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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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  • 51.
    Philips 50 - Mozart: The Violin Concertos / Grumiaux, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 464722 Release Date: 04/23/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil,  Arthur Grumiaux
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Clara Haskil - The Salzburg Recital - 8 August 1957
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1059 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
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  • 53.
    Merit - Haskil & Cluytens - Mozart, Beethoven
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4863 Release Date: 02/22/2000   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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  • 54.
    Merit - Haskil/Grumiaux - Besançon Festival Recital
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4860 Release Date: 02/22/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Clara Haskil,  Arthur Grumiaux
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  • 55.
    Merit - Clara Haskil In Performance - Mozart: Concertos
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4715 Release Date: 07/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Otto Ackermann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Favorite Piano Concertos Vol 1 - Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven...
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 462176 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Charles Litolff,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Misha Dichter,  Byron Janis,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Alfred Brendel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Antal Doráti,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 57.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 19 & 27, Etc / Haskil, Fricsay
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 449722 Release Date: 07/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian State Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Brahms, Busoni, Mozart / Clara Haskil, Peter Rybar, Et Al
    Label: Doron Music   Catalog: 4007 Release Date: 01/30/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ferruccio Busoni
    Performer:  Carl-Heinz Jucker,  Oskar Kromer,  Peter Rybar,  Clemens Dahinden  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winterthur Quartet
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  • 59.
    Hindemith: Symphony In Bb;  Berg / Hindemith, Bavarian Rso
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 197891 Release Date: 04/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Carl Seemann,  Wolfgang Marschner,  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Casals Edition - Bach: Concertos
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 58982 Release Date: 02/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Clara Haskil,  Isaac Stern,  Marcel Tabuteau,  Eugene Istomin  ... 
    Conductor:  Pablo Casals
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prades Festival Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Mozart: 4 Sonatas For Piano And Violin / Grumiaux, Haskil
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412253 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  Clara Haskil
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  • 62.
    Schumann: Piano Concerto, Kinderszen / Clara Haskil
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420851 Release Date: 03/10/1988   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Willem van Otterloo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Philharmonic Orchestra
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