Thursday, October 27, 2011

Clara Haskil Plays Mozart, Chopin, Schumann & Falla

Romanian pianist Clara Haskil began her career as a child prodigy at the Bucharest Conservatory under Richard Robert at age 7, making her debut at the age of ten. Haskil ultimately graduated from Alfred Cortot's class at the Paris Conservatoire at 15 with the Prémier Prix to her credit. By the age of 18, however, Haskil was forced to endure the first of many physical setbacks that would hold back her career, in this case an attack of meningitis that kept her in a body cast for four years. Haskil did recover, making her New York debut in 1924 and her London debut in 1926. Although it was late in her career that her name was inextricably linked with the Mozart piano concerti, at this stage Haskil was associated with Romantic literature. Her performances of the Schumann Concerto in Philadelphia with Leopold Stokowski were widely praised.
With the outbreak of war, Haskil was trapped in occupied Paris, but was able to escape to Marseilles. There she survived a surreptitious surgical procedure to remove a tumor from her optic nerve, and was then smuggled to Vevey, Switzerland, where Haskil settled for the rest of her days. With war's end she resumed her career yet again, and thereafter enjoyed her greatest successes with a busy concert and recording schedule that took her around the world. Despite her amazing stamina, she proved unable to survive a fall she suffered in a Paris railway station in 1960, and died one month short of her 66th birthday.
With Haskil, musicianship came first and technical matters were irrelevant; she had enormous hands and could play a 12th in her left hand with a fingering of 2-5. Haskil reputedly had an amazing memory, and could accurately play back a piece of music she'd heard only once, even after the passage of several years, without ever having seen the score. The "Clara Haskil Prize", awarded once every two years in Vevey, Switzerland, was established in 1962 as a memorial to the pianist.
Uncle Dave Lewis

Source :

Clara Haskil
Mozart, Chopin, Schumann


Cd. 1

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Concerto n° 20, in D minor
KV 466
1 I. Allegro  13:27
2 II. Romanze  9:01
3 III. Rondo (Allegro assai)  7:03

Piano Concerto n° 24, in C minor
KV 491
4 I. (Allegro)  13:10
5 II. Larhetto  7:12
6 III. (Allegretto)  8:56


Clara Haskil - p
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux/Igor Markevitch

Recorded in La Maison de la Chimie, Paris ; November 1960


Cd. 2

Piano Concerto n° 23, in A
KV 488
1 I. Allegro  11:09
2 II. Adagio  6:23
3 III. Allegro assai  8:16

Piano Concerto n° 9, in E flat
KV 271 "Jeunehomme"
4 I. Allegro  10:25
5 II. Andantino  11:27
6 III. Rondeau (Presto)  10:10

Concert Rondo in A
KV 386
7 Allegretto 7:52


Clara Haskil - p
Wiener Symphoniker/Paul Sacher
Bernard Paumgartner (KV 386)

Recorded in October 1954


Cd. 3

Frédéric Chopin

Piano Concerto n° 2, in F minor, Op. 21
1 I. Maestoso  13:47
2 II. Larghetto  8:50
3 III. Allegro vivace  8:44

Manuel De Falla

Noches en los jardines de España
4 I. En El Generalife  9:59
5 II. Danza lejana  4:36
6 III. En los Jardines de la Sierre de Cordoba  7:48


Clara haskil - p
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux/Igor Markevitch

Recorded in the Maison de la Chimie, Paris (Falla) and the Maison de la Mutualité, Paris (Chopin), October 1960


Cd. 4

Robert Schumann

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
1 I. Allegro affetuoso  14:03
2 II. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)  4:19
3 III. Allegro vivace  10:32

Kinderszenen, Op. 15
4 I. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen  1:31
5 II. Kuriose Geschichte  0:58
6 III. Hasche-Mann  0:32
7 IV. Bittendes Kind  0:46
8 V. Glückes genug  1:14
9 VI. Wichtige Begebenheit  0:47
10 VII. Träumerei  2:40
11 VIII. Am Kamin  0:53
12 IX. Ritter vom Steckenpferd  0:38
13 X. Fast und ernst  1:28
14 XI. Fürchtenmachen  1:36
15 XII. Kind im Einschlummern  1:38
16 XIII. Der Dichter spricht  2:00

Waldszenen, Op. 82
17 I. Eintritt 2:01
18 II. Jäger auf des Lauer  1:19
19 III. Einsame Blumen  2:12
20 IV. Verrufene Stelle  2:26
21 V. Freundliche Landschaft  1:02
22 VI. Herberge  1:53
23 VII. Vogel als Prophet  3:12
24 VIII. Jagdlied  2:25
25 IX. Abschied  3:13

Variations on the Name ABEGG, Op. 1
26 Thema - Var. I - Var. II - Var. III - Cantabile
Finale alla Fantasia


Clara Haskil - p
The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra/Willem van Otterloo (Op. 54)

Recorded in the Grote Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam ; May 1951 (Op. 54) ; Hilversum Radio Studios, October 1951 (ABEGG Variations); May 1954 (Waldszenen) ; & May 1955 (Kinderszenen)


Melanchthon said...

Michael Rimbaud said...

Una pasada !. Gracias melanch.

Que sepas que muchos discos de los que pones automáticamente les doy entrada en mi blog, unas veces doy tu direccion, otras se me olvida o paso de ponerla. Pero siempre acudo a tu sitio para saborear la imagen de cabecera. Un saludo.

oldnick said...

Nice one, Mel. Thank you!

Jazz Messenger said...

Thanks a lot Mel! fantastic performer!

Peter said...

Well, I didn't expect to find this.

CD4 is what I am looking for mainly ... I've always been intrigued by Vogel als Prophet in particular.

Thx Mel!

jazztap said...


htg said...

Clara Haskil

This is wonderful. The material in the last disc is new to me. Lovely.

Thank you

Ghjuvan-Paulu said...

hi Mel
Could you reup this, please