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Claudio Arrau: Rarities 1929-1951

Beethoven / Arrau,Claudio
Release Date: 01/28/2014 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 639427   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsWolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van BeethovenFrédéric Chopin,   ... 
Performer:  Claudio Arrau
Conductor:  Basil Cameron
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The real “rarities” in this release are three items previously unavailable in long-playing format: a 1947 Beethoven Op. 10 No. 3 Sonata (including alternate takes of the final two movements) that proves sonically and interpretively superior to its later EMI mono LP counterpart; a fastidiously ornamented 1951 Mozart K. 570 Sonata; and a rather earthbound 1950 Chopin Fourth Scherzo. The remaining items represent major works and shorter “loose ends” omitted from the 2011 EMI Arrau Icon box set, and showcase the pianist as a young and often impetuous firebrand, rather than the rhetorical old philosopher we know from his later recordings.

– Jed Distler, Listen Magazine
The real “rarities” in this release are three items previously unavailable in long-playing format: a 1947 Beethoven Op. 10 No. 3 Sonata (including alternate takes of the final two movements) that proves sonically and interpretively superior to its later EMI mono LP counterpart; a fastidiously ornamented 1951 Mozart K. 570 Sonata; and a rather earthbound 1950 Chopin Fourth Scherzo. The remaining items represent major works and shorter “loose ends” omitted from the 2011 EMI Arrau Icon box set, and showcase the pianist as a young and often impetuous firebrand, rather than the rhetorical old philosopher we know from his later recordings.

– Jed Distler, Listen Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Conductor:  Basil Cameron
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 17 in B flat major, K 570 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1983 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 23 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 7 in D major, Op. 10 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 2 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
7.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 1 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
8.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 4 in C sharp minor, B 74 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Poland 
9.
Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
10.
Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Mallorca (Majorca),  
11.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
12.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 3 in F major, B 118 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Paris, France 
13.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 3 in G major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
14.
Préludes, Book 2: no 3, La puerta del vino by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
15.
Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11: Book 1 - no 4, Quejas ó la maja y el ruiseñor by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914-1916; Spain 
16.
Schwanengesang (Schubert), S 560: no 7, Ständchen "Leise flehen" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Geneva, Switzerland 
17.
Polish Songs (6) for Piano (Chopin), S 480: no 5, My darling by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847-1860; Weimar, Germany 
18.
Valse mélancolique, S 210 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839 
19.
Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163: no 4, Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867-1877; Rome, Italy 

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