24 Preludes, Op. 28
12 Etudes Op. 10; 12 Etudes Op. 25; Trois nouvelles études
Sonata No. 2 in Bb minor, Funeral March, Op. 35
Recorded 1928 and 1931
Contains all the known
recordings made by the legendary French pianist Robert Lortat
Lortat studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Louis Diémer
(1843-1919} who is considered the father of the modern French
piano school and who was the teacher of Alfred Cortot and Robert
Casadesus. Diémer G&T recording of Chopin's Nocturne
Op. 27 No. 2 made in 1904 is one of the earliest ever recording
Lortat, who won several top prizes and distinctions, toured France,
Germany, England and North America playing recitals consisting
of all-Chopin programs presented as "complete" in cycles
of six recitals.
He was conscripted to the French army during the First World War
and was a casualty of a poison gas attack causing chronic ill-health
thereafter. His concerts activity was curtailed, but he continued
mainly as a teacher.
His Chopin recordings (which are highly sought after by record
collectors), being among the earliest such projects ever made,
reveal a consummate, distinctive musical personality with authoritative
style and fluent, well-controlled technique.