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Claudio Arrau - The Final Sessions Vol. 5: Beethoven (1994)

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Claudio Arrau - The Final Sessions Vol. 5: Beethoven (1994)

Claudio Arrau - The Final Sessions Vol. 5: Beethoven (1994)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:47:36 | 406 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 432 173-2

Fabulous set of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas from the late Danish pianist Anne Oland. At this incredibly low price, you might be forgiven for thinking there is a catch. The only drawback of this set is the absence of any liner notes, but this repertoire is so well known that you can quickly find information about any of the sonatas from other sources. The quality of the playing and recorded sound are superlative throughout. A pianist of real distinction who sadly passed away in 2015.

Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1988)

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Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1988)

Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 236 Mb | Total time: 50:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 420 885-2 | Recorded: 1969

Claudio Arrau, one of the greatest piano masters of the s. XX, leaves us astonished with this intense and majestic version, showing his immense knowledge of German Romanticism of which he was an excellent exponent. Excellent temps and wonderful nuances. Here Bernard Haitink shows us why he became a benchmark in conducting by one of the best ensembles on the planet: the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1988)

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Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1988)

Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 275 Mb | Total time: 52:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 420 702-2 | Recorded: 1969

Claudio Arrau, one of the greatest piano masters of the s. XX, leaves us astonished with this intense and majestic version, showing his immense knowledge of German Romanticism of which he was an excellent exponent. Excellent temps and wonderful nuances. Here Bernard Haitink shows us why he became a benchmark in conducting by one of the best ensembles on the planet: the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra.

The Golden Age of the Piano (1993) [Re-Up]

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The Golden Age of the Piano (1993) [Re-Up]

The Golden Age of the Piano (1993)
DVD9 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC, 4:3 (720x480) VBR | 115 min | 7.51 Gb | Scans included
Audio: English LPCM 2.0 | Subs: Deutsch, Français, Español, Italiano, 中文
Genre: Classical, Documentary | Label: Philips | # 075 092-9 PH

A documentary on the great pianists of the twentieth century, introduced, written and narrated by David Dubal. Featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Clementi, Debussy, Field, Grainger, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Padarewski, Rachmaninov, Schubert, Scriabin and Weber. Featuring musicians Claudio Arrau, Alexander Brailowsky, Van Cliburn, Alfred Cortot, Glenn Gould, Percy Grainger, Myra Hess, Josef Hoffmann, Vladimir Horowitz, Wanda Landowska, Ignacy Paderewski, Artur Rubinstein, and Rudolf Serkin. Bonus: Claudio Arrau Centenary reissued of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Claudio Arrau, RCO, Christoph von Dohnanyi - Edvard Grieg & Robert Schumann: Piano Concertos (1989) [Re-Up]

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Claudio Arrau, RCO, Christoph von Dohnanyi - Edvard Grieg & Robert Schumann: Piano Concertos (1989) [Re-Up]

Edvard Grieg & Robert Schumann: Piano Concertos (1989)
Claudio Arrau, piano; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam; Christoph von Dohnányi

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 426 079-2 | Time: 01:06:55

Claudio Arrau recorded these concertos twice for Philips, the present performances in 1963, and then again in 1980 with Colin Davis and the Boston Symphony. There's very little to choose between them. Tempos are almost identical, and contrary to what one might expect, the slow movement of the Schumann concerto is actually a bit faster in the later version. Arrau's way with the music is wholly characteristic of the man: serious, even reverential (at the beginning of the Schumann), and played with drop-dead gorgeous tone. The result enhances the stature of both works, but the Grieg in particular. The climax of the finale has an epic grandeur without a hint of bombast that you simply won't find in any other performance. Dohnányi's accompaniments are also distinguished: he lets Arrau lead but isn't afraid to permit the orchestra to assert itself where necessary; and of course the playing of the Concertgebouw is top-notch. If you haven't heard Arrau in this music, it really doesn't matter which of his recordings you wind up with, but do try to get at least one of them.

Claudio Arrau - Schumann: Piano Works (1991)

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Claudio Arrau - Schumann: Piano Works (1991)

Claudio Arrau - Schumann: Piano Works (1991)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 08:15:16 | 2.2 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips ‎| Catalog: 432308

Deep thought, care and love pervade this newest contribution to Arrau's Schumann cycle, just as they did all the others. The discovery for me was the Blumenstück, which if played at all (it isn't often) so easily emerges like some pretty but pale little drawing-room aquarelle. But not from Arrau. Characteristically, he reads between the lines of every bar, and discovers as much to express as in any of Schumann's wholly introspective pieces. I was amazed at the variety of mood he extracts from the work's not greatly varied figuration throughout the sequence of brief, closely related sections.

Claudio Arrau - Liszt: Piano Works (5CD) (1991)

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Claudio Arrau - Liszt: Piano Works (5CD) (1991)

Claudio Arrau - Liszt: Piano Works (5CD) (1991)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 05:17:38 | 1.3 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 432 334

Although Claudio Arrau had impressive credentials as a Liszt player - his only teacher was Martin Krause, who was a student of Liszt - and he performed many of the composer's works early in his career, he neither exploited this association, nor became known as a Liszt specialist. Perhaps this was because Krause warned him not to become a specialist in the music of any one composer, urging him instead to embrace all music. Consequently, the younger Arrau's repertoire was very large; however, as he grew older he concentrated on fewer composers, moving as it were from the universal to the particular applying almost prophetic insight into certain scores, especially those of Beethoven and Liszt.

Claudio Arrau, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos.1 & 2 (1999)

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Claudio Arrau, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos.1 & 2 (1999)

Claudio Arrau, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos.1 & 2 (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:10:32 | 297 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 422 066-2PH

Though it`s hardly uncommon for a musician to be performing and recording at age 85, it`s difficult to think of many octogenarian performers who continue to explore new paths. Arrau is the wonderful exception, as his current Beethoven cycle for Philips has indicated time and again. This recording of the first two piano concertos offers further proof, for here Arrau turns in performances that force us to reconsider these works. We may be accustomed to hearing the First Concerto played with lightness and Mozartean elegance, but Arrau goes well beyond this cliche. His account of the first movement has a depth and mystery it is rarely accorded.

Claudio Arrau, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3, Piano Sonata No. 6 (1988)

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Claudio Arrau, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3, Piano Sonata No. 6 (1988)

Claudio Arrau, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3, Piano Sonata No. 6 (1988)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:23 | 238 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 422 148-2

The security of Arrau's technique, the continuing fullness of tone and the fine gradations of touch, is nothing less than astonishing. So too is the mature accommodation he has come to with Beethoven's endlessly problematic C minor Concerto. Arrau's earliest recording of the concerto, with Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1947, may have been more brilliant (though, from the orchestra's point of view, more slapdash) but this long-pondered, lovingly evolved reading takes us much closer to the idealizing centre of Beethoven's visionary world; and does so, incidentally, in a way that could not be approached in 1000 years by the authenticity merchants with their pygmy instruments and tedious lists of contemporary metronome markings.

Claudio Arrau, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 (1986)

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Claudio Arrau, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 (1986)

Claudio Arrau, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 (1986)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 49:45 | 196 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 4116 144-2

”… However, not only is Davis more in sympathy with Arrau's majestic approach, he's got the incomparable Staatskapelle Dresden backing him up. The result is a Fourth Concerto for the ages: just listen to Arrau's silky-toned opening, the soft hush of the violin section's entrance leading up to the thrilling subsequent crescendo. And the slow movement! Words can't do it justice, nor can they capture the finale's wonderful sense of vigor within repose.”

Claudio Arrau, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 (1986)

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Claudio Arrau, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 (1986)

Claudio Arrau, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 (1986)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 40:37 | 176 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 416215

Arrau's "Emperor" reveals more angst in the first movement development than most other performances, giving the whole work an added depth of feeling. Some listeners may prefer greater general liveliness, especially in the finale, but I find the approach wholly convincing in scale and so beautifully executed as to silence criticism. Technically speaking, these performances always sounded marvelous, and they still do. Unforgettably grand.