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In these recordings of the piano music of Brahms, Claudio Arrau's performances are for the most part full of warmth and wisdom. The infinite vistas of the closing Andante con moto from Arrau's 1978 Ballades, the endless passion of the central Andante from his 1972 F minor Sonata, and, above all, the eternal verities of the central Adagio from his 1970 D minor Concerto with Haitink and the Concertgebouw, are among the ripest performances of late nineteenth century German piano music from the Cold War era. At the same time, however, it must be admitted that Arrau's technique unfortunately isn't quite up to the extraordinary difficulties of the opening movements of the F minor Sonata or the D minor Concerto or in the more physically demanding movements of the Handel and Paganini Variations. Still, even when he's not as good as he might once have been, Arrau is good -- very, very good. There are moments of ecstasy in every movement of every work -- Arrau's quietly rapturous duet with the Concertgebouw's principal cellist at the start of the B flat major Concerto's Andante, for example, is perhaps the most extraordinarily beautiful recording of the music ever made -- and these more than compensate for his occasional technical limitations. Anyone who knows and loves the repertoire will have to hear Arrau's performances especially as captured in Philip's incredibly realistic stereo piano sound.

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DISC 1

4 Ballades, Op.10 (Johannes Brahms)

1
No.1 in D minor 00:03:53

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Volker Straus, Producer, Recording Producer - Cees Huizinga, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Universal International Music B.V.

2
No.2 in D 00:07:33

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Volker Straus, Producer, Recording Producer - Cees Huizinga, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Universal International Music B.V.

3
No.3 in B minor 00:03:19

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Volker Straus, Producer, Recording Producer - Cees Huizinga, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Universal International Music B.V.

4
No.4 in B 00:09:17

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Volker Straus, Producer, Recording Producer - Cees Huizinga, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Universal International Music B.V.

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op.24 (Johannes Brahms)

5
Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op.24 00:28:49

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Volker Straus, Producer, Recording Producer - Cees Huizinga, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Universal International Music B.V.

Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op.35 / Book 1 (Johannes Brahms)

6
Variations Book I 00:14:06

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

7
Variations Book II 00:11:29

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

DISC 2

Piano Sonata No.2 in F sharp minor, Op.2 (Johannes Brahms)

1
1. Allegro non troppo, ma energico 00:06:25

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

2
2. Andante con espressione 00:05:22

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

3
3. Scherzo. Allegro 00:03:52

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

4
4. Finale (Introduzione. Sostenuto - Allegro non troppo e rubato) 00:12:14

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5 (Johannes Brahms)

5
1. Allegro maestoso 00:10:40

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Universal International Music B.V.

6
2. Andante espressivo 00:13:47

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Universal International Music B.V.

7
3. Scherzo (Allegro energico) 00:04:57

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Universal International Music B.V.

8
4. Intermezzo (Andante molto) 00:04:15

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Universal International Music B.V.

9
5. Finale (Allegro moderato ma rubato) 00:07:45

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Universal International Music B.V.

Scherzo in E flat minor, Op.4 (Johannes Brahms)

10
Brahms: Scherzo in E flat minor, Op.4 00:09:21

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Universal International Music B.V.

DISC 3

Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15 (Johannes Brahms)

1
1. Maestoso - Poco più moderato 00:24:17

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 Universal International Music B.V.

2
2. Adagio 00:15:53

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 Universal International Music B.V.

3
3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo) 00:12:59

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 Universal International Music B.V.

DISC 4

Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83 (Johannes Brahms)

1
1. Allegro non troppo 00:18:56

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Cees Huizinga, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1970 Universal International Music B.V.

2
2. Allegro appassionato 00:09:20

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Cees Huizinga, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1970 Universal International Music B.V.

3
3. Andante - Più adagio 00:12:00

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Cees Huizinga, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1970 Universal International Music B.V.

4
4. Allegretto grazioso - Un poco più presto 00:10:06

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Claudio Arrau, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Cees Huizinga, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jaap van Ginneken, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1970 Universal International Music B.V.

Album Description

In these recordings of the piano music of Brahms, Claudio Arrau's performances are for the most part full of warmth and wisdom. The infinite vistas of the closing Andante con moto from Arrau's 1978 Ballades, the endless passion of the central Andante from his 1972 F minor Sonata, and, above all, the eternal verities of the central Adagio from his 1970 D minor Concerto with Haitink and the Concertgebouw, are among the ripest performances of late nineteenth century German piano music from the Cold War era. At the same time, however, it must be admitted that Arrau's technique unfortunately isn't quite up to the extraordinary difficulties of the opening movements of the F minor Sonata or the D minor Concerto or in the more physically demanding movements of the Handel and Paganini Variations. Still, even when he's not as good as he might once have been, Arrau is good -- very, very good. There are moments of ecstasy in every movement of every work -- Arrau's quietly rapturous duet with the Concertgebouw's principal cellist at the start of the B flat major Concerto's Andante, for example, is perhaps the most extraordinarily beautiful recording of the music ever made -- and these more than compensate for his occasional technical limitations. Anyone who knows and loves the repertoire will have to hear Arrau's performances especially as captured in Philip's incredibly realistic stereo piano sound.

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