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22 Chopin Studies By Leopold Godowsky

by Ivan Ilic

In the follow-up to his award winning recording of Debussy's 24 Préludes (Paraty 108.105), pianist Ivan Ilić takes on a new challenge: the knuckle busting 'Chopin Studies' by Leopold Godowsky.
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1. Study No. 5 In D Flat Major "Tristesse"
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2. Study No. 2 In D Flat Major "Triumphant"
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3. Study No. 22 In C Sharp Minor "Revolutionary"
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4. Study No. 35 In B Flat Minor "Cantabile"
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5. Study No. 13 In E Flat Minor "Appassionata"
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6. Study No. 40 In G Flat Major "Butterfly"
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7. Study No. 12 In G Flat Major "Black Key"
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8. Study No. 18A In F Sharp Minor "Patience"
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9. Study No. 21 In A Major "Spring Rain"
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10. Study No. 3 In A Minor "Ants"
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11. Study No. 31 In A Minor "Grasshopper"
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12. Study No. 20 In A Flat Major "Rambler"
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13. Study No. 41 In B Minor "Winter"
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14. Study No. 28A In F Sharp Minor "Autumn"
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15. Study No. 30 In F Major "Pastoral"
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16. Study No. 44 In F Minor "Yearning"
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17. Study No. 15A In E Flat Major "Miller's Wheel"
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18. Study No. 23 In A Flat Major "Aeolian Harp"
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19. Study No. 16A In G Flat Major "Luminous"
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20. Study No. 6 In C Sharp Minor "Battle"
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21. Study No. 45A In D Flat Major "Andantino"
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22. Study No. 43 In C Sharp Minor "Tempest"
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
American pianist Ivan Ilić has recorded his second CD for the French label Paraty, entitled
"22 Chopin Studies" by Leopold Godowsky.

Godowsky was a celebrity in his day: Artur Rubinstein said that “it would take him 500 years” to acquire Godowsky’s technique. Rachmaninoff wrote that “Godowsky is the only musician of this age who has given a real, lasting contribution to the development of the piano”.

But following Godowsky’s death in 1938, his compositions were largely ignored until the year 2000, when super-virtuoso pianists such as Marc-André Hamelin and Boris Berezovsky began to record and perform his works in concert.

Ivan Ilić is the latest pianist to rise to the formidable challenge. His album focuses on the 22 Studies for the left hand alone, considered among the most difficult pieces ever written for the instrument.

But there is a poetry in Ilić's interpretations which makes one forget the difficulty, and allows the listener to bask in Godowsky's rich, dark re-working of Chopin's masterpieces.

The CD is a tour de force of virtuosity and musicianship.

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Le pianiste américain Ivan Ilić vient d'enregistrer un second CD, pour le label français Paraty, intitulé "22 Etudes d'après Chopin" de Leopold Godowsky.

De son vivant, Godowsky fut d’une célébrité certaine : Arthur Rubinstein déclara qu’il lui aurait fallu 500 ans pour maîtriser la technique de Godowsky. Quant à lui, Rachmaninoff écrivit que "Godowsky est le seul musicien de cet âge a avoir tant durablement contribué à l'évolution du piano".

Toutefois, suite à la mort de Godowsky en 1938, ses compositions restèrent largement ignorées du grand public. Dans un nouvel élan à la charnière du 21eme siècle, de grands virtuoses tels que Marc-André Hamelin et Boris Berezovsky commencèrent à enregistrer et interpréter son œuvre.

Ivan Ilić est donc le dernier en date à relever ce formidable défi : son album se concentre sur les 22 études pour la main gauche seule, pièces considérées comme les plus difficiles jamais écrites pour le piano.

Malgré la grande nécessité technique, l’obstacle s’estompe et Ilić donne place à une exécution sublime, pleine de poésie. Il entraîne notre écoute dans un enchantement, celui de goûter la richesse contenue dans la ré écriture passionante des études de Chopin par Leopold Godowsky.

Ce CD est un véritable tour de force de virtuosité et de musicalité.

Danielle Paillardon et Gaëtan Robillard

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