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Clara Haskil

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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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  • 26.
    Beethoven: The Violin Sonatas / Grumiaux, Haskil
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422140 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  Clara Haskil
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  • 27.
    Schumann: Piano Concerto; Beethoven / Lipatti, Haskil
    Label: London/Decca Historic Series   Catalog: 425968 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti,  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Carlo Zecchi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Mozart: Concertos For Piano / Clara Haskill, Et Al
    Label: Claves   Catalog: 2617 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Victor Desarzens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 9 & 19, Etc / Clara Haskil, Et Al
    Label: Medici Masters   Catalog: 4 Release Date: 06/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann,  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Beethoven: Violin Sonatas / Grumiaux, Haskil
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000886502 Release Date: 05/15/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  Clara Haskil
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  • 31.
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 197 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  André Cluytens
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  • 32.
    Carl Schuricht Collection - Historical Recordings 1950-1966
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93140 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Richard Wagner,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Barry McDaniel,  Clara Haskil,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble,  Hessian Radio Chorus Frankfurt  ... 
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  • 33.
    Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert: Sonatas / Haskil
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 706061 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
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  • 34.
    Original Masters - Clara Haskil - Philips Recordings 1951-1960
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000797802 Release Date: 01/09/2007   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Maurice Ravel,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Paul Sacher,  Igor Markevitch,  Bernhard Paumgartner,  Willem van Otterloo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Hague Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 339 Release Date: 11/28/2006   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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  • 36.
    Mozart Piano Sonatas - Salzburg / Gould, Gilels, Arrau, Haskil, Curzon
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 712062 Release Date: 11/28/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon,  Emil Gilels,  Claudio Arrau,  Wilhelm Backhaus  ... 
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  • 37.
    Beethoven, Mozart: Piano Concertos / Haskil, Cluytens, Et Al
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 4249 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Schumann, Beethoven: Piano Concertos / Haskil, Et Al
    Label: Claves   Catalog: 2408 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 4225 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Paul Sacher,  Ferenc Fricsay,  Henry Swoboda
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  • 40.
    Carl Schuricht-collection - Mozart: Piano Concertos / Haskil
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93153 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 9 & 19 / Haskil, Schuricht
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93153 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No 9, Etc / Ackermann, Haskil, Rybar
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 4221 Release Date: 04/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil,  Peter Rybar
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Faszination Musik - Mozart: Piano Concertos / Haskil, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93079 Release Date: 12/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Clara Haskil In Performance - Mozart, Schumann
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1126 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht,  Pablo Casals
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strasbourg Municipal Theater Orchestra,  Prades Festival Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7779 Release Date: 03/04/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil,  Arthur Grumiaux,  Ataulfo Argenta
    Conductor:  Václáv Smetácek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 60 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
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  • 47.
    Westminster - Mozart, Beethoven: Piano Concertos / Haskil
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471264 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Henry Swoboda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winterthur Symphony Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Clara Haskil In Performance - Mozart, Beethoven
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1096 Release Date: 03/01/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Otto Klemperer,  Otto Ackermann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra,  Northwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Mozart: Symphony No 13, Concert Arias, Etc / Paumgartner, Haskil, Anda, Köth
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 572011 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Erika Köth,  Géza Anda,  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Bernhard Paumgartner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Camerata Academica
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  • 50.
    Clara Haskil At Montreux - Mozart, Hindemith
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4864 Release Date: 06/26/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
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