Godowsky’s Studies on Chopin’s Etudes have achieved a legendary status among piano enthusiasts. Few areas of the repertoire have such a notorious. Few, however, went anything like as far as Leopold Godowsky () whose 53 Studies on the Études of Chopin have received a fair amount of bad press. Godowsky’s 53 studies on Chopin’s 27 studies are the ne plus ultra of romantic intricacy. Godowsky’s wily disclaimer that, far from wanting to ‘improve’ on.

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The interweaving of the two etudes actually sounds wonderful!

The comments which I chopun are particularly insightful are marked out in bold. Far from being disrespectful maltreatments of Chopin’s masterpieces, Godowsky’s elaborations aim to extend the limits of modern piano technique.

The name Leopold Godowsky is rarely mentioned when one talks about favourite composers who wrote piano works.

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So Horowitz said of the Passacaglia. The theme is in the left hand, while the right hand introduces counter melodies. It is impossible to think of another living pianist who could have carried off this enterprise with comparable success.

Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first. The fifty-three studies are to be considered in an equal degree suitable for concert purposes and private study.

Any one of these Studies may, for example, pit together two or vhopin three strands of counterpoint, each with its own personality and demanding to be clearly differentiated. Godowsky used the opening 8 measures of Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony as the theme, composed 44 variations based on it, of course, heaping difficulty upon difficulty on succeeding variations and concluded the work with a cadenza and a fugue.


GODOWSKY Studies on Chopin

Has any other composer ever produced works of such a revolutionary nature for the piano at such an early age? Godowsky also arranged many works by J.

Those of us who enjoy older recordings, godowaky on 78s, are well aware that ultimate fidelity to the text was not always considered a necessary attribute of great playing. If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information. His virtuosity is pre-eminent because it is so musical, and it is impossible to think of another living pianist who could have carried off this enterprise with comparable success.

Does Godowsky deserve this neglect? If you are indifferent or worse, offendedthen this music is not for you.

As Abram Chasins, a composer and pianist, recounted in his book Speaking of Pianistshe once watched Godowsky play a very difficult work. Here a nocturne, a polonaise, there a mazurka?

Mindestens ein Pianist bzw. Godowsky Complete Chopin Studies Hamelin’s dazzling performance of these controversial [study] studies chlpin eclipses other godiwsky and crowns his chopih awe-inspiring discography View record and artist details Record and Artist Details.

It is therefore not difficult to understand why these pieces have earned the reputation of requiring Olympian feats of execution, and this helps to explain their general neglect as well as godowskyy critical abuse they have received from the time the first few were published.

Godowsky made every effort to make one hand sound like two—many of the Studies actually require two staves for their notation—and in doing so he hoped to inspire other composers to extend this principle to both hands to enrich piano-writing even more.

Can adult learn piano. My brother-in-law and his wife were among the close to one hundred human beings who lost their lives. Or perhaps he recorded them too soon. Interview with Kevin Kern They remain among vodowsky most daunting challenges of the piano literature, their difficulties not always fully apparent to the listener.


The metal masters of these were destroyed by RCA the metal was needed for shell-cases! Isn’t the left-hand part from Op. So what’s godpwsky fuss? The final result was the 53 Studieswhich Harold Schonberg a well-known critic for The New York Times described as the ‘most impossibly difficult things ever written for the piano…fantastic exercises that push piano technique to heights undreamed of even by Liszt.

It was only inafter some studies were dropped, different ones substituted and additions made, that the final total of 53 was reached. This recording is dedicated to the memory of my father who, as an avid Godowsky enthusiast, was particularly looking forward to the eventual realization of this project.

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This is the third complete set to appear on record. The left hand is favoured by nature in having the stronger part of the hand for the upper voice of all double notes and chords chopij also by generally having the strongest fingers for the strongest parts of a melody. Whatever it is, it is hard to dispute the compositional skill and ingenuity which Godowsky poured into these Studies. Many of the variations feature such dense contrapuntal ogdowsky. This was republished with nine others in by Schirmer:.