November 25, 2013

Claudio Arrau: Rarities 1929 - 1951

The Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau had a performing career that spanned eight decades of his 88-year life, leaving a massive discography over the course of six decades, which began in the acoustic (pre-microphone) era, and progressed through to the age of digital recording.

The  young Claudio Arrau made records in Berlin and London which reveal the lasting qualities of his pianism: a sovereign technical command, a deep patience and a gravitation towards weighty matters, enriched by his study with ‘philosopher pianists’ such as Busoni and Martin Krause, that resulted in these profound and impassioned recordings of Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin, most of which have not previously appeared on CD, and all of them newly remastered for this tribute to a master pianist of the 20th century.  

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