Tagliaferro was born in Brazil in 1893 of French parents, went to study in France (where Alfred Cortot
was one of her teachers) when she was in her twenties, and alternated her residence between the two countries until her death in 1986.
Born in 1947, Renaud Gagneux studied piano and composition with Alfred Cortot
and Henri Dutilleux at the Ecole normale de musique in Paris.
Listeners most familiar with the digital recordings of historically informed performances by Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, or John Eliot Gardiner will be intrigued by interpretations of Alfred Cortot
, Adolf Busch, and Arnold Dolmetsch.
In addition to a Russian transcription of Olenina's master classes, Tumanov's book provides a valua ble source of information on a host of colorful personalities, including Balakirev, Stasov, Claude Debussy, Ravel, Alfred Cortot
, and Leo Tolstoy.
She then uses this standard to evaluate recordings by some early Debussystes: Walter Rummel, Marguerite Long, Ricardo Vines, Alfred Cortot
, George Copeland, and E.
25, does not possess the risk-taking joyousness of Cortot
or the humor that Horowitz or Friedman found in some of these pieces.
It was formerly in the collection of the French pianist and conductor Alfred Cortot
(1877-1962), a substantial portion of whose music library is also now in Berkeley; the manuscript later passed into the collection of antiquarian music dealer Albi Rosenthal in London.
Many other treasures, including much of the Alfred Cortot
collection, came to America through his efforts.
The manuscript materials of Rodrigue et Chimene have survived mostly intact, Debussy gave his first-act sketches to his mistress Gabrielle Dupont, who eventually sold them to the pianist Alfred Cortot
; later, Cortot
bought the remaining two acts from Debussy's heirs, and all three were later acquired by Robert Owen Lehman and deposited in the Pierpont Morgan Library.
There is a suggestion that this fascinating woman had a promising career as a concert pianist and Alfred Cortot
On this mid-price double-CD of outstanding value (over two hours of music) are preserved performances recorded during the 1920s and 30s of several of the composers closest to the Swiss-born Parisian: Chopin (both sets of Etudes), Liszt, Ravel and Schumann (an absolutely unforgettable Etudes Symphoniques where Cortot
brings himself back from the brink of losing the plot, plus Carnaval and Kreisleriana).
Outstanding among these purchases in this category was the entire dramatic music section from the library of Alfred Cortot