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Leopold Godowsky: 22 Chopin Studies / Ivan Ilic, piano

Album Summary

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

American pianist Ivan Ili c has recorded his second CD for 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. 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 Ili c 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.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
I find this a more compelling, solid recording than Ilic's Debussy (earlier this issue). These works, roaming across the full range of the piano, make one forget that they are for the left hand only. Ilic performs effortlessly with sheer virtuosity and expressivity. Study 5 is incredibly nuanced, showing his ability to voice gorgeous lyrical lines. Other favorites include the stormy Study 43 and dark-hued Study 41. The liner notes offer a fascinating account of Ilic's process. Like the Debussy recording, he programs these in "mosaic form".

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Marcel Landowski Auditorium, Paris (07/2009/07/2010).



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Works Details

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 5 in D flat major "Tristesse"
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 2 in D flat major "Triumphant"
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 22 in C sharp minor "Revolutionary
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 35 in B flat minor "Cantabile"
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 13 in E flat minor "Appassionata"
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 40 in G flat major "Butterfly"
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 12a in G flat major "Black Key"
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 18a in F sharp minor "Patience"
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 21 in a major "Spring Rain"
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 3 in A minor "Ants"
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 31 in A minor "Grasshopper"
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 20 in A flat major "Rambler"
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 41 in B minor "Winter"
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 28a in F sharp minor "Autumn"
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 30 in F major "Pastoral"
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 44 in F minor "Yearning"
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 15a in E flat major "Miller's Whee
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 23 in A flat major "Aeolian Harp"
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 16a in G flat major "Luminous"
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 6 in C sharp minor "Battle"
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 45a in D flat major "Andantino"
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914

>Godowsky, Leopold : 22 Studies on Chopin's Etudes, for the left hand alone :: Study no 43 in C sharp minor "Tempest"
  • Performer: Ivan Ilic (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-14.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1914