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Chopin: Waltzes / Claudio Arrau


Release Date: 06/01/1983 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 4000252   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

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
Read more 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]
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Works on This Recording

1. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1838 
2. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
3. Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1835 
4. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1841 
5. Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
6. Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France; Paris, France 
7. Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 

Sound Samples

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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