P1227. CLAUDIO ARRAU: Chopin Recital, (partially with Thomas Scherman Cond. Little Orchestra Society Orch.); Kreisleriana (Schumann). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-355, recorded 1938 & 1947. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
"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
“Founded in 1947 by Thomas K. Scherman, the Little Orchestra Society was conceived as a diminutive counterweight to the huge symphony orchestras that were then the norm in American concert halls. Its mission was twofold: to present early music with an ensemble of historically appropriate size, and to make contemporary music known to a wider public.
In 1947 Scherman became assistant conductor of the National Opera in Mexico City; the same year, he organized in New York the Little Orchestra Society for the purposes of presenting new works, some of them specially commissioned, and reviving forgotten music of the past. [A little-known fact is that Leonie Rysanek made her New York City début at the invitation of Scherman who presented her in Verdi’s MACBETH, 26 March, 1958, with William Chapman, Donald Gramm and John McCollum and The Little Orchestra Society in Carnegie Hall. She would then repeat the role a year later in her Met Opera début].”
- Margalit Fox, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 3 April, 2011
“Each of these disks, from Canadian engineer Yves St Laurent… [feature] St Laurent’s natural transfer – made without filtering, like all his dubbings – it is easy to listen to, despite the surface noise.”
- Tully Potter, CLASSICAL RECORD QUARTERLY, Summer, 2011