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Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 / Claudio Arrau, piano

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Few artists of any generation prompted such consistent praise as Arrau who embraced virtually every part of the piano repertoire, including marathon cycles of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Liszt. In Chopin's E minor Concerto, Arrau is partnered by Klemperer, in this rare 1954 recording. The Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 shows Arrau playing with great freedom in this live account from 1959. This recording appears for the very first time on CD.

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The recording quality in the Funkhaus, Cologne is excellent, somewhat superior to the (still very good) Chopin broadcast. Arrau plays with huge distinction; poetic, controlled, the trills even and measured, powerful but also agitated, and leonine in the first movement cadenza. Credit, too, goes to Dohnßnyi and the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra... Notwithstanding alternatives, the Klemperer-led Chopin makes this a very special acquisition for Arrau collectors.

Arrau is at the top of his game. His rich tone, ample rubatos, wide dynamic inflections, and ever-present left hand eschew surface symmetry and charm in favor of large-scale drama and paragraphic sweep. What is more, Arrau's impeccable pianism displays a vibrancy and note-to-note continuity...

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, Germany.


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Works Details

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Conductor: Otto Klemperer
  • Ensemble: Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 40 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Conductor: Christoph Dohnányi
  • Running Time: 35 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1805-1806