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Claudio Arrau - The Complete Victor and Columbia Album Collection, 1941-1952; Works by Strauss, Beethoven, Chopin, Bach, Liszt, & more / Claudio Arrau, piano, various artists [12 CDs]

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 5 in G major, K. 283 (K. 189h)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D major ("Trumpet", "Hunt"), K. 576
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasy for Piano in C minor, K 475
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 8 in F major, BWV 779
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard no 6 in E major, BWV 792 (BC L47)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 15 in B minor, BWV 801
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 2 in C minor, BWV 773
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard no 2 in C minor, BWV 788 (BC L43)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention, for keyboard no 6 in E major, BWV 777 (BC L47)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Sonata for Piano no 1 in C major ("Perpetuum Mobile"), J. 138 (Op. 24)
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (6) for Piano in F major on an Original Theme, Op. 34
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (15) and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica"
>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
>Strauss, Richard : Burleske for piano & orchestra (or 2 pianos) in D minor, o.Op. 85 (TrV 145, AV 85)
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Konzertstück for piano & orchestra in F minor, J. 282 (Op. 79)
>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : Iberia Suite for piano, B. 47, Book 1
>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : Iberia Suite for piano, B. 47, Book 2
>Debussy, Claude : Pour le piano, suite for piano, L. 95
>Debussy, Claude : Estampes (3) for Piano
>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 1
>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 2
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
>Chopin, Frédéric : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Fantasy (Fantasie über ungarische Volksmelodien), for piano & orchestra, S. 123 (LW H12)
>Schumann, Robert : Kreisleriana
>Schumann, Robert : Arabeske for piano in C major, Op. 18
>Chopin, Frédéric : Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
>Schubert, Franz : Allegretto for Piano in C minor, D 915
>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit M 55
>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9)
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Newly remastered from the original analogue disks and tapes using 24bit/96 kHz technology. Features a previously unreleased recording of Mozart's Fantasia in C Minor, K. 475 from December 15, 1941. Specially priced 12-CD box set. Booklet includes complete discographical information.

Claudio Arrau (1903 - 1991) was a singular figure among the great pianists of his time, who strived to fuse the best that nineteenth- and twentieth-century performing traditions had to offer. Arrau's 1941 - 1952 American recordings for Victor and Columbia represent the pianist on prime form at one of the peaks of his long career. Sony brings this body of work together for the first time in a comprehensive edition, vividly remastered from the original sources. The Complete Victor and Columbia Album Collection reflects Arrau's textually scrupulous yet highly personal mastery of many styles had matured and ripened, while retaining the fire and ardency of his youth. Arrau's Mozart, Weber and Chopin probe beyond the music's surface charm, as do the luminous and full-bodied Spanish and French Impressionist selections. Cumulative momentum and thoughtful detail characterize Arrau's Beethoven and Schumann while the extraordinary technical finish of his Liszt transcends mere virtuosity and bravura.

Born in Chillán, Chile, on February 6, 1903, Arrau gave his first recital at five. Three years later the Chilean government awarded the prodigy a ten-year grant to study in Germany. Martin Krause, one of Liszt's last pupils, nurtured the young pianist, gave him daily lessons, supervised his practice, and took him to concerts, museums, and the opera. At 24 Arrau won the 1927 International Geneva Prize, and embarked on his legendary cyclical programs encompassing the complete sonatas of Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert and Weber, plus all of Bach's solo keyboard in twelve Berlin concerts. A triumphant 1941 Carnegie Hall recital launched Arrau's American career, and his international profile came into focus with numerous worldwide tours, honors, prizes and recording sessions that continued up until his death on June 9, 1991 in Mürzzuschlag, Austria.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: CBS 30th Street Recording Studio, New York, NY (01/1942/03/1942); Liederkranz Hall, New York, NY (01/1942/03/1942); Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI (01/1942/03/1942); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (01/1942/03/1942); Orchestra Hall, Chicago, IL (01/1942/03/1942); Philadelphia, Academy of Music (01/1942/03/1942); RCA Victor Studio No. 1, New York, NY (01/1942/03/1942); RCA Victor Studio No. 2, NY (01/1942/03/1942); CBS 30th Street Recording Studio, New York, NY (02/05/1951); Liederkranz Hall, New York, NY (02/05/1951); Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI (02/05/1951); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (02/05/1951); Orchestra Hall, Chicago, IL (02/05/1951); Philadelphia, Academy of Music (02/05/1951); RCA Victor Studio No. 1, New York, NY (02/05/1951); RCA Victor Studio No. 2, NY (02/05/1951); CBS 30th Street Recording Studio, New York, NY (02/17/1949); Liederkranz Hall, New York, NY (02/17/1949); Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI (02/17/1949); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (02/17/1949); Orchestra Hall, Chicago, IL (02/17/1949); Philadelphia, Academy of Music (02/17/1949); RCA Victor Studio No. 1, New York, NY (02/17/1949); RCA Victor Studio No. 2, NY (02/17/1949); CBS 30th Street Recording Studio, New York, NY (02/17/1949/02/25/1949); Liederkranz Hall, New York, NY (02/17/1949/02/25/1949); Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI (02/17/1949/02/25/1949); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (02/17/1949/02/25/1949); Orchestra Hall, Chicago, IL (02/17/1949/02/25/1949); Philadelphia, Academy of Music (02/17/1949/02/25/1949); RCA Victor Studio No. 1, New York, NY (02/17/1949/02/25/1949); RCA Victor Studio No. 2, NY (02/17/1949/02/25/1949); CBS 30th Street Recording Studio, New York, NY (02/17/1952); Liederkranz Hall, New York, NY (02/17/1952); Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI (02/17/1952); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (02/17/1952); Orchestra Hall, Chicago, IL (02/17/1952); Philadelphia, Academy of Music (02/17/1952); RCA Victor Studio No. 1, New York, NY (02/17/1952); RCA Victor Studio No. 2, NY (02/17/1952); CBS 30th Street Recording Studio, New York, NY (02/20/1941); Liederkranz Hall, New York, NY (02/20/1941); Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI (02/20/1941); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (02/20/1941); Orchestra Hall, Chicago, IL (02/20/1941); Philadelphia, Academy of Music (02/20/1941); RCA Victor Studio No. 1, New York, NY (02/20/1941); RCA Victor Studio No. 2, NY (02/20/1941); CBS 30th Street Recording Studio, New York, NY (02/22/1952); Liederkranz Hall, New York, NY (02/22/1952); Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI (02/22/1952); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (02/22/1952); Orchestra Hall, Chicago, IL (02/22/1952); Philadelphia, Academy of Music (02/22/1952); RCA Victor Studio No. 1, New York, NY (02/22/1952); RCA Victor Studio No. 2, NY (02/22/1952); CBS 30th Street Recording Studio, New York, NY (02/24/1941); Liederkranz Hall, New York, NY (02/24/1941); Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI (02/24/1941); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (02/24/1941); Orchestra Hall, Chicago, IL (02/24/1941); Philadelphia, Academy of Music (02/24/1941); RCA Victor Studio No. 1, New York, NY (02/24/1941); RCA Victor Studio No. 2, NY (02/24/1941); CBS 30th Street Recording Studio, New York, NY (02/24/1941/02/25/1941); Liederkranz Hall, New York, NY (02/24/1941/02/25/1941); Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI (02/24/1941/02/25/1941); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (02/24/1941/02/25/1941); Orchestra Hall, Chicago, IL (02/24/1941/02/25/1941); Philadelphia, Academy of Music (02/24/1941/02/25/1941); RCA Victor Studio No. 1, New York, NY (02/24/1941/02/25/1941); RCA Victor Studio No. 2, NY (02/24/1941/02/25/1941); CBS 30th Street Recording Studio, New York, NY (02/24/1941/02/27/2941); Liederkranz Hall, New York, NY (02/24/1941/02/27/2941); Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI (02/24/1941/02/27/2941); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (02/24/1941/02/27/2941); Orchestra Hall, Chicago, IL (02/24/1941/02/27/2941); Philadelphia, Academy of Music (02/24/1941/02/27/2941); RCA Victor Studio No. 1, New York, NY (02/24/1941/02/27/2941); RCA Victor Studio No. 2, NY (02/24/1941/02/27/2941); CBS 30th Street Recording Studio, New York, NY (02/24/1941/12/18/1941); Liederkranz Hall, New York, NY (02/24/1941/12/18/1941); Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI (02/24/1941/12/18/1941); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (02/24/1941/12/18/1941); Orchestra Hall, Chicago, IL (02/24/1941/12/18/1941); Philadelphia, Academy of Music (02/24/1941/12/18/1941); RCA Victor Studio No. 1, New York, NY (02/24/1941/12/18/1941); RCA Victor Studio No. 2, NY (02/24/1941/12/18/1941); CBS 30th Street Recording Studio, New York, NY (02/25/1941); Liederkranz Hall, New York, NY (02/25/1941); Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI (02/25/1941); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (02/25/1941); Orchestra Hall, Chicago, IL (02/25/1941); Philadelphia, Academy of Music (02/25/1941); RCA Victor Studio No. 1, New York, NY (02/25/1941); RCA Victor Studio No. 2, NY (02/25/1941); CBS 30th Street Recording Studio, New York, NY (02/25/1941/02/27/1941); Liederkranz Hall, New York, NY (02/25/1941/02/27/1941); Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI (02/25/1941/02/27/1941).



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 5 in G major, K. 283 (K. 189h)
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Ensemble: The Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 14 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D major ("Trumpet", "Hunt"), K. 576
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Notes: RCA Victor Studio No. 2, NY (02/25/1941); RCA Victor Studio No. 2, NY (02/27/1941)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1789

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasy for Piano in C minor, K 475
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1785

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 8 in F major, BWV 779
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard no 6 in E major, BWV 792 (BC L47)
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 15 in B minor, BWV 801
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 2 in C minor, BWV 773
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard no 2 in C minor, BWV 788 (BC L43)
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention, for keyboard no 6 in E major, BWV 777 (BC L47)
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Sonata for Piano no 1 in C major ("Perpetuum Mobile"), J. 138 (Op. 24)
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1812

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (6) for Piano in F major on an Original Theme, Op. 34
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Notes: RCA Victor Studio No. 2, NY (02/24/1941/02/25/1941); RCA Victor Studio No. 2, NY (02/25/1941); RCA Victor Studio No. 2, NY (02/25/1941/02/27/1941)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (15) and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica"
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Notes: RCA Victor Studio No. 2, NY (02/24/1941); RCA Victor Studio No. 2, NY (02/24/1941/02/27/2941); RCA Victor Studio No. 2, NY (02/24/1941/12/18/1941)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Conductor: Karl Krueger
  • Running Time: 30 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1841

>Strauss, Richard : Burleske for piano & orchestra (or 2 pianos) in D minor, o.Op. 85 (TrV 145, AV 85)
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885-1886
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Konzertstück for piano & orchestra in F minor, J. 282 (Op. 79)
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Conductor: Desiré Defauw
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1821
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : Iberia Suite for piano, B. 47, Book 1
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Notes: 08/15/1947; 12/18/1946/08/12/1947
  • Running Time: 17 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905-1909

>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : Iberia Suite for piano, B. 47, Book 2
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Notes: 08/15/1947/08/28/1947; 1946-12-18&1947-08-12&1947-; 1947-08-15&1947-08-28&1947-
  • Running Time: 18 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905-1909

>Debussy, Claude : Pour le piano, suite for piano, L. 95
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894-1901

>Debussy, Claude : Estampes (3) for Piano
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Notes: New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (03/29/1949); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (03/30/1949)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 1
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Notes: New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (03/30/1949); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (08/16/1949)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 2
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Notes: New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (03/31/1949); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (07/19/1949)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Running Time: 34 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1800-1803

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Notes: New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (02/17/1949); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (02/17/1949/02/25/1949)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1803-1804

>Chopin, Frédéric : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Notes: New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (02/05/1951); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (12/27/1950); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (12/28/1950)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Running Time: 19 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1835-1856

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Fantasy (Fantasie über ungarische Volksmelodien), for piano & orchestra, S. 123 (LW H12)
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846-1852

>Schumann, Robert : Kreisleriana
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Notes: 12/16/1946/12/18/1946
  • Running Time: 31 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Schumann, Robert : Arabeske for piano in C major, Op. 18
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Chopin, Frédéric : Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Scherman
  • Notes: Liederkranz Hall, New York, NY (11/08/1947/11/14/1947)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1835

>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante"
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831-1832

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1810

>Schubert, Franz : Allegretto for Piano in C minor, D 915
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/24/1827

>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit M 55 :: I. Ondine. Lent
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908

>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit M 55 :: II. Le Gibet. Très lent
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9)
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 72 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741