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Godowsky: Studies on Chopin Op. 10

Godowsky: Studies on Chopin Op. 10
Composer Leopold Godowsky
Artist Emanuel Delucchi piano
Format 1 CD
Cat. number PCL0122
EAN code 5060385450635
Release April 2017

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About this release

As an introduction to the works on this disc we quote Godowsky himself: “the studies’ aim is to develop the mechanical, technical and musical possibilities of piano playing, to expand the peculiarly adapted nature of the instrument to polyphonic, polyrhythmic and polydynamic work and to widen the range of its possibilities in tone colouring”.

Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938), one of the greatest pianists in history, was fascinated by Chopin’s Etudes, and made his own enhanced transcriptions of them, to be divided in three types: a strict transcription for the left hand alone, free transcriptions, in which the text is either inverted, combined with another study or imitated through the medium of another study, and Cantus Firmus, where the left hand plays the melody and the right hand is freely treated in a contrapuntal way.
Needless to say the technical and mental demands of these works are enormous, seemingly impossible to play. In the hands of a master however they become new and original, masterpieces in their own right.

Young Italian pianist Emanuele Delucchi possesses the superhuman powers to conquer these works successfully, as he has proven with his previous Godowsky recording for Piano Classics, PCL0096. He plays on a 1906 Steinway D instrument, from the time of the composition of these works.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: I. No. 1 – First Version
  2. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: II. No. 1 – Second Version – for the Left Hand Alone
  3. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: III. No. 2 – First Version – for the Left Hand Alone
  4. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: IV. No. 2 – Second Version “ignis fatuus”
  5. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: V. No. 3 – For the Left Hand Alone
  6. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: VI. No. 4 – For the Left Hand Alone
  7. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: VII. No. 5 – First Version
  8. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: VIII. No. 5 – Second Version “on the White Keys”
  9. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: IX. No. 5 – Third Version “Tarantella”
  10. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: X. No. 5 – Fourth Version “Capriccio”
  11. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: XI. No. 5 – Fifth Version “Inversion for the Left Hand”
  12. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: XII. No. 5 – Sixth Version “Inversion for the Right Hand”
  13. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: XIII. No. 5 – Seventh Version – for the Left Hand Alone
  14. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: XIV. No. 6 – For the Left Hand Alone
  15. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: XV. No. 7 – First Version
  16. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: XVI. No. 7 – Second Version
  17. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: XVII. No. 7 – Third Version – For the Left Hand Alone
  18. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: XVIII. No. 8 – First Version
  19. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: XIX. No. 8 – Second Version – For the Left Hand Alone
  20. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: XX. No. 9 – First Version
  21. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: XXI. No. 9 – Second Version – Imitation of the Study, Op. 25 No. 2
  22. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: XXII. No. 9 – Third Version – For the Left Hand Alone
  23. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: XXIII. No. 10 – First Version
  24. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: XXIV. No. 10 – Second Version – For the Left Hand Alone
  25. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: XXV. No. 11 – For the Left Hand Alone
  26. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: XXVI. No. 12 – For the Left Hand Alone
  27. Studies after Chopin, Op. 10: XXVII. No. 5 - Badinage