Claudio Arrau - Complete Philips Recordings (80CD)

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Claudio Arrau

Balancing invincible technical accuracy and virtuosity with rigorous intellectual and spiritual stimulation, Claudio Arrau played to probe, divine and to interpret the will of the composer, always faithful to the text. He viewed technique and virtuosity as inseparable from musical expression and constantly stressed the expressive, spiritual and creative power of virtuosity while downplaying its sensational aspect and suffusing every note with meaning. Eschewing superfluous gestures, his naturally relaxed manner of playing resulted in a very distinctive sound of amazing clarity, great tonal depth, nuance and beauty which could fill a concert hall with no apparent physical tension.

Arrau’s career spanned the developments in sound recording from the acoustic era to modern digital recording and he emerged on those upland plateaus where the real heroes of music dwell. But he never remained on those plateaus as he explained in an interview in 1960: “It’s a question of evolution. Any artist who is alive develops all the time and what he thought was good a week ago is bad a week later.” Through the best part of the 20th Century, every recording of Arrau’s was considered an event. This was much helped by the close and warm, glorious sound the Philips engineers gave him on his records, starting with the Beethoven sonata cycle through to his recording of Bach’s G Major Partita, recorded only months before his death at the age of 88 in 1991.

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Features:

  • Limited Edition 80-CD set presenting Claudio Arrau’s complete Philips and American Decca recordings plus his live recording of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 with Leonard Bernstein (Amnesty International) on Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Arrau was among the most deeply satisfying interpreters of Mozart, Brahms, Schumann, Liszt, Chopin and particularly Beethoven.
  • Includes recordings with Sir Collin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Leonard Bernstein, Henryk Szeryng, János Starker and Arthur Grumiaux
  • Includes 2 previously unreleased interviews with Claudio Arrau: An introduction to the Beethoven Concertos – made for the original 1964 LP release with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Bernard Haitink; Thoughts on the Beethoven Sonatas (1970)
  • 180pp perfect bound book, including: New essay by pianophile and recording producer Jeremy Hayes (E/F/G); Many unseen photographs from the Philips/Decca archive and original sleeves; Recording and Work indices

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Highlights:

  • Two cycles of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos (Royal Concertgebow Orchestra/ Haitink, 1962; Staatskapelle Dresden/Davis, 1984-1987)
  • Two cycles of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas (analogue and digital) (Op.27 no. 2 “Moonlight” and Op.106 “Hammerklavier” were not recorded in the latter)
  • Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Bernard Haitink conducting, as well as six of the sonatas for violin and some of Beethoven’s sets of variations
  • Liszt’s Ballade No.2, Transcendental Studies, and the Piano Concertos (London Symphony Orchestra/ Davis)
  • Chopin Nocturns (Awarded the Diapason d’or de l’année), plus Préludes, Ballades, Waltzes and Scherzi
  • Schubert sonatas and impromptus
  • Mozart Piano Sonatas 1-18
  • Two recordings of Schumann’s Piano Concerto (Boston Symphony Orchestra/ Davis; RCO/Dohnányi), plus his Davidsbündlertanze and Noveletten,
  • Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 (Boston Symphony Orchestra/Davis)
  • Two recordings of Greig’s Piano Concerto in A minor (Boston Symphony Orchestra/Davis; RCO/Dohnányi)
  • Brahms’ Piano Concertos (RCO/Haitink)
  • Debussy’s Préludes (Books I & II), Images (Book II) and Suite bergamasque
  • Bach Partitas
  • A live recording of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 with Leonard Bernstein (Amnesty International)
  • Two previously unreleased interviews with Claudio Arrau

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Complete Tracklisting:

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-32 (Complete)

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • analogue recording

Beethoven: Eroica Variations, Op. 35

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • analogue recording

Beethoven: Variations (6) for Piano on an Original Theme in F major, Op. 34

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • analogue recording

Beethoven: Variations (32) on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • analogue recording

Beethoven: Rondo in C major, Op. 51 No. 1

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • analogue recording

Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

  • Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Bernard Haitink
  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Beethoven: Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

  • Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Bernard Haitink
  • Henryk Szeryng (violin), Janos Starker (cello), Claudio Arrau (piano)

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12 No. 1

  • Arthur Grumiaux (violin), Claudio Arrau (piano)

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 12 No. 2

  • Arthur Grumiaux (violin), Claudio Arrau (piano)

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23

  • Arthur Grumiaux (violin), Claudio Arrau (piano)

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 'Spring'

  • Arthur Grumiaux (violin), Claudio Arrau (piano)

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2

  • Arthur Grumiaux (violin), Claudio Arrau (piano)

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 No. 3

  • Arthur Grumiaux (violin), Claudio Arrau (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2 No. 2

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10 No. 1

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10 No. 2

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14 No. 1

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14 No. 2

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major, Op. 22

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 'March Funebre'

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 No. 1 'Quasi una fantasia'

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale'

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 16 in G major, Op. 31 No. 1

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest'

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 No. 3 'The Hunt'

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49 No. 1

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49 No. 2

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)
  • digital recording

Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

  • Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Colin Davis
  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 1 in C, K279

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 2 in F, K280

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 3 in B flat, K281

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major K282

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 5 in G, K283

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 7 in C, K309

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 9 in D major, K311

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K330

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K331 'Alla Turca'

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K332

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 13 in B flat major, K333

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K457

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 15 in F major, K533 / 494

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major, K545 'Facile'

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, K576 'Hunt'

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mozart: Rondo in D major, K485

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mozart: Rondo in A minor, K511

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mozart: Adagio in B minor, K540

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mozart: Fantasia in D minor, K397

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mozart: Fantasia in C minor, K475

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, D664

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schubert: Klavierstücke (3), D946

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schubert: 4 Impromptus, D935

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schubert: 4 Impromptus, D899

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schubert: Moments Musicaux (6), D780, Op. 94

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

  • London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Eliahu Inbal
  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

  • London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Eliahu Inbal
  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Chopin: Preludes (24), Op. 28

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Chopin: Ballades Nos. 1-4

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Chopin: Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Chopin: Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Chopin: Scherzi Nos. 1-4

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Chopin: Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61 'Polonaise-fantaisie'

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Chopin: Nocturnes Nos. 1-21

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Chopin: Waltzes Nos. 1-19

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Chopin: Variations on Mozart's 'La ci darem la mano' in B flat major, Op. 2

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Chopin: Fantasia in A major on Polish Airs, Op. 13

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Colin Davis
  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Abegg Variations, Op. 1

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Papillons, Op. 2

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Nachtstücke, Op. 23

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 11

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 111

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Études symphoniques, Op. 13

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Arabeske in C major, Op. 18

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Waldszenen, Op. 82

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Blumenstück, Op. 19

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Humoreske, Op. 20

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Novelletten (8), Op. 21

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Romances (3), Op. 28

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Colin Davis
  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Colin Davis
  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Liszt: Trois Etudes de concert

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Liszt: Chants Polonais after Chopin (6), S480

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Liszt: Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (Nocturne in A flat major)

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Liszt: Transcendental Studies, S139 Nos. 1-12

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Liszt: Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto, S.434 after Verdi's opera

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, 1ère année, Suisse (9 pieces), S. 160

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, 2ème année, Italie (7 pieces), S. 161

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Liszt: Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S171 / R16

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Liszt: Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 3)

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Liszt: Funérailles (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 7)

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Liszt: Valse oubliée No. 1, S.215 / 1

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

  • Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Bernard Haitink
  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

  • Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Bernard Haitink
  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Brahms: Ballades (4), Op. 10

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Brahms: Variations on a theme by Paganini in A minor, Op. 35

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 2

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Brahms: Scherzo in E flat minor, Op. 4

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Colin Davis
  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Colin Davis
  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

  • Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Christoph von Dohnanyi
  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

  • Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Christoph von Dohnanyi
  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Debussy: Préludes - Book 1

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Debussy: Préludes - Book 2

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Debussy: Images pour piano - Book 2

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Debussy: Suite Bergamasque

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Bach, J S: Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV825

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Bach, J S: Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV826

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Bach, J S: Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV827

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Bach, J S: Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV829

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Liszt: Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S171 / R16

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Chopin: Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Beethoven: Eroica Variations, Op. 35

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 'Hammerklavier'

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 'March Funebre'

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Chopin: Scherzi Nos. 1-4

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Chopin: Ballades Nos. 1-4

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Chopin: Impromptus Nos. 1-4

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Chopin: Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Balakirev: Islamey - Oriental Fantasy

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

  • Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
  • Leonard Bernstein
  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

  • Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
  • Leonard Bernstein
  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Beethoven: Andante Favori in F, WoO 57

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)

Beethoven: Variations (32) on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80

  • Claudio Arrau (piano)