Godowsky - Studies on Chopin op.25 | Piano Classics PCL10182

Godowsky - Studies on Chopin op.25

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Label: Piano Classics

Cat No: PCL10182

Barcode: 5029365101820

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 15th March 2019



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.

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