Sunday, October 2, 2016

Claudio Arrau - The Complete RCA Victor & Columbia Album Collection

A patrician artist whose matinee-idol appearance was as elegant as his playing, Claudio Arrau achieved a major reputation for his performances of Brahms and Liszt. Indeed, few Romantic-period composers, from Beethoven onward, were beyond his grasp. In addition to that repertory, his Debussy was regarded by many connoisseurs as exemplary. Arrau believed that his abiding interest in psychoanalysis aided him in probing the intent of those whose works he performed. Certainly, Arrau's performances were marked by a balance between heart and intellect.
Arrau was born in Chillán, Chile, on February 6, 1903. He received piano instruction from his mother at an early age, making his debut performance in Santiago at the age of five playing Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin. At the age of 10 the Chilean government sent him to Berlin, where he enrolled in Stern's Conservatory of Music. His teacher there was Martin Krause. While studying he entered competitions, and won the Ibach Prize and the Gustav Holländer Medal. He also began giving recitals in Germany and Scandinavia, earning excited comment over the excellence of his technique, and the maturity of his interpretations. In 1918 he made a major European tour, giving concertos accompanied by illustrious conductors such as Nikisch, Furtwängler, and Mengelberg. He returned to South America in 1921, and made a triumphal tour beginning in Santiago de Chile. He made his first North American tour in 1924, appearing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He joined the faculty of the Stern Conservatory in 1924. He won the Grand Prix Internationale des Pianistes in Geneva in 1927, and toured in the Soviet Union in 1929, and again in 1930.
He continued a notable concertizing career throughout the 1930s, including a famous series in 1935 and 1936 in Berlin, in which he played the complete keyboard works of J.S. Bach followed by the complete keyboard works of Mozart. He then announced that he would no longer play Bach, asserting that his music was not conceived for the modern grand piano. In 1938 he played all of the Beethoven piano sonatas and five piano concertos in a series of recitals in Mexico City, and repeated the feat during the next two years in Buenos Aires and Santiago. When World War II broke out he ended his association with the Stern Conservatory and returned to Chile, founding a piano school there. But the next year, after a tour of the United States where he received the highest critical acclaim, he and his family moved permanently to New York. He devoted himself to concertizing, teaching, and recording. His complete Beethoven cycles became legendary; in 1952 he performed such a series, in which each recital was broadcast live by the BBC.
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Source : http://www.allmusic.com/artist/claudio-arrau-mn0000065504/biography

Claudio Arrau
The Complete
RCA Victor and Columbia
Album Collection

Tracks

Cd. 1

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(1756-1791)

Piano Sonata n° 5 in G Major, K 283 (189h)
1 I. Allegro  4:30
2 II. Andante  4:58
3 III. Presto  5:12

Piano Sonata n° 18 in D Major, K 576
4 I. Allegro  4:46
5 II. Adagio  5:37
6 III. Allegretto  4:01

Fantasia in C Minor, K 475
7 Adagio -  5:20
8 Allegro - Andantino -  3:46
9 Più allegro - Tempo I  3:21

Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)

2-Part Inventions and 3-Part Sinfonias
10 Inventio n° 8 in F Major, BWV 779  0:53
11 Sinfonia n° 6 in E Major, BWV 792  0:58
12 Sinfonia n° 15 in B Minor, BWV 801  1:45
13 Inventio n° 2 in C Minor, BWV 773  1:40
14 Sinfonia n° 2 in C Minor, BWV 788  1:56
15 Inventio n° 6 in E Major, BWV 777  3:12

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903
16 I. Fantasia - Recitativo  6:38
17 II. Fuga  4:27

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Recorded at Victor Studio N° 2, New York City ; February 27, 1941 [# 1-3 & 6] ; February25, 1941 [# 4 & 5] ; December 25, 1941 [# 7-9] ; Victor Studio N° 1, New York City ; February 25, 1945 [# 10-17]

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Cd. 2

Carl Maria von Weber
(1786-1826)

Piano Sonata n° 1 in C Major, Op. 24
1 I. Allegro  5:53
2 II. Adagio  6:08
3 III. Menuetto. Allegro - Trio. Poco ritenuto  5:04
4 IV. Rondo. Presto "Perpetuum mobile"  3:39

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

Six Variations on an Original Theme for Piano, in F Major, Op. 34
5 Tema. Adagio. Cantabile  1:46
6 Variation I  1:34
7 Variation II. Allegro ma non troppo  1:00
8 Variation III. Allegretto  1:18
9 Variation IV. Tempo di Menuetto  1:45
10 Variation V. Marcia. Allegretto  1:45
11 Variation VI. Allegretto - Adagio molto  4:09

15 Variations with a Fugue for Piano in E-Flat Major, Op. 35
"Eroica Variations"
12 Introduzione col Basso del Tema. Allegretto vivace - Tema  3:16
13 Variation I  0:33
14 Variation II  0:45
15 Variation III  0:42
16 Variation IV  0:32
17 Variation V  1:02
18 Variation VI  0:33
19 Variation VII. Canone all'ottava  0:36
20 Variation VIII  1:08
21 Variation IX  0:39
22 Variation X  0:38
23 Variation XI  0:47
24 Variation XII  0:42
25 Variation XIII  0:42
26 Variation IX  1:28
27 Variation XV. Largo  4:51
28 Finale. Alla Fuga. Allegro con brio - Andante con moto  4:43

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Recorded at Victor Studio N° 2, New York City ; February 20, 1941 [# 1-4] ; February 24 & 25, 1941 [# 5-7] ; February 25, 1941 [# 8-10] ; February 25 & 27, 1941 [# 11] ; February 24, 1941 [# 12, 20 & 28] ; February 24 & 27, 1941 [# 21-26] ; & February 24 & December 18, 1941 [# 27]

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Cd. 3

Robert Schumann
(1810-1856)

Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54
1 I. Allegro affettuoso - Andante espressivo - 14:56
Allegro (Tempo I)
2 II. Intermezzo. Andante grazioso  5:09
3 III. Allegro vivace  10:11

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Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Karl Krueger - cond.

Recorded at Masonic Temple, Detroit ; December 4, 1944

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Cd. 4

Richard Strauss
(1864-1949)

1 Burleske for Piano & Orchestra in D Minor, Trv 145  18:22

Carl Maria von Weber
(1786-1826)

Konzertstück for Piano & Orchestra in F Minor, Op. 79
2 I. Larghetto affettuoso -  4:59
3 II. Allegro passionata -  3:56
4 Adagio - Tempo di Marcia -  7:11
Più mosso - Presto giocoso

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Century Symphony Orchestra/Désiré Defauw - cond.

Recorded at Orchestra Hall, Chicago ; April 13, 1946

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Cd. 5

Isaac Albéniz
(1860-1909)

Iberia
(Book I)
1 Evocación, in A-Flat Major. Allegretto espressivo  5:51
2 El Puerto, in D-Flat Major. Allegro comodo  4:15
3 El Corpus Christi en Sevilla, in F-Sharp Minor  7:13

(Book II)
4 Rondeña, in D Major. Allegretto  6:19
5 Almería, in G Major.
6 Triana, in F-Sharp Minor. Allegretto con anima  4:23

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Recorded [location unknown] ; December 18, 1946 & August 12, 1947 [# 1 & 2] : August 15, 1947 [# 3] ; August 15 & 28, 1947 [# 4] ; December 18, 1946 & August 12 & 15, 1947 [#5] ; & August 15 & 28 & October 2, 1947 [# 6]

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Cd. 6

Claude Debussy
(1862-1818)

Pour le Piano, L 95
1 I. Prélude. Assez animé et tès rythmé  3:54
2 II. Sarabande. Avec une élégance grave et lente  4:48
3 III. Toccata. Vif  3:49

Estampes, L 100
4 I. Pagodes. Modérément animé  4:30
5 II. La Soirée dans Grenade. Mouvement de Habanera  4:21
6 III. Jardins sous la pluie. Net et vif  3:38

Images

(Book I) L 110
7 I. Reflets dans l'eau. Andantino molto  4:30
8 II. Hommage à Rameau. Lent et grave  7:08
9 III. Mouvement. Animé  3:11

(Book II) L 111
10 I. Cloches à travers les feuilles. Lent  5:34
11 II. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut. Lent  5:26
12 III. Poissons d'or. Animé  4:00

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Recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City ; March 29, 1949 [# 1-3 & 5] ; March 30, 1949 [# 4-6 & 8] ; July 19, 1949 [# 12] ; August 16, 1949 [# 9] ; March 31, 1949 [# 10 & 11] ; & July 19, 1949 [# 12]

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Cd. 7

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

Piano Concerto n° 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
1 I. Allegro con brio  15:51
[Cadenza : Beethoven]
2 II. Largo  10:38
3 III. Rondo. Allegro  8:34

Piano Sonata n° 21 in C Major, Op. 53
"Waldstein"
4 I. Allegro con brio  10:47
5 II. Introduzione. Adagio molto - attaca  4:03
6 III. Rondo. Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo  9:35

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The Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy - cond. [# 1-3]

Recorded at Academy of Music, Philadelphia ; December 24, 1947 [# 1-3] ; Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York ; February 17, 1949 [# 4 & 5] ; & February 17 & 25, 1949 [# 6]

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Cd. 8

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

24 Preludes, Op. 28
1 N° 1 in C major, Agitato  0:40
2 N° 2 in A minor, Lento  2:05
3 N° 3 in G major, Vivace  1:04
4 N° 4 in E minor, Largo  2:02
5 N° 5 in D major, Molto allegro  0:37
6 N° 6 in B minor, Lento assai  2:21
7 N° 7 in A major, Andantino  0:48
8 N° 8 in F-sharp minor, Molto agitato  1:50
9 N° 9 in E major, Largo  1:25
10 N° 10 in C-sharp minor, Molto allegro  0:29
11 N° 11 in B major, Vivace  0:35
12 N° 12 in G-sharp minor, Presto  1:07
13 N° 13 in F-sharp major, Lento  3:30
14 N° 15 in D-flat major ('Raindrop'), Sostenuto  5:32
15 N° 14 in E-flat minor, Allegro  0:46
16 N° 16 in B-flat minor, Presto con fuoco  1:04
17 N° 17 in A-flat major, Allegretto  3:28
18 N° 18 in F minor, Molto allegro  0:50
19 N° 19 in E-flat major, Vivace  1:18
20 N° 20 in C minor, Largo  1:37
21 N° 21 in B-flat major, Cantabile  2:06
22 N° 22 in G minor, Molto agitato  0:50
23 N° 23 in F major, Moderato  0:55
24 N° 24 in D minor, Allegro appassionato  2:19

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Recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York ; December 27, 1950 [# 1-10] ; December 28, 1950 [# 11-15] ; February 5, 1951 [# 26-24]

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Cd. 9

Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)

Piano Concerto n° 1 in E-flat major, S. 124
1 I. Allegro maestoso  5:40
2 II. Quasi adagio  5:23
3 III. Allegretto vivace - Allegro animato  4:13
4 IV. Allegro marziale animato  4:04

Fantasia in E minor on Hungarian Folk Melodies, S 123
5 Andante mesto - Adagio -Allegro molto (Cadenza)  3:34
6 Allegro eroico  2:48
7 Molto Adagio - Quasi fantasia - Moderato. Fest -  5:51
Allegretto alla zingarese - Molto animato - Cadenza -
8 Vivace assai - Prestissimo  3:27

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Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy - cond.

Recorded at Academy of Music, Philadelphia ; February 17, 1952 [# 1-8]

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Cd. 10

Robert Schumann
(1810-1856)

Kreisleriana, Op. 16
1 N° 1. Äußerst bewegt  2:17
2 N° 2 in B-Flat major. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch -  9:41
Intermezzo I. Sehr lebhaft - Intermezzo II. Etwas bewegter - Langsamer (Tempo I)
3 N° 3 in G minor. Sehr aufgeregt  4:26
4 N° 4 in B-Flat major- D minor Sehr langsam  3:27
5 N° 5 in G minor. Sehr lebhaft  2:53
6 N° 6 in B-Flat major. Sehr langsam  4:04
7 N° 7 in E-Flat major. Sehr rasch, in C minor  2:21
8 N° 8 in G Major. Schnell und spielend   3:20

9 Arabeske in C Major, Op. 18. Leicht und zart  4:31

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Recorded [location unknown] ; December 16 & 18, 1946 [# 1-8] ; & August 15, 1947 [# 9]

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Cd. 11

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

1 Andante spianato in G Major & Grande Plonaise brillante  13:08
in E-Flat Major, Op. 22
Tranquillo - Semplice - Allegro molto - Meno mosso
2 Grande Valse brillante in E-Flat Major, Op. 18. Vivo  4:19

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

3 Bagatelle in A Minor "Fûr Elise, WoO 58. Poco moto  3:25

Franz Schubert
(1797-1828)

4 Allegretto in C Minor, D 915  4:14
[abridged]

Maurice Ravel
(1875-1937)

Gaspard de la nuit
Poèmes pour piano d'aprs Aloysius Bertrand
5 I. Ondine. Lent  7:00
6 II. Le Gibet. Très lent  5:59

Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)

Hungarian Rhapsodies S 244
7 N° 8 in F-sharp "Capriccio"  6:20
Lento a capriccio - Allegretto con grazia
Presto giocoso assai
8 N° 9 in E-flat major "Carnaval de Pest"  10:56
Moderato - Allgretto - Finale. Presto - Allegretto - Presto -
Allegro moderato - Presto
9 N° 10 in E major  5:32
Preludio - Andante deciso - Allegretto
capriccioso - Vivace - Più animato - Vivacissimo
giocoso assai
10  N° 11 in A minor  6:38
Lento a capriccio - Andante sostenuto
Vivace assai - Prestissimo
11 N° 13 in A minor  9:03
Andante sostenuto - Vivace - Presto assai

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Recorded at at Liederkranz Hall, New York City ; November 8 & 14, 1947 [# 1] ; November 14, 1947 [# 2] ; [location unknown] ; December 24, 1947 [# 3] ; February 25, 1949 [# 4] ; August 16, 1949 [# 5 & 6] ; CBS 30th Street Studios, New York City ; October 24, 1951 [# 7, 8 & 10] ; February 22, 1952 [# 9 & 11]

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Cd. 12

Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)

Aria with 30 Variations "Goldberg Variations", BWV 988
1 Aria 4:59
2 Var. 1 a 1 Clav.  1:46
3 Var. 2 a 1 Clav.  1:28
4 Var. 3 Canone all' Unisuono a 1 Clav.  1:53
5 Var. 4 a 1 Clav.  1:06
6 Var. 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.  1:33
7 Var. 6 Canone alla Seconda a 1 Clav.  1:38
8 Var. 7 al tempo fi Giga a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.  1:38
9 Var. 8 a 2 Clav.  1:49
10 Var. 9 Canone alla Terza a 1 Clav.  2:14
11 Var. 10 Fughetta a 1 Clav.  1:20
12 Var. 11 a 2 Clav.  1:44
13 Var. 12 Canone alla Quarta  3:53
14 Var. 13 a 2 Clav.  5:19
15 Var. 14 a 2 Clav.  2:09
16 Var. 15 a Canone alla Quinta a 1 Clav. Andante  4:13
17 Var. 16 Ouverture a 1 Clav.  2:53
18 Var. 17 a 2 Clav.  1:59
19 Var. 18 - Canone alla Sesta a 1 Clav.  1:11
20 Var. 19 a 1 Clav.  1:03
21 Var. 20 a 2 Clav.  2:00
22 Var. 21 Canone alla Settima a 1 Clav.  3:05
23 Var. 22 Alla breve a 1 Clav.  1:22
24 Var. 23 a 2 Clav.  2:02
25 Var. 24 Canone all'Ottava a 1 Clav.  3:20
26 Var. 25 a 2 Clav. Adagio  8:29
27 Var. 26 a 2 Clav.  2:08
28 Var. 27 Canone alla Nona a 2 Clav.  1:55
29 Var. 28 a 2 Clav  2:25
30 Var. 29 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.  2:09
31 Var. 30 Quodlibet a 1 Clav.  1:41
32 Aria da capo  2:24

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Recorded [location unknown] ; January & March 1942

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