Claudio Arrau
Piano
1903 - 1991

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 'ArrauHouse'- A Chronology

 Development Period - from 1913 to 1941

1913    

1913-1918

 

Germany

 

Introduced by Chilean pianist Rosita Renard, who was already making a promising career in Europe, Claudio Arrau became a pupil under the legendary Maestro Martin Krause (Lipsia 1853-Berlin 1918), himself a former pupil of Franz Liszt, at the renowned Julius Stern Conservatory of Berlin.

After listening to the child playing, Maestro Krause is reported to have said: "This boy shall be my masterwork!"

[
Beethoven -> Czerny -> Liszt -> Krause -> Arrau ] 
1914    

1914

Germany

At the age of 11, Claudio Arrau begins studying Franz Liszt's 12 Études d'exécution transcendante at the Julius Stern Conservatory under Maestro Martin Krause:   Mazeppa,  Feux follets,  Eroica.

1914

Germany

On Saturday 16th May, Claudio Arrau plays at a ceremony before Frederick Augustus III, King of Saxony, in Dresden, causing great enthusiasm amongst an audience of distinguished guests.

1914

Germany

In June , Claudio Arrau performs at the Gesellschaftshaus des Westens, on the inauguration ceremony of the Ibero-American Centre in Berlin, with a program consisting of:

> Schubert:  Impromptu No.4 from D.899/ Op.90
> Liszt:  The Nightingale (Le rossignol) S.250/1
> Albéniz:  Sevilla (from Suite española)
Encore:
> Scarlatti-Tausig:  Capriccio

From an appreciative article on the young artist, entitled "Un niño prodigio" [A childprodigy], by Alberto GURIDI Bazerque, published in the 19th June edition of El Argentino of Berlin.

1914

 

 

Germany

 

Formal Berlin début recital by Claudio Arrau as a virtuoso, at the Künstlerhaus on Thursday 10 December, considered a major successful event, with a programme including:

> Bach's Preludes and Fugues in F major, F sharp major, and G major
.   from Book II of The Well-tempered Klavier;
> Beethoven's Variations on a Russian dance WoO71;
> Adolf von Henselt's Romance in B flat minor Op.10
> Adolf von Henselt's Study in F sharp Op.2 No. 6
> Friedrich Gernsheim's Prelude in C sharp minor Op.2
> Friedrich Gernsheim's Prelude in B flat minor Op.2
> Friedrich Gernsheim's Legend Op.44
> Chopin's Waltz in A flat Op.42; and
> Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No.11.
N.B.: Some sources also include:
> Stephen Heller's Sonata No.4 Op.143

Acclaimed by critics Hugo Basch in Allgemeine Musik-Zeitung, Paul Geyer in Der Reichsbote, and others.

1914

Germany

Claudio Arrau's very first public performance of Weber's Konzertstück for piano and orchestra, from a French edition.

1914

Germany

Dr Leopoldo Schmidt, writing for the Berliner Tageblatt on 18th December, expresses his admiration for Claudio Arrau's extraordinary musical talent and promising future.

1914-1915

Europe

From age 11, Claudio Arrau goes on extensive tours of Germany first, and then Scandinavian and Baltic countries, including Poland, Austria, Rumania and Yugoslavia.
1915    

1915

 

 

 

Germany

Recital by Claudio Arrau at the Künstlerhaus of Berlin on Tesday 19 January, with a programme consisting of:

> Bach's Three Préludes (F major, F sharp major, G minor)
> from Book 2 of the Well-tempered Klavier;
> Beethoven's Variations;
> Stephen Heller's Sonata No.4 in B flat minor Op.143;
> Adolph von Henselt's Romanza in B flat minor;
> Adolph von Henselt's Bird Study;
> Friedrich Gernsheim's Two préludes, C sharp minor and B flat minor;
> Friedrich Gernsheim's Legend Op.44;
>
Chopin's Valse in A flat Op.42;  and
> Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11.

Acclaimed in disbelief, according to an account appearing on page 12 of New York's Musical Courier magazine on 20th January, entitled 'Berlin acclaims new Wunderkind on piano'.

1915

Germany

Dr. Hugo Leichtentritt, writing for the Vossische Zeitung of Berlin on 9 February, highly praises Claudio Arrau's musical attributes and expects a brilliant future for the young pianist.

1915

 

 

 

Germany

 

 

 

Further full-house, Berlin recital by Claudio Arrau at the Künstlerhaus on Monday 15 February, with a programme comprising the following works:

> G.F. Händel's Suite in D minor;
> Mozart's Sonata in D K.576;
> Weber's Rondo brilliant in E flat Op.62;
> Schubert's Moment musical in C sharp minor op.94 n.4;
> Mendelssohn's Caprice in E minor Op.16 No.2;
> Giovanni Sgambati's Vecchio Minuetto, Nenia e Toccata dall' Op.18
> Giovanni Sgambati's Notturno from Op.20
> Liszt's Paganini Étude No.5 and La liggierezza.

Acclaimed by critics as in his 1914 Berlin début and 1915 Berlin first recital.

1915

Germany

Recital by Claudio Arrau at the Beethove-Saal of Berlin with a programme whose second part consisted of:

Part 2:
> Raff:  Rigaudon Op.204 No.3
> Raff:  Gavotta Op.125
> Bülow:  Tarantella Op.19
> Weingartner:  Tonbilder Op.2

[From Claudio Arrau, il filosofo, Piero Rattalino, Varese, 2006]

1915

Germany

Recital by Claudio Arrau at the Singakademie Chemnitz, on Friday 23rd April, with a program consisting of wotks by:

> Händel:  Suite in D minor
> Beethoven:  Three Bagatelles
> Weber:  Rondo in E flat
> Henselt, Adolph von:  [work?]
> Mendelssohn:  Études in F sharp major and Capriccio in E minor
> Chopin:  Nocturne
> Liszt:  Rhapsodie
Encore:
> Scarlatti:  Capriccio

Critiques in the Chemnitzer Neusten Nachrichten, the Chemnitzer Tageblatt, and the Allgemeine Zeitung Chemnitz of Sunday 25 April.

1915

Germany

On 15th June, the Mainzer Anzeiger announces that The Gustav Holländer Medal contest, run by the Stern Conservatory, was awarded to Professor Martin Krause's pupil Claudio Arrau.

1915

Germany

On 19th June, Claudio Arrau was the winner of the Ibach-Schulhoff Prize, contested by seven young finalists before a jury comprising Mr. Max Fiedler, Prof. Xaver Scharwenka, and Mr. Paul Scheinpflug.
The prize consisted of a grand concert piano annually donated by Ibach Sohn manufacturers to the Stern Conservatory for the contest.

[The Deutscher Tonkünstler Zeitung of 5th July]

1915

Chile

On 3rd August, the La Discusión newspaper of Chillán published translated excerpts of German critics' acclaim of Claudio Arrau as appeared in recent months in the Vossische Zeiting, the Germania, the Berliner Tageblatt, and other Berlin publications.

1915

Chile

On 22nd August, the El Mercurio newspaper of Santiago published a commentary on the progress achieved by Claudio Arrau in Germany, his critics' acclaim, and his benevolent recitals, including one for the benefit of blinded soldiers.

1915

Chile

The Chillán newspaper El Diario Nuevo of 11th September published translations of critical appraisals appearing in the Chemnitz press on 25 April, regarding Claudio Arrau's recital at the Singakademie Chemnitz in Germany on Friday 23rd April.

1915

Germany

Claudio Arrau performance in Leipzig of Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 under Artur Nikisch conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden [or Leipziger?] Sinfonie-Orchester.

1915 onwards

Germany / Europe

The First World War made Germany and Europe an inhospitable place to live in, where the ravages of poverty prevailed.  The Arrau family was advised to leave but mother decided to stay for the sake of Claudio's artistic development.

1915-1918

Europe

Extensive series of European recitals and concerts by Claudio Arrau under Arthur Nikish (Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig), Fritz Steinbach, Karl Muck, Wilhelm Mengelberg, Wilhelm Fürtwangler, Richard Strauss, Otto Klemperer, et al.
  
Claudio gave recitals before the King of Württemberg, the Bavarian Royal Family, the Queen of Rumania, the Norwegian Monarchs, and several other distinguished admirers.
1916    

1916

U.S.A.

On 20th January, in referring to Claudio Arrau's début at the Künstlerhaus of Berlin on 10th December 1914, the Musical Courier of New York praises the young pianist's extraordinary technical piano exploits at age 11.

1916

Germany

Claudio Arrau's recital in Münich on 16 October.

1916

Germany

Recital by Claudio Arrau in Hamburg on Friday 20th October, with a program including works by:

> Bach:  Prelude and fugue
> Haydn:  Fantasie
> Mozart:  Rondo
> Beethoven: Les adieux sonata (No.26)
> Schumann:  Variations Op. 1
> Sofie Menter:  Two Studies and Waltz
> Liszt:  Spanish Rhapsodie

The Neue Hamburger Zeitung of 21 October.
The Hamburger Nachrichtena of 21 October.

1916

Germany

Recital by Claudio Arrau at the Meistersaal of Berlin in early November.

[The Lokal Anzeiger]

1916

Germany

Acclaimed recital by Claudio Arrau at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Friday 3rd November, with a program including:

> Bach:  Prelude and Fugue in G major, Book I,
    Well-Tempered Keyboard
> Haydn:  Fantasia in C major
> Mozart:  Rondo in A minor
> Beethoven:  Sonata No.26 Op. 81a Les adieux
> Schumann: Variations on the Name Abegg Op.1
> Gernsheim: Three Préludes from Op.2
> Liszt:  Spanish Rhapsodie
Encore
> Mendelssohn:  [work ?]

The Allgemeine Musik Zeitung.
The Lokal Anzeiger.
The Der Tag of 7 November.
The Vossische Zeitung of 8 November.
The Berliner Tageblatt of 12 November.

1917    

1917

U.S.A.

Claudio Arrau's revered, exemplary pianist, Venezuelan-born Teresa Carreño (1853-1917), a pupil of Anton Rubinstein and wife of (amongst others) celebrated pianist Eugene d'Albert, dies on 12 June in New York.

1917-8?

Germany

Claudio Arrau wins The Sachsen-Gothaische Medal.
1918    

1918

Germany

Graduation: Exceptional Honours Diploma in Piano from the Julius Stern Conservatory, an award especially created for Claudio Arrau.

1918

Germany

Acclaimed recital by Claudio Arrau at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Monday 11th March, with a program including:

> Bach:  Preludes and Fugues in C major and B flat minor, from Book II, Well-Tempered Keyboard
> Beethoven:  Variations Op.35 Eroïca
> Schubert:  Impromptus Op.90 No.2 and Op.142 Nos. 2 & 4
> Georg Schumann:  Variations and Fugue on an Original
    Theme Op.64
> Strauss-Tausig: Nachfalter (Valse caprice)
> Liszt:  Mazeppa

1918
Poland
Recitals by Claudio Arrau in Swinoujscie (Swinemünde) on 25th July, and Miedzyzdroje (Misdroy), on 26th July.
1918
Germany
Recitals by Claudio Arrau in Heringsdorf (date?), Kolberg (on 27th July), Heringsdorf again (on 1st August), Travermünde (on 3rd August), Binz (on 5th August), Brunshaupten (on 6th August) ...
1918
Germany
Claudio Arrau's revered teacher and mentor, Martin Krause, dies aged 65, on 2nd August, from this year's great flu pandemic.  

His students played at the funeral ceremony.  
Claudio Arrau rendered Liszt's Hexameron in his teacher's honour.

A period of self-doubt, anxiety and depression followed.
1918
Germany
Recital by Claudio Arrau at the Beethoven-Saal of Berlin on Monday 7th October, performing the following programme:

> Bach:  Fantasia and fugue in A minor
> Beethoven:  Piano Sonata No.28 Op.101
> Mendelssohn:  Variations sérieuses Op.54
> Chopin:  Barcarolle Op.60
> Chopin:  Nocturne Op.48
> Chopin:  Scherzo Op.39
> Edvard Moritz:  Four pieces Op.1
> Liszt et al:  Héxaméron
1918
Europe
Claudio Arrau goes on a concert tour including Norway, Finland, Bulgaria, and Yugoslavia.
1918
Germany
Claudio Arrau's Berlin performance in December, with a programme including the following orchestral works:

> Hermann Goetz:  Piano Concerto No.2 Op.18
> Chopin:  Variations for piano and orchestra on a theme from
    Mozart's Don Giovanni Op.2
> Richard Strauss:  Burleske for piano and orchestra
> Liszt:  Piano Concerto No.1 G.124
1919    
1919
Germany
Claudio Arrau wins the Franz Liszt Prize, awarded for the first time in 45 years.
1919
England
Claudio Arrau visits London for the first time in November and attends two receptions (on Tuesday the 4th and Saturday the 8th) where he displays his talent before selected audiences, in an attempt at obtaining a contract.
1920    
1920
Germany
Claudio Arrau wins the Franz Liszt Prize, for a second consecutive year.
1920

England

Claudio Arrau has his London recital début at the Aeolian Hall with:
> four sonatas by A. Scarlatti and
> Goldberg Variations
by J.S. Bach.

 1920

 

 England

 

Claudio Arrau secures an engagement to appear at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 30th May at 3:00 pm, sharing a recital with singers Nellie Melba, Maurice D'Oisly, and Dinh Gilly of The Royal Opera Covent Garden.

Claudio Arrau played Liszt's Rhapsodie espagnole to astonishing acclaim.

[Violinist Bronislaw Hubermann?]
[The Times, London, 26.05.1920]

 1920

 Germany

Shared fund raising evening held at The Sing-Akademie zu Berlin, on Monday 20th September at 7:30 pm for the benefit of Ernst von Wolzogen, cultural critic and founder of Cabaret in Germany.  Claudio Arrau confirmed his participation as a solo performer, amongst other artists.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins] of 19th to 26th September 1920.

[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

 1920

 England

Second pianoforte recital by Claudio Arrau at the Aeolian Hall, London, on Friday 5th November at 3:00 pm.

[The Times, London, 03.11.1920]

 1920

 England

Claudio Arrau obtains an engagement to appear at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 7th November, sharing a recital with Mlle. Grazielle Pareto, Mr. Dinh Gilly, and Mr. Albert Sammons.

[The Times, London, 03.11.1920]

 1920

 England

Pianist Claudio Arrau and violinist Milan Yovanovitch Bratza perform at a recital in Preston, Lancashire.

1920

Germany

Claudio Arrau's first piano evening at the Beethoven Hall of Berlin on Tuesday 5th October. 'Hermann Wolff und Jules Sachs GmbH' managed the presentation.

The programme included:
> Bach's Toccata in C minor,
> Beethoven's Sonata No.30 in E major Op.109,
> Chopin's Sonata in B minor Op.58, and
> short pieces by Debussy and Balakirev.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins] of 7th and 14th October 1920.

1920

Germany

Claudio Arrau's début with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra [Berliner Philharmonisches Orchestre] under Karl Muck in December, interpreting:

> Liszt's arrangement for piano and orchestra of Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy.

 1920

 Germany

First presentations followed suit for Claudio Arrau with the main German Orchestras in Berlin, Munich, Dresden, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Hamburg, and Frankfurt under leading conductors including Wilhelm Furtwängler (whose musical attributes were revered by Arrau), Karl Muck, Leo Blech, and others.
1921    

 1921

Chile

Claudio Arrau Scholarship from the Chilean Government to pursue studies in Berlin comes to an end.

1921

England

Claudio Arrau's first ever acoustic recordings:  a Schubert Moment musical and a Chopin Waltz on the Vocalion label.

[Marston CD 52023-2, USA, 2000]

1921

Austria

First recital by young piano virtuoso from Chile, Claudio Arrau, at the Vienna Concert House today Friday 4th February at 7:00 pm.

Source: Reichspost Wein of 4th February 1921.

1921

Austria

Only piano recital by Claudio Arrau at the Vienna Music Academy on Sunday 6th February at 5:00 pm.

Source: Pester Lloyd Wein of 30th January 1921.

[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration] 

1921

Austria

Virtuoso pianist Claudio Arrau to perform in the Great Hall of the Vienna Concert House on Saturday 12th February

The Vienna Symphony Orchestra [Wiener Symphoniker] and soloist will play the following programme under the baton of opera conductor Franz Schalk:

> Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat major Op.23
> R.Strauss's Burlesque in D minor
> Liszt's Piano Concerto No.2 in A major.

Source: Reichspost Wein of 5th, 9th & 11th February 1921, et al.

1921

Austria

Claudio Arrau third performance at the Vienna Concert House announced for Wednesday 16th February.

1921

Germany

Organized by 'Hermann Wolf und Jules Sachs GmbH', piano recital by Claudio Arrau at the Beethoven Hall of Berlin on Friday 4th March, with a programme including:

> Bach's Variations for keyboard in A minor in the Italian style,
> Beethoven's Sonata No.2 in A major Op.2 No.2,
> Schumann's Études symphoniques Op.13, and
> pieces by Albéniz and Liszt.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins] for 21.01 to 05.03.1921 and for 28.02 to 12.03.1921.

[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1921

Germany

Managed by 'Hermann Wolf und Jules Sachs GmbH', Hertha Kahn (violin) and Claudio Arrau (piano) perform a sonata recital at the Beethoven Hall of Berlin on Monday 14th March at 7:30 pm.

The programme consists of:
> Brahms's Sonata No.2 in A major Op.100,
> Edvard Moritz's Sonata in F minor, and
> César Franck's Sonata.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins] for 07 to 19.03.1921.

[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1921

Germany

Journalist A.M. de Candia, from the Caras y Caretas magazine of Buenos Aires, interviews Claudio Arrau in Berlin in March, for a two-page article published by 'Caras y Caretas' on 26 June [pages 51 and 52]

A slightly edited version of the article (excluding brief irrelevant diversions) is found in the Documents section of ArrauHouse, under Miscellanea.

1921

 

 

Chile

 

 

Claudio Arrau's first professional recital and concert tour of Chile started on 12th May.

A series of 11 both greatly acclaimed and controversial recitals was presented at the Teatro Municipal of Santiago. 

Controversy arose because of the modern works included in the programs [Diario Ilustrado newspaper of 19th June].

The above 11 recitals included works from the following repertoire played during this Chilean tour -

> Bach: Partita in C Minor
> Beethoven: Variations Op.35
> Beethoven: Sonata No.18 Op.31 No.3 The Hunt
> Beethoven: Sonata No.26 Op.81a Les adieux
> Chopin: Sonata No.2 Op.35
> Liszt: Dante Sonata
> Brahms: Paganini Variations Op.35
> Schumann: Études symphomiques Op.13
> Balakirev: Islamey
> Menter, Sophie: Valse for Claudio Arrau
> Schulz-Evler, Adolf: Arabesques on 'An der Schönen Blauen Donau' Op.314 (On the Blue Danube).  
[1]. 
> Tausig, Carl: Nachtfalter Transcriptions Op.157 (Night butterfly) from "Nouvelles Soirées de Vienne". 
[2].
> Strauss, Johann (junior): Man lebt nur einmal! Op.67 (We live only once). 
[3].
> Jensen, Adolph: Four pieces from the Erotikon Op.44. 
[4].
> Sgambati, Giovanni: Vecchio minuetto Op.13. 
[5].
> Albéniz: Fête-Dieu à Séville & Triana (from Iberia)
> Debussy: Soirée dans Grenade & Jardins sous la pluie (from Estampes)
> Debussy: Reflets dans l'eau (from Images book I)
> Debussy: Voiles, La sérénade interrompue, La cathédrale engloutie, ...Minstrels & Feux d'artifice (from Préludes books I and II)


At the Teatro Municipal of Santiago, performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 and Liszt's Piano Concerto No.1, under Luigi Stefano Giarda.

Claudio Arrau also visited Valparaíso where he gave a recital at the Teatro Victoria [La Estrella newspaper of Valparaíso].

1.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwKpwIxPFF8&feature=related
2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkL2Q_TdXHM
3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcIOEUvRxck
4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lztya5atQM
4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMNL_u77WkU
5.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaXwnoc3HOs

1921

Chile

'La Estrella' newspaper of Valparaíso, in its editions of 25th and 26th of May, gives account of the ambitious recital by Claudio Arrau at the 'Teatro Victoria' of Valparaíso, in two articles entitled 'Today's Great Concert' [El Gran Concierto de Hoy] and 'Yesterday's Concert' [El Concierto de Ayer].
The programme included a Sonata by Beethoven, Symphonic Studies by Schuman, [unspecified] work/s by Debussy, and one of Liszt's Petrarca Sonnets.
The article includes a defence of 'disonant' Debussy, thus reflecting a degree of public opposition to this modern composer.

1921

Argentina

'Caras y Caretas' magazine of Buenos Aires published on 26th June an interview with Claudio Arrau and his mother, conducted in March in Berlin, whereby journalist A.M. de Candia gives a comprehensive overview of Claudio Arrau's activities and success in Europe.

1921

Chile

Claudio Arrau returned to his birthplace, Chillán, for the first time on 9th July, accompanied by his mother.  

Two recitals by Arrau at the Teatro Municipal of Chillán on 10th and 11th July were offered to an extremely emotional, loving public.
[La Discusión newspaper of Chillán, July 1921].

The performance of 10th July included works by Schumann, Chopin & Liszt.  On 11th July, the programme included works by Bach, Beethoven & Debussy.

Arrau was transported from the Schleyer-Gazmuri family home, where he was staying, to the Teatro Municipal of Chillán, on a carriage drawn by white horses which, at a particular point in the trajectory, were replaced with a group of enthusiastic local high school students who completed the distance, whilst the crowds cheered in the streets.
[La Discusión newspaper of Chillán, 15 June 1991].

1921

Chile

Arrau opens in Chillán the 'Claudio Arrau Music Academy' in August, founded and led by Ms. Dolores Sánchez de Rodas. At the end of the artistic programme that formed part of the Academy's opening ceremony, Arrau played a popular work by Johann Strauss.

[La Discusión newspaper of Chillán, 8 September 1921].

1921

Argentina

Claudio Arrau's first professional concert tour of Argentina in October, with greatly acclaimed recitals in Buenos Aires. 

1921

Argentina

Claudio Arrau's fourth recital at the 'Teatro Cervantes' of Buenos Aires in October.  The programme consisted of:

> Beethoven: Sonata No.26 en mi bemol mayor, Los adioses

> Debussy: La cathédrale engloutie
> Debussy: Minstrels
> Debussy: Jardins sous la pluie

> Liszt: Balada en si menor
> Liszt: Ricordanza
> Liszt: Rhapsodie espagnole

[Caras y Caretas, Buenos Aires, 29.10.1921, p.2]
1922    
1922
Germany
Recently returned from a South American tour, Claudio Arrau performs a solo recital at the Schwechten Hall of Berlin on Wednesday 22nd February at 8:00 pm, featuring a programme with works by Mozart, Schumann, Ravel, Bartók, and Scriabin.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins] for 13 to 26.02.1922.
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]
1922
England
Claudio Arrau's triumphal performance in London at the famous 'Sunday Celebrity Show'.

1922

England

Two piano roll perforations by Claudio Arrau:  
> a Schubert Impromptu and
> Sophie Menter's Valse dedicated to Claudio Arrau .
[Aeolian Duo Art Rolls PR010 & PR019]
1922
Germany

Claudio Arrau's first recital at the Meistersaal of Berlin devoted to J.S. Bach's Well Temepered Clavier on Tuesday 26th September.  [Announced but not performed on two previous dates].

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

1922
Germany

Claudio Arrau's second recital at the Meistersaal of Berlin devoted to J.S. Bach's Well Temepered Clavier on Friday 2oth October.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

1922

Austria

Recital by Claudio Arrau at the Central Concert Hall of the Konzertbüro der Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft at 7:00 pm on 14th November, with a program including:

> Beethoven, Sonate Nr.28 A-dur Op.101

> Schubert, Sonate B-dur

> Chopin, Ballade F-dur Op.38
> Chopin, Nocturno E-moll Op.72 Nr.1
> Chopin, Impromptu Fis-dur Op.36
> Chopin, Scherzo Cis-moll Op.39

1922
Austria

Performance in Vienna of Schubert's Trio No. 1 in B-flat major for piano, violin and violoncello, D. 898 Op.99, including Claudio Arrau and local string players.
[Piero Rattalino, Claudio Arrau il filosofo, Zecchini Editore, Varese, 2006]

1922
Austria

Recital by Claudio Arrau at the Ballroom of the Linz Club House [Bereinshaus], on Friday 24th November at 8:00 pm, with a programme comprising the following wroks:

> Beethoven: Sonate No.28 in A major Op.101
> Schumann: Sonate in F sharp minor Op.11
> Chopin: Ballade in F major Op. 58
> Chopin: Nocturne Op.72 No.1
> Chopin: Impromptu Op.35
> Chopin: Scherzo Op.39

[Source: Linzer Tages-Post, 19 & 21 November 1922]

1922
Austria
Claudio Arrau plays J.S. Bach's The Well-tempered Klavier in Vienna, at the Konzerthaus-Kasse, on 19th, 22nd and 26th November, at 11 am, 4 pm and 11 am, respectively.

[Vienna's Neue Freie Presse of 19.11.1922, page 20, 4th column]
1922
Austria
Piano recital by Claudio Arrau at the 'Konzerthaus Linz' on Friday 1st December, featuring a programme that included:

> Bach's Three Préludes and Fugues from the Well Tempered
    Clavier Book II:  in C major, B flat minor, and D sharp minor
> Mozart's Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat major KV.282
> Schubert's Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat major D.960
> Liszt's Mephisto Waltz
> Liszt's Soneto del Petrarca No.104
> Encores, including:
    -  Liszt's Vals oubliée
    -  Mendelssohn's Caprice [unspecified]
    -  and two others.

Arrau's performance was enthusiastically appreciated, with the concert agent engaging the pianist for a farewell, third appearance on 4th December.

[Sources: Linzer Tages-Post & Tageblatt Wien, both of 02.12.1922]
1922
Germany

Claudio Arrau's third Bach recital at the Meistersaal of Berlin on Friday 15th December.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

1923    
1923
Germany

Claudio Arrau's fourth Bach recital at the Meistersaal of Berlin on Thursday 11th January, playing The Well-tempered Klavier at the Berlin's Meistersaal over four evenings to great critical acclaim.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins] et al.

1923
Germany

A Gustav Bumcke Composition Evening is organized for Tuesday 16th January at the Berlin Singing Academy [Singakademie], with the participation of Prof. Schubert, Arrau, Madsen and Drwenski; the Fleck, Hahn and Peiper female trio; and the wind quintet formed by Harz, Conrad, Moritz, Schumann et. al.

The programme included:
> Suite for two pianos
- Tenor songs with chamber orchestra
- Female trios
- Organ preludes
> Sextet for piano and winds

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1923
Germany
Claudio Arrau's concert performances with the 'Philharmonisches Orchester' conducted by Prof. Richard Hagel at the Beethoven-Saal of Berlin on Friday 16th February at 8:00 pm.

The programme consisted of:
> Schumann: Piano Concerto
> Chopin: Piano Concerto [unspecified]
> Busoni: Indian Fantasy (Fantasia indiana/Indianische Fantasie) for Piano and Orchestra Op.44 in three movements.

Aclaimed performances.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
1923
Germany
Shared performance by Claudio Arrau at the Bechstein Hall of Berlin on Wednesday 4th April, interpreting solo works by Brahms and Chopin in the second part.

The first part of the programme consisted of songs and arias by various composers, interpreted by Sophie Krause with the accompaniment of Bruno Seidler-Winkler.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration] 
1923
Germany Piano and violin sonata recital by Claudio Arrau and Stefan Frenkel at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Saturday 7th April at 7:30 pm.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]
1923
Germany
Acclaimed performance by Claudio Arrau of one of Schubert's Piano Sonatas in G and Liszt's Réminiscences de Don Juan Fantasy (from Mozart's Don Giovani) in Munich.

1923

U.S.A.

In an account of the wealth of artists expected to participate in the incoming season, and under the heading "Beethoven Cycle for Paris", The New York Times of 26 August mentions the impending first ever North American tour by pianist Claudio Arrau. Under the ironic subtitle "Yes, we have no pianists", there is a list of 22 pianists for the season, the last entry being Claudio Arrau.

1923-1924

 

U.S.A.

 

Claudio Arrau début tour of the U.S. organised by the Baldwin Company, including -
> three recitals in New York,
    and concerts with:
> the Boston Symphony under Pierre Monteux
> the Chicago Symphony under Leopold Stokowski, and
> the Chicago Symphony under Frederick Stock

Positive reaction from the public to splendid performances.
Rather lukewarm reception by critics.
Contract dishonoured by Arrau's impresario.

1923

 




U.S.A.

 




Claudio Arrau's U.S. début at the Carnegie Hall, New York, on 20th October, with a program comprising:

> Beethoven's Sonata No.18 Op 31 No. 3 The Hunt
> Chopin's Nocturne Op 48 No. 1
> Chopin Waltz Op.34 No.3
> Chopin's Scherzo No.3
> Debussy's Reflets dans l'eau
>
Debussy's Feux d'artifice
> Debussy's
Minstrels
> Liszt's Don Juan fantasy, with

> a Liszt's Rhapsody as encore.

[Appreciative review in The New York Times of 21st October]

1923

 

 

U.S.A.

 

 

Claudio Arrau's second recital at the Aeolian Hall, Manhattan, on Wednesday 14th November playing:

> three preludes and fugues from the Well Tempered Clavier by Bach
> Les adieux sonata by Beethoven (No.26)
> works by Chopin (including Ballade in F minor, a Nocturne)
> works by Debussy (including Gardens in the Rain)
> Liszt's Spanish Rhapsody, and
> Busoni's Carmen Fantasy.

[News item in The New York Times and The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of 15 November]

1923

U.S.A.

Claudio Arrau performances in November of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Busoni’s arrangement for piano and orchestra of Liszt’s Rhapsodie Espagnole, under Frederick Stock conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

1923

 

 

U.S.A.

 

 

The International Composers Guild opened its season on Sunday 2nd December at the Vanderbilt Theatre of New York, with a program of works by contemporary composers as interpreted by various artists.

Arrau contributed his interpretations of:
> Arthur Lourie's Syntheses (set of pieces),
> Hindemith's March and Nachtstück, and
> Bartók's Improvisations.

Critic H.C. Colles felt unable to make much musical sense out of the whole evening.

[ The New York Times of 3rd December]
1923 U.S.A. Performance by Claudio Arrau of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Pierre Monteux conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

1923-1924















U.S.A.














A typical Claudio Arrau recital program during his first tour of the U.S. was the following one, published in New York and Chicago by The Civic Music Association:

> Mozart's Rondo in D major and
> Beethoven's Sonata No.14 in C sharp major Op.27 No.2 Moonlight
> Chopin's Ballade in G minor and
>
Chopin's Barcarolle, followed by
> Liszt's Au bord d'une source,
>
Liszt's Petrarch Sonetto 123, and
>
Liszt's Mephisto Waltz.

Intermission


> Debussy's Poisons d'or and
>
Debussy's La cathédrale engloutie,
> Ravel's Alborada del gracioso and
>
Ravel's Ondine,
> Albéniz' Rondo, and
> Granados's El pelele.
 
1924    
1924
U.S.A. At a second 'International Referendum Concert' organized in New York by the Franco-Americam Society on Friday 22nd February, pianists Robert Schmitz and Claudio Arrau contributed with their interpretations on two pianos of:

> Louis Vuillemin: Two dances
> Manuel Infante: Danses Andalouses [first performance]

[The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, New York, 23 February 1924]
1924
England
Claudio Arrau interprets J.S. Bach's The Well-tempered Klavier in London.
1924
Austria
Claudio Arrau interprets J.S. Bach's The Well-tempered Klavier in Vienna.

1924-1940

Germany

Claudio Arrau is appointed to a Professorship in Piano with the Julius Stern Conservatory of Berlin [Berliner Musikschule], succeeding Maestro Martin Krause.

1924

Germany

Claudio Arrau enters the rich European musical and intellectual circle of the times, including contacts with Ferruccio Busoni, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Erick Kleiber, Otto Klemperer, Artur Schnabel, Edwin Fischer and many others.

1924

Germany

Claudio Arrau public performance of Richard Strauss's Burleske for piano and orchestra, with the Chemnitz Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Strauss himself.

1924

Germany

Claudio Arrau meets Dr. Hubert Abrahamsohn, noted Jungian psychologist from Düsseldorf, a pivotal influence on Arrau's personal and artistic development.  
Arrau had previously received professional support and wise encouragement from Dr. Leo Barcynski, a physician turned opera singer.

1924

South America

Claudio Arrau tours South America, including a second professional visit to his home country.

1924

Chile

Recital by Claudio Arrau in Santiago, including works by both classical and at the time unknown modern composers, such as:

> Scriabin:  Sonata No.5
> Ravel:  Alborada del gracioso & Gaspard de la nuit
> Busoni:  La berceuse
> Schönberg:  Drei Klavierstücke Op.11
> Bartók:  Suite Op.14

On 11th July Arrau took part in a Santiago Bach Society's Concert to perform, along with pianist Armando Palacios, one of J.S. Bach's concertos in C minor for two keyboards, as part of an all-Bach program including several musicians.

On 18th, 21st, 25th & 29th July, Arrau performed Bach's The Well-tempered Klavier for the first time in Santiago.

1924

Chile

Private performance by Claudio Arrau in Santiago of 'Sonate Dionisiaque', a fantasy sonata of the Chilean composer Acario Cotapos.  
[Nuevas luces sobre Acario Cotapos, L. Merino M.]

1924

Chile

Claudio Arrau is appointed Active Permanent Member of the Santiago J.S. Bach Society, headed by Mr. Domingo Santa Cruz.
1925    
1925
Germany
First recital by Claudio Arrau including new compositions at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Tuesday 3rd February at 8:00 pm.

The programme consisted of:
> Bach-Busoni: [Unspecified]
> Mozart: Sonata in A minor
> Ravel: [Unspecified]
> Scriabin: Sonata No.5

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
1925
Germany

Second recital by Claudio Arrau including new compositions at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Friday 3rd April at 8:00 pm, with a programme comprising works by:

> Mozart,
> Chopin,
> Béla Bartók: Etüden Op.18,
> Jean Wiener,
> Stravinsky: Piano Rag Music (for the first time).

Sources:
Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins]. 
['Das Unterhaltungsblatt' of 24th April].

1925
Austria

Sixth subscription recital by Claudio Arrau at the Ballroom of the Linz Club House [Bereinshaus], on Thursday 7th May in the evening, performing the following programme:

> Chopin: Ballade Op.23
> Chopin: Mazurka Op.63 No.1
> Chopin: Mazurka Op.41 No.1
> Chopin: Polonaise Op.26 No.2  
> Beethoven: Sonata in A major Op.110
> Liszt: Reminiscences of Don Juan

[Source: Linzer Tages-Post, 26 April & 7 May 1925]
[Source: Tagblatt, Vienna, 26 April 1925]

1925
Austria

Seventh subscription recital by Claudio Arrau at the Ballroom of the Linz Club House [Bereinshaus], on Tuesday 12th May at 8:00 pm, featuring the following programme:

> Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D major for Organ
    (transcribed for the piano by F. Busoni))
> Mozart: Sonata in A minor KV310
> Debussy: Mouvement, Voiles, Minstrels, L'isle joyeuse
> Chopin: Twelve etudes from Op.25

[Source: Linzer Tages-Post, 26 April, 7 & 12 May 1925]
[Source: Tagblatt, Vienna, 26 April 1925]

1925
Austria

Recital by Claudio Arrau at the Linz Club House [Bereinshaus], on Friday 15th May at 8:00 pm, with a programme including the following works:

> Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D major (Book I, Well Tempered Clavier)
> Bach: Prelude and fugue in C sharp minor (Book II, Well Tempered Clavier)
> Beethoven: Sonata in F sharp major Op.78
> Beethoven: Fantasy for Piano Op.77
> Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit (three poems)
> Chopin: Preludes Op.28

[Source: Linzer Tages-Post, 16 May 1925]

[Source: Tagblatt, Vienna, 16 May 1925]

1925
Germany

Third recital by Claudio Arrau including new compositions at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Friday 22nd November at 8:00 pm.

The programme included works by:
> Bach: [Unspecified]
> Busoni: Fantasia contrapuntistica
> Alkan, Ch. V.: [Unspecified]
> Liszt: [Unspecified]

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1926    
1926
Germany

Claudio Arrau recital at the Blüthnersaal [Lützowstraße 76] of Berlin on Friday 8th October at 8:00 pm.

The programme consisted of works by:
> Weber: Piano Sonata No.2 in A flat major
> Rameau: [Unspecified]
> Strawinsky: Serenade in A (for the first time)
> Liszt: Paganini Etudes

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1926
Austria
Claudio Arrau recital at the Kleiner Hall on Tuesday 19th October at 8:00 pm.

[Source: Wiener Zeitung, Vienna, 15 October 1926]
[This entry needs corroboration]
1926
Austria
Claudio Arrau recital at the Ballroom of the Commercial Association Building, playing a Blüthner piano on Wednesday 20th October at 8:00 pm.

The programme included:
> Weber: Klaviersonate in A flat major Op.39
> Chopin: Impromptu in F sharp major
> Liszt: Six Grand Etudes after Paganini

[Source: Linzer Tages-Post, Vienna, 16 October 1926]
[This entry needs corroboration]
1926
Austria

Claudio Arrau recital on a Blüthner piano [where?] on or prior to Tuesday 26th October.

The programme included:
> Weber: Piano Sonata Op.39
> Chopin: Six études
> Chopin: Ballade
> Liszt: Grand études after Paganini

[Source: Tagblatt, Vienna, 26 October 1926]
[Source: Linzer Tages-Post, Vienna, 27.11.1926]

1926
Germany

Claudio Arrau performance at an all-Tschaikovsky broadcast by Radio Leipzig on Friday 19th November at 8:30 pm, with the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra.

[Source: Tagblatt, Vienna, 19.11.1926]
[This entry needs corroboration]

1926
Germany

Claudio Arrau second recital (of the 1926/27 season) at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Friday 17th December at 8:00 pm.

The programme included works by the following composers:
> Schubert
> Georges Auric (for the first time)
> Henri Sauguet (for the first time)
> Nicolas Nabokoff (for the first time)
> Chopin

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

1927    

1927

Czechoslovakia

Radio Prague broadcast of a programme with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at the Smetana Hall of the Prague Municipal House on Sunday 2nd January at 3:30 pm, as part of  'Countryside Broadcasting' [Landwirtschaftlicher Rundfunk].

Claudio Arrau interpreted Chopin's Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor.

The programme also included Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture.

[Source: Radio Wein magazine, Vienna, 03.01.1927]

1927

Finland

Claudio Arrau performance in Helsinki of Liszt's complete Etudes d'exécution transcendante d'après Paganini G.140 (Nos. 1 through to 6) on Monday 21st February.
1927
Germany
Likely electrical recording in March of Beethoven's Adagio plus Theme and Variations from the Trio B-dur Op.11;  and likely electrical recording in October of Schubert's Scherzo from the Trio B-dur Op.99 and Scherzo from the Trio B-dur Op.100, with the Weissgerber Trio, including Claudio Arrau (piano), Andreas Weissgerber (violin), and Joseph Weissgerber (cello), for the German Vox label.

Vox 06337-E, sides A and B, issued in March 1927.
Vox 06368-E, sides A and B, respectively, issued in October 1927.

Important: This entry needs corroboration through contemporary printed sources.
1927
Germany
Claudio Arrau's third and last recital (of the 1926/27 season) at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Monday 4th April at 8:00 pm.

The programme included works by:
> Chopin: [Unspecified]
> Liszt: Sonate in B minor
> Strawinsky: Petruschka

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration] 

1927

Switzerland

Claudio Arrau wins Geneva's Grand prix international des pianistes in a contest held over April-May.

All participants were required to include Balakirev's Islamey in their single individual recitals.  

Judges were Alfred Cortot, Jose Vianna da Motta, Josef Pembauer, Arthur Rubinstein, and Ernst Schelling.
1927
Germany
Claudio Arrau performed at the Fifth Festival of the International Society for Contemporary Music - ISCM [Fünftes Fest der Internationalen Gesellschaft für Neue Musik], held at the Frankfurt Opera House between 29th June – 4th July.

The first chamber music concert, held on Thursday 30th June at 7:30 pm, included five new compositions, amongst them Joaquín Turina’s Trio for piano, violin and cello composed in 1926, which was performed by Claudio Arrau (from Berlin), piano; Stefan Frenkel (from Berlin), violin; and Maurits Frank (from Frankfurt), cello.

The third chamber music concert, held on Monday 4th July at 7:30 pm, included a further five new compositions, amongst them Alexander Jemnitz’s Sonate for violin and piano Op.22, which was performed by Stefan Frenkel (violin) and Claudio Arrau (piano).
1927
Switzerland
Full-house recital by Claudio Arrau in Geneva at the Reformation Hall on Saturday 13th August, in celebration of his winning the Grand Prix.

The programme included a Partita and two Fugues by Bach, the Sonata in B minor by Liszt, Petrushka by Stravinsky and, as an encore, the mandatory composition of this year's Grand Prix, Islamey by Balakirev.

Acclaimed by the Geneva critic.
[El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile. 14 August 1927]
1927
Europe
The Geneva's Grand Prix promoted Claudio Arrau's career and resulted in recording contracts with Polydor and Electrola.
1927
England
Claudio Arrau's first electrical, 78 rpm recordings for HMV in London.

1927

Switzerland

Claudio Arrau performances in Geneva of Arthur Oscar Honegger’s Concertino for Piano and Orchestra and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Ernest Ansermet.

1927

Germany

First recital by Claudio Arrau at the Singakademie of Berlin on Saturday 1st October at 8:00 pm.

The programme included works by:
> Scarlatti: [Unspecified]
> Bach: Goldberg Variations
> Liszt: [Unspecified]

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration] 

1927

Germany

Claudio Arrau performance of Schumann’s Piano Concerto Op 54 with the Wiesbaden Orchestra [Wiesbadener Orchester] conducted by Otto Klemperer.

1927

Germany

Second recital by Claudio Arrau at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Saturday 10th December at 8:00 pm, playing a Blüthner grand piano.

The following works were included in the programme:
> Chopin: Polonaise
> Chopin: Tarantella
> Brahms: Paganini Variations
> Busoni: Elegy
> Liszt: Mephisto Waltz

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration] 

1927/
1928?

Germany

Claudio Arrau performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the [Berlin Philharmonic?] conducted by Willem Mengelberg. http://arrausite.free.fr/Index.html
1928    
1928
Austria Performance by Claudio Arrau at the Linzer Urania, Vienna, on Wednesday 4th January.

[Source: Linzer Tages-Post, 1st January 1928]
[Source: Tagblatt, Vienna, 1st January 1928]
[This entry needs corroboration]
1928 U.S.A. In an article by John J. Daley about soprano Sofía del Campo touring the U.S., entitled 'The Singing Senora', published in the Washington Post of 8th January, Claudio Arrau is mentioned, amongst several internationally renown, leading artists at the time, whose recitals in Berlin have been received with stirring enthusiasm.
1928
Germany
Electrical, 78 rpm recordings by Claudio Arrau for German Gramophone (Polydor).
1928
Germany Claudio Arrau's last recital prior to leaving for South America, at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Monday 12th March at 8:oo pm.

The programme consisted of works by Chopin and Liszt.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]  
1928
Chile

Series of Claudio Arrau performances in Santiago with programs including works by Mozart, Haydn, Brahms, Schubert, Balakirev, as well as the following compositions by -

> Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 Op.58
> Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 Op.21
> Bussoni: Indianische Fantaisie for piano & orchestra Op.44
... with Armando Carvajal conducting.
and
> Bach: Partita in G major
> Chopin: Sonata No.2 Op.35
> Weber: Sonata No.2 Op.39
> Meldenssohn: Variations sérieuses
> Liszt: Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este
> Liszt: Études d'exécution trascendante d' après Paganini
> Debussy: Les collines d' Anacapri (from Préludes book I)
> Debussy: La puerta del vino (from Préludes book II)
> Debussy: La terrase des audiences du clair de lune (from Préludes
> book II)
> Auric, Georges: Sonatina (of 1923)
> Sauguet, Henri: Trois Françaises (études of 1923)
> Stravinsky: Piano Rag Music
> Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite (three movements)

1928
Argentina Recital by Claudio Arrau at the 'Salón La Argentina' of Buenos Aires, on Monday 21st May at 9:15 pm, presented by the 'Asociación Wagneriana de Buenos Aires'.

The programme comprised the following compositions:
> JS Bach: Dos preludios con fuga
> JS Bach: Partita en La menor
> Chopin: Sonata No.2 en Si bemol menor Op.35
> N.Nabokov: Sonata (primera audición)
> Stravinsky: Petrouchka (tres movimientos)
1928
Germany Claudio Arrau's concert performance with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Issay Dobrowen at the Philharmonie (Bernburger Str. 22/23) on Wednesday 14th November at 8:00 pm.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]  
1928
Germany Claudio Arrau's recital at the Singakademie on Thursday 29th November at 8:00 pm.

The programme included works by:
> Bach: [unspecified]
> Chopin: Sonata in C minor
> Debussy: [unspecified]
> Stravinsky: Petruschka

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]  
1929    
1929 Germany Piano recital by Claudio Arrau at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Tuesday 8th January at 8:00 pm, performing solo works of Chopin, Schumann and Liszt.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins] et. al.
1929 Germany Broadcast by Radios Berlin & Stettin, on Friday 18th January at 8:30 pm, of a symphonic programme which included Claudio Arrau's interpretation on a Blüthner grand piano of Stravinsky's Concerto for Piano [and Wind Instruments, in its original version], with the Berlin Radio Orchestra.

[Source: Radio-Wein magazine, Vienna, 11 January 1929]
[This entry needs corroboration]
1929 Switzerland

Recital by Claudio Arrau in Basel on Wednesday 13th March with a programme including the following works:

> Mendelssohn:  Variations sérieuses Op.54
> Schumann:  Piano Sonata Op.11
> Liszt:  Sonetto No.123 del Petrarca
> Liszt:  Funérailles
> Liszt:  Ballade in B minor
> Chopin: Ten études

1929 Germany Third and last recital of the season by Claudio Arrau at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Sunday 6th April at 8:00 pm.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]    
1929 URSS Claudio Arrau first tour of the URSS:  Moscow, Leningrad and Kiev.
1929 Latvia/Letonia Claudio Arrau performance/s in Riga.
1929 Estonia Claudio Arrau performances in Reval (Tallinn), Pernau (Pärnu) & Dorpat (Tarbatu).
1929 Czechoslovakia Claudio Arrau performance/s in Prague.
1929 Spain

First ever visit by Claudio Arrau to Spain, organized by the 'Asociación de Cultura Musical' [A. de C.M.] of Madrid, with a recital at a full-house 'Sala de la Comedia' on 14th October and a formidable programme consisting of:

> Bach, J.S.: Preludio y fuga en do sostenido mayor
> Beethoven: Rondó en sol mayor
> Brahms: Variaciones sobre un tema de Paganini Op.35

> Chopin: Balada en fa bemol
> Chopin: Dos preludios
> Chopion: Dos estudios
> Chopin: Scherzo en si menor
- Encore - Chopin: A waltz

> Debussy: Réflets dans l'eau
> Debussy: Minstrels
> Debussy: Les collines d'Anacapri
> Strawinsky: Petruchka
        Danza rusa
        En casa de Petruchka
        La Pascua

Encores:
- Paganini-Liszt: Étude
- Liszt: Au bord d'une source
- Schubert: Viennese pieces

[La Libertad, Madrid, 15 de octubre de 1929]
[El Sol, Madrid, 15 de octubre de 1929]
[La Voz, Madrid, 15 de octubre de 1929]
[La Nación, Madrid, 16 de octubre de 1929]
[La Época, Madrid, 17 de octubre de 1929]
[Música, Barcelona, noviembre de 1929]

  Spain

Claudio Arrau participation at a four-part shared recital in Málaga, organized by the 'Sociedad Filarmónica de Málaga', which took place on Thursday 31st October

Arrau performed solo in the 2nd and 4th parts of the programme, as follows:

Second Part:
> Bach, J.S.: Preludio y fuga en do sostenido mayor
> Beethoven: Rondó en sol mayor
> Brahms: Variaciones sobre un tema de Paganini Op.35

Fourth Part:
> Chopin: Dos estudios
> Liszt: La caza
> Strawinsky: Danza rusa (de Petruchka)
> Balakirev: Islamey (fantasía oriental)

Musicians in Parts 1 and 3 were Jaime Kachiro (violin) and Narciso Figueroa (accompanying pianist).

[Boletín Musical, Septiembre y Octubre 1929, Córdoba, p.14]
[Música, Barcelona, Enero de 1930]

  Spain

Gala recital in November by Claudio Arrau at the 'Theatre of the Seville Expo 1929', organized by the Chilean Delegation.

Amongst other works, Arrau performed:
> Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Paganini Op.35
> Beethoven: Rondo
> Chopin: Several pieces
> Strawinsky: Petruchka

[Música, Barcelona, Diciembre de 1929]

1929 Bulgaria Claudio Arrau performance/s in Sofia in November.
1929 Germany Claudio Arrau's recital at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Friday 8th November at 8:00 pm.

The programme included works by:
> Bach
> Schumann: Symphonischen Etüden
> Chopin
> Ravel
> De Falla
> Liszt: Spanische Rhapsodie

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]     
1929 Italy Recital by Claudio Arrau at the 'Santa Cecilia in Trastevere' church, Rome, on Monday 16th December, performing the following programme:

> Beethoven:  Rondo Op.51 No.2
> Beethoven:  Sonata No.18 Op.31 No.3 The Hunt
> Schumann:  Symphonic Studies Op.13
> Chopin:  Five Préludes
> Chopin:  Scherzo Op.20
> Chopin:  Nocturne
> Chopin:  Two Studies
> Debussy:  Les collines d'Anacapri
> Debussy:  Minstrels
> Debussy:  Feux d'artifice
> Liszt:  Rhapsodie espagnol

1929

Switzerland

Claudio Arrau performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Zurich Townhall Orchestra [Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich] conducted by V. Andrae.
http://arrausite.free.fr/Index.html
1930    
1930
Germany
Broadcast from Königs Wusterhausen Radio (1634,9m 183,5kHz 26kW), Brandenburg, of a piano recital by Claudio Arrau on Tuesday 7th January at 8:00 pm, comprising the following works:
I
> Bach: Partita in A minor: 
        Fantasia,  Allemande,  Courante,
        Sarabande,  Burleska,   Scherzo,  Gigue.
II
> Liszt: Jeux d'eaux à la villa d'Este
> Liszt: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
> Liszt: Au bord d'une source
III
> Debussy: Les collines d'Anacapri
> Debussy: Minstrels
> Debussy: La soirée dans Grénade
> Debussy: Feux d'artifice

[Source: Radio-Wein magazine, Vienna, 03.01.1930]
[This entry needs corroboration]
1930
Germany
Piano recital by Claudio Arrau at the 'Conventgarten, großer Saal' of Hamburg on Thursday 9th January at 8:00 pm.

The programme comprised the following works:
I
> Beethoven: Rondo G-dur
> Brahms: Variationen über ein Thema von Paganini
> Chopin: Sonate Nr.3 h-moll
II
> Debussy: Reflets dans l'eau
> Debussy: Minstrels
> Debussy: Feux d'artifice
> Balakirew: Islamey (Orientalische Fantasie)
1930
Germany
Cover page photograph of Claudio Arrau   - the world-renowned piano virtuoso -   on the March issue (Nachtrag No.19) of the Odeon-Electric catalogue published in Berlin.  On page 3, Arrau's recording of Liszt's Die Wasserspiele in der Villa d'Este  is advertised:  Odeon O-6743, 78rpm.
Eight-page catalogue, 14.2cm x 21.4cm.
1930
URSS
Claudio Arrau's second tour of the URSS: Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev, Odessa.
[Express and News, Texas, 11 Jan 1970]
1930
Chile
Claudio Arrau performances in Santiago.
1930
Chile

Visit to Chillán, where Claudio Arrau was honoured with a reception dinner hosted by the Unzueta-Urrejola family and attended by Alfonso Urrejola Arrau, then Governor of Concepción, José Francisco Arrau, then Chillán's Lord Mayor, Miguel Unzueta, then Quillón's Lord Mayor, as well as several family members and distinguished local guests, including Lucía Unzueta de Arrau, Domitila Unzueta, Rosa Urrejola, Lisandro Martínez Serrano, Aída Bunster Ebherard, Berta Rosenberg Spoerer, María Campos Harriet, Carlos Díaz Garcés, and others.
[La Discusión newspaper of Chillán, 15 June 1991]

1930
Brazil
Claudio Arrau performances.
[Música, Barcelona, Octubre de 1930, p.16]
1930
Germany
In early November, Claudio Arrau is reported to be in an extended tour of South America, where he has again achieved the greatest success.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
1930
Argentina
Two recitals by Claudio Arrau in Buenos Aires in early December.
1930
Spain
Claudio Arrau performance in Madrid on Friday 12th December, sponsored by the 'Asociación de Cultura Musical', with a programme including:

> several Debussy pieces,
> Balakireff's Islamey,
> Beethoven's Sonata No.18 Op.31 No.3, and
> Schumann's Symphonic Studies.

[El Sol, Madrid, 14 de diciembre de 1930]
1930
Spain
The January 1931 edition of the 'Boletín Musical' of Córdoba, on its page 4, shows a calendar of Claudio Arrau's performances for last December 1930 in Madrid and southern Spain, as organized by the 'Asociación de Cultura Musical'. 

They were:
    Friday 5th:   Jaén
    Tuesday 9th:   Palma
    Friday 12th:   Madrid
    Saturday 13th:   Huelva
    Monday 15th:   Jerez
    Tuesday 16th:   Cádiz
    Wednesday 17th:   Gibraltar
    Friday 19th and Saturday 20th:   Granada
    Monday 22nd:   Almería
    Wednesday 24th:   Alcoy
    Monday 29th:   Alicante
    Tuesday 30th:   Murcia
1930
Spain
The February 1931 edition of the 'Boletín Musical' of Córdoba, on its page 4, informs of Claudio Arrau's recital performance in Valencia on Wednesday 31st December 1930, as organized by the 'Sociedad Filarmónica de Valencia'.   The programme included:

> Back, J.S.: Preludio y fuga en do sostenido mayor
> Beethoven: Rondó en sol mayor
> Brahms: Variaciones sobre un tema de Paganini Op.35

> Chopin: Balada en la bemol
> Chopin: Dos preludios
> Chopin: Dos estudios
> Chopin: Scherzo en si menor

> Strawinsky: Danza rusa (de Petrouchka)
> Debussy: Minstrels
> Liszt: La caza
> Balakirev: Islamey (fantasía oriental)  
1931    
1931
Spain/Portugal
Claudio Arrau performances in northern Spain and Portugal, from early January to Sunday 11th January.
1931
Germany
Claudio Arrau performance in Cologne on Wednesday 14th January.
1931
Germany
Claudio Arrau takes part in a programme shared with other musicians, entitled 'One Hour of Spanish Music', broadcast by Radio Leipzig (1184kHz 253,4m 2,3kW) on Friday 23rd January at 9:10 pm.

[Source: Radio Wein magazine, Vienna, 16.01.1931]
[This entry needs corroboration]
1931
Germany
Broadcast by Berlin Radio (716kHz 419m 1,7kW) at 8:10 pm on Wednesday 25th March, of Claudio Arrau's interpreting Liszt's Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat major, with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.

[Source: Radio Wein magazine, Vienna, 20.03.1931]
[This entry needs corroboration]
1931
Germany
Broadcast by Berlin Radio (716kHz 419m 1,7kW) at 9:10 pm on Wednesday 16th September, of Claudio Arrau's interpreting Chopint's Piano Concerto in E minor Op.11, with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Werner Wolff.

[Source: Radio Wien magazine, Vienna, 11.09.1931]
[This entry needs corroboration]
1931
Germany
Broadcast by Berlin Radio (716kHz 419m 1,7kW), at 10:00 pm on Friday 23rd October, of Claudio Arrau's celebrating Franz Liszt's 120 anniversary on 22 October, with an interpretion of four of his compositions:

> Die Wasserspiele in der Villa d' Este
> Pastorale (Suisse)
> Gnomenreigen
> Etüde F-moll

[Source: Radio Wein magazine, Vienna, 16.10.1931]
[This entry needs corroboration]
1931
Austria
Claudio Arrau performance at the Ballroom of the Kausmännischen Bereinshauses, Vienna, on Friday 27th November at 8:00 pm, featuring a programme of works by Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann and Chopin.

[Source: Linzer Tages-Post, Vienna, 19 & 26.11.1931]
[This entry needs corroboration]
1932    
1932
Poland
Warsaw Radio (212,5kHz 1411,8m 120kW) broadcast on Sunday 31st January at 10:10 pm, with a performance by Claudio Arrau of the following works:

> J.S. Bach: Prélude et fougue Fa-majeur
> J.S. Bach: Prélude et fougue Do dièze-majeur
> Beethoven: Rondo Sol-majeur
> Debussy: Jardins sous la pluie
> Liszt: Les jeux d'eau à la villa d'Este
> Liszt: Etude Fa-mineur

[Source: Radio Wein magazine, 29 January 1932]
1932
Germany
On Wednesday 9th March at 7:35 pm, Radio Frankfurt (770kHz 389,6m 1,5kW) broadcasts a recital by Claudio Arrau which includes the following compositions:

> Mozart: Sonate in D-Dur
> S.A. Jemnitz: Dritte Sonate Op.26
> Liszt: Zwei Etüden
> Liszt: Wasserspiele in der Villa d'Este
> Liszt: Etüde F-moll (aus den Etüden transcendentes)

[Source: Radio Wein magazine, 4 March 1932]
1932
Austria
Claudio Arrau's recital at the Bereinshaus Ballroom on Monday 14th March at 8:00 pm, with a programme featuring works by Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy, Bartók, and Albéniz.

[Source: Tagblatt, Vienna, 10 March 1932]
[Source: Linzer Tages-Post, Vienna, 5 March 1932]
[This entry needs corroboration]
1932
Germany
Establishes the Claudio Arrau Quartet, performing until 1937.
[This entry needs corroboration]
1932
Germany
Political developments in Germany suggested Claudio Arrau the idea of exploring further audiences and horizons abroad and overseas, particularly in Latin America. 
1932
Brazil

Claudio Arrau's recitals in Rio de Janeiro early in April, including on Saturday 9th April, with highly appreciative reactions from the critics, similarly followed by recitals in São Paulo.

1932
Uruguay
Series of performances by Claudio Arrau in Montevideo.
1932
Uruguay
Claudio Arrau performance on a Blüthner piano at the Teatro Solís of Montevideo, with a 3-part farewell recital on Thursday 12th May at 18:30 pm.
1932
Argentina
Claudio Arrau's recitals in Tucumán early in June, Córdoba on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June, and Buenos Aires on Tuesday 14th and Sunday 19th June.
1932
Uruguay
Claudio Arrau's concerto performance in Montevideo on Saturday 18th June.
1932
Chile
Claudio Arrau's performances in July/August.
1932
Peru
Claudio Arrau's performances in August/September.
1932
Colombia
Claudio Arrau performances in Bogotá early in October (first ever visit to Colombia).
1932
Spain
Recital by Claudio Arrau in Huelva in December, with a programme including, amongst other works, celebrated renditions of the following works:

> Mozart: Sonata
> Chopin: Scherzo in C minor
> Mussorgsky: Pictures of an Exhibition

[Musicografía, Monóvar, Julio de 1933, p.69]
1933    

1933

Austria

Recital by Claudio Arrau broadcast by Radio Vienna on Sunday 8th January at 7:20 pm.

The programme included the following works:
> Beethoven: Variationen F-Dur Op.34
> Chopin: Ballade As-Dur
> Chopin: Etude F-Dur
> Chopin: Scherzo B-Moll
> Debussy: Voiles
> Debussy: Feux d'artifice

[Source: Radio Wein magazine, Vienna, 23 & 30 December 1932]
[Source: Neue Freie Presse, Vienna, 7 January 1933]
[Source: Arbeiter Zeitung, Vienna, 7 & 8 January 1933]
[Source: Neues Wiener Journal, Vienna, 8 January 1933]

1933

Hungary

Performance by Claudio Arrau at the University Conservatory in Budapest on Tuesday 10th January at 7:45 pm, with a programme comprising works by Beethoven and Liszt.

[Source: Prager Tagblatt, Prague, 8 & 11 January 1933]
[Source: Arbeiter Zeitung, Vienna, 10 January 1933]
[This entry needs completion]

1933

Serbia

Claudio Arrau's performance broadcast by Radio Belgrade (698kHz 429.8m 2,5kW) on Sunday 15th January at 8:00 pm.

[Source: Radio Wein magazine, Vienna, 13 January 1933]
[This entry needs corroboration and completion]

1933

Germany

Claudio Arrau's performance of Liszt's Piano Concerto No.2 broadcast by Radio Berlin (716kHz 419.8m 1,5kW) on Saturday 18th February at around 7:20 pm.

[Source: Radio Wein magazine, Vienna, 13 January 1933]
[This entry needs corroboration and completion]

1933

Germany

Economy admission: Claudio Arrau's performance of Moussorsky's Pictures at an Exhibition at the Koenings Wusterhausen of Berlin on Wednesday 29th February at 7:35 pm.

[Source: Arbeiter Zeitung, Vienna, 28 February 1933]
[This entry needs corroboration]

1933

Germany

Claudio Arrau's performance of Moussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition broadcast by Radio Deutsche Welle (183,5kHz 1634.9m 160kW) on Wednesday 1st March at 7:35 pm.

[Source: Radio Wein magazine, Vienna, 24 February 1933]
[This entry needs corroboration]

1933

Italy

Claudio Arrau's concert performance broadcast by Radio Rome (680kHz 441,2m 50kW) from the 'Accademia di Santa Cecilia' at 4:00 pm on Saturday 11th March.

[Source: Radio Wein magazine, Vienna, 11 March 1933]
[This entry needs corroboration]

1933

Czechoslovakia

German Radio [Deuttschlandsender] broadcast to be heard in Prague at 9:20 pm on Monday 13th March, with a performance by Claudio Arrau of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

[Source: Prager Tagblatt, Prague, 12 March 1933]
[Source: Radio Wein magazine, Vienna, 10 March 1933]

1933

Austria

Radio Vienna (580 kHz 517.2 m 15 kW) broadcasts at 9:30 pm on Monday 20th March a piano recital by Claudio Arrau interpreting the following works:

> Mozart: Sonata in G major
> Moussorgsky: Tableaux d'une exposition
> Albéniz: El Puerto
> Albéniz: Triana

[Source: Radio Wein magazine, Vienna, 17 March 1933]

1933

Spain

Claudio Arrau performance of Schumann's Piano Concerto with the 'Orquesta Filarmónica de Madrid' [Madrid Philharmonic] under the baton of D. Bartolomé Pérez Casas, on Monday 5th June at the 'Sala de la Comedia', organized by the 'Asociación de Cultura Musical' as its season finale.

The programme also included Mozart's Symhony in C major Jupiter, Honegger's Summer Pastorale, Debussy'Ravel's Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien, and Stravinsky's Russian Easter.

Rave reviews of performances by soloist, orchestra and conductor.

[La Nación, Madrid, 6 de junio de 1933, p.12]
[La Libertad, Madrid, 7 de junio de 1933, p.8]
[Musicografía, Monóvar, Julio de 1933, p.69]

1933

Mexico

Claudio Arrau arrived in Veracruz by ship early in October and travelled overnight by train to Mexico City.

Once in Mexico, Arrau managed in a very short time to achieve with absolute success his goal of widening horizons and furthering relationships outside Germany and Europe.  Mexico's warm welcome became an important turning point in this endeavour.

1933

Mexico

Claudio Arrau début in Mexico City with a recital on the 11th October, followed by recitals on 15th, 18th, 22nd and 25th of October, 5th, 8th, 12th and 26th of November, and 14th and 20th December.

On the 5th and 11th December, there were two concert performances by Claudio Arrau with the Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra [Orquesta Filarmónica de Mexico], conducted by Julián Carrillo and José Rocabruna, respectively.

All in all, a series of 21 performances between October-November, with no work repeated.

1933

Mexico

Claudio Arrau's first ever recital in Mexico at the Teatro Hidalgo (of 2a Calle de Regina No.52), Mexico City, on Wednesday 11th October at 7:30 pm, with a programme comprising the following works:
I
> J.S. Bach:  Preludio y fuga en Do sostenido mayor
> Beethoven:  Rondó en Sol mayor
> Brahms:  Variaciones y fuga sobre un tema de Haendel
II
> Chopin:  Scherzo en Mi mayor
> Chopin:  Dos estudios
> Debussy:  La noche en Granada
> Villa-Lobos:  Dos cirandas
> Stravinsky:  Tres movimientos de 'Petrouschka'

>>>>>>>>>> Danza rusa.  En casa de Petrouschka.  Carnaval ruso.

1934    
1934 Mexico

Concerto performances by Claudio Arrau with Mexico's Philharmonic Orchestra [Orquesta Filarmónica de México] conducted by José Rocabruna on the 3rd and 9th of January.
[This entry needs corroboration]

1934 Venezuela

Recital by Claudio Arrau at the 'Teatro Municipal' of Caracas on Saturday 28th April.

The programme included the first ever performance of 'Suburbio', a work by the Venezuelan composer Juan Vicente Lecuna, dedicated to Claudio Arrau, which later became 'Danza', the fourth piece of the composer's work entitled 'Quatre Pièces'.

1934 Mexico

Concerto performance by Claudio Arrau with the Iturbi Orchestra [Orquesta Iturbi] conducted by José Iturbi on the 3rd of October.
[This entry needs corroboration]

1934 Mexico

Claudio Arrau's first recital at the 'Palacio de Bellas Artes' of Mexico City on the 24th of October.
[This entry needs corroboration]

1934 Mexico Performance by Claudio Arrau of J.S. Bach's complete Well-tempered Klavier at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City - a series of four recitals given on Wednesdays 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th of November.
1934 Mexico Performance by Claudio Arrau of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with the Mexico Symphony Orchestra [Orquesta Sinfónica de México] and Ernest Ansermet conducting.

1934

Mexico

Claudio Arrau performance of Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble with members of the Mexico Symphony Orchestra [Orquesta Sinfónica de México] conducted by Ernest Ansermet.

1934

Mexico

Claudio Arrau performance of Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble with members of the Mexico Symphony Orchestra [Orquesta Sinfónica de México] conducted by Carlos Chávez on 23rd November.
Vicente T. Mendoza:  La influencia de Stravinsky en México. Anales, UNAM, 1940. Page 58.

1934

Chile

Seven recitals and one concert in Santiago, where Claudio Arrau selected works with a stronger emphasis on Classical and Romantic composers, such as Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms and Liszt.  
Less emphasis was given to modern composers who were represented with the following works:
> Moussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition
> Debussy: Danse, Soirée dans Grenade, Voilés, Feux d' artifice,
> Mouvement
> Ravel: Jeux d' eaux

1934

Chile

Recital by Claudio Arrau at the 'Teatro Municipal' of Santiago on Tuesday 24th and/or Thursday 26th July and Sunday 29th July at 6:30 pm, presented by 'Conciertos Daniel', with a programme including the following works:
I
> Scarlatti: Dos sonatas
> Beethoven: Sonata No.7 en Re mayor Op.10 No.3
II
> Mussorgsky: Cuadros de una exposición
III
> Albéniz: Corpus Cristi en Sevilla (de Iberia)
> Ravel: Juegos de agua
> Debussy: El cake-walk de Golliwogg
> Debussy: La isla alegre
1935    

1935

Mexico

Recitals by Claudio Arrau in Guadalajara, Jalisco, on 31st January and 2nd February.
[This entry needs corroboration]

1935

Mexico

Claudio Arrau features as a pianist for some 4'30" in Tu Hijo (Thy Son), a Mexican film directed by José Bohr and produced by Producciones Duquesa Olga, Mexico, in an act where he enters a room and greets three characters before sitting at the piano to play Chopin-Liszt's My joys.

['Arrau: el gran artista latinoamericano', Julio Dorantes Guzmán, Universidad Veracruzana, Veracruz, 1991]

1935

Mexico

Claudio Arrau features as Franz Liszt in Sueños de amor (Liebesträume), an 80-minute film about Liszt's life, directed by José Bohr and produced by Producciones Duquesa Olga, Mexico.

The film was released at the Teatro Campoamor of New York on 10th January 1936, and positively reviewed as highly entertaining, well acted and supported, with excellent musical performances, and a realistic atmosphere, by critic Harry T. Smith of the New York Times on 11th January 1936.

In the film, Arrau plays the role of Liszt and performs Liszt's Liebesträume and La chasse.

http://cinemexicano.mty.itesm.mx/directores/jose_bohr.html
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0228908/

1935

Austria

Broadcast from Radio Vienna on 8th May, at 9:20 pm, of a performance by Claudio Arrau including:

> Haydn: Andante mit Variationen F-moll
> Moussorgsky: Bilder einer Ausstellung / Pictures at an Exhibition

[Source: Radio Wien magazine, 8 May 1935]
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1935

Austria

Piano recital by Claudio Arrau at the Bereinshaus of Linz on Friday 10th May at 8:00 pm, with a programme comprising works by Beethoven, Brahms, Mussorgsky, Ravel, Debussy and Albéniz.

[Source: Linzer Volksblatt, 8 May 1935]
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1935

Hungary

Broadcast from Radio Hungary on Sunday 12th May, at 10:15 pm in Vienna, of a performance by Claudio Arrau in Budapest.

[Source: Neues Wiener Journal, 11 May 1935]
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1935

Germany

78 rpm recording by Claudio Arrau of Liszt's Piano Concerto No.1 under Hans Rosbaud conducting the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra on 15th May (RRG 24391/95): Arrau's first ever concerto recording.

[CD: Music & Arts, CD-1060, USA, 2000, Claudio Arrau in Germany]
[CD: Urania URN 22.145, Italy, 2000, where it is wrongly dated as recorded in 1942]

1935

Austria

Broadcast from Vienna Radio, on Wednesday 18th May at 8:45 pm, of an all-Liszt orchestral programme with the Radio Orchestra in which Claudio Arrau performed Liszt's Piano Concerto in E flat major.

[Source: Neues Wiener Journal,Radio Wein, 10 May 1935]
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1935

Belgium

Recital by Claudio Arrau in Brussels on Tuesday 18th June, presenting the following programme:

> Beethoven:  Variations Op.34
> Brahms:  Capriccio Op.76 No.2
> Brahms:  Rhapsody Op.119 No.4
> Mussorgsky:  Pictures at an exposition
> Albéniz:  Navarra
> De Falla:  Dance of Terror
> De Falla:  Dance of the Miller
> Liszt:  Les jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este
> Liszt:  
Étude d'exécution transcendante No.10

1935

Argentina

Claudio Arrau's premier recital at the 'Teatro Colón' of Buenos Aires on Saturday 10th August at 6:00 pm, in an Extraordinary Evening Function where the following works were performed:
I
> Bach:  Del Clavecín Bien Temperado:
>>> Preludio y fuga en Do sostenido mayor
>>> Preludio y fuga en Do sostenido menor
>>> Preludio y fuga en Fa mayor
>>> Preludio y fuga en Fa menor
> Beethoven:  Sonata No.14 Op.27 No.2 Claro de luna
II

> Brahms:  Variaciones y fuga sobre un tema de Haendel Op.24
III
> Albéniz:  Almería
> Albéniz:  Navarra
> De Falla:  Danza del molinero
> De Falla:  Danza del terror
> Debussy:  Soirée dans Grenade
> Debussy:  Golliwogg's Cake Walk

1935

Argentina

Recital by Claudio Arrau at the 'Teatro Nacional de Comedia - Cervantes' of Buenos Aires', on 26th August at 9:30 pm, presented by the 'Asociación Wagneriana de Buenos Aires', with the following programme:
I
> Bach:  Preludio y Fuga en Fa mayor
> Bach:  Preludio y Fuga en Fa sostenido mayor
> Bach:  Preludio y Fuga en Fa sostenido menor
> Bach:  Preludio y Fuga en do mayor
> Beethoven: Sonata en Si bemol mayor Op.81
II
> Schumann:  Novellette en Re mayor
> Chopin:  Tres estudios
> Chopin:  Scherzo en si bemol menor
III
> Debussy:  Mouvement
> Stravinsky:  
Petrouschka -
>>>>Danse russe. Chéz Pteouschka. La semaine grasse

1935

Germany

Claudio Arrau performs César Franck's Les Djinns (a symphonic poem for piano and orchestra after a poem by Victor Hugo), with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra [Frankfurter Funkorchester] under Hans Rosbaud at the Saalbau Grand Hall on Sunday 13th October.

The event formed part of the Museum Society Concerts and was broadcast live over Radio Frankfort (251 m) at the 8:00 pm time slot.

1935-1937

Germany

Claudio Arrau consolidates his European reputation by breaking new grounds and performing from memory a series of highly acclaimed complete cycles at the Meistersaal of Berlin, including the complete Bach keyboard works over 12 recitals (please see below).
1935 Germany  [1]

Claudio Arrau's celebrated rendition from memory of the entire piano work of Johann Sebastian Bach in 12 Wednesday evenings at the Meistersaal of Berlin.

[1] Wednesday 9 October at 8:00 pm:

Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, I. Teil, erste Hälfte
1. Praeludium und Fuge C-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge c-moll
>  Praeludium und Fuge Cis-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge cis-moll
2. Praeludium und Fuge D-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge d-moll
>  Praeludium und Fuge Es-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge es-moll
3. Praeludium und Fuge E-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge e-moll
>  Praeludium und Fuge F-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge f-moll

1935 Germany  [2]

Claudio Arrau's celebrated rendition of the entire piano work of Johann Sebastian Bach in 12 Wednesday evenings at the Meistersaal of Berlin.

[2] Wednesday 23 October at 8:00 pm:

Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, I. Teil, zweite Hälfte
1. Praeludium und Fuge Fis-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge fis-moll
>  Praeludium und Fuge G-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge g-moll
2. Praeludium und Fuge As-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge gis-moll
>  Praeludium und Fuge A-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge a-moll
3. Praeludium und Fuge B-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge b-moll
>  Praeludium und Fuge H-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge h-moll

1935 Germany  [3]

Claudio Arrau's celebrated rendition of the entire piano work of Johann Sebastian Bach in 12 Wednesday evenings at the Meistersaal of Berlin.

[3] Wednesday 6 November at 8:00 pm:

Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, II. Teil, erste Hälfte
1. Praeludium und Fuge C-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge c-moll
>  Praeludium und Fuge Cis-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge cis-moll
2. Praeludium und Fuge D-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge d-moll
>  Praeludium und Fuge Es-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge dis-moll
3. Praeludium und Fuge E-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge e-moll
>  Praeludium und Fuge F-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge f-moll

1935 Germany  [4]

Claudio Arrau's celebrated rendition of the entire piano work of Johann Sebastian Bach in 12 Wednesday evenings at the Meistersaal of Berlin.

[4] Wednesday 20 November at 8:00 pm:

Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, II. Teil, zweite Hälfte
1. Praeludium und Fuge Fis-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge fis-moll
>  Praeludium und Fuge G-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge g-moll
2. Praeludium und Fuge As-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge gis-moll
>  Praeludium und Fuge A-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge a-moll
3. Praeludium und Fuge B-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge b-moll
>  Praeludium und Fuge H-Dur
>  Praeludium und Fuge h-moll

1935 Germany  [5]

Claudio Arrau's celebrated rendition of the entire piano work of Johann Sebastian Bach in 12 Wednesday evenings at the Meistersaal of Berlin.

[5] Wednesday 11 December at 8:00 pm:

Die 6 Französischen Suiten
Suite 1 in d-moll:
>  Allemande. Courante. Sarabande. Menuet 1. Menuet 2. Gigue.
Suite 2 in c-moll:
>  Allemande. Courante. Sarabande. Air. Menuet. Gigue.
Suite 3 in h-moll:
>  Allemande. Courante. Sarabande. Anglaise. Menuet. Trio. Gigue.
Suite 4 in Es-Dur:
>  Allemande. Courante. Sarabande. Gavotte. Air. Gigue.
Suite 5 in G-Dur:
>  Allemande. Courante. Sarabande. Gavotte. Bourrée. Loure. Gigue.
Suite 6 in E-Dur:
>  Allemande. Courante. Sarabande. Gavotte. Polonaise. Menuet. Bourrée.
>  Gigue.

1936    

1936

U.S.A.

1935 Mexican film Sueños de amor (Liebesträume), directed by José Bohr, was released at the Teatro Campoamor of New York on 10th January, and positively reviewed as highly entertaining, well acted and supported, with excellent musical performances, and a realistic atmosphere, by critic Harry T. Smith of the New York Times on 11th January.
Claudio Arrau plays the role of composer Franz Liszt in the film and interprets two of his piano works: Liebesträume, and La chasse.

http://cinemexicano.mty.itesm.mx/directores/jose_bohr.html
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0228908/

1936 Germany  [6]

Claudio Arrau's celebrated rendition of the entire piano work of Johann Sebastian Bach in 12 Wednesday evenings at the Meistersaal of Berlin.

[6] Wednesday 15 January at 8:00 pm:

Die 6 Englischen Suiten
Suite 1 in A-Dur:
>  Prélude. Allemande. Courante 1 und 2. Double 1 und 2. Sarabande.
>  Bourrée 1 und 2. Gigue
Suite 2 in a-moll:
>  Prélude. Allemande. Courante. Sarabande. Bourrée 1 und 2. Gigue
Suite 3 in g-moll:
>  Prélude. Allemande. Courante. Sarabande. Gavotte 1 und 2. Gigue.
Suite 4 in F-Dur:
>  Prélude. Allemande. Courante. Sarabande. Menuet 1 und 2. Gigue.
Suite 5 in e-moll:
>  Prélude. Allemande. Courante. Sarabande. Passepied 1 und 2. Gigue.
Suite 6 in d-moll:
>  Prélude. Allemande. Courante. Sarabande. Double. Gavotte 1 und 2.
>  Gigue.

1936 Germany  [7]

Claudio Arrau's celebrated rendition of the entire piano work of Johann Sebastian Bach in 12 Wednesday evenings at the Meistersaal of Berlin.

[7] Wednesday 29 January at 8:00 pm:

Fantasie in c-moll
15 Symphonien: C-Dur. c-moll. D-Dur. d-moll. Es-Dur. E-Dur. e-moll.
>  F-Dur. f-moll. G-dur. g-moll. A-dur. a-moll. B-dur. h-moll.
Toccata in c-moll
Capriccio in B-Dur: Arioso. Andante. Adagiosissimo. Un poco largo.
>  Adagio poco. Allegro.
Preludium un fuge in a-moll
Fragment einer Suite in f-moll:
Prélude. Sarabande. Gigue.
3 Klavierstücke in Suiten-Form: Allemande. Courante. Gigue.
Fugue in a-moll

1936 Germany Claudio Arrau's concerto performance at the Singakademie of Berlin with the Landesorchester Gau conducted by Roel Hazenberg on Sunday 16th February at 8:00 pm.

The programme consisted of:
-  Bach, J.C.:  Sinfonia
> Bach, J.S.:  Klavierkonzert d-moll
> Liszt:  Rhapsodie Espagnole
- Tschaikowsky:  Romeo and Juliet

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]      
1936 Germany  [8]

Claudio Arrau's celebrated rendition of the entire piano work of Johann Sebastian Bach in 12 Wednesday evenings at the Meistersaal of Berlin.

[8] Wednesday 11 March at 8:00 pm:

Fantasie und Fuge in a-moll
15 Inventionen: C-Dur. c-moll. D-Dur. d-moll. Es-dur. E-Dur. e-moll.
>  F-Dur. f-moll. G-Dur. g-moll. A-Dur. a-moll. B-Dur. h-moll.
Toccata in fis-moll
Sonata in d-moll: Adagio. Andante. Allegro.
Adagio in g-Dur
Suite in e-moll: Prélude. Allemande. Courante. Sarabande. Bourrée.
>  Gigue.
Die Klavierübung -
Das italienische Konzert: Allegro. Andante. Presto.

1936 Germany  [9] Claudio Arrau's celebrated rendition of the entire piano work of Johann Sebastian Bach in 12 Wednesday evenings at the Meistersaal of Berlin.

[9] Wednesday 25 March at 8:00 pm:

Die Klavierübung -
Partita I in B-Dur:
>  Praeludium. Allemande. Corrente. Sarabande. Menuet I und II. Gigue.
Partita II in c-moll:
>  Sinfonia. Allemande. Corrente. Sarabande. Rondeau. Capriccio.
Partita III in a-moll:
>  Fantasia. Allemande. Corrente. Sarabande. Burlesca. Scherzo. Gigue.
Partita IV in D-Dur:
>  Ouverture. Allemande. Corrente. Aria. Sarabande. Menuet. Gigue.
Partita V in G-Dur:
>  Praeambulum. Allemande. Corrente. Sarabande. Tempo di Minuetta.
>  Passepied. Gigue.
Partita VI in e-moll:
>  Toccata. Allemande. Corrente. Air. Sarabande. Tempo di Gavotta.
>  Gigue.
1936 Germany  [10] Claudio Arrau's celebrated rendition of the entire piano work of Johann Sebastian Bach in 12 Wednesday evenings at the Meistersaal of Berlin.

[10] Wednesday 8 April at 8:00 pm:  Illness reported.
[10] Wednesday 30 September at 8:00 pm:

Die Klavierübung -
Ouverture nach Französischer Art in h-moll:
>  Ouverture. Vivace. Courante. Gavotte I und II. Passepied I und II.
>  Sarabande. Bourrée I und II. Gigue. Echo.
Vier Duette:  e-moll.  F-Dur.  G-Dur.  a-moll.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, Goldbergschen Variationen

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins] et. al.
1936 Canada On Monday 12th October, relaying through the New York DJD and DJB networks, a short wave broadcast of a Berlin Radio performance by Claudio Arrau of Chopin's Piano Sonata in B minor.

[The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, New York, 12 October 1936]

1936

Germany

'Celebrating Liszt' recital by Claudio Arrau at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Thursday 22nd October, as part of the Geo Albert Backhaus's 1936/37 programme.

Works included in the recital:
> Wilhelm Tell-Kapelle
> Das Obermanntal
> Die Wasserspiele der Villa d'Este
> Ballade h-moll
> Trauerzug [Funérailles
]
> Mephisto Waltzer
> Sonate h-moll
> Drei große Etüden

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]
1936 Germany Claudio Arrau performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 Op.11, at the Philharmonie, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra [Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester] conducted by Willem Mengelberg on Sunday 8th November at 11:30 am and Monday 9th November at 8:00 pm.

The program also included Johan Wagenaar's Overture Op.25, Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, and Tchaikowsky's Symphony No.5 Op.64.
1936 Germany  [11] Claudio Arrau's celebrated rendition of the entire piano work of Johann Sebastian Bach in 12 Wednesday evenings at the Meistersaal of Berlin.

[11] Wednesday 9 December at 8:00 pm:

Aria variata alla maniera italiana
12 Kleine Praeludien
Capriccio in E-Dur
Kleine Zweistimmige Fuge in c-moll
Fuge in C-Dur
Fuge in C-Dur
Fuge in d-moll
Fuge in d-moll
Fuge in e-moll
Fuge in a-moll
Fuge in A-Dur
Toccata in e-moll

Suite pour le Clavecin in a-moll: Allemande. Courante. Sarabande
>  simple. Sarabande double. Gigue.
Suite pour le Clavecin in Es-Dur: Allemande. Allemande. Courante.
>  Sarabande. Bourrée. Menuet I und II.
Drei Menuetten
Toccata in D-Dur

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins] et. al.
1936 Germany Celebrating Carl Maria von Weber's 150th anniversary of his birth, Claudio Arrau devotes a full recital to this composer at the Beethovensaal on Friday 18th December at 8:00 pm.

The programme featured the following compositions:
> Sonate d-moll Op.49
> Sonate As-dur Op.39
> Sonate C-dur Op.24
> Rondo brillant Op.62
> Aufforderung zum Tanz Op.65
> Polacca brillante

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
1936 Germany Claudio Arrau performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra [Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester] conducted by Leo Borchard.
1937    

1937

U.S.A.

On Monday 4th January, relaying through the New York DJD and DJC networks, a short wave radio broadcast from Berlin with Claudio Arrau and the Lutz Quartette performing one of Dvořák's pianoforte quintets.

[The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, New York, 4 January 1937]

1937

Germany

Recital by Claudio Arrau and the Lutz-Quartett at the Singakademie of Berlin on Sunday 10th January at 8:00 pm, performing the following compositions:

> Frank, C.:   Klavier Quintett
> Dvorák, A.:   Klavier Quintett

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]
1937 Germany  [12]

Claudio Arrau's celebrated rendition of the entire piano work of Johann Sebastian Bach in 12 Wednesday evenings at the Meistersaal of Berlin.

[12] Wednesday 3 March at 8:00 pm:
[Sold out early in February]

Praeludium, Fuge und Allegro in Es-Dur
6 Kleine Praeludien
Fantasie in c-moll
Fantasie in g-moll
Fantasie in a-moll
Toccata in g-moll
Preludio con Fughetta in d-moll
Preludio con Fughetta in e-moll
Praeludium un Fuge in Es-Dur
Praeludium und Fuge in a-moll
Toccata in d-moll
Ouverture in F-Dur:
 Ouverture. Entrée. Menuet. Trio. Bourrée. Gigue.
Fuge in A-Dur über ein thema von Albinoni
Praeludium und Fuge in h-moll über ein Thema von
Albinoni
Chromatische Fantasie und Fuge


Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins] et al.

1937 Italy

Claudio Arrau's second recital at 'Santa Cecilia in Trastevere', Rome, on Friday 12th February, including the following works:

> Bach:  A Prélude and fugue in C sharp minor from the Well-Tempered Klavier
> Brahms:  Variations on a Theme by Handel
> Chopin:  Ballade Op.52
> Chopin:  Nocturne Op.72 No.1
> Chopin:  Scherzo Op.54
> Ravel:  Jeux d'eau
> Granados:  La maja y el ruiseñor
> Busoni:  All' Italia (from Turandot)
> Busoni:  Il Gineceo (from Turandot)
> Alfredo Casella:  Toccata

1937

Germany

Claudio Arrau's performance of Tschaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 in B minor with the Landsesorchester of Berlin conducted by Fritz Zaun at the University College of Music [Hochschule für Musik] on Saturday 6th March at 8:00 pm.

The programme also included Anatol Ljadow's Der verzauberte See, and Berlioz's Fantastische Symphonie.


Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1937

Germany

Last recital of the season by Claudio Arrau at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Saturday 17th April at 8:oo pm.

The all-Russian programme included:

> Scriabine:  Drei Klavierstücke Op.52
> Scriabine:   Sonate Op.53
> Moussorgski:   Bilder einer Ausstellung
> Tchaikowsky:   Dumka
> Strawinsky:  Petrouchka

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1937

Germany

Recital of Trio Sonatas for piano, violin and cello interpreted by Claudio Arrau, Georg Kulenkampff and Tibor de Machula at the White Hall [Weisser Saal] of Berlin on Sunday 9th May at 8:3o pm.

The programme comprised:
> Dvorák:  Dumky-Trio
> Brahms: Trio H-dur

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1937

Germany

Recital of Sonatas for piano and violin by Claudio Arrau and Wilhelm Stross at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Thursday 13th May at 8:oo pm.

The programme comprised:

> Bach:  Sonate E-dur
> Mozart:    Sonate Es-dur
> Brahms:   Sonate G-dur
> Beethoven:   Kreutzer-Sonate

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1937 Portugal

Recital by Claudio Arrau in Oporto on Tuesday 25th May, with a programme including the following works:

> Bach:  A Prélude and fugue in C sharp minor from the Well-Tempered Klavier
> Brahms:  Variations on a Theme by Handel
> Chopin:  Ballade Op.52
> Chopin:  Nocturne Op.72 No.1
> Chopin:  Scherzo Op.31
> Debussy:  Danse
> Debussy:  Feux d'artifice
> Ravel:  Jeux d'eau
> Ravel:  Ondine
> Granados:  La maja y el ruiseñor

1937

Germany

Claudio Arrau marries German mezzo-soprano, and subsequent spouse for life, Ruth Schneider on 8th July(?).
 
The couple had met in 1935, when Ruth became a piano student of Claudio.

They had a daughter, Carmen (1938), and a son, Mario (1940).
In 1959 they adopted Christopher (1959).

Ruth was born in Frankfurt on 23rd February 1908. There came to be an inlaw Jewish connection within her family.

[Source: Arrau family members in the 1960s]

[Please note that the year 1910 shown as her year of birth on a Chilean passport of the 1940s is incorrect].

1937 Germany

Claudio Arrau made recordings in Stuttgart for Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv on 19th July, including:

> Liszt: Soneto 104 del Petrarca
> Liszt: Harmonies du soir (Étude d'exécution transcendante)

[Claudio Arrau in Germany, Music & Arts CD-1060, USA, 2000]

1937 USA/Canada On Tuesday 24th August, relaying through the DJD and DJB networks, a short wave radio broadcast of a piano performance by Claudio Arrau in Berlin. [DJD 25.4m, 11.77 meg]

[Altoona Tribune, Pennsylvania, and The Ottawa Journal, Ontario, 24 August 1937]
1937 USA On Thursday 16th September, relaying through the DJB network, an originally short wave radio broadcast from Berlin of an earlier performance by Claudio Arrau and the Lutz Quartet.

[Altoona Tribune, Pennsylvania, and Dixon Evening Telegraph, Illinois, of 16 September 1937]

1937

Germany

An all-Brahms recital by Claudio Arrau at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Thursday 30th September at 8:oo pm.

The programme included:

> Rhapsodie Es-dur
> Variationen und Fuge über ein Thema von Händel
> Sonate f-moll Op.5
> Capriccio h-moll
> Variationen
über ein Thema von Paganini

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1937

Germany

Claudio Arrau and the Lutz-Quartett performed a recital of piano quintets at the Singakademie of Berlin on Monday 25th October at 8:oo pm.

The programme featured:

> Reger, M.:  Klavierquintett c-moll
> Brahms, J:  Klavierquintett f-moll

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1937

Germany

A French-and-Spanish recital by Claudio Arrau at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Sunday 31st October at 8:oo pm.

The programme comprised compositions by:

> Debussy
> Ravel
> Albéniz
> De Falla
> Granados


Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1938

Germany

Arrau establishes the short-lived Claudio Arrau Trio in November, comprising Claudio Arrau (piano), Hermann Hubl (violin), and Professor Hans Münch-Holland (cello).

The Trio will serve as a mutually supportive base through increasingly difficult prevailing political cirumstances.  Arrau and Hubl were known to have played together earlier in the 1930s.

1937

Germany

Performance by the Claudio Arrau Trio at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Saturday 27th November at 8:oo pm.

Works featured were:
> Schumann:  Klavier-Trio d-moll
> Ravel:   Klavier-Trio
> Tschaikowsky:   Klavier-Trio a-moll Op.50

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1938    

1938

Germany

Recital of Sonatas for piano and violin by Claudio Arrau and Wilhelm Stross in the city of Waldenburg in Schlesien, on Tuesday 18th January at 8:oo pm.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1938

Germany

Recital of Sonatas for piano and violin by Claudio Arrau and Wilhelm Stross at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Sunday 23th January at 8:oo pm.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1938

Germany

The fourth in a series of 'Musical Evenings' was held by the Community of Young Musicians [Gemeinschaft junger Musiker] at the German Press House of Tiergartenstraße 16, Berlin, on Monday 24th January at 8:15 pm.

Musicians attending were Else Lampmann, alto, Claudio Arrau, piano, and Wilhelm Stross, violin.

The following compositions were performed:
> Walter Felix [?]:   Violin-Sonate
> Konrad F. Noetel:   Lieder/Songs
> Gerhart von Westerman:   Lieder/Songs
> J. Brahms:   Violin-Sonate
> Hugo Wolf:   Lieder/Songs

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

1938

Germany

Performance by Claudio Arrau of the Complete Mozart Piano Sonata Cycle (and some other chamber works) at the Bechsteinsaal of Berlin, in five subscription recitals starting on Wednesday 2nd February at 8:00 pm.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

1938

Germany  [1]

Performance by Claudio Arrau of the first recital of his Complete Mozart Piano Sonata Cycle at the Bechsteinsaal of Berlin on Wednesday 2nd February at 8:00 pm.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

1938

Germany  [2]

Performance by Claudio Arrau of the second recital of his Complete Mozart Piano Sonata Cycle at the Bechsteinsaal of Berlin on Friday 11th February at 8:00 pm.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

1938

Germany  [3]

Performance by Claudio Arrau of the third recital of his Complete Mozart Piano Sonata Cycle at the Bechsteinsaal of Berlin on Wednesday 16th February at 8:00 pm.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

1938

Germany  [4]

Recital of Mozart's Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Claudio Arrau, piano, Paul Kiss, a piano student of Arrau's, and members of the Lutz Quartett at the Bechsteinsaal of Berlin on Wednesday 16th March at 8:00 pm.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

1938

Germany

Claudio Arrau concerto performance at the Concert Hall of the State College of Music [Staatliche Hochschule für Musik] of Berlin-Charlottenburg, with the Landesorchestra conducted by Fritz Zaun on Sunday 26th March at 8:00 pm.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1938

Germany  [5]

Performance by Claudio Arrau of the fourth and final recital of his Complete Mozart Piano Sonata Cycle at the Bechsteinsaal of Berlin on Wednesday 30th March at 8:00 pm.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

1938

Germany

Performance by Claudio Arrau of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4 in G major at the Baden-Baden Philharmonie, as part of the Third International Contemporary Music Festival  [3. Internationales Zeitgenössisches Musikfest].

The programme included, inter alia, Stravinsky's Persephone and Béla Bartók's Five Hungarian Folksongs.

http://www.philharmonie.baden-baden.de/de/DE/Geschichte/1900-1999 (as seen in 2013)
1938 Germany

Claudio Arrau made recordings in Stuttgart for Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv on 31st May, including:

> Chopin: Ballade No.1 Op.23
> Beethoven: Sonata No.7 in D major Op.10 No.3
> Mozart: Sonata in D K.576
> Beethoven: Sonata in C major No.3 Op.2
> Haydn: Andante con variazioni in F Op.83

A few other presumed recordings seem to have been lost from the Radio archives.

[CD:  Claudio Arrau in Germany, Music & Arts of America, CD-1060, USA, 2000]

1938

Germany

Performance by the 'Claudio Arrau Trio' at the 'Monbijou Castle' of Berlin on Friday 24th June at 8:30 pm, as part of the Berlin Arts Week.

The programme consisted of piano trios by:

EITHER - Schumann, Schubert and Chopin.
OR - Bach, Haydn and Schubert.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]
.

1938

Chile

Deteriorating socio-political conditions in Germany finally made Claudio Arrau's mother, Lucrecia, and niece, Violeta, leave Germany to settle back in Chile, followed by sister Lucrecia in 1939.
[Please see 1953]

1938

Chile

Claudio Arrau pays a professional visit to his homeland.
For the first time ever, Arrau plays the complete Beethoven sonata and concerto cycles in Santiago.

1938

Austria

Salzburg Festival début:

Claudio Arrau plays César Franck's Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra [Wiener Philharmoniker] under Vittorio Gui as part of the Festival's Fourth Concert at 11:00 am on 15th August at the Großes Festspielhaus.

The programme also included orchestral works by Niccolò Porpora, Ennio Porrino, Debussy and Brahms.

The 1938 Salzburg Festival ran from 23 July-31 August.  The influx of Hitler’s troops into Austria led to substantial interference in the Festival’s programmes.

1938

Mexico

For the first time ever, Claudio Arrau interprets the complete Beethoven sonata and concerto cycles in Mexico City, in an 8-session programme performed on the 29th and 31st of August and on the 6th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 23rd and 28th of September.

1938

Cuba

Claudio Arrau performance/s in Havana.

1938

Germany

Returning from a tour of South America and Mexico, all-Schumann recital by Claudio Arrau at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Sunday 6th November at 8:00 pm.

The programme included the following works:
> Kreisleriana
> Humoreske
> Fantasiestücke
> Impromtus
> Toccata C-dur

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]
.

1938

England

International Subscription Celebrity Concerts tour, where Claudio Arrau shared a programme with tenor Richard Tauber at the following venues:
- Sunday 27th November at the Liverpool Paramount Theatre
- Monday 28th November at the Middlesbrough Town Hall
- Tuesday 29th November at the Newcastle City Hall
- Thursday 1st December at the Glasgow St. Andrews Hall
- Saturday 3rd December at the Edinburgh Usher Hall, and
- Sunday 4th December at the Manchester Paramount Theatre

The solo piano parts of the program (ie. parts 2 and 4) were performed by Claudio Arrau and included:
Part 2:
> Schumann - Carnaval suite Op.9
Part 4:
> Ravel - Jeux d'eau
> Debussy - Mouvements, Danse, Feux d'artifice

Tenor Richard Tauber was accompanied by pianist Percy Kahn.

1938

Germany

By popular demand, Chopin-Debussy recital by Claudio Arrau at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Sunday 11th December at 8:00 pm.

The programme included the following works:
> Chopin:   The four Ballades
> Chopin:   The four Scherzi
> Debussy:   Jardins sous la pluie
> Debussy:   Voiles
> Debussy:   Minstrels
> Debussy:   La cathédrale engloutie
> Debussy:   La soirée dans Grénade
> Debussy:   L'isle joyeuse

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]
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1939    
1939 Germany Claudio Arrau's performance of Chopin's Klavierkonzert e-moll at Freiburg -in-Breisgau on Monday 9th January.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]
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1939 Germany Claudio Arrau's performance of Manuel De Falla's Nächte in Spanischen Gärten [Noches en los jardines de España] at Remscheid on Wednesday 11th January for the first time.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]
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1939 Germany Recital by the Claudio Arrau Trio (Arrau, Hubl, Münch-Holland) on Wednesday 18th January at 8:00 pm at the Chamber Music Theatre of the Mülheim-an-der-Ruhr Twon Hall, North Rhine.

The program, being the second chamber recital of Mülheim-an-der-Ruhr Cultural Events 1938/39, comprised the following works:

> Brahms:  Klaviertrio op.87 C-dur
> Beethoven:  Klaviersonate Nr.26 op.81a Es-dur Les adieux
Pause
> Tchaikovsky:  Klaviertrio op.50 a-moll
1939 Germany Chamber music recital with Claudio Arrau, piano, Lore Fischer, alto, and the Peter Quartett, at the Singakademie of Berlin on Sunday 22nd January, as part of 'The Music Hour at 5 pm' series, featuring works by Mozart, Händel and Beethoven.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]
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1939 Germany All-Beethoven recital by Claudio Arrau at the Bachsaal (Lützowstraße 76) of Berlin on Thursday 26th January at 8:15 pm.

The programme included the following compositions:
> Sonate A-dur Nr.2 Op.2 No.2
> Sonate Es-dur Nr.26 Op.81 Les adieux
> Sonate Es-dur Nr.18 Op.31 No.3
> Sonate D-dur Nr.7 Op.10 No.3

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

1939

Germany

Concerto performance by Claudio Arrau with the Grenzland-Orchester at the Waldburg Mountain Chapel in the city of Waldenburg-in-Schlesien on Tuesday 7th February.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]
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1939 Germany Claudio Arrau's performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra [Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester] conducted by Carl Schuricht on 13th February as part of the Masterwork Concert Series for the State-controlled workers’ organisation [KdF] and the citizens of Berlin.
1939 Germany Claudio Arrau's performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 at the Philharmonie of Berlin, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra [Berlin Philharmonisches Orchester] conducted by Carl Schuricht on 14th February at 8:00 pm, as part of a Subscription concert series.

The programme also included J. Haydn's Synphony No. 104 in D major & J. Brahms's Synphony No.4 in E minor Op.98.

1939

England

Claudio Arrau peforms Schumann's Carnaval in a London recital, and records it for Parlophone (his first large-scale, multi-movement solo recording), together with Debussy's Tarantelle styrienne and Jardins sous la pluie.
1939 England Claudio Arrau performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with Thomas Beecham conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 5th March at 3:15 pm, as part of the Beecham Sunday Concerts.

The programme also included Sibelius's Pohjola's Daughter, and Brahms's Symphony No.3 Op.90.
1939 Germany Recital by the 'Claudio Arrau Trio' at the Bachsaal of Berlin on Wednesday 15th March at 8:15 pm.
[Claudio Arrau, Hermann Húble, Hans Münch-Holland].

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]
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1939 Germany Broadcast over Deutschlandsender Radio (1571 m) at 10:30 am on Sunday 2nd April of Prokofieff's Piano Concerto in C major performed by Claudio Arrau with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Carl Schuricht.

[Source: Das Kleine Blatt, 31st March 1939]

[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]
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1939 Germany

Prior to touring South America, farewell recital by Claudio Arrau at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Friday 21st April at 8:00 pm, in support of the victims of the Chilean earthquake, under the patronage of the Chilean Embassy and the Ibero-American Institute.

The programme included:
> Bach:  Händel-Variationen
> Liszt:  Sonate h-moll
> Moussorgsky:  Bilder einer Ausstellung

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

1939 Germany An all-Brahms chamber music recital by the 'Claudio Arrau Trio' at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Friday 28th April at 8:00 pm, as part of the Music Festival of the Capital Berlin.

The programme featured the following works:
> Klaviertrio Op.8
> Klaviertrio Op.87
> Klaviersonate Op.5

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]
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1939 Germany Claudio Arrau's performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.3 at the Baden-Baden Philharmonie, as part of the Fourth International Contemporary Music Festival  [4. Internationales Zeitgenössisches Musikfest].

The 'Friends of Music Society' issued some new compositions for inclusion in the Festival.

http://www.philharmonie.baden-baden.de/de/DE/Geschichte/1900-1999 (as seen in 2013)
1939 Germany From at least 1938, long before the start of World War II in September 1939, Ruth Arrau held a Chilean diplomatic passport alonside her husband.

Claudio Arrau had been taking part in the hectic diplomatic activity prompted by the overwhelming socio-political developments in Germany. 

The German fervent artistic world had provided Arrau for many years with countless opportunities to get acquainted with Jewish intellectuals, artists, musicians and students.

During 1938 & 1939, until the moment Claudio Arrau left Germany not to return, he and his sister Lucrecia (an employee of the Chilean Embassy in Berlin) had risked their skins by actively contributing to saving many lives and substantial assets of German Jews, individuals and families, heading for England and elsewhere.

In relation to Chile in particular, Arrau helped to facilitate the passage of psichiatrist Hubert Abrahamson, musicologist Rudi Lehmann, violinist Freddy (Alfredo) Wang, and many others.  Lucrecia Arrau estimated that some 700 Jewish families were thus assisted to travel to Chile.

During these years, Arrau himself felt to be under suspicion, due to an interpretation of his surname as being of Sephardic Jewish origin.
1939 Argentina Claudio Arrau's recital at the 'Teatro Odeón' of Buenos Aires on tuesday 20th June at 6:30 pm, presented as part of the 1939 Season organized by 'Conciertos Daniel', and sponsored by Blüthner pianos.

The programme encompased the following compositions:
I
> JS Bach: Concierto al estilo italiano
> Beethoven: Sonata No.18 en Mi bemol mayor Op.31 No.3
II
> Brahms: Variaciones y Fuga sobre un tema de Haendel
III
> Ravel: Jeux d' eau
> Debussy: Danse
> Debussy: Voiles
> Debussy: Feux d' artifice
1939 Argentina Recital by Claudio Arrau at the 'Teatro Odeón' of Buenos Aires, on Tuesday 27th June at 6:30 pm, presented by 'Conciertos Daniel' as the Season's last piano recital.

The programme included the following works:
I
> JS Bach: Partita en Do menor
> Beethoven: Sonata No.26 en Mi bemol mayor Op.81
II
> Mussorhsky: Cuadros de una Exposición
III
> Liszt: Balada en Si menor (Hero y Leandro)
> Debussy: Reflets dans l' eau
> Debussy: L' isle joyeuse
1939 Chile Several recitals by Claudio Arrau in Santiago.

The fifth of these recitals was presented in August at the 'Teatro Central' with the following programme -

> Mozart:  Sonata in D mayor
> Liszt:  Sonata in B minor
> Albéniz:  Fête-Dieu à Séville
> Granados:  Quejas o La maja y el ruiseñor
> Debussy:  L' isle joyeuse
1939 Chile Chilean composer and teacher Pedro Allende Sarón wrote a critique in the 'South Pacific Mail' of Valparaíso, dated 17 August, praising Arrau's masterly interpretation of his repertoire and criticizing the interpreter for not including works by Chilean composers in his programmes as a means of expressing gratitude for the assistance received from the Chilean Government.
1939 Chile Claudio Arrau's Complete Beethoven sonata and concerto cycles in Santiago.
1939
Argentina

In Buenos Aires, Claudio Arrau, aged 36 as depicted, performs two Beethoven cycles at the 'Teatro Colón':

- Complete Beethoven sonata cycle.

- Complete Beethoven concerto cycle.

1939

Cuba

Claudio Arrau gives two performances in Havana.
1939 Germany Claudio Arrau performance of Schumann’s Piano Concerto, with admired Wilhelm Furtwängler conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra [Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester].
1939 Germany 'Music Hour' recital by the Claudio Arrau Trio and baritone Kurt Gester at the Singakademie of Berlin on Sunday 29th October at 5:00 pm.

The programme included:
> Brahms's Trio H-dur Op.8
> Songs by Beethoven, Wolf, Giordano and Bizet.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]
1939 Germany Claudio Arrau performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26 Köch-Verz 537, at the Conventgarten Großer Saal in Hamburg, with the State Philharmonic Orchestra [Philharmonisches Staatsorchester] conducted by Paul van Kempen on Monday 13th November.

The program also included Beethoven's Coriolan Overture Op.62 and Brahm's Erste Sinfonie Op.68.
1939 Germany 'Music Hour' recital by Claudio Arrau and the Ondrícek-Quartett at the Singakademie of Berlin on Sunday 10th December at 5:00 pm.

The programme included chamber works by Liszt, Novák and Dvorák.

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1939

Germany

Increasingly involved in international engagements, Claudio Arrau decided to resign his Professorship with the Stern Conservatory in Berlin once the war period had commenced, a decision painfully taken in protest against the Nazi regime. The resignation was inescapably submitted following the prevailing peremptory formalities.

This long-evolving decision became an unavoidable fact after the assessination in Germany of two of Arrau's Jewish pupils (Karlrobert Kreiten and Paul Kiss), despite the intervention of conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler, and the increasing intimidation suffered by Arrau's wife under suspicions of her having Jewish relations.

[Source: Arrau family members in the 1960s]
[Source: Le Monde, Paris, 11 June 1991]

1940    
1940 Germany  [1] An all-Schubert recital by the Claudio Arrau Trio at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Sunday 13th January at 8:00 pm.

[Claudio Arrau, piano, Hermann Hubl, violin, Hans Münch-Holland, cello]

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
1940 Germany Recital by the Claudio Arrau Trio at the Bach-Saal of Berlin on Thursday 25th January at 8:00 pm.

The programme included the following works:
> Beethoven: Trio B-Dur Op.97
> Dvorák: Trio f-moll Op.65

[Claudio Arrau, piano, Hermann Hubl, violin, Hans Münch-Holland, cello]

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]
1940 Germany  [2]

Second All-Schubert recital by the Claudio Arrau Trio at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Saturday 24th February at 8:00 pm.

The programme included a Piano Quartet, a Duo, and the 'Trout Quintet'.
[Claudio Arrau, piano, Hermann Hubl, violin, Hans Münch-Holland, cello, et al]

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

1940 Germany  [3]

Third All-Schubert recital by Claudio Arrau, with the participation of violinist Pàl Kiss, at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Saturday 16th March at 8:00 pm.

The programme included the following compositions:     

> Solo - Sonate B-dur
> Duo - Sonate B-dur
            - Fantasie f-moll
            - Allegro (Lebensstürme)
            - Andantino con Variazioni

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1940 Germany

Recital by Claudio Arrau at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Thursday 28th March at 8:00 pm.  Sold-out early in March.

The programme featured the following works:     

> Beethoven:  Variationen E-Dur Op.34
> Beethoven:  15 Variationen mit Fuge Op.35
> Schubert:  Drei Klavierstücke es-moll, Es-Dur, C-Dur
> Schubert:   Sonate A-Dur Op.120
> Weber:   Sonate C-dur Op.24

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].

[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1940 Austria

Broadcast by Vienna Radio (506.8 m 592 kHz 100 kW) on 7th April at 10.05 am of 'Master of the Instruments' programme, featuring Claudio Arrau in J.S. Bach's Partita in C minor and J. Brahms's Sonate in F minor Op.5.

Source: Das Kleine Blatt of 5 April a940..

[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

1940 Germany

An all-Mozart chamber music recital by the Claudio Arrau Trio at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on Thursday 25th April at 8:00 pm. 

The programme featured the following works:     

> Klaviertrio C-dur KV 548
> Klaviersonate B-dur KV 570
> Klaviertrio E-dur KV 542
> Klavierquartett g-moll KV 478

Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins].
[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]

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1940

Chile

Claudio Arrau temporarily settles residence with his family in Santiago in June, where he establishes his own Piano School.
1940

Chile

Recital by Claudio Arrau at the Teatro Municipal of Santiago on Wednesday 7th August at 6:30 pm, with a programme including the following works:

> Schubert:   Sonata in B flat major (posthumous)
Interval
> Schumann:   Sonata in F sharp minor Op.11
Interval
> Chopin:  Sonata in B minor Op.58
1940
Chile

Recital by Claudio Arrau at the Teatro Municipal of Santiago on Saturday 10th August at 6:45 pm.

The programme included the following works:
> Bach:  From Book I of 'The Well-Tempered Klavier' -
>>>>>   Prélude and Fugue in C sharp major
>>>> >  Prélude and Fugue in C sharp minor
>>>>>   Prélude and Fugue in F sharp minor
>>>>>   Prélude and Fugue in G major
> Bach:  Italian Concerto (Allegro, Andante, Presto)
Interval
> Beethoven: Sonata No.3 in C major Op.2 No.3 (dedicated to Haydn)
Interval
> Ravel:  Gaspard de la nuit (Ondine, Le gibet, Scarbo)
> Debussy:  Trois préludes (Minstrels, Voiles, Feux d'artifice)

1940
Chile

All-Russian recital by Claudio Arrau at the 'Teatro Municipal' of Santiago on Thursday 15th August, including the following works:

> Scriabin:   Sonata No.5
> Balakirev:   Islamey - Oriental Fantasy
Interval
> Moussorgski:  Pictures at an Exhibition
Interval
> Stravinsky:  Petrouschka
>>>(Russian dance. At Petrouschka's home. Carnaval.)

1940
Chile

Romantic recital by Claudio Arrau at the 'Teatro Municipal' of Santiago on Wednesday 21st August at 6:30 pm, with a programme comprising the following works:

> Chopin:  Nocturne in E major
> Chopin:  Barcarolle
> Chopin:  Ballade in G minor
Interval
> Chopin:  Fantasy
> Chopin:  Nocturne in E minor
> Chopin:  Scherzo in B flat minor
Interval
> Liszt:  Sonata in B (dedicated to Robert Schumann)
> Liszt:  Jeux d' eau à la Villa d' Este
> Liszt:  Mephisto Waltz

1940

Chile

The Santiago City Council names an avenue after Claudio Arrau, located in the Pudahuel district, in recognition of the artist's hero-like popularity.

1940

Argentina

Claudio Arrau's recital at the 'Teatro Colón' of Buenos Aires on Saturday 21st September at 5:30 pm.

The programme comprised the following works:
I
> JS Bach: Partita en Do menor
> Beethoven: Sonata en Fa menor Op.57 Appassionata
II
> Chopin: Balada en La bemol mayor
> Chopin: Balada en Fa menor
> Chopin: Scherzo en Mi mayor
III
> Ravel: Jeux d' eau
> Granados: La maja y el ruiseñor
> Liszt: Armonías del atardecer (Estudio transcendental)
> Liszt: Vals de Mefisto (La danza de la hostería)

1940

Argentina

Recital by Claudio Arrau at the 'Teatro Colón' of Buenos Aires on Thursday 26th September at 6:00 pm.

1940

Argentina

Recital by Claudio Arrau at the 'Teatro Colón' of Buenos Aires on Saturday 5th October.

1940

Uruguay

Claudio Arrau performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.3 Op.37 and No.4 Op.58 at the Estudio Auditorio SODRE* [Teatro Urquiza] of Montevideo, with Lamberto Baldi conducting, on Saturday 12th October at 6:30 pm, as part of the 'Temporada Oficial 1940'.

The programme also included the 'Jena Symphony in C major' by Friedrich Witt, at the time wrongly attributed to Beethoven.

*[SODRE - Servicio Oficial de Difusión Radiofónica y Espectáculos]

1940

Peru

Performances by Claudio Arrau in Lima in December.

1940

Peru

Cable sent by Claudio Arrau from Lima to Berlin in December, cancelling all outstanding performance contracts in Germany.

These include, inter alia, the following cancelled performances:

> Recital by Claudio Arrau at the Beethovensaal of Berlin on 14th February 1941.
> Brahms's Concerto in B-dur at the State Music University with the State Orchestra of Berlin conducted by Fritz Zaun on 1st March 1941
> Recital by the Claudio Arrau Trio at the Beethovensaal in Berlin on 15th March 1941
> Recital by Claudio Arrau at the Titania Palace Cinema of Steglitz, Berlin, on 29 April 1941.

And 12 years later:
> Brahms's Concerto No.1 by Claudio Arrau with the RIAS Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ferenc Fricsay at the Titania Palace Cinema in Steglitz, Berlin, on 19 and 20 April 1953.  Pianist Conrad Hansen filled in for Arrau who cancelled due to illness.  

Sources: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins] et al.

1941    
1941 U.S.A. First return recital by Claudio Arrau at the New York Town Hall on 25th January with a formidable programme of large-scale works:

> Bach's Partita No.2 in C minor
> Beethoven's Sonata in C major Op.2 No.3
> Brahms's Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel Op.24
> Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition

Encores:
> Debussy's Danse and
> Chopin-Liszt's Chant Polonaise

Appreciative review in the New York Times of 26th January.
1941 Canada Some time during the first fortnight of February, piano recital by Claudio Arrau as part of the Toronto Musical Season, including works by German Classic composers, modern French and Spanish composers, and Schumann's Carnaval.

[The Ottawa Journal, Ontario, 22 February 1941]
1941 U.S.A.

Claudio Arrau's triumphant return engagement at the Carnegie Hall of New York on Wednesday 19th February in the evening, with a recital programme comprising the following works:

> Bach's Italian concerto
> Beethoven's Sonata No.18 in E flat Op.31 No.3
> Schumann's Carnaval Op.9
> Chopin's Scherzo No.4 in E Op.54
> Liszt's Concert Etude in D flat Un sospiro
> Ravel's Jeux d'eau
> Debussy's Feux d'artifice

Highest praise by Noel Strauss in the New York Times of 20th February, and by Robert Lawrence in The New York Herald Tribune.

1941

Germany/
Portugal

On 26th February, Ruth Arrau and her children (one newly born) eventually managed to fly to Lisbon, accompanied by Claudio Arrau's associate Rafael de Silva, from where they embarked on 10th March to meet Claudio Arrau in Buenos Aires in April.

1941

South America

On 9th March, Claudio Arrau sailed from New York for an extensive tour of South America, starting with Bogotá, Colombia, where he was scheduled to play the complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle with the Bogota Symphony Orchestra [Orquesta Sinfónica de Bogotá] under Guillermo Espinosa.

[The New York Times of 9th March]
1941
Colombia
Concert performances by Claudio Arrau at the 'Teatro de Colón' of Bogotá, with the 'Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional' conducted by Guillermo Espinosa on 17th, 25th and 29th March, with a programme consisting of the following works:

> Beethoven: The five Piano Concertos
> Beethoven: Choral Fantasy
> Weber: Konzertstück for Piano and Orchestra in F minor
> Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor
> Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor
1941 Holland Claudio Arrau was scheduled to perform Brahms' Piano Concerto No.2 on 23rd March at 2 o'clock, with Eduard van Beinum conducting the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, as part of the Eight Sunday Afternoon Concerts series [Acht Zondagmiddagconcerten].

[Having cancelled all future performances in Germany from Lima, Peru, in December 1940, and given his numerous engagements in South America at the time, Arrau's actual appearance in Amsterdam at this scheduled event is unfeasible and highly unlikely]

1941

Argentina

Recital by Claudio Arrau at the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, on Sunday 20th April at 6:00 pm, being the first extraordinary concert of the 1941 Season, with a programme containing the following works:
I
> Bethoven: Sonata No.18 en Si bemol mayor Op.31 No.3 La caza
> Brahms: Variaciones sobre un tema de Paganini Op.35
II
> Schumann: Fantasía en Do mayor Op.17
III
> Debussy: Images, Book I
> Liszt: Juegos acuáticos en la villa de Este
> Liszt: Estudio de ejecución transcendental en Fa menor

1941

Argentina

Claudio Arrau's performance of Schumann's Piano Concerto with the Teatro Colón Standing Orchestra conducted by Fritz Busch at the 'Teatro Colón' of Buenos Aires, on Wednesday 23rd April at 9:30 pm, being the third subscription event of the symphonic cycle.

The programme also comprised short orchestral compositions by Weber, Schubert, Wagner, Mendelssohn and Berlioz.

1941

Argentina

Claudio Arrau's recital at the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, on Saturday 26th April at 6:00 pm, being the third extraordinary concert of the 1941 Season, with a programme featuring the following works:
I
> Mozart: Sonata en Sol mayor
> Beethoven: Variaciones con Fuga Op.35 Eroica
II
> Liszt: Funerailles
> Liszt: Balada en Si menor
> Chopin: Scherzo en Do sostenido menor
III
> Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit - Ondine. Le Gibet. Scarbo.
> Bartók: Allegro barbaro

1941

Argentina

Claudio Arrau's fourth recital of the 1941 Season at the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, on Wednesday 30th April at 6:00 pm, presenting a program of 'Música Romántica':

> Weber:  Rondo Brillante en Mi bemol mayor
> Schumann:  Sonata para piano Op.11 Florestán y Eusebio

> Mendelssohn:  Variations sérieuses
> Mendelssohn:  Scherzo a capriccio
> Mendelssohn:  Rondo capriccioso

> Chopin:  Fantasía en Fa menor
> Chopin:  Estudio en Do sostenido menor
> Chopin:  Barcarola
> Chopin:  Scherzo en Si menor

1941

Argentina

Farewell recital by Claudio Arrau at the 'Teatro Colón' of Buenos Aires, on Sunday 4th May at 6:00 pm, being the sixth extraordinary concert of the 1941 Season.  The programme featured the following works:
I
> Haydn: Andante con variaciones
> Brahms: Sonata in Fa menor Op.5
II
> Schumann: Carnaval Op.9 (A pedido / As requested)
III
> Chopin: Impromptu en Fa sostenido mayor
> Chopin: Balada en Sol menor
> Debussy: Le vent dans la plaine
> Debussy: Voiles
> Poulenc: Capricho italiano (de la suite 'Napoli')

1941

Argentina

Recital by Claudio Arrau at the 'Teatro Nacional de Comedia Cervantes' of Buenos Aires, on Monday 5th May at 9:30 pm, presented by the 'Asociación Wagneriana de Buenos Aires'.

The programme comprised the following compositions:
I
> Bach: Suite francesa en Mi mayor
> Beethoven: Sonata quasi una fantasía en Mi bemol mayor Op.27 No.1
II
> Liszt: Sopnata en Si menor (dedicada a Schumann)
III
> Granados: La maja y el ruiseñor
> Albéniz: Corpus Christi
> Debussy: Soirée dans Grenade
> Debussy: Minstrels

1941

Argentina

Second and last farewell recital by Claudio Arrau at the 'Teatro Colón' of Buenos Aires, on Sunday 11th May at 5:30 pm, being the eighth extraordinary concert of the 1941 Season.
The programme comprised the following works:
I
> Mozart: Sonata en La menor
> Beethoven: Sonata No.23 en Fa menor Op.56 Appassionata
II
> Mussorgsky: Cuadros de una exposición (A pedido / As requested) III
> Chopin: Scherzo en Mi mayor
> Debussy: La catedral sumergida
> Debussy: Las colinas de Anacapri
> Liszt: Vals de Mefisto (Baile de la taberba)

1941

Uruguay

'Great Farewell Recital' by Claudio Arrau at the 'Teatro 18 de Julio' of Montevideo, on Friday 23rd May at 6:30 pm, with a programme comprising the following works:
I
> Bach: Suite francesa en Mi mayor
> Beethoven: Sonata No.13 cuasi una fantasía Op.27 No.1
II
> Liszt: Sonata en Si menor (dedicada a Schumann)
III
> Albéniz: Almería
> Albéniz: Corpus Cristi
> Debussy: Soirée dans Grenade
> Bartók: Allegro bárbaro

1941

Argentina

Piano recital by Claudio Arrau at the 'Teatro Nacional de la Comedia - Cervantes' of Buenos Aires, on Monday 1st June at 9:30 pm, sponsored by the 'Asociación Wagneriana de Buemos Aires, with a programme encompasing the following works:
I
> Mozart: Fantasía KV.475
> Mozart: Sonata en Do menor KV.457
II
> Schumann: Humoresque [deleted]
> Liszt: Balada en Si menor
> Liszt: Estudio transcendental en La menor
III
> Debussy: Homenaje a Rameau
> Debussy: Mouvement
> Debussy: Jardines bajo la lluvia
> Bartók: Allegro bárbaro

1941

Chile

Claudio Arrau's second return to his birthplace on 20th August, where he offered two recitals and was declared Hijo Ilustre de Chillán by the City's Mayor.

[La Discusión newspaper, Chillán, 3rd Otober 1941]

1941

Chile

An all-Beethoven recital by Claudio Arrau at the Chillán's High School Concert Hall, with a program consisting of:

> Piano Sonata No. 14 Op.27 No.2 Moonlight
> Piano Sonata No. 12 Op.26
Interval -
> Piano Sonata No. 26 Op. 81a Les adieux
> Piano Sonata No. 23 Op. 57 Appassionata

[La Discusión newspaper, Chillán, 26th August]

1941

Chile

Performance by Claudio Arrau in Santiago of the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle as part of the 1941 Concert Season.

[El Diario Ilustrado newspaper, 30th August]

1941

Chile

For the first time in Viña del Mar (Valparaíso), Claudio Arrau performance of the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle.

[El Diario Ilustrado newspaper, 30th August]

1941

Chile

Claudio Arrau performances at the 'Teatro Municipal' of Santiago, with the Chilean Symphony Orchestra [Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile] conducted by Armando Carvajal, in a concert cycle presented by the 'Instituto de Extensión Musical' of the Chilean National University, as follows:

First Concert: 
Monday 1st September at 6:45 pm
I
> Mozart:  Concierto para piano y orquesta No.26 K.537 La Coronación
> Weber:  Konzertstück para piano y orquesta Op.79
II
> Schumann:  Concierto para piano y orquesta Op.54
III
> Strauss:  Burlesca para piano y orquesta en re menor

Second Concert:  
Thursday 4th September
at 6:45 pm
I
> Beethoven:  Concierto para piano y orquesta No.5 Op.73 Imperial
II
> Chopin:  Concierto para piano y orquesta No.1 Op.11
III
> Tschaikowsky: Concierto para piano y orquesta No.1

Third Concert:  
Monday 8th
 Saturday 13th September at 6:45 pm
I
> Beethoven:  Concierto para piano y orquesta No.3 Op.37
II
> Liszt:  Concierto para piano y orquesta No.2
III
> Grieg:  Concierto para piano y orquesta Op.16

1941

South America

Claudio Arrau decides to move family residence from Santiago, Chile, to New York.

En route concerts/recitals by Arrau in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, and New York.
1941 entries continue on the following 'Middle Period, 1941-1962' section.

End of 'Development Period' section.


This section last updated on 17th February 2017