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Arrau heroically charts Chopin's course as he crosses and recrosses the boundary between tragic awareness and comic benediction.
The digital re-mastering of the splendidly clear and full-bodied original appears to have marginally lightened the sound, modifying it in a direction which most collectors will not find unpleasing in Chopin. Much has been made of the seriousness of Arrau's way with the Waltzes. True, there are probably too many hesitations and agogic deviations to make this performance of the Minute Waltz suitable for use as preface to the bland loquacity of Radio 4's Just A Minute; but, then, Arrau has never treated Chopin as upmarket Muzak. Brought up on Lipatti's famous recording of the Waltzes, I find no
difficulty in hearing this wonderfully protean music in Arrau's aristocratic and searching readings. Because his performances have grandeur, there is no reason to think they must lack brilliance: the Grand valse brillante in E flat, Op. 18 is here both grand and brilliant. Arrau is at his greatest, it is true, in the minor-key waltzes and in something like the A flat Waltz, Op. 69 No. 1, a song of autumn which none the less recalls the vital rhythms and primary colours of high summer. To hear Arrau at his most revealing, turn to the A minor Waltz, Op. 34 No. 2 or to the C sharp minor Waltz, Op. 64 No. 2 where Arrau heroically charts Chopin's course as he crosses and recrosses the boundary between tragic awareness and comic benediction.
-- Gramophone [3/1983]
Works on This Recording
Waltz No.1 in E flat, Op.18 -"Grande valse brillante"
Waltz No.2 in A flat, Op.34 No.1 - "Valse brillante"
Waltz No.3 in A minor, Op.34 No.2
Waltz No.4 in F, Op.34 No.3
Waltz No.5 in A flat, Op.42 - "Grande valse"
Waltz No.6 in D flat, Op.64 No.1 -"Minute"
Waltz No.7 in C sharp minor, Op.64 No.2
Waltz No.8 in A flat, Op.64 No.3
Waltz No.9 in A flat, Op.69 No.1 -"Farewell"
Waltz No.10 in B minor, Op.69 No.2
Waltz No.11 in G flat, Op.70 No.1
Waltz No.12 in F minor/A flat, Op.70 No.2
Waltz No.13 in D flat, Op.70 No.3
Waltz No.14 in E minor, Op.posth.
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