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Claudio Arrau

Claudio Arrau

Claudio Arrau

*6 II 1903 Chillán, †9 VI 1991 Mürzzuschlag

World-famous pianist from Chile - master of the interpretations of the works of Beethoven and Schumann.

He was born in Chillon and came from an aristocratic family with Scottish roots. He made his debut at the age of 5, after which he was described as a child prodigy. He received a scholarship from the Chile Government and he was sent to study in the Stern Conservatory in Berlin (between 1912 and 1918 he studied with Martin Krause, Liszt's pupil). At the age of 11 he was able to perform - with no difficulty - pieces regarded as the most difficult in the piano repertoire: Transcendental Etudes by Liszt and the Variations on Paganini Theme by Brahms. In 1914, during his studies, he gave his first public performance in Berlin and he took also his first concert trip in Germany and Scandinavia. During his stay in Berlin he had an opportunity to listen to most famous pianists of his times, such as: Terese Carreno, Eugene d'Albert, Ferruccio Busoni.

Immediately after finishing his studies, in 1918, he took the next concert trip round Europe and then, in 1923 he made his debut in Carnegie Hall in New York with a great success. Between 1925 and 1940 he run the piano class in the Stern Conservatory in Berlin. In 1927 he was awarded Grand Prix in the International Piano Competition in Geneva. In 1935 in Berlin he gave 12 recitals. In 1940 he returned to Chile where in Santiago he found a private piano school. After a short stay in his homeland, in 1941 he moved to New York for good.

Arrau used to say what: the interpreter must put all his heart and "blood" in the work, which he is interpreting. Most famous were his interpretations of the pieces of Beethoven as well as Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms and Debussy.


 
Claudio Arrau in Youtube:
Arrau Claudio Ballade in G minor,

Recorded in 1977.

 

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Arrau Claudio Etude in B minor, Op. 25 No. 10
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Arrau Claudio Etude in C minor, Op. 25 No. 12
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Arrau Claudio Etude in C sharp minor, Op. 10 No. 4

Recorded in 1959 in Switzerland

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Arrau Claudio Etude in F minor, Op. 25 No. 2
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Arrau Claudio Fantasy-Impromptu
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Arrau Claudio Lento con gran espressione in C sharp minor
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in A flat major, Op. 32 No. 2
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in A flat major, Op. 32 No. 2
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9 No. 1
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9 No. 1
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in B major,
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in B major,
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in B major, Op. 32 No. 1
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in B major, Op. 32 No. 1
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in B major, Op. 62 No. 1
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in B major, Op. 62 No. 1
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in C minor
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in C minor,
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in C minor,
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in D flat major,
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in D flat major,
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in E flat major,
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 55 No. 2
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in E major, Op. 62 No. 2
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in E major, Op. 62 No. 2
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in E minor [Op. 72]
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in E minor [Op. 72]
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in F major, Op. 15 No. 1
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in F major, Op. 15 No. 1
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in F minor, Op. 55 No. 1
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in F minor, Op. 55 No. 1
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in F sharp major,
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in F sharp major,
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in F sharp minor,
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in F sharp minor,
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in G major,
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in G major,
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in G minor, Op. 15 No. 3
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in G minor, Op. 15 No. 3
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in G minor, Op. 37 No. 1
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Arrau Claudio Nocturne in G minor, Op. 37 No. 1
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Arrau Claudio Prelude in B flat minor, Op. 28 No. 16
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Arrau Claudio Prelude in E minor, Op. 28 No. 4
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