Godowsky: Studies on Chopin, Op. 25 Emanuele Delucchi
- Leopold Godowsky (1870 - 1938):
- 1Study No. 44 in F Minor on trois nouvelle études No. 1, B. 130 (Left Hand Alone)01:54
- 2Study No. 45 in E Major on trois nouvelle études No. 2, B. 130 (1st Version)03:41
- 3Study No. 45a in D-Flat Major on trois nouvelle études No. 2, B. 130 (2nd Version - Left Hand Alone)02:09
- 4Study No. 46 in G Major on trois nouvelle études No. 3, B. 130. Menuetto03:37
- 5Study No. 48 in F Major, Op. 10 No. 11 and, Op. 25 No. 302:31
- 6Study No. 23 in A-Flat Major, Op. 25 No. 1 (1st Version - For the Left Hand Alone)02:48
- 7Study No. 24 in A-Flat Major, Op. 25 No. 1 (2nd Version - Four Hands)02:45
- 8Study No. 25 in A-Flat Major, Op. 25 No. 1 (3rd Version)02:41
- 9Study No. 26 in F Minor, Op. 25 No. 2 (1st Version)01:52
- 10Study No. 27 F Minor, Op. 25 No. 2 (2nd Version. Waltz)02:15
- 11Study No. 28A in F Minor, Op. 25 No. 2 (3rd Version)02:23
- 12Study No. 28B in F Minor, Op. 25 No. 2 (3rd Version. Octaves)02:36
- 13Study No. 28a in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 25 No. 2 (4th Version - Left Hand Alone02:35
- 14Study No. 29 in F Major, Op. 25 No. 3 (1st Version)02:32
- 15Study No. 30 in F Major, Op. 25 No. 3 (2nd Version - Left Hand Alone)02:44
- 16Study No. 31 A Minor, Op. 25 No. 4 (1st Version - Left Hand Alone)02:43
- 17Study No. 32 in F Minor, Op. 25 No. 4 (2nd Version. Polonaise)02:06
- 18Study No. 32 in F Minor, Op. 25 No. 4 (2nd Version. Trio)02:09
- 19Study No. 33 in E Minor, Op. 25 No. 5 (1st Version)03:57
- 20Study No. 34 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 25 No. 5 (2nd Version. Mazurka)03:34
- 21Study No. 35 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 25 No. 5 (3rd Version - Left Hand Alone)04:06
- 22Study No. 36 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 25 No. 6 (Thirds)02:24
- 23Study No. 38 in D-Flat Major, Op. 25 No. 8 (Sixths)01:26
- 24Study No. 39 in F-Flat Major, Op. 25 No. 9 (1st Version)01:12
- 25Study No. 40 in G-Flat Major, Op. 25 No. 9 (2st Version - Left Hand Alone)01:32
- 26Study No. 41 in B Minor, Op. 25 No. 10 (Left Hand Alone)04:15
- 27Study No. 42 in A Minor, Op. 25 No. 1104:59
- 28Study No. 43 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 25 No. 12 (Left Hand Alone)03:39
Info for Godowsky: Studies on Chopin, Op. 25
Some of the most challenging keyboard music ever composed in a new recording of consummate artistry.
Born in 1987, Emanuele Delucchi has gained renown both in his native Italy and farther afield for his cool-headed mastery of the ‘hyper-virtuoso’ composers after Liszt who pushed the boundaries of keyboard technique to its farthest limits. He is among the foremost modern exponents of Charles-Valentin Alkan, and this is his third album for Piano Classics celebrating both the original works and transcriptions made by Leopold Godowsky.
‘For an entrée into the polyphonic world of Godowsky, Emanuele Delucchi’s programme could hardly be bettered,’ said Gramophone of Delucchi’s programme of the Passacaglia, original Poems and a selection of transcriptions (PCL0096). The performances are distinguished by ‘great technical accomplishment and a relaxed, assured empathy’: a verdict echoed by Classics Today in reviewing Delucchi’s 2017 album of the elaborations and transformations wrought by Godowsky on Chopin’s Etudes Op.10: ‘every inch a viable contender alongside the Marc-André Hamelin and Carlo Grante reference versions… Delucchi’s total comfort with and absorption of Godowsky’s serpentine idiom makes itself felt in every measure. Needless to say, I look forward to Delucchi’s performances of the remaining studies.’
This desire is now granted with the release of the complementary set of works based on Chopin’s Op.25 Etudes. Godowsky composed them over a period of decades, and they challenge every facet of the pianist’s technique, condensing some studies into a left-hand only part, adding secondary voices to others and taking still others as the basis for free variation and fantasy. He could claim without false modesty that the fingering and pedalling involved in such feats were of ‘an often revolutionary character’ and in Delucchi he has a dedicated modern advocate.
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. The present recording features Godowsky’s studies on the Etudes Op. 25 and the “3 Nouvelles Études, op. posth”.
Young Italian pianist Emanuele Delucchi has the rare ability to conquer the immense difficulties of these works and still make music of them. The two earlier Godowsky recordings by Emanuele Delucchi received rave reviews: : “Its palette of warm colours remained intact but gained a more incisive attack, allowing Delucchi’s voicing and extraordinary digital facility to be heard at its best…Delucchi is in a class of his own”, Jed Distler of Classicstoday.com wrote: “9/9: every inch a viable contender to the reference versions”.
Emanuele Delucchi, piano
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