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Chopin: Etudes / Claudio Arrau


Release Date: 03/06/2007 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 79987   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



CHOPIN Études: op. 10; op. 25; Nouvelles études. Allegro de concert in A Claudio Arrau (pn) EMI 79987 (79:45)


Perhaps, given the length and astonishing breadth of his career, it matters less with Claudio Arrau than with others, but these robust 1959 recordings were made when the pianist was in his prime, in his mid-fifties. Amusingly, he stated that he found the études of other pianists too “lacy.” Evidently he wanted to remind Read more us that, for all their frequent poetry, these pieces are meant to be schools for technique. He is therefore not afraid to be analytical at times, at times even a bit clunky. If Horowitz’s rendition of the Étude in F of op. 10 is all quicksilver, his right hand flowing over the keys in seemingly effortless ripples, Arrau points out the harmonic underpinning of the piece, striking the series of single low notes with dramatic emphasis, as if to remind us where each bar starts. He plays each note of the first piece of op. 10 with an astonishing clarity. And so on through both sets of these marvelous pieces. Arrau plays with precision, holding back on the pedal, elucidating the structure and demonstrating the challenges of each étude, playing charmingly the delightful melody of the Étude in A?, op. 25 without submerging or blurring the difficult passagework that probably was the point of the piece for Chopin. Arrau’s deep and rich sound is beautifully captured on this reissue.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1833; Poland 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 28 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London (06/15/1956 - 09/05/1956) 
2.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 32 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London (06/15/1956 - 09/05/1956) 
3.
Nouvelles Etudes (3) for Piano, B 130 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London (06/15/1956 - 09/05/1956) 
4.
Allegro de concert in A major, B 72/Op. 46 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1841; Paris, France 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 12 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London (06/15/1956 - 09/05/1956) 

Sound Samples

12 Études Op. 10 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 1 in C major
12 Études Op. 10 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 2 in A minor
12 Études Op. 10 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 3 in E major
12 Études Op. 10 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 4 in C sharp minor
12 Études Op. 10 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 5 in G flat major
12 Études Op. 10 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 6 in E flat minor
12 Études Op. 10 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 7 in C major
12 Études Op. 10 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 8 in F major
12 Études Op. 10 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 9 in F minor
12 Études Op. 10 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 10 in A flat major
12 Études Op. 10 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 11 in E flat major
12 Études Op. 10 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 12 in C minor ('Revolutionary')
12 Études Op. 25 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 1 in A flat major ('Harp Study')
12 Études Op. 25 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 2 in F minor
12 Études Op. 25 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 3 in F major
12 Études Op. 25 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 4 in A minor
12 Études Op. 25 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 5 in E minor
12 Études Op. 25 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 6 in G sharp minor
12 Études Op. 25 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 7 in C sharp minor
12 Études Op. 25 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 8 in D flat major
12 Études Op. 25 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 9 in G flat major ('Butterfly's Wings')
12 Études Op. 25 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 10 in B minor
12 Études Op. 25 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 11 in A minor ('Winter Wind')
12 Études Op. 25 (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 12 in C minor
3 Nouvelles Etudes Op. posth (pur la "Méthode des Méthodes" de Moscheles) (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 1 in F minor
3 Nouvelles Etudes Op. posth (pur la "Méthode des Méthodes" de Moscheles) (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 2 in D flat major
3 Nouvelles Etudes Op. posth (pur la "Méthode des Méthodes" de Moscheles) (2007 Digital Remaster): No. 3 in A flat major
Allegro de concert in A Op.46 (2007 Digital Remaster)

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