Claudio Arrau: The 80th Birthday Recital / Beethoven, Debussy, Liszt & Chopin [DVD]

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 1
>Liszt, Franz : Annees de pelerinage no 3, S 163
>Liszt, Franz : Ballade for Piano no 2 in B minor, S 171
>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Euroarts presents the fourth release of the successful 4-part Signature Performance series featuring Claudio Arrau. Claudio Arrau, one of the twentieth century's greatest pianists, performed this concert at New York City's Avery Fisher Hall in 1983 to celebrate his 80th birthday. In a full concert hall, Arrau demonstrates how he earned this reputation, and why he still deserves it. A Herculean performance of two Beethoven sonatas, the 'Waldstein' and 'Appassionata', is followed by music of Debussy, Liszt and Chopin. In these six works, we see the truth of Arrau's own words that 'an interpreter must give his blood to the work interpreted.'

Ritmo
Five years earlier, Arrau celebrated his 80th birthday-cake-including the Avery Fisher Hall in New York with a concert that took a shot on video, as well as audio. Same thing, what was heard there was more to the artist, the musician, the pianist. He played the Waldstein and Appassionata, Reflets dans l'eau, the first book of Images, Debussy, Les Jeux d'Eaux a la Villa d'Este and the Ballade No.2 , Liszt, and the Scherzo No. 1, Chopin. All very impressive, but particularly Debussy. What he took, Beethoven, who, despite everything, had, in both sonatas, sublime moments.

BBC Music Magazine
Aristocratic pianism, remarkable from a man of 80, warmly embracing Beethoven's Waldstein and Appassionata Sonatas. Debussy's Reflets dans l'eau is a highlight.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 111 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1803-1804

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1804-1805

>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 1 :: I. Reflets dans l'eau
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163 :: no 4, Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1867-1877

>Liszt, Franz : Ballade for Piano no 2 in B minor, S 171
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831-1832