24 January 2012

Chopin: 24 Preludes

EAC | FLAC, CUE***, Log | Covers | 194 Mb
Date CD: May 11, 2004 | Sony
Frédéric Chopin: 24 Preludes for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189
Felix Mendelssohn: Prelude & Fugue for piano in E, Op. 35/1
Rudolf Serkin, piano
***If you have problems with the CUE file try editing with a text editor and deleting every line with "INDEX 00 00:38:16" in it. (but not the INDEX 01 00:38:16 line)
The combination of Rudolf Serkin and Frédéric Chopin may come as a surprise to collectors, yet this pianist actually cultivated a repertoire wider than the central Austrian/German classics upon which his reputation rests. Sony's booklet notes state that Serkin had "good reason" not to sanction the release of his 1976 recording of Chopin's Op. 28 Preludes. If so, I can't fathom what that reason was, save perhaps for one or two inconsequential smudges. Serkin's forceful, unvarnished, and angular interpretation often recalls Arthur Rubinstein's similarly conceived (if more carelessly detailed) recording from the 1940s.
Like many pianists of his generation, Serkin was not averse to breaking the hands for melodic emphasis and textural variety, as you readily hear in the simpler, lyrical movements. At the same time, Serkin eschews many "traditional" rubatos and phrasing conventions, such as the unwritten ritard most pianists impose upon No. 17's introductory measures. By playing No. 18 in tempo with little rubato and no melodrama, the unison octave outbursts make an unusually blazing impact. By contrast, Serkin shares Arrau and Barenboim's unconventionally deliberate view of No. 14, stressing Chopin's pesante expressive direction rather than his Vivace tempo marking. Some listeners may want more lightness and delicacy in No. 3's flickering left-hand runs, although the power and clarity in Nos. 8, 16, 19, and 24 remind us how Serkin could still rise to and vanquish virtuosic challenges in his later years.
The Mendelssohn Prelude and Fugue derives from the same sessions and finds Serkin on peak form. The Prelude's arpeggiated textures roll and crest like torrential waves, while Serkin's unrelenting drive and long-lined concentration in the Fugue leave the listener limp and exhilarated. In all, this is a release no Rudolf Serkin enthusiast will want to miss.
--Jed Distler,
I'm beginning here to resurrect some of the works that "disappeared" from Avax or were "abandoned" from the original uploaders. There's not a real thought behind it, I'm just cleaning up my HDs and following the wind. What I downloaded long ago is flowing back. All credits go to the first uploader. Enjoy...


alex said...

thank you for this magnificent serkin post, this is a very rare one indeed, thanks alex.

Xue Bao said...

another great one..
ThXz a lot

Xue Bao said...

Hummm.. there seems to be a problem with the links.
I'm not sure what it means. Here are the error messages I'm getting:

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Why said...

Any chance this great sharing be re-uploaded?
Thanks in advance!