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Claudio Arrau - Complete Pre-War Recordings

Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin , Franz Schubert , Franz Liszt , Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev , Claudio Arrau Audio CD


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5.0 out of 5 stars Claudio Arrau - Picked from the Tree 13 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Claudio Arrau was among the last of a group of pianists who were trained in the European style. It is sad to see that many of today's pianists seem to forego the music's interpretation. Which is why I highly recommend these recordings. It proves that a prodigy such as Arrau, after suffering the loss of his mentor, Martin Krause, can grow out of his "prodigy egg" and create a unique style of musical ideas and interpretation. His 1921 recordings of the Chopin F major Waltz and Schubert's f minor Moment Musicaux are the first recordings I've heard right after Arrau was "picked from the tree". At 18, I can hear his unique sound come out from those works. I have also enjoyed his other recordings included in these recordings, including an incredible performance of his "Islamey" of Balakirev. His Busoni recording of the Elegy #5 is interesting. It has been recorded that Arrau was a big admire of Busoni and played his works with much enthusiasm.
I sincerely hope that this is the first of many releases of his early recordings because it is a testimonial to his unique interpretation to these composers
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A complete, definitive, superb collection 19 May 2002
By Sancho Laurentis - Published on Amazon.com
At last, here is what any serious Arrau collector could have always wished for. Never before we had the chance of listening in the same compilation to Arrau's only recording of Liszt's Valse melancolique, or Arrrau's forgotten Vocalion recordings, or Arrau's 2 recordings of Chopin's Etude Op.10 No.4 made in 1928 and 1929. Completion has a merit and value of its own. Sound engineering is superb. Deeply felt congratulations are due to Marston. I only wish Marston would release Arrau's 1940s recordings with the same professional zeal as applied to these pre-1940s recordings.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Young Arrau, piano technique at the service of music 30 May 2011
By paolo - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a great emotion listening Arrau pre-war recordings, twenty years and followings recordings. Not less than listening Rachmaninov recordings. Sound is good, not perfect of course, but quite good. I Knew very well his late performances, but for instance never heard these two from Paganini Great Studios (not complete unfortunately). Not a single Beethoven note. Very interesting Chopin virtuosistic executions.
A rare double cd that would be in the collection of every people fond of music.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation 10 Nov 2005
By Ryan Morris - Published on Amazon.com
To the "bitter disappointment" critic, you need to listen to the playing, through the less than less than perfect sound. I remember the first time i heard an old old recording, i had a similar reaction. But in the end this helped me, i began to listen to the playing instead of what the engineer's wanted me to hear. In this age of robot super virtuosoism, these aged discs, despite their sound, are a breath of fresh air, you are essentially listening to a performance with little to no editing(beside the reduction of background noise.) If what you want is simply the music, go buy a discount disc of some no name pianist playing what you want, but you seem to care who is playing and that makes me wonder if you can really hear what makes a great pianist. Maybe you should stop listening to those people who told you so and think for yourself. The funny thing is, the sound on this isnt even that bad by historical standards. If you cant get over this, you are going to be depriving yourself of a lot of great playing i.e Cortot, Moiseiwitsch, Furtwangler, early Richter, etc. Open your ears, pal.
8 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars bitter disappointment 3 Dec 2000
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Unless you are a musicologist who is a specialist in piano technique with an ability to completely ignore the noisy background of ancient recordings, this set of Cds is not for you. I am a lover of Mr.Arrau's lyrical style and when I saw this set I jumped at the opportunity and purchased it. To my bitter dismay these recordings have not been cleaned up at all and paying $33 for Cds I cannot listen to on my modern equipment is not something I am happy about. Some might say I should have known better, but I have purchased Cds of older recordings that have been upgraded for todays' critically sensitive equipment. I was very pleased with them. A little noise I can respect but Cds that are this poorly produced and expensive I cannot. These belong in the realm of professional pianists or musicologist who dote on any historically informative source regardless of production quality and not for the general buying public who simply want to enjoy a master. BEWARE you lovers of great music with great equipment and little interest in the academics of piano technique. Bitter Mislead Buyer in NY
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