01 June 2010
Recording of the Week: Etude No. 5, Op. 10 performed by Alfred Cortot
Ginevra House, who from 2007-2009 worked on the second phase of the Archival Sound Recordings project at the British Library Sound Archive, writes: "Cortot's strikingly original performance style is a real treat throughout the Chopin collection - I've never heard anyone get so far through the 'Black Key' etude without using the sustain pedal":
'Recording of the Week' highlights gems from the Archival Sound Recordings website, chosen by British Library experts or recommended by listeners. This week's item was originally published in 1954. It was selected from the Chopin collection, which gives online access to 1,520 recorded performances of key piano repertoire, including all the Mazurkas, Preludes, Etudes, Polonaises and more, covering a period of approximately 50 years. Further information on the Chopin collection.