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Classical - Released January 1, 1978 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions Diapason d'or - The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography - The Qobuz Standard
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Classical - Released January 1, 1991 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 1, 1997 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 1, 2012 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions Choc de Classica
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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 1, 2003 | Universal Music Division Decca Records France

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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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Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 1, 2011 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Classical - Released March 27, 2016 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Solo Piano - Released April 1, 2014 | ICA Classics

Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Classical - Released January 1, 2010 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions Choc de Classica
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Keyboard Concertos - Released September 1, 2007 | Naxos

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Classical - Released November 27, 2007 | Naxos

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Classical - Released November 1, 2011 | ICA Classics

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Classical - Released January 1, 2003 | Universal Music Division Decca Records France

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Classical - Released January 12, 2018 | SWR Classic

Booklet
These are three concerts recorded by SWR (Stuttgart radio), in public, at Schwetzingen and Ludwigsburg  on 27 March 1954, 12 March 1960 and 26 May 1963 respectively. The SWR master tapes have been painstakingly remastered, as you might well imagine. At it seems that this is the first time that these concerts have been put on the market! But all that work, unfortunately, can't improve the tuning on the piano in the first 1954 concert, even if that problem is negligible when set against the quality of Claudio Arrau's playing and interpretation. For this first concert, the stand-out works are Beethoven's "Appassionata" Sonata, Schumann's Carnaval, and in the second we find Pour le piano by Debussy - in a delicious, dreamy tone that never gets misted over - followed by Jeux d'eau and a superbly spirited and quirky Alborada del grazioso by Ravel. The 1960 concert, played on a better instrument, was dedicated to Chopin: two Ballades, the fantasmagorical Sonata in B minor, and then the 24 Preludes. Finally, the 1963 concert - the longest yet, running for 90 minutes -  was recorded in a hall with very different, slightly reverberating, acoustics, on a piano that really meets the artist's needs. The highlights are... really, the whole programme! We are treated to Sonata Op. 101 by Beethoven, Brahms's Handel Variations and the no-less-imposing Carnaval by Schumann - which makes up the second part of the concert, and for which the microphones were placed rather further away... These are three documents which are fundamental to an understanding of the art of this monumental pianist, who at the time of recording was at the height of his power. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released August 26, 2016 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet
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Classical - Released August 26, 2016 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet
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Classical - Released January 1, 1987 | Decca Music Group Ltd.