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CORTOT, Alfred (1877-1962)



  • 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.


Fauré, Gabriel
Dolly Suite, Op. 56 (arr. A Cortot for piano) (1896) (00:14:00 )
I. Berceuse (00:02:32)
II. Mi-a-ou: Allegro vivo (00:01:58)
III. Le jardin de Dolly: Andantino (00:02:21)
IV. Kitty-valse: Tempo di valse (00:02:19)
V. Tendresse: Andante (00:03:11)
VI. Le pas espagnol: Allegro (00:02:07)
Bach, Johann Sebastian
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 (arr. A. Cortot for piano) (1708) (00:08:48)
Brahms, Johannes
5 Lieder, Op. 49: No. 4. Wiegenlied (arr. A. Cortot for piano) (1868) (00:02:13)
Bach, Johann Sebastian
Keyboard Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056: II. Largo (arr. A. Cortot for piano) (1742) (00:02:23)
Chopin, Fryderyk
Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65: III. Largo (arr. A. Cortot for piano) (1846) (00:02:40)
Schubert, Franz
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 )
I. Allegretto ben moderato (00:05:53)
II. Allegro (00:07:44)
III. Recitativo - Fantasia: Ben moderato - molto lento (00:05:56)
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.
Fryderyk Chopin Born near Warsaw in 1810, the son of a French émigré and a Polish mother, Chopin won early fame in the relatively limited circles of his native country before seeking his fortune abroad, in Paris. His departure from Warsaw coincided with the unsuccessful national uprising against Russian domination, and Chopin found himself in Paris in the company of a number of other Polish exiles. He was able to establish himself as a pianist and as a teacher of the piano, primarily in fashionable society. For some ten years Chopin enjoyed a liaison with the writer George Sand, but he broke with her during the last years of his life, which was brought to a close by the tuberculosis from which he had long suffered. His compositions, principally for the piano, make a remarkable use of the newly developed instrument, exploring its poetic possibilities while generally avoiding the more obvious ostentation of the Paris school of performers.
Gabriel Fauré Fauré made a significant addition to piano repertoire, particularly in a series of thirteen barcarolles and a similar number of nocturnes, with five impomptus and a single ballade. The piano duet Dolly Suite was written in the 1890s for the young daughter of Emma Bardac, the later wife of Debussy and the singer for whom Fauré wrote La bonne chanson, after Bardac’s divorce from her banker husband.
César Franck Born in Liège in 1822, César Franck was originally intended by his father for a career as a virtuoso pianist. In Paris his nationality excluded him at first from the Conservatoire, where he eventually failed to achieve the necessary distinction as a performer, turning his attention rather to composition. In 1846 he left home and went to earn his living in Paris as a teacher and organist, winning particular fame in the second capacity at the newly built church of Ste Clotilde, with its Cavaillé-Coll organ. He drew to himself a loyal and devoted circle of pupils and in 1871 won some official recognition as the nominated successor of Benoist as organ professor at the Conservatoire. A man of gentle character, known to his pupils as ‘Pater seraphicus’, he exercised considerable influence through his classes and performances although he remained, as a composer, something of an outsider in a Paris interested largely in opera.



“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