is particularly fulsome in his admiration of Cortot.) https://www.theguardian.com/culture/201 ... t-pianists
(The Guardian is one of the UKs "serious" print newspapers.)