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CLAUDIO ARRAU: COMPLETE RCA VICTOR & COLUMBIA RECORDINGS (12 CDS)

$ 35.18 $ 39.98

-- 10 out of 12 discs have been newly remastered from the original analogue disks and tapes using 24bit/96 kHz technology

-- The recording of Mozart’s Fantasia in C Minor, K. 475 from December 15, 1941 has been previously unreleased.

-- The discs are presented in facsimiles of the original LP artwork

-- An enclosed booklet offers complete discographical information

These recordings reflect how 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.

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.

Albéniz:
Iberia, book 1
Iberia, book 2
Bach, J S:
Two-part Invention No. 8 in F major, BWV779
Three-part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 6 in E major, BWV792
Three-part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 15 in B minor, BWV801
Two-part Invention No. 2 in C minor, BWV773
Three-part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 2 in C minor, BWV788
Two-part Invention No. 6 in E major, BWV777
Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903
Beethoven:
Variations (6) for Piano on an Original Theme in F major, Op. 34
Eroica Variations, Op. 35
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'
Für Elise (Bagatelle in A minor, WoO59)
Chopin:
Preludes (24), Op. 28
Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22
Waltz No. 1 in E flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 18
Debussy:
Pour le piano
Estampes (3) (Complete)
Images pour piano - Books 1 & 2
Liszt:
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124
Fantasy on Hungarian Folk-tunes, S123
Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 8 in F sharp minor
Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 9 in E flat major 'Pesther Carneval'
Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 10 in E major 'Preludio'
Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 11 in A minor
Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 13 in A minor
Mozart:
Piano Sonata No. 5 in G, K283
Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, K576 'Hunt'
Fantasia in C minor, K475
Ravel:
Gaspard de la Nuit
Schubert:
Allegretto in C minor, D915
(abridged)
Schumann:
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
Kreisleriana, Op. 16
Arabeske in C major, Op. 18
Strauss, R:
Burleske for Piano and orchestra in D minor, AV85
Weber:
Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, Op. 24
Konzertstück in F minor, Op. 79 for piano & orchestra
Claudio Arrau (piano)