P0842. CLAUDIO ARRAU, w.Szell Cond. NYPO: Concerto #1 in C (Beethoven), Live Performance, 11 Nov., 1945; Concerto #2 in f (Chopin), Live Performance, 9 January 1955; Concerto #2 in A (Liszt), Live Performance, 15 Dec., 1946; Burleske in d (Strauss); Konzertstück in f, (Weber), both Live Performances, 11 March 1945 (all Carnegie Hall). (E.U.) 2-West Hill Radio Archives WHRA 6037. Transfers by Lani Spahr. Specially priced. - 5425008377346
“These 1945-1955 broadcasts of live collaborations between Claudio Arrau and George Szell are being released for the first time and stem from well preserved and carefully restored broadcast transcription discs. All works are performed with dynamism, daring and volatility.”
“Claudio Arrau, one of the commanding piano titans of our time, enjoyed a career which spanned both ends of the twentieth century. He played his first recital in his native Chile in 1908, while his last concerts there took place in his ninth decade, in 1984. Arrau was one of the most prolifically recorded pianists of all time, with the lion’s share of his discography dating from after World War Two, when his international reputation solidified.”
- Jed Distler
"Arrau is the complete pianist. He can revel in the keyboard for its own pianistic sake, representing to us the instrument's range and power, but he can also go beyond piano playing as we are led by his art to the secret chambers of the creative imagination."
- Sir Neville Cardus, THE GUARDIAN