Liszt - Claudio Arrau - Piano Works - 1969 - 1970, 2010 (SACD-R, ISO)

Liszt – Claudio Arrau – Piano Works – 1969 – 1970, 2010 (SACD-R, ISO)

Composer: Franz Liszt
Conductor: Claudio Arrau
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1 SACD-R
Format: ISO
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Claudio Arrau
Liszt – Piano Works

Piano Sonata In B Minor, S.178

01. Lento assai – Allegro energico 3:19
02. Grandioso – Recitativo 9:26
03. Andante sostenuto 8:21
04. Allegro energico – Andante sostenuto – Lento assai 11:09

10 Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S.173
3.Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude

05. Moderato 8:08
06. Andante 2:19
07. Più sostenuto quasi preludio – Andante semplice 8:40

2 Etudes de Concert, S.145

08. No.1 Waldesrauschen 4:37
09. No.2 Gnomenreigen 3:14

Années de pèlerinage: 1e année: Suisse, S.160

10. 6. Vallée d’Oberman 15:03

Recorded: Tracks 1-9, Berlin, March 1970; Track 10, Detmold, March 1969

This compilation was originally released by Philips in 2001 and subsequently released as part of box set in 2006.

Review from allmusic.com for Philip Box set released in 2006:

By James Leonard:

Of all the composers Claudio Arrau recorded extensively for Philips, Liszt was perhaps the most central, the most essential and the most personal. Trained as a youth in prewar Berlin by a Liszt pupil, Arrau’s commanding virtuosity and compelling authority is clearly a continuation of the grand Romantic manner in general and of Liszt in particular and on these six discs are dozens of performances that speak with the power of tradition infused with strength of true belief. From the glittering cascades of Les jeux d’eaux á la Villa d’Este to the harrowing sonorities of Gnomenreigen and from the radiant arpeggios of Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude to the hushed intimacy of Liebestraum, Arrauknows Liszt’s music with the fervor of a prophet and the passion of a lover. While it’s true Arrau was in his seventies and eighties when he made these recordings and that time had mellowed his virtuosity, it’s also true that time had matured his interpretations. Some listeners may prefer their Liszt players more vigorous, but few could ask for a more sensuous Liszt player. Including two performances of Liszt’s Sonata in B minor, one an almost youthfully ardent recording from 1970 and the other a slower but more penetrating recording from 1985, provides a wonderful way to compare Arrau’s approach to the composer’s masterpiece. Philips’ stereo sound is so realistic one can sometimes hear the pianist shift on the bench.

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