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Chopin: Etudes Op 10 & Op 25 / Claudio Arrau


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 61016   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

With Arrau, prestidigitation is always subservient to expression. He makes each piece wholly and uniquely his own.

Arrau was just 53 when recording these studies in 1956: their CD issue comes just in time for his 85th birthday on the 6th of this month. No one could mistake the digitally remastered mono sound for a brand new product, but in its tonal body and depth it's immediately recognizable as echt Arrau. Thanks to his judicious use of the right pedal there is also exceptional textural clarity as well as warmth. No doubt many of today's younger tigers would dash these pieces off with a more streamlined virtuosity. With Arrau, prestidigitation is always subservient to expression. He makes each piece wholly and
Read more uniquely his own, often with a very personal recourse to rubato to make the music speak—as in the caprice of the opening and closing sections of Op. 25 No. 6 in E minor, and the melody emerging from the fanciful chordal spreadings of Op. 10 No. II in E flat. The Trois nouvelles etudes are particularly arresting in this respect: I have rarely heard a more intimately inflected reading of these three later pieces.

-- Gramophone [2/1988]
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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 
Date of Recording: 1956 
2.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1956 
3.
Nouvelles Etudes (3) for Piano, B 130 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1956 

Sound Samples

Etudes Op. 10 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 1 in C major
Etudes Op. 10 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 2 in A minor
Etudes Op. 10 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 3 in E major
Etudes Op. 10 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 4 in C sharp minor
Etudes Op. 10 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 5 in G flat major
Etudes Op. 10 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 6 in E flat minor
Etudes Op. 10 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 7 in C major
Etudes Op. 10 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 8 in F major
Etudes Op. 10 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 9 in F minor
Etudes Op. 10 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 10 in A flat major
Etudes Op. 10 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 11 in E flat major
Etudes Op. 10 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 12 in C minor ('Revolutionary')
10 Etudes Op. 25 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 1 in A flat major ('Harp Study')
10 Etudes Op. 25 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 2 in F minor
10 Etudes Op. 25 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 3 in F major
10 Etudes Op. 25 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 4 in A minor
10 Etudes Op. 25 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 5 in E minor
10 Etudes Op. 25 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 6 in G sharp minor
10 Etudes Op. 25 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 7 in C sharp minor
10 Etudes Op. 25 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 8 in D flat major
10 Etudes Op. 25 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 9 in G flat major ('Butterfly's Wings')
10 Etudes Op. 25 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 10 in B minor
10 Etudes Op. 25 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 11 in A minor ('Winter Wind')
10 Etudes Op. 25 (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 12 in C minor
3 Nouvelles Etudes Op. posth (pur la "Méthode des Méthodes" de Moscheles) (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 1 in F minor
3 Nouvelles Etudes Op. posth (pur la "Méthode des Méthodes" de Moscheles) (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 2 in D flat major
3 Nouvelles Etudes Op. posth (pur la "Méthode des Méthodes" de Moscheles) (1987 Digital Remaster): No. 3 in A flat major

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