Alfred Cortot

Piano

Schubert Club Performances:

  • January 30, 1923
  • November 9, 1926

Artist note by Richard Evidon

This legendary French pianist was also a distinguished teacher and, with violinist Jacques Thibaud and cellist Pablo Casals, a member of the finest piano trio of the early 20th century. Here he is playing two Chopin waltzes, filmed in a Paris studio in 1943:

In this haunting film clip from a 1953 masterclass in Paris, Cortot interprets “The Poet Speaks”, the last piece from Schumann’s Kinderszenen (“Scenes from Childhood”):

An extensive, highly informative segment devoted to Cortot in the video documentary The Art of Piano begins at 0:56 of this clip:

From the Schubert Club Archive:

Schubert Club event calendar for the 1922-23 season showing Cortot’s concert scheduled for January 30, 1923, at People’s Church in St. Paul

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Schubert Club event calendar for the 1926-27 season showing Cortot’s concert scheduled for November 9, 1926, at People’s Church in St. Paul

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