ARRAU, CLAUDIO Virtuoso Philosopher of the Piano. Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, Schubert, Tchaikovsky Grieg. EMI ICON 13cds

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Arrau Claudio Virtuoso Philosopher Of Tchaikovsky Grieg Emi Classics 13Cds

CLAUDIO ARRAU

CD1 Beethoven Piano Concertos 1 & 2 32 Variations in C Minor Woo080

CD2 Beethoven Piano Concertos 3 and 5 ‘Emperor’

CD3 Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4, Piano Sonatas 21 Waldstein and 26 Les Adieux

CD4 Beethoven Piano Sonatas No 23 Appassionata 22, 7 and 24

CD5 Beethoven Piano Sonatas No 28, 31 and 32

CD6 Brahms Piano Concerto No 1

CD7 Weber Konzertstuck – Brahms Piano Concerto No 2

CD8 Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1, Grieg Piano Concertos

CD9 Schubert Klavierstucke D946, Wanderer Fantasy, Allegretto D915, March D606

CD10 Schubert Moments musicaux D780, Chopin Piano Sonata No 3, Fantasie Op. 49

CD11 Chopin Etudes Opp. 10 and 25, 3 Nouvelles Etudes, Allegro de concert

CD12 Schumann Piano Concerto, Carnival, Chopin Tarentelle, Debussy Tarentelle styrienne, Jardins sous la pluie

Claudio Arrau, piano

Philharmonic Orchestra / Alceo Galliera, Carlo Maria Giulini

Works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, Schubert, Tchaikovsky Grieg

Claudio Arrau was born on 6th February 1903. Such was his prodigious talent that he gave his first public recital in Santiago at the age of five.

When he was nine he was sent, with support of the Chilean Government, to study in Berlin where he was a pupil of Martin Krause at Stern’s Conservatory for six years, he never went to another teacher.

He received many awards during his student days such that his name was already in circulation when he gave extensive tours in Germany and Scandinavia following his first recital in Berlin in 1914. He embarked on a tour of Europe after WW1. Conductors of the highest calibre – Nikisch, Mengelberg and Furtwängler amongst them – accompanied him.

After a successful return visit to his homeland in 1921 he visited London the following year where he appeared in a concert with Dame Nellie Melba and Bronislaw Huberman, the violinist who, at the age of 14, had won Brahms admiration for his performance of his concerto. In 1923 he toured the USA.

He joined the staff of Stern’s Conservatory in 1924 and taught there until 1940. In Berlin he played the complete works of Bach over 12 concerts but decided that the piano was not the instrument for these works and never played them in public again. Leaving Berlin in 1940 he returned to

Chile, where in its capital, Santiago, he founded a piano school. It was whilst on a highly successful tour of the USA during the following year that he decided to settle his family in New York.

Arrau’s reputation is built on his special affinity for the music of Brahms, Schumann, Liszt, Chopin and, above all, Beethoven whose complete sonatas he played in many major cities. His performances had all the virtuoso technique required but it was accomplished without the least ostentation; for him the music was what should remain in the audience’s ear and should not be disturbed by the flamboyance of the pianist in the audience’s eye.

Twenty years have passed since he departed but these recordings will bring back happy memories for all those lucky enough ever to have attended his concerts.

EMI Classics 13cds 9184322

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