Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Claudio Arrau - Beethoven Edition (1947-1961)

For many music lovers, the most lasting impressions of Arrau's Beethoven are likely to be of its spiritual grandeur and seriousness of purpose. Without ecer resorting to the sort of shock tactics so beloved of that far-from-soul-mate Glenn Gould, Arrau was a pianist who made one think. For some, indeed, his charachteristicaly broad rubatos, like his smaller-scale (and equally characteristic) rhythmic displacements, seemed excessively didactic : point-making at the expense of spontaneity. For others, his aristocratic cast of mind and his sheer pianistic elegance may seem to smooth over some of that ruggedness, even roughness, which was so fundamental a part of Beethoven's character. Much of the Appassionata, parts of the A major Sonata, Op. 101, the first movements of the F major Sonata, Op. 54 and the C minor Sonata, Op. 111 (and we're talking here about the music, not the performer), may provide a case in point. These views of Arrau's limitations, however, are most likely to be felt by those who never heard him in the concert hall. Like many artists of a similary inquiring disposition, he sometimes fell prey in the studio to a certain cautiousness, an objective detachment which could, on aoocasion, take some of the heat out of his recreative fire. Few, however, would argue that his recorded legacy was anything but enrichment of the world's cultural and artistic heritage. He was the sort of musician of which there can never be too many ; of which nature guarantees, indeed, that there will always be or few.
© Jeremy Siepmann, 1991, from the booklet

Claudio Arrau
Beethoven Edition
(1947-1961)

Tracks

Cd. 1

Piano Concerto n° 1 in C major, Op. 15
1 I. Allegro con brio  16:24
2 II. Largo  10:55
3 III. Allegro scherzando  9:25

Piano Concerto 2 in B-Flat major, Op. 19
4 I. Allegro con brio  14:04
5. II. Adagio  9:02
6 III. Rondo (Molto allegro)  6:33

7 Variations in C minor, Wo0 80  12:23

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Cd. 2

Piano Concerto 3 in C minor, Op. 37
1 I. Allegro con brio  16:53
2 II. Largo  10:58
3 III. Rondo (Allegro)  9:24

Piano Concerto 5 in E-Flat major, Op. 73 “Emperor”
4. I. Allegro  20:29
5 II. Adagio un poco mosso  7:47
6 III. Rondo (Allegro)  10:42

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Cd. 3

Piano Concerto 4 in G major, Op. 58
1 I. Allegro moderato  19:14
2 II. Andante con moto  5:38
3 III. Rondo (Vivace - Presto)  10:06

Piano Sonata 14 in C-Sharp minor, Op. 27 2 “Moonlight”
4 I. Adagio sostenuto  6:46
5 II. Allegretto & Trio  2:24
6 III. Presto agitato  7:26

Piano Sonata 21 in C major, Op. 53 “Waldstein”
7 I. Allegro con brio  12:11
8 II. Introduzione (Adagio molto)  4:17
9 III. Rondo (Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo)  10:39

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Cd. 4


Piano Sonata 18 in E-Flat major, Op. 31 3
1 I. Allegro 8:10
2 II. Scherzo (Allegretto vivace)  5:05
3 III. Menuetto (Moderato e grazioso) & Trio  4:41
4 IV. Presto con fuoco  4:33

Piano Sonata 23 in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”
5 I. Allegro assai  10:26
6 II. Andante con moto  7:05
7 III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto  8:12

Piano Sonata 22 in F major, Op. 54
8 I. In tempo d’un Menuetto  5:59
9 II. Allegretto  6:15

Piano Sonata 26 in E-Flat major, Op. 81a “Les Adieux”
10 I. Adagio - Allegro (Les Adieux)  6:59
11 II. Andante espressivo (L’Absence)  3:50
12 III. Vivacissimamente (Le Retour)  6:04

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Cd. 5

Piano Sonata 28 in A major, Op. 101
1 I. Allegretto ma non troppo  4:20
2 II. Vivace all Marcia  5:06
3 III. Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto  2:40
4 IV. Allegro  8:07

Piano Sonata 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
5 I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo  7:15
6 II. Allegro molto  2:16
7 III. Adagio ma non troppo  3:53
8 IV. Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo)  7:14

Piano Sonata 32 in C minor, Op. 111
9 I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato  9:01
10 II. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)  19:53

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Claudio Arrau - p
Philharmonia Orchestra/Alceo Galliera

Recorded at Studio n° 1 & 3, Abbey Road, London ; between January 10, 1947 & April 15, 1960 

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

this totally feeds my minor obsession with finding the perfect Sonata 32. michelangeli in london 5/10/90 has yet to be beat.

WalterT said...

Muchisimas gracias! Excelente post!

Sandflyer said...

Many thanks for these, however the link for the 1st (and subsequent) parts of CD 4 & 5 seems to be for CD1 (marked as "rr M 1.7z.00n").

Sandflyer said...

@anonymous
My perfect op.111 is Pogorelich's early 80's recording (coupled with Schumann's Symphonic Etudes, on DGG.

Melanchthon said...

My perfect one is by Serkin, in performance, at Konzerthaus, Wien (November 1987)

Melanchthon said...

Cd. 1 + artwork
http://www6.zippyshare.com/v/81rHcnGd/file.html
http://www6.zippyshare.com/v/8dbMnhX1/file.html
http://www6.zippyshare.com/v/YmuGeXxO/file.html

Cd. 2 &3
http://www80.zippyshare.com/v/GYEoZ3Fl/file.html
http://www80.zippyshare.com/v/a8x7Cj25/file.html
http://www80.zippyshare.com/v/SyYJFqqy/file.html
http://www80.zippyshare.com/v/Xf0nGruE/file.html

Cd. 4 & 5
http://www22.zippyshare.com/v/vGqmiErh/file.html
http://www22.zippyshare.com/v/pT3wBTtj/file.html
http://www22.zippyshare.com/v/LWW4FlaC/file.html
http://www22.zippyshare.com/v/rWfgCAAj/file.html

anders said...

thank you