Clara Haskil

Biography

Born: January 7, 1895; Bucharest, Romania   Died: December 7, 1960; Brussels, Belgium  
Romanian pianist Clara Haskil began her career as a child prodigy at the Bucharest Conservatory under Richard Robert at age 7, making her debut at the age of ten. Haskil ultimately graduated from Alfred Cortot's class at the Paris Conservatoire at 15 with the Prémier Prix to her credit. By the age of 18, however, Haskil was forced to endure the first of many physical setbacks that would hold back her career, in this case an attack of meningitis Read more that kept her in a body cast for four years. Haskil did recover, making her New York debut in 1924 and her London debut in 1926. Although it was late in her career that her name was inextricably linked with the Mozart piano concerti, at this stage Haskil was associated with Romantic literature. Her performances of the Schumann Concerto in Philadelphia with Leopold Stokowski were widely praised.

With the outbreak of war, Haskil was trapped in occupied Paris, but was able to escape to Marseilles. There she survived a surreptitious surgical procedure to remove a tumor from her optic nerve, and was then smuggled to Vevey, Switzerland, where Haskil settled for the rest of her days. With war's end she resumed her career yet again, and thereafter enjoyed her greatest successes with a busy concert and recording schedule that took her around the world. Despite her amazing stamina, she proved unable to survive a fall she suffered in a Paris railway station in 1960, and died one month short of her 66th birthday.

With Haskil, musicianship came first and technical matters were irrelevant; she had enormous hands and could play a 12th in her left hand with a fingering of 2-5. Haskil reputedly had an amazing memory, and could accurately play back a piece of music she'd heard only once, even after the passage of several years, without ever having seen the score. The Clara Haskil Prize, awarded once every two years in Vevey, Switzerland, was established in 1962 as a memorial to the pianist. Read less
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  • 1.
    Ferenc Fricsay: Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon, Vol. 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002132602 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Tibor Varga,  Helmut Krebs,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 2.
    The Westminster Legacy
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001999302 Release Date: 02/18/2014   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Sena Jurinac,  Lucretia West,  Hans Loeffler,  Frederick Guthrie  ... 
    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen,  Pierre Monteux,  René Leibowitz,  Erich Leinsdorf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Academy Chamber Chorus  ... 
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    Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Franck, Liszt, Schumann,Tschaikowskij, Bartok
    Label: United Classics   Catalog: 2013018 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Alceo Galliera,  Eduard Van Beinum,  Otto Ackermann
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 9 & 19 / Haskil, Schuricht, Stuttgart Radio Symphony
    Label: Phil.harmonie   Catalog: 6017 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 5.
    Lucerne Festival Historic Performances - Mozart, Beethoven / Haskil, Casadesus
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95623 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Clara Haskil,  Robert Casadesus
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer,  Dimitri Mitropoulos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 4249 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
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  • 7.
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 4221 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil,  Peter Rybar
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
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  • 8.
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 22358 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Willem van Otterloo
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  • 9.
    Carl Schuricht & Clara Haskil Perform Beethoven: The 1940s Decca 'K' Recordings
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 9819 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum,  Reginald Goodall,  Carl Schuricht,  Carlo Zecchi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.,  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 10.
    The Art Of The Violin
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 7010 Release Date: 03/28/2013   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms,  Edouard Lalo,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Eduard Van Beinum,  Jean Fournet,  Bernhard Paumgartner  ... 
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  • 11.
    Philips Original Jackets Collection  [55-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001767702 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elisabeth Unger,  Claudio Arrau,  Thomas Zehetmair  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Bernard Haitink,  Frans Brüggen,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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  • 12.
    Concertos De Schumann Et Chopin
    Label: Tahra   Catalog: 736 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
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  • 13.
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 10131 Release Date: 05/25/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Pablo Casals,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Dinu Lipatti,  Walter Gieseking  ... 
    Conductor:  Piero Coppola,  Leonard Bernstein,  Henry Adolph,  Josef Krips  ... 
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  • 14.
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0197 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  André Cluytens
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    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0339 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Alceo Galliera,  Otto Klemperer
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    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0060 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
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  • 17.
    The 20th Century Piano Concerto Vol 1 - Prokofiev, Falla, Gershwin, Bartok, Stravinsky, Ravel
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462859 Release Date: 01/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Manuel de Falla,  George Gershwin,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Byron Janis,  Clara Haskil,  Eugene List,  Stephen Kovacevich  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Igor Markevitch,  Howard Hanson,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Clara Haskil Edition [17 CDs]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001492402 Release Date: 11/30/2010   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Manuel de Falla,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Clara Haskil,  Arthur Grumiaux
    Conductor:  Paul Sacher,  Bernhard Paumgartner,  Igor Markevitch,  Ferenc Fricsay  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    111 More Classic Tracks [6-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001483202 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Maurice André,  Stefan Askenase,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Karel Ancerl,  Hans Stadlmair,  John Nelson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Mozart: Piano Concerto Kv 271, 415, 459, 466 & 488 / Haskil
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 403 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Paul Sacher,  Ferenc Fricsay,  Henry Swoboda
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  • 21.
    Clara Haskil Plays Beethoven
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 9057 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Clara Haskil Plays Schumann
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 9058 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No 17 & 18 / Clara Haskil
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420088 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
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  • 24.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 20 & 24 / Haskil, Markevitch
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412254 Release Date: 12/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Piano Masterworks - The World's Favourite Piano Classics - Bach, Debussy, Etc / Argerich, Arrau, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B001206502 Release Date: 12/16/2009   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Friedrich Gulda,  Wilhelm Kempff  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Eliahu Inbal,  Horst Stein,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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