Claudio Arrau
Piano
1903 - 1991

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'ArrauHouse' - A Chronology

Old Age Period - 1984 to 1991

1984    
1984
U.S.A.
Maestro Claudio Arrau's concert tour.
1984
U.K.
Maestro Claudio Arrau is interviewed in his Douglaston Home, Long Island, USA, on 1st February by presenter Melvyn Bragg for UK Metropolitan Television.
[Please see 18th March below]
1984
U.S.A.
Maestro Claudio Arrau marks his 81st birthday with a recital in Seattle, Washington, on Monday 6th February.

[This entry needs completion]
1984
U.S.A.
Recital by Maestro Claudio Arrau on Sunday 12th February at the Davies Symphony Hall of San Francisco, California, performing the following compositions:

> Beethoven's Sonata No.7 in D major, Op.10 No.3
>
Schubert'
s Klavierstück No.1 in E-flat minor D.946
> Chopin's Ballade No.3 in A-flat major Op.47
>
Liszt's Sonnetto del Petrarca No.104
>
Debussy's L'isle joyeuse
Intermission
>
Brahms's Sonata No.3 in F minor Op.5


[Source: Arrau, el gran artista latinoamericano, Dorantes Guzmán, Universidad Veracruzana, México, 1991]
1984
U.S.A.

Maestro Claudio Arrau's recital at the Main Hall of the Carnegie Hall, New York, on Thursday 16th February at 8:00 pm, with a programme including the following works:

> Beethoven's Sonata No.7 in D major, Op.10 No.3
>
Schubert'
s Klavierstück No.1 in E-flat minor D.946
> Chopin's Ballade No.3 in A-flat major Op.47
>
Liszt's Sonnetto del Petrarca No.104
>
Debussy's L'isle joyeuse
Intermission
>
Brahms's Sonata No.3 in F minor Op.5

Recital recorded for the radio series AT&T Presents Carnegie Hall Tonight.

[Source: Printed recital programme]
[Source: Carnegie Hall Archives]

1984
U.S.A.
Publication of an interview of Maestro Claudio Arrau in the book 'Reflections from the Keyboard - The world of the concert pianist' by David Dubal, a compilation of interviews with 35 leading pianists.  

Arrau's interview includes a variety of interesting topics, from remembrances to interpretation approaches to actual performances, and runs from page 16 through to page 33.

ISBN:  0-671-49240-3, Summit Books, New York.  Hardcover, 400 pages.
Also published in London by Victor Gollancz Ltd in 1985 as
'The World of the Concert Pianist', ISBN 0-575-03654-0.
1984
U.S.A.
An article entitled 'Birthday Bash Greetings' in the New York Magazine of 14th March, by music critic Peter G. Davis, highlights essential features of Maestro Claudio Arrau's music-making, his vision of Liszt and Schubert, his complete edition of Philips recordings, his biography by Joseph Horowitz, and other relevant topics.

"The real musical excitement comes from the sense of a continuing adventure, the discoveries of an inquiring musical intelligence that has peered deeply, uncovered many secrets, and is still looking for more.  Only the greatest musicians are blessed with this capacity for constant self-renewal".
1984
England 
London Weekend Television [LWT] presented on Channel 5 a 1-hour long, thorough documentary on Sunday 18th March, entitled 'Claudio Arrau', filmed on 1st February by Melvyn Bragg at the Maestro's Long Island Home, N.Y., highlighting essential features of Maestro Arrau's life experience from a young age, as well as his music-making and musical opinions.

In private performances specially for the programme, Maestro Arrau illustrates his approach to compositions by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Liszt and Schubert.

London Weekend Television, Season 7, Episode 12.

[Source: Drogheda Argus and Leinster Journal, 16 March 1984]
[Source: Liverpool Echo, 17 March 1984]

1984
Germany

Performances by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5 Op.73 with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra [Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester] conducted by Lorin Maazel at the Philharmonie on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th April at 8:00 pm.

The programme also included Berlioz's Harold in Italy Op.16 with Wolfram Christ as solo viola.
.

[Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin (Fürer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins)]
[Source: Printed concert programme]

1984
Chile

Journalist Inés María Cardone reports in 'Buen Domingo'* of Sunday 15th April about the Melvin Bragg documentary entitled 'Tributo a Arrau', broadcast by London Weekend Television in March.  

The report includes anecdotes on the filming of the documentary at Maestro Claudio Arrau's Long Island home in January, a translation into Spanish of the commentaries and interview script, and seven fotographs.

*['Buen Domingo', a Sunday insert magazine of La Tercera de la Hora' newspaper of Santaigo. Pages 6 through to 9]

1984
Chile

Maestro Claudio Arrau makes a 15-day tour of his homeland, arriving on Thursday 10th May, after a 17-year absence.
 
The Chilean media had been conducting an extraordinary welcoming campaign for the previous several weeks.
 
Unprecedented general acclaim afforded to the Maestro.

1984 Chile Recently arrived, Maestro Claudio Arrau attends the official presentation in Santiago of the

'Premio Nacional de Arte, Mención Música',

Chile's maximum arts distinction, awarded by the Chilean Ministry of Education in December 1983.
.
Friday
11th May

Rehearsals by Maestro Claudio Arrau with conductor Juan Pablo Izquierdo and the 'Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago' at the 'Teatro Municipal', whilst anti-government street protesters clashed with police forces resulting in one 18-year-old dead and 170 arrests.
.
Saturday
12th May

Teatro Municipal of Santiago - Extraordinary Concert:
I
> Beethoven: Concierto No.5 in Mi bemol mayor para piano y iorquesta Op.73 El Emperador
II
> Brahms: Concierto No.1 en Re menor para piano y orquesta Op.15

Juan Pablo Izquierdo
conducting la 'Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago'.

A 12-minute standing ovation with the Maestro returning to stage 15 times before an adoring public.

[LP & cassette for Beethoven Concerto No.5: CMVP102 & CMVP102C, USA, 1984]
[DVD for Brahms Concerto No.1: EuroArts 2058658, Austria, 2011]


.
Tuesday
15th May

Teatro Municipal of Santiago - Recital:
I
> Beethoven, Sonata No. 7  en Re mayor Op.10 No.3
II
> Schubert, Klavierstücke No.1 en Mi bemol mayor D.946
> Chopin, Balada No.3 in La bemol mayor Op.47
> Liszt, Soneto No.104 del Petrarca
> Debussy, L'isle joyeuse
III
> Brahms, Sonata No.3 en Fa mayor Op.5

Nine curtain calls.

[DVD of recital: EuroArts 2058668, Austria, 2011, except for Brahms's Sonata No.3, which is included in EuroArts DVD 2058658]


.
Friday
18th May

Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral - Extraordinary Concert organised by the Santiago City Council's Cultural Corporation:

I
> Beethoven, Concierto No.4 en sol mayor para piano y orquesta Op.58
II
> Beethoven, Concierto No.5 en Mi bemol mayor para piano y orquesta Op.73 El Emperador

Víctor Tevah Tellias conducting la 'Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Chile'.

An 8,000-strong audience, mainly young, was accommodated in the Cathedral, the square opposite, and surrounding streets.

Protracted ovations and cheers. An emotional Maestro.

[
DVD for Concerto No.4: EuroArts 2058668, Austria, 2011]
[DVD for Concerto No.5: EuroArts 2058648, Austria, 2011]

.
Saturday
19th May
TV Channel 7 's national broadcast of the concertos and events at the Santiago Cathedral on Friday 18th May.
.
Tuesday
22nd May

Donation of records and music scores to the Chilean National Library.

Master Class for Young Musicians at the Goethe Institute of Santiago.

.
Wednesday
23rd May

Teatro Municipal of Santiago - Recital:
I
> Beethoven, Sonata No.26 en Mi bemol mayor Op.81a Les adieux
II
> Beethoven, Sonata No.23 en Fa menor Op.57 Appassionata
III
> Liszt, Soneto No.104 del Petrarca
> Debussy, L'isle joyeuse
> Liszt, Après une lecture de Dante, Fantasia quasi sonata


[Centro de Documentación de las Artes Escénicas, Teatro Municipal, Santiago: Catálogo - Programas]

1984
U.S.A.
On Monday 14th May, The New York Times publishes an account so far of Maestro Claudio Arrau's visit to Chile, highlighting the overwhelming reception, the prevailing political sensitivities, and the protracted ovations prompted by the revered pianist's concerts and recitals.
1984
Chile

Maestro Claudio Arrau is awarded the degree of -

Doctor Honoris Causa


by the University of Concepción on 24th May.

[University Resolution 84-261 of 14th May 1984].

1984

Chile

Fourth and last return visit to Chillán by Maestro Arrau, on 24th and 25th May, to attend civic functions in his honour [no performances].

A ceremony in homage to Claudio Arrau took place at the Old Chillán Historical and Cultural Centre
.

At a public ceremony in the Chillán's Sports House (former 'Teatro Municipal' where Claudio Arrau performed his very first public recital in 1908), the Maestro was presented with the City of Chillán's Coat of Arms, lovingly crafted by members of Mr. Amador Isla's family, as well as three oil paintings of the old Chillán Market, by local painter Mr. Gumercindo Oyarzo.

1984
Chile
Maestro Claudio Arrau is appointed -

Permanent Professor Honoris Causa

by the University of Bío-Bío in May.
1984
Chile

Franciscan Friar Ramón Ángel Jara Hernández (aka 'frajh') wrote in May the following ten-verse stanza intended to be inscripted on a plaque at the street address where Claudio Arrau was born:

    Lumaco 554   

    En mil novecientos tres,
    febrero, séptimo día,
    para el mundo aquí nacía
    un niño, genio a la vez,
    del siglo el pianista es.
   
Cual nadie a Schumann tocó,
    de Chile el nombre paseó
    por todos los continentes.
    Pasa, amigo, reverente:
    aquí Claudio Arrau nació...


1984
Chile
VEA women’s weekly issue of 17th May, published in Santiago, includes articles on Maestro Arrau’s intense hours in Chile.

Articles are entitled: 'Emperor of the Piano’ [artistic achievements], and ‘Step by Step’ [the visit], both written by VEA’s journalist team, as well as ‘In Private’, by the Maestro’s press associate Arturo Carvallo.  

There is also an anonymous interview of Lucrecia Arrau, entitled ‘Claudio is extraordinary as a musician, a man and a brother’.

Pages 4 through to 9. 
Front cover photograph plus four inside photographs.
1984
Chile
Maestro Claudio Arrau establishes in Santiago the "Lucrecia León de Arrau" Arts Corporation sometime in May.

1984

Chile

Cover page photograph of Maestro Arrau on the May issue of VEA magazine published in Santiago, containing an article entitled 'Las emociones de Claudio Arrau '.

1984


England


A 55-minute film entitled 'Portrait of Claudio Arrau', directed by Alan Benson, where Maestro Arrau speaks about his long, eventull life, and performs Beethoven's F minor sonata Appassionata, Chopin's Ballade in A flat major Op 47, Debussy's L'isle joyeuse, Liszt's Petrarch Sonett 104 from Années de Pélerinage, and Schubert's Klavierstück in E flat minor D946.

This film was telecast -

> in New York in January-February 1984

> http://arrausite.free.fr/Index.html
,
> In the UK, as Part 1 of a 4-part series under the title A Pianistic Tour de Force, through TV Network 2 on 21st January 1990,
> through Classica TV Channel (for Germany and Austria, with access from Italy, France and Japan) on 4th December 1997,
> in France, with the title ‘Le dernier des géants’, by Arte et France in 1999, and
> in Germany, with the title 'Claudio Arrau - Ein Grandseigneur", by Hessischer Rundfunk (HR) Fernsehen (TV channel) on Sunday 16th January 2005 at 12:00 noon.

1984
Europe
Maestro Claudio Arrau's concert tour
1984
England
Concert performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau at London's Royal Festival Hall, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yehudi Menuhin on Sunday 3th June.

[Source: Illustrated London News, 1 June 1984]
This entry needs confirmation/completion.
1984
England
Recital by Maestro Claudio Arrau at London's Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday 6th June.
[This entry needs confirmation/completion]

[Source: Illustrated London News, 1 June 1984]
1984 Switzerland

Recital by Maestro Claudio Arrau at the Grand Théatre de Genève on Thursday 21st June at 8:00 pm. 

The programme consisted of:
> Beethoven: Piano sonate No.7 en ré majeur op.10 No.3
> Schubert: Klavierstück no.1 in mi bémol mineur op. posth. D 946
> Chopin: Ballade No.3 en la bémol majeur op.47
> Liszt: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
> Debussy: L'isle joyeuse
Entracte
> Brahms: Sonate in fa mineur op.5

[Source: Autographed printed recital programme]

1984
Germany

Maestro Claudio Arrau performances of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.3* with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra [Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester] conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli at the Philharmonie on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th October at 8:00 pm.
*[Originally, Chopin's Piano Concerto No.2
had been advertised]

The programme also included Adorno's Children Year - Six pieces for Small Orchestra from Schumann's Op.68 (premiered), and Schumann's Symphonie No.4
.

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

1984 Germany Launch on Friday 12th October of Rudolf Hermstein's translation into German of Joseph Horowitz's 'Conversations with Arrau', under the title 'Claudio Arrau - Leben mit der Musik', at Musik-Riedel, Musarenallee, Berlin.

Hardcover, 320 pages.
Published by: Scherz Verlag, Bern, München, Wien, Erste Auflage 1984.
1984

Italy

Extraordinary Recital by Maestro Claudio Arrau at 'Teatro alla Scala di Milano' on Monday 15th October at 8:00 pm, as part of the Community of Milan's Musical Evening Series, recorded and broadcast by the RAI - Italian National Television.

The programme included the following works:
I
> Beethoven:  Sonata No.26 op.81a in mi bemolle Les adieux
> Bethoven:  Sonata No.21 op.53 in do maggiore L'aurora
II
> Liszt:  Sonata op.143 in si minore

[Translation]*
... "Arrau plays the piano with absolute concentration, uses few gestures, never attacks the notes, only tickles them trying to highlight the dizzying eloquence and bewitching logic of each one.  The music is born under the fingers like an effluvium of colours and sounds, dynamically distilled in all shades." Angelo Foletto.

[Source: Printed recital programme]
[Source: La Stampa, Milan, 14, 17 Oct 1984]
[Source: la Repubblica, Roma, 17 Oct 1984]*
1984

Italy

Recital by Claudio Arrau in Genoa, on Thursday 18th October in the evening, at the opening of one of the Genoese concert seasons, with a repeat of the programme recently performed in Milan:
I
> Beethoven:  Sonata No.26 op.81a in mi bemolle Les adieux
> Bethoven:  Sonata No.21 op.53 in do maggiore L'aurora
II
> Liszt:  Sonata op.143 in si minore

..."An overwhelming performance in terms of musicality and intimate expression, sound control and clarity of sentence, which thrilled the very large audience that came to applaud the distinguished concert performer".

[Source: La Stampa, Turin, 20 Oct 1984]
1984 U.S.A. Performances by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Michigan) under the baton of guest conductor Hiroshi Wakasugi on Thursday 8th November at the Ford Auditorium in the evening, Friday 9th November in the Orchestral Hall at 8:00 pm, and Saturday 10th November in the Ford Auditorium at 8:30 pm.

[Source: The Windsor Star, Ontario, 9 Nov 1984]
This entry needs completion.
Undated Events

1984

U.S.A.

Maestro Claudio Arrau is bestowed -

The Highest Distinction Award


by The Inter-American Music Council and The Organization of American States, in recognition of his distinguished contribution to the arts in The Americas.

1984

 

 

U.S.A.

 

 

Publication by Summit Books of David Dubal's Reflections from the Keyboard: The World of the Concert Pianist, a collection of interviews with a number of outstanding pianists.

The book was published in England in 1985 by Victor Gollancz, where Maestro Arrau's interview is contained on pages 16 through to 33.  

ISBN 0-575-03654-0
There have been later editions.

1984

Chile 

Publication in Santiago of the book 'Claudio Arrau: Lo que nunca se dijo de su viaje a Chile', by journalist Inés María Cardone, an anecdotal account of preparations for Arrau's last visit to Chile in 1984.
1984 Germany Performances by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 Emperor, with Sir Colin Davis conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden.

[This entry needs completion]
1984 Germany Maestro Claudio Arrau performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra [Berliner Philharmoniker] and Giuseppe Sinopoli conducting.

[This entry needs completion]
1984 U.S.A. Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (Wisconsin) conducted by Zdenek Macal.

[This entry needs completion]

1984/5

U.S.A.

Maestro Claudio Arrau recital as part of the 1984-85 Wang Celebrity Series of Boston.

http://www.celebrityseries.org/CS_aboutus/archives5.htm
[This entry needs corroboration/completion]

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1985    
1985 Canada Announced performances by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kazuyoshi Akiyama on Friday 11th and Monday 14th January, were   cancelled  for health reasons.

Young pianist Ken Noda substituted.
1985 U.S.A. In February, at a reception held by the French Embassy in New York, Maestro Claudio Arrau was finally able to receive the prestigious decoration of   Commandeur de la Légion d'Honneur, awarded to him by France's President François Mitterrand in March 1983.
1985 U.S.A. All-Beethoven recital by Maestro Claudio Arrau at San Francisco's Davies Hall on Wednesday 5th March, including:

> Sonata No.7 Op.10 No.3
> Sonata No.23 Op.57 Appassionata
Intermission
> Sonata No.26 Op.81a Les adieux
> Sonata No.21 Op.53 Waldstein

Critic Heuwell Tircuit appraises the above recital in the San Francisco Chronicle of Friday 7th March, with an article entitled
'Arrau, at 83, is still making new discoveries '.  

"Arrau's invincible artistry stands as a monument to intellectual conception and personal dedication";  "...all sorts of wonderfully original touches" and "discoveries";  "...quite profound meditation"; "...amazing and unexpected facets of light";  "two hours of Beethoven, and one left the hall wishing for more".
1985 U.S.A. The Chicago Sun-Times newspaper of Monday 11th March publishes an article by Robert C. Marsh entitled   'At 82, Claudio Arrau can outplay pianists of 40 ', praising the musical and dramatic architecture of the performances rendered at the Chicago Auditorium Theatre on Sunday 10th March, including Beethoven Sonatas Les adieux and Appassionata, and Liszt Sonata in B minor.

The Chicago Tribune of Monday 11th March includes an article by Howard Reich entitled
'Pianist Arrau treats city to a singular performance ', appraising Arrau's performance at the Chicago Auditorium Theatre with readings offering a fresh and deeply personal look at Beethoven's Sonatas Les adieux and Appassionata, and Liszt's Sonata in B minor.

N.B.: This was the last appearance of Maestro Claudio Arrau in Chicago.
1985 U.S.A.

Maestro Claudio Arrau's recital at the Boston Symphony Hall on Tuesday 12th March, with a program consisting of:

> Beethoven: Sonata No.26 Op.81a Les adieux
> Beethoven: Sonata No.23 Op.57 Appassionata
Interval
> Liszt: Sonata in B minor

In its 14th March edition, The Boston Herald publishes and article by Josiah Fisk, entitled
'Pianist Claudio Arrau sparkles at Symphony Hall - At 82, his playing is still sublime '.  

The critique calls attention to "his control, as miraculous as ever"; "a timeless and transcendent quality that, in its effect on the spirit, can absolutely not be matched"; "phenomenal colour and luminosity"; and "Arrau's playing is, truly, as invincible as a law of nature, and as perfectly beautiful".

In its 14th March edition, The Boston Globe publishes an article by critic Richard Buell, entitled 'Timeless Claudio Arrau ', who performed as part of the Wang Celebrity Series on Tuesday 12th March at the Boston Symphony Hall.  

The writer highlights Arrau's unique and magical qualities, especially his rich, dark, seigneurial tone, his 'three-dimensional' sound (depth and complexity) beautifully weightily shaded, and his texture and harmonic colour as if reflecting various kinds of light.

1985
Germany

Pro Arte, subscription Master Piano Recital by Claudio Arrau at the Philharmonie of Berlin on Monday 15th April at 8:00 pm.

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

1985
Portugal

Recital by Maestro Claudio Arrau at the Grande Auditório of the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian of Lisbon on Wednesday 24th April at 6:30 pm.

The programme included the following works:
> Beethoven: Sonata No.26 em mi bemol maior op.81a   O Adeus
> Beethoven: Sonata No.23 en fá menor op.37   Appassionata
> Liszt: Sonata en si menor op. 143 (dedicada a Schumann)

[Source: Printed recital programme]

1985 U.S.A. Maestro Claudio Arrau's recital at the Avery Fisher Hall, on Monday 13th May at 8:00 pm, as part of the Great Performers at Lincoln Center series, with a programme comprising the following works:

> Beethoven: Sonata No.26, caracteristique, in E-flat major Op.81a Les adieux
> Beethoven: Sonata No.23 in F minor Op.57 Appassionata
Intermission
> Liszt: Sonata in B minor (Dedicated to Robert Schumann)

[Source: Printed recital flyer]
[Source: Electronic copy of printed recital programme pages]
1985 Italy

Recital by Maestro Claudio Arrau on Monday 27th May at the RAI Auditorium of Turin, organised by L'Unione Musicale di Turino, with a programme including the following works:

> Beethoven:  Sonata No.26 in mi bemolle maggiore Op.81a Les adieux
> Beethoven:  Sonata No.23 in fa minore Op.57 Appassionata
> Liszt:  Sonata in si minore

... If you were to save three solo piano masterpieces from a cataclysm, which ones would you choose?
-   "Beethoven's Sonata 111,  Liszt's Sonata in B minor,  Schumann's Symphonic Studies
..."


Source: La Stampa, Torino, 26, 28, 29 May 1985]
[Source: Centro Studi Piemontesi. Fondo 'Carlo Felice Bona'. Torino. Rosy Moffa & Giorgio Pugliaro. Entry 1377]

1985 England Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of The 1985 Shandwick Recital at the GLC Royal Festival Hall in London, on Monday 10th June at 7:30 pm, with the following programme:

> Beethoven:  Sonata No.26 in E flat major Op.81a Les adieux
> Beethoven:  Sonata No.23 in F minor Op.57 Appassionata
Interval
> Liszt:  Sonata in B minor

Beethoven sonatas CD: BBC Music, BBCMM349, England, 2012.


[Source: Printed recital programme]
[Source: Illustrated London News, 1 June 1985]
[Source: Local newspaper clip]
1985 Wales Scheduled participation by Maestro Claudio Arrau at the LLandaff Festival, Cardiff, running from 5 to 15 June.

[Source: Illustrated London News, 1 June 1985]
This entry needs corroboration/completion.
1985 U.S.A. Maestro Claudio Arrau performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra of New York and Gerard Schwartz conducting, on Sunday 25th August at the Avery Fisher Hall, Manhattan, marking Arrau's début at, and the last day of the season for, the Mostly Mozart Festival.
 
The program also included Mozart's D major Symphony, from the Posthorn Serenade, and Mozart's Symphony No.41, Jupiter.

The Newsday newspaper of Monday 26th August publishes an appreciative review of Arrau's concert by Peter Goodman, entitled Claudio Arrau 'Mostly Mozart' soloist
"... a performance of calm intelligence and skill, the high point of the evening".
1985 Germany Peformance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven's Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr.3 c-Moll op.37, as part of the 35th Berlin Festival, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti on Thursday 5th September at 8:00 pm, at the Philharmonie.

The programme also included Bruckner's Symphony Nr. IV Es-Dur Romantische .

[Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin (Fürer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins)]
[Source: Die Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester Vorschau 1985/86, p.10]
1985 U.S.A. Maestro Claudio Arrau performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 Op.37, with Riccardo Muti conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra in the Main Hall of the Carnegie Hall, New York, on Tuesday 5th November at 8:00 pm.

The evening also included Rossini's Guillaume Tell Overture and Hindemith's Symphony in E-flat.

[Source: Carnegie Hall Archives], et al.
1985 Canada Maestro Claudio Arrau is the guest artist at a gala concert on Monday 2nd December and Tuesday 3rd December at 8:00 pm  in the Salle Wilfrid Pelletier of Montreal, performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4 in G with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra directed by György Lehel.
 
Montreal's The Gazette of Tuesday 3rd December includes critic Eric Mclean's superlative appraisal of Arrau's performance.
 
La Press of Montreal of Tuesday 3rd December includes a superlative appraisal by Claude Gingras of Arrau's performance, in an article entitled
'Une forme exceptionnelle. Arrau, tel qu'en lui-même...'  [In exceptional form:  Arrau, such as himself].

The program also included Prokofiev's Symphonie classique Op.25 and Sibelius's Symphonie No.1 Op.39.  
1985 Canada

All-Beethoven recital performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau on Thursday 12th December in the evening, at the Salle Wilfrid Pelletier (Place des Arts) of Montreal, as part of the Grand Marnier series.

The programme consisted of:
> Sonata No.7 in D Op.10 No.3
> Sonata No.23 in F minor Op.57 Appassionata
> Sonata No.26 in E flat Op.81a Les adieux
> Sonata No.21 in C Op.53 Waldstein

On this occasion, Maestro Arrau substitued for pianist Emil Gillels who passed away this October.

[Source: The Gazette, Montreal, 7 and 14 Dec 1985]

Undated Events
1985 Germany ? Maestro Claudio Arrau performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI (Radio Audizioni Italiane) under Moshe Atzmon.

[This entry needs completion]
1985 Germany Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor, with the Sarrebrück Radio Symphony Orchestra [Radio-Sinfonieorchester Sarrebrück] conducted by Myung-Whun Chung.

http://arrausite.free.fr/Index.html

[This entry needs completion]
1985 France Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with L’Orchestre de Paris conducted by Daniel Baremboim.

[This entry needs completion]
1985 England Maestro Claudio Arrau performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Colin Davis.

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1985 South Korea First ever performance/s in South Korea by Maestro Claudio Arrau.

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1985 U.S.A. Maestro Claudio Arrau performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor, with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta.

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1985 U.S.A. Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor with Jiri Belohlavek conducting the New York Philharmonic.

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1986    
1986 U.S.A. The Dallas Morning News of Saturday 1st February published an article by its music critic John Ardion, appraising Maestro Claudio Arrau's rendition of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4, with Eduardo Mata conducting the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on 30th January at Meyerson Symphony Center, dedicated to the seven astronauts America lost during the week.  

The performance is described as 'Olympian', with sound 'of the greatest suppleness and beauty', couched 'in supreme serenity and simplicity', and 'phrases pouring from Arrau's hands with an almost childlike purity and naturalness'.
1986 Canada Performances by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor, with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the NAC Opera, Ottawa, conducted by Franco Mannino on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th February at 8:30 pm.

The programme commenced with Scarlatti/Shostakovich's Two Sonatas for winds and timpani, and Mannino's own Symphony No.5 Op.237 Rideau Lake.

[Source: The Ottawa Citizen, Ontario, 1 & 13 Feb 1986].
1986 Canada An all-Beethoven recital by Maestro Claudio Arrau at the Opera Theatre of the Ottawa National Arts Centre (NAC Opera) on Saturday 15th February at 8:30 pm, inspired a rave review by Jacob Siskind, published in The Ottawa Citizen of Monday 17th February.    

The program consisted of:
>  Sonata No.7 in D, Op.10 No.3
>  Sonata No.23 Op.57 Appassionata
>  Sonata No.26 Op.81a Les adieux
>  Sonata No.21 Op.53 Waldstein

[Source: The Ottawa Citizen, Ontario, 1 & 17 Feb 1986]
1986 U.S.A. Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra conducted by Herbert Blomstedt, on Monday 10th March at 8:00 pm in the Main Hall of the Carnegie Hall, New York.

The programme also comprised Wagner's Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin, and Nielsen's Symphony No.4 Op.29 The Inextinguishable.

[Source: Carnegie Hall Archives]
1986 U.S.A. Maestro Claudio Arrau's performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra conducted by Herbert Blomstedt, on Wednesday 12th March.

[Review by Robert Marsh in the Chicago-Sun Times of 13 March 1986]
1986 Germany

Broadcast performances by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at the Philharmonie, under Eugen Jochum, on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th April at 8:00 pm.

The programme, which also included Beethoven's Symphony No.5, had been originally advertised with conductor Klaus Tennstedt instead, in the Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester Vorschau 1985/86, p.29.

[Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin (Fürer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins)]

Concerto: CDR: FKM-76, USA, 2000, for the 17 April performance.

1986 Italy

Maestro Claudio Arrau's all-Beethoven recital at the 'Teatro di San Carlo' of Naples on Sunday 25th May, as part of the 'Settimane musicali internazionali', with the sponsorship of the Alessandro Scarlatti Association.

The programme comprised:
> Sonata No.7 in D major Op.10 No.3
> Sonata No.23 in F minor Op.57  Appassionata
> Sonata No.26 in E flat major Op.81a  Les adieux
> Sonata No.21 in C major Op.53   Waldstein/Aurora

[Source: la Repubblica, Roma, 18 April & 27 May 1986]

1986 England

All-Beethoven Sonata Recital by Maestro Claudio Arrau at the Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, on Tuesday 3rd June, with a programme including the follwing works:

>  Sonata No.7 in D major, Op.10 No.3
>  Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 Appassionata
Interval
>  Sonata No.26 in E flat major, Op.81a Les Adieux
>  Sonata No.21 in C major Op.53 Waldstein


[Source: Printed recital programme]
[Source: Illustrated London News, 1 June 1986].

1986 U.S.A. Maestro Claudio Arrau was awarded the -

1986 New York Mayor's Liberty Award


at Battery Park in Manhattan Island, New York City, by the City's Mayor, Ed Koch, on 1st July, along with 85 other recipients.

A recipient of this Award has to have been born abroad and be an American citizen or in the process of becoming one, as well as having made a major contribution to New York and the United States.

[Source: The New York Times, 26 June 1986].
1986 England

Maestro Claudio Arrau's performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4 at London's Royal Albert Hall, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos on Saturday 20th September at 7:45 pm.

The programme also included Debussy's Trois Nocturnes & Stravinsky's Firebird Suite (1919 version).

[Source: Illustrated London News, 1 Sept 1986]

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Undated Events
1986 England Publication of the book 'Pianists at Play - Interviews, Master Lessons, and Technical Regimes', by Dean Elder, a collection of interviews with 26 pianists, master lessons by 13 pianists, and technical regimes by five pianists.

Maestro Claudio Arrau appears on two interviews and provides one master lesson, as follows:
1967: The Beethoven Sonatas - Performance Insights
1971:  Pianistic Issues - At Easy with Claudio Arrau
1961:  Master Lesson on Seven Pieces from Schumann's Carnaval

First published in the UK by Kahn and Averill in 1986. Copyright 1982 by The Instrumentalist Company. ISBN 0-900707-91-7.
1986 U.S.A. Maestro Claudio Arrau performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra of New York and Gerard Schwartz conducting.

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1986 U.S.A. An all-Beethoven evening recital with Maestro Claudio Arrau at the 92th Street Y Auditorium of New York, including, inter alia, sonatas Les Adieux, Appassionata, and Waldstein.

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1986 Italy

Maestro Claudio Arrau's performance at the Teatro alla Scala di Milano.

[Source: Symphonia magazine, Ermitage. November 1994]
This entry needs corroboration/completion.

1986 U.S.A. Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor, with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra and Lukas Foss conducting.

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1986 Canada Maestro Claudio Arrau performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra [L’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal] conducted by György Lehel.

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1987    
1987 Germany Pro Arte, subscription Master Piano Recital by Claudio Arrau at the Philharmonie of Berlin on Monday 2nd March at 8:00 pm.

The programme comprised the following compositions:
> Beethoven: Sonata No.26 Op.81a Les adieux
> Schumann: Fantasie in C major
> Liszt: Dante Sonata, and other works

[Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin (Fürer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins)]

1987 Italy Beethoven and Liszt recital by Maestro Claudio Arrau in the 'Teatro Comunale' of Florence on Sunday 15th March* in the evening, with a programme including the following compositions:

> Beethoven: Sonata No.26 Op.81a Les adieux
> Schumann: Fantasie in C major [replaced by]
> Beethoven: Sonata Op.10 No.3

> Liszt: Giochi d'acqua la Villa d'Este
> Liszt: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
> Liszt: Dopo una lettura del Dante, fantasia quasi sonata.

*Possibly also Monday 16th March.

[Source: la Repubblica, Roma, 18 & 19 March 1987]

1987 Germany Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Philharmonie, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Semyon Bychkov on Saturday 21st March at 8:00 pm.

This subscription concert also included Wagner's Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin, and Shostakovitch's Symphony No.11.

[Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin (Fürer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins)] et al.
1987 Germany Maestro Claudio Arrau's performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Philharmonie, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Semyon Bychkov on Sunday 22nd March at 8:00 pm.

The programme also featured Wagner's Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin, and Shostakovitch's Symphony No.11.

The event was sponsored by the Ministry for Youth and Family to promote young musicians and listeners.

[Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin (Fürer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins)] el al.
1987 U.S.A. Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau at the Peoples' Symphony Concerts, Artists' Series, in New York on 18th April for the first time after 40 years.

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1987 U.S.A.

Recital by Maestro Claudio Arrau at the McCarter Theatre of Princeton, New Jersey, on Monday 20th April at 8:00 pm, with a program consisting of:

> Beethoven:  Sonata No.7 in D major, Op.10 No.3
> Beethoven:  Sonata No.21 in C major, Op.53 Waldstein
Intermission
> Liszt:  Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este
> Liszt:  Sonetto del Petrarca No.104
> Liszt:  Après une lecture du Dante - Fantasia quasi sonata

[Source: Autographed printed recital programme]

1987 France The May issue of Diapason-Harmonie magazine (No.327) features a Portrait article entitled 'Arrau le Beethovénien' written by André Tubeuf. 
The writer analyses Arrau's rich attributes and deep insights enabling his unique renditions of works by Beethoven as well as Liszt, Brahms, Chopin and other main composers, well into his old age.
The article includes a chronological discography. The cover page shows a photograph of the Maestro and the headline 'Arrau témoin de Beethoven'.
[Pages 42 through to 47. Four photographs.]
1987
Japan

Maestro Claudio Arrau's sixth triumphant return in May:

Performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5 Emperor with the Japan Broadcasting Corporation Symphony Orchestra [NHK - Nippon Hoso Kyokai S.O.] conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch at Tokyo's Suntory Hall on 17th May.

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1987
South Korea
Maestro Claudio Arrau's performances in May.

[This entry needs completion]
1987 France Article by Robert Serrou, published in Paris Match magazine of 19th June, recounting highlights of Maestro Arrau's life, career and ideas, and surveying the appreciation of his art by the new generation.
1987 France Paris's Le Figaro magazine of Saturday 20th June includes a précis on pages 24 & 25, written by Isabelle Garnier, entitled A quatre-vingt-quatre ans Claudio Arrau reste un enfant prodige [At age 84, Claudio Arrau remains a child prodigy], celebrating the Maestro's extraordinary life on the occasion of his current Paris recital. 
Photo by Guillaume de Laubier.

1987

France

Cover page photograph of Maestro Claudio Arrau on the 20-to-26 June issue of Télérama magazine, which contains an article by Paul Meunier entitled 'Arrau à Paris, les doigts dans la tete ', including biographical details and an interview on repertoire, interpretation, piano technique, the arts, contemporary approach to classical music by the young, and other relevant issues.  
[Pages 8 to 11. Photographs]
1987 France Maestro Claudio Arrau's recital of works by Beethoven and Liszt at the Salle Pleyel of Paris on 22nd June. [Please see below]
1987 France

Paris's Le Figaro magazine of Sunday 28th June includes an article by Jacques Doucelin, entitled 'Music, Claudio Arrau - Le miracle tranquille', appraising the sculpture and colour qualities of Arrau's renditions of works by Beethoven and Liszt at a Paris recital on 22nd June, consisting of:

> Beethoven:  Sonata No.26 Op.81a Les adieux
> Beethoven:  Sonata No.7 Op.10 No.3
Interval
> Liszt:  Jeux d'eau a la villa d'Este
> Liszt:  Sonnet de Petrarque No.104
> Liszt:  Fantasie apres une lecture de Dante

1987 U.S.A. Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor, with the Waterloo Festival Orchestra conducted by Gerard Schwarz, at the Waterloo Village in Stanhope, New Jersey, on 18th July.  

[Source: The New York Times, 17 July 1987]
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1987 Switzerland  Maestro Claudio Arrau performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 Emperor with the Orchestra della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera italiana under Marc Andreae at the Chiesa di San Francesco [St Francis Church] on 18th September, as part of the Settimane Musicali di Ascona.
1987 Switzerland Maestro Claudio Arrau's performance in the 42nd Festival de Montreux-Vevey at the Swiss Riviera in September.

[Source: Le Monde, 1 Sept 1987]
This entry needs corroboration/completion.
1987 Germany Performances by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2 and 3, with Sir Colin Davis conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden in the Semperoper at the Theaterplatz in October.

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1987 U.S.A. Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5 Op.73 Emperor with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of David Zinman, in the Main Hall of the Carnegie Hall, New York, on Tuesday 3rd November at 8:00 pm.

The evening likewise included F.Mendelssohn's Die Hebriden Op.26, and E.Elgar's Variations on an Original Theme Enigma Op.36.

[Source: Carnegie Hall Archives]
1987
Chile
Maestro Claudio Arrau's beloved sister, Lucrecia Arrau León, dies in Santiago on 3rd November aged 90.

She was born in Quirihue, Ñuble (Itata), Chile, in 1897. She married Leo van der Daele and was a widow at death.

In life she was a stounch supporter of her brother's artistic career and a diligent worker in contributing to facilitate the passage of Jews out of Germany during the second half of the 1930's, in her role as an employee of the Chilean Embassy in Berlin.

She was buried at the 'Cementerio General de Santiago', Patio 01 Disidente, Lote 25, Bóveda
de Familia Lucrecia Arrau León.

1987 Canada Maestro Claudio Arrau performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra of Alberta, conducted by Mario Bernardi on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November at 8:00 pm in the Jack Singer Concert Hall, sponsored by the Nat Christie Foundation.

The Calgary Herald of Sunday 29th November publishes an appraisal by Eric Dawson of the above concert, entitled 'Ageless artist displays power in concerto ', highlighting the richness of Arrau's palette, range of tones, subtle pedalling, outgoing weight and colour, haunting poetry - a performance to cherish.
Undated Events
1987 Germany

Rudolf Hermstein's translation into German of Joseph Horowitz's book 'Conversations with Arrau', under the title of 'Claudio Arrau - Leben mit der Musik'
Paperback, 320 pages.
Republished by: Piper, München Zürich, Germany. 1987.

1987 U.S.A. Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor, with The Philadelphia Orchestra and David Zinman conducting.

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1987 U.S.A. Maestro Claudio Arrau performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and D. Massey conducting.
 
http://arrausite.free.fr/Index.html
[This entry needs corroboration/completion]
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1988    

1988

USA

Cover page photograph of Maestro Claudio Arrau on Fanfare, The Magazine for Serious Record Collectors, of January/February, published in New Jersey.

Music critic John D. Wiser writes an appreciation of Maestro Arrau's recordings of Liszt, Mozart, Chopin and Beethoven made in the first half of the 1980s [pages 51 to 54].

Recording advertisements on pages 18 and 23.

1988

Canada

Maestro Claudio Arrau performances of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5 Emperor with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rudolf Barshai on Saturday 9th and Monday 11th January at 8:00 pm in Vancouver's Orpheum.

The programme also included Beethoven's Overture Leonore No.3 and Brahms's Symphony No.3 in F major.

[Source: The Province, Vancouver, 10 Jan 1988]
[Source: The Vancouver Sun, British Columbia, 11 Jan 1988]

1988

Germany

Photograph of Maestro Claudio Arrau on cover page of the Fono Forum Klassik und High Fidelity magazine of 2nd February, showing the heading 'Interview mit Claudio Arrau'.
1988

U.S.A.

Cover page photograph of Maestro Claudio Arrau on the February issue of Keynote, The Magazine for the Musical Arts, published by WNCN 104.3 FM Classical Radio of New York, containing an article entitled 'Exclusive! Thoughts at 85 by Claudio Arrau '.
1988 England
Colleagues and friends of Maestro Claudio Arrau, including Bernard Haitink, Sir Ian Hunter, Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Maria Giulini, Volker Strauss, Karl Schumann, John Lill, and Sir Colin Davis, pay admiring tribute to "Arrau at 85 " in the Gramophone magazine edition of February 1988, pages 1169 and 1170.
Cover page photograph.
1988 England
Televised performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 Emperor in February, with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis, celebrating the Maestro's 85th birthday.
1988 Venezuela

Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5 Emperor, with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra [Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar] conducted by Maestro José Antonio Abreu, at the 'Teatro Teresa Carreño' of Caracas on Friday 19th Sunday 21st February.

The programme also included Mozart's Symphony No.35 K.385 Haffner.

[Source: Electronic copy of printed concert programme]

1988 Venezuela
Maestro Claudio Arrau's recital at the 'Teatro Teresa Carreño' of Caracas on Tuesday 23rd February at 8:00 pm, performing the following works:
I
> Beethoven:  Sonata No.26 en mi bemol mayor Op.81 Los adioses
> Beethoven:  Sonata No.7 en re mayor Op.10 No.3
II
> Liszt:  Juegos acuáticos en la Villa d'Este (Peregrinación, 3er Año)
> Liszt:  Soneto No.104 del Petrarca (Peregrinación, 2do Año, Italia)
> Liszt:  Después de una lectura de Dante (Peregrinación, 2do Año, Italia)

[Source: Electronic copy of printed recital programme]

1988

U.S.A.

Cover page photograph of Maestro Claudio Arrau on the March issue of Musical America, the Journal of Classical Music.

1988

Spain

Maestro Claudio Arrau's performances in Barcelona of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5 Emperor on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th March in the evening, at the 'Palau de la Música', with the Barcelona City Orchestra [Orquesta de la Ciudad de Barcelona, OCB] conducted by Franz-Paul Decker.

The all-Beethoven programme also included King Stephen Overture & Symphony No.8.

"Claudo Arrau no nos brindó una evocación de lo que ha sido, sino una cautivadora muestra de lo que es un gran artista.   ¡Por muchos años, maestro!"  -  Luis Gasser, A.B.C.

[Source: El Periódico de Catalunya, 10 March 1988]
[Source: A.B.C., Madrid, 12 March 1988, p.84]

1988

Germany

Benefit concert organized by the Düsseldorf's Robert Schumann-Gesellschaft to mark the completion of the Schumann Edition, with Maestro Claudio Arrau performing for the occasion at the Düsseldorf Townhall on Saturday 26th March.

[This entry needs completion]
1988
U.S.A.

Eldest son, Mario, resident of Wauchula, Hardee County, Florida, died as a result of a motorcar accident in Orlando, Orange County, Florida, on Friday 1st April, aged 47.

[Source: Ocala Star-Banner, 6 April 1988]
[Source: Florida Death Index]

1988 Germany Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 [at the Philharmonie], with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kurt Masur on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th April at 8:00 pm.

The programme also included Bruckner's Symphony No.4 Romantic.

[Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin (Fürer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins)]
1988
U.S.A.

Appearance scheduled for 18th May at the 92d Street Y, as part of the 'Distinguished Artists Series at the Y', was  cancelled  by Maestro Arrau due to ill health.

1988

France

Cover page photograph of Maestro Claudio Arrau on the June issue of Le monde de la musique - Télérama, Paris, including two articles in French under the generic title Claudio Arrau: La carrière du Sphinx.
 

One article concerning Arrau's art is entitled 'La ligne droite' and written by Alain Lompech.
 
The second article on piano techniques is entitled 'Le piano selon Arrau' and written by his pupil Cyril Huvé.

Cover page photograph. 14 internal photographs. 16 hand postures. Discography. Pages 61 to 68.

1988

France

Piano recital by Maestro Claudio Arrau at the Salle Pleyel of Paris on Monday 6th June.

[Note: Announcement of an oncoming event in 'Le Monde de la Musique' of June - Entry needs corroboration/ completion]

1988

England

Eightieth Birthday recital by Maestro Claudio Arrau at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on Tuesday 10th June at 7:30 pm, with a programme of Beethoven and Liszt compositions.

[Source: Illustrated London News, 1 June 1988]
[This entry needs corroboration/completion]

1988

Spain

Maestro Claudio Arrau's recital at the 'Festival Internacional de Música de Granada' in Ciudad de la Alhambra on Friday 1st July.

The programme comprised Beethoven's Piano Sonatas No.7 & 26 Los adioses, and Liszt's Les jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este & Aprés une lecture du Dante.

[Source: El País, Madrid, 1 July 1988]
[Source: A.B.C., Madrid, 3 July 1988, p.115]
[This entry needs completion]
1988 U.S.A. Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Op.58, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Jesús López-Cobos at the Tanglewood Music Center, Massachusetts, on Sunday 7th August at 2:30 pm.

The programme commenced with Schumann's Symphony No.4 and concluded with Suites Nos. 1 & 2 from Falla's The Three-cornered Hat.

[Source: Printed concert programme]
1988


Canada


Announced performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gunther Herbig at the Baldwin Pavillion on the grounds of Oakland University, Rochester, on Thursday 11th August at 8:00 pm.

[Source: The Windsor Star, Ontario, 6 April, 5 Aug 1988]
This entry needs corroboration/completion.
1988
U.S.A.
The Detroit Free Press of Saturday 13th August published an appraisal of  Maestro Claudio Arrau's recent performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5 at Meadow Brook, with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gunther Herbig.

The writer found this performance of an 85-year-old Arrau 'alluring, enthusiastic, giddy, grandiose, joyful, loving, majestic, profound, reflective, witty, zealous, and infused with a child-like eagerness'.
1988


Canada


Announced performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gunther Herbig at the Measow Brook Music Festival, on Sunday 14th August at 8:00 pm.

[Source: The Windsor Star, Ontario, 6 April, 5 & 12 Aug 1988]
This entry needs corroboration/completion.
1988
U.S.A.
The Dallas Morning News's music critic John Ardoin inserted an article in the 12th September edition, entitled An Engaging Season Premiere - Dallas Symphony and Pianist Claudio Arrau Make Beautiful Music Together.
 
Maestro Claudio Arrau rendered Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3, with Eduardo Mata conducting, on Friday 9th September at the State Fair Music Hall in Dallas.
1988


Canada


Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.3 with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit in the Sale Wilfrid Pelletier, Place des Arts, at 8:00 pm on Wednesday 21st September at 8:00 pm, repteaded on Thursday 22nd September.

The programme also included Glenn Buhr's Ecstasy and Mahler's Symphony No.1.

[Source: The Gazette, Montreal, 27 Aug & 22 Sept 1988]
1988 France Maestro Claudio Arrau performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor with L’Orchestre de Paris and Daniel Baremboim conducting at the Sale Pleyel on Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th & Friday 30th September at 8:30 pm.

[Source: Le Monde, Paris, 27 September 1988], et al.
[Dates need corroboration]
1988
U.S.A.
Under the heading Claudio Arrau at 85, cover page photograph of Maestro Arrau on the September/October issue of 'Keyboard Classics' - the magazine you can play', published in Katonah, NY.

The magazine contains an article by Douglas Riva entitled 'Claudio Arrau - Reflections At 85', which includes a biographical survey, references to Arrau's teaching method and his piano technique, an appreciation of Mozart's compositions and consequent interpretation of Mozart's sonatas, a reflection on positive changes in classical audiences, and other such topics.
1988 Germany Pro Musica, subscription Master Piano Recital by Claudio Arrau at the Philharmonie of Berlin on Saturday 29th October at 8:00 pm.

[Source: Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin (Fürer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins)]

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

1988
Spain
The November issue of the Scherzo music magazine of Madrid contains an article by critic Pedro Elías entitled 'Claudio Arrau, un creador pánico'.   The article examines with examples the critical elements of the Maestro's unique interpretation techniques and approach to music, which allow him to build up towards the essence of music as created by a composer.
 
[Cover page photograph.  Article in pages 16 and 17]
1988 England
Claudio Arrau 85th Birthday Concert - Performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 in C minor Op.73 Emperor, with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis, on Thursday 3rd November at the Barbican Centre Concert Hall, London.

The programme also included Beethoven's Overture to Egmont Op.84 and Symphony No.5 Op.67.

The televised programme was broadcast on 21st November.
[Source: Printed concert programme]

Releases of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5:
VHS: Philips 070 122-3, Netherlands, 1988
Laser Disc: Philips 070 222-1, England/USA, 1988
Laser Disc: Philips PHLP-4803, Japan, 1988
1988
Spain
After a 7-year absence, recital by Maestro Claudio Arrau at the 'Auditorio Nacional de Música' of Madrid announced for Tuesday 22nd November at 7:30 pm, celebrating the 3rd anniversary of 'Scherzo' magazine and marking his 85th birthday with a programme comprising works by Beethoven, Schumann & Liszt.

Event postponed for Friday 25th November due to Maestro Arrau's indisposition.  Actual performance comprised the following works:
> Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.26 Op.81a Les adieux
> Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.7 Op.10 No.3
> Liszt: Sonnetto del Petrarca No.104
> Liszt: Sonata Después de una lectura de Dante


[An announced Liszt's Jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este was not performed]

[Souces: A.B.C., Madrid, 1st, 20th, 22nd, 24th & 27th Nov 1988]

1988 U.S.A. Cover page photograph of Maestro Claudio Arrau on the 19th December issue of Visión, La revista latinoamericana, published in New York, showing the title "Exclusiva: El legendario Pianista Claudio Arrau".
Undated Events
1988
Switzerland
Maestro Claudio Arrau finalizes recordings for the Philips label of the complete Mozart piano sonatas, a project started in 1973.
1988
England
Maestro Claudio Arrau is bestowed the -

Honorary Membership of
The Royal Philharmonic Society of London
.
1988
Venezuela

In Caracas, Maestro Claudio Arrau is awarded la -

Medalla Teresa Carreño.


[This entry needs completion]

1988

U.S.A.

'Claudio Arrau at 85 - an appreciation by Robert Matthew-Walker (found in the internet under 'Claudio Arrau at 85 - Princeton University') thoughtfully compiles, in the equivalent to two printed pages, essential features of Maestro Arrau's musicianship, illustrated with quotations from the artist, and including key biographical and recording information.

[Source: Princeton University website]
1988


U.S.A.


Claudio Arrau Signature Performance Series - CBS Broadcast International:
A 4-part video series on the life and memorable performances of the master pianist.  
Filmed in Santiago (Chile), Boston, Philadelphia, and New York, from 1983 to 1987.  [Kultur / Philips]
1988
Spain
Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5 Emperor with the Orquesta de la Ciutat de Barcelona conducted by Franz Paul Decker at the Palau de la Música Catalana.

[This entry needs corroboration/completion]
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1989    

1989

U.S.A.

Maestro Arrau's appearance planned for 18th May at the 92nd Street Y, N.Y., being the last performance in the season's 'Distinguished Artists Series at the Y', was  cancelled  due to illness, and not rescheduled.

1989
U.S.A.
The Boston Globe of 12th January includes a review by Richard Dyer appraising the virtues of the first ever digitalised release by RCA Victor of Maestro Claudio Arrau's 1942/1945 recordings of Bach's Goldberg Variations, Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, et al.  These qualities are said to be evident despite the age of the recorded sound.

1989

U.S.A.

Maestro Claudio Arrau's last public performances at the San Francisco Davies Hall, on Wednesday 8th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th February at 8:30 pm, playing Liszt's Piano Concerto No.2 with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra conducted by Eduardo Mata.

The programme also included Bethoven's Symphony No.1 and Falla's The Three-cornered Hat.

[Source: Electronic copy of printed concert programme page] .

1989

U.S.A.

Scheduled concerto performances with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra on 22, 23 and 24 February   cancelled  due to ill health.

Pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja replaced.
1989
U.S.A.
Cover page photograph of Maestro Claudio Arrau and cover story on pages 20 to 25 of the April edition of Ovation magazine of New York, under the title Claudio Arrau Collector - The Private Passion of a Public Artist, by Frederick R. Selch.  Arrau's collection of books, art and artifacts hold a special meaning when viewed as contributing to his creative success as a performing artist.
1989
U.S.A.
Maestro Claudo Arrau's beloved wife, Ruth Schneider-Arrau, passes away on 19th April in Douglaston, and is buried on 21st April in grave No.69 at Mapledwood Gardens 4, Ferncliff Cemetery, Westchester County, New York, next to his mother's grave.

The marriage of Claudio and Ruth was a devoted, loving, nurturing and supportive union for life.  They had two children, Carmen and Mario, and in later years adopted a third, Christopher.

1989 Germany Maestro Claudio Arrau's performances of R.Strauss’s Burleske for Piano and Orchestra and Weber's Konzerstück for Piano and Orchestra at the Philharmonie, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Christoph Eschenbach on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th April at 8:00 pm.

The programme also included B.A. Zimmermann's Photoptosis (Prelude for grand orchestra), and Schumann's Symphony No.2.

[Source:
Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin (Fürer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins)]
1989
U.S.A.
In October, whilst stepping down the staircase of his Douglaston home, in Queens, NY, Maestro Arrau fell over and injured his right side shoulder and wrist, needing immobilization and further treatment.
 
During convalescence, Maestro Arrau moved to live with his cousin-once-removed and will executor, Mr. Agustín Arrau, in Mill Neck, New York, for several months.
Undated Events

1989

Japan

The 1989 Japan Record Academy Award

is adjudicated to the 1984-and-1987 Philips label recordings of Beethoven's complete piano concerto cycle, with Maestro claudio Arrau and the Staatskapelle Dresden conducted by Sir Colin Davis.

1989

U.S.A.

Last solo recital by Maestro Claudio Arrau at the Boston Symphony Hall, as part of the 1988-89 Wang Celebrity Series of Boston.

http://www.celebrityseries.org/CS_aboutus/archives5.htm
[This entry needs completion]

1989
France

Editions Van de Velde, Paris, published this year a book in French entitled 'Conversations', containing thirteen interviews of distinguished pianists, in German, carried out by journalist Juergen Meyer-Josten for Bavarian Radio in the early 1970s.

Claudio Arrau's interview is contained on pages 21 through to 35, where the Maestro discusses the benefits of learning the complete works of a composer, acquiring a wide reading habit, nurturing a taste for the arts, and developing one's personality.

Mestro Arrau also speaks of pianists he admires (both past and contemporary), the difference between recorded and live performances, new musical trends and modern composers he appreciates, the commercial exploitation of competing young musicians, the need for deepening cultural development to inform interpretation, the inappropriateness of arranging originally deliberately difficult passages to make them easier, approach to studying new works (including intense practicing, brief deep sleeping before performances, relaxation techniques), and other such topics.

Paperback, 192 pages.  ISBN 2.85868-143-0.

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1990    

1990

U.S.A.

In a TV Preview by music critic Patrick Stearns for USA TODAY of Wednesday 17th January, under the title "Maestro's intimate view of Beethoven", the writer highlights the historical value of preserving Maestro Claudio Arrau's magisterial, philosophical rendition of Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4, in 1983 at age 80, under Riccardo Muti conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, finally to be aired on TV tonight almost eight years after having been videotaped.

N.B.: Recording released on VHS and laser disc, but not on DVD.

1990

U.S.A.

In a TV review by music critic Lesley Valdes, appearing in the Philadelphia Inquirer of 19th January under the title "Claudio Arrau joins Philadelphia Orchestra in Beethoven", the writer provides a superlative account of Maestro Arrau's performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4, in 1983 at age 80, under Riccardo Muti conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra.  

Program aired on Philadelphia's Channel 12, on Friday 19th and Tuesday 23rd January 1990.

1990

U.K.

On Sunday 21st January at 4.00 pm, TV Network 2 broadcast a 2-hour programme entitled 'Claudio Arrau... A Pianistic Tour de Force', the first in a a four-part series demonstrating the poetic power of the master musician, who talks about and plays some of his choice musical preferences.

[Source: Evening Herald (Dublin), 20 Jan 1990]
[Source: Sunday Independent (Dublin), 21 Jan 1990]
[Source: Sunday World (Dublin), 21 Jan 1990]
[Source: Sunday Life, Norther Ireland, 21 Jan 1990]

1990

U.K.

On Sunday 28th January at 4.30 pm, TV Network 2 broadcast a one-and-a-half-hour programme entitled 'Claudio Arrau... The Emperor', the second programme in a four-part series.  Returning to his native Chile in 1984 after seventeen years, the 81 year old Arrau captivates an audience of 6,000 in Santiago's Metropolitan Cathedral, with Beethoven's Concerto No.5 in E flat major for Piano and Orchestra Op.73 Emperor, and the Symphony Orchestra of the Chilean National University conducted by Víctor Tevah.

[Source: Sligo Champion (Ireland), 26 Jan 1990]

1990

U.K.

On Sunday 4th February at 4.05 pm, TV Network 2 broadcast a 2-hour programme entitled 'Arrau and Brahms: The Two Romantics', the third in a a four-part series which features some of Arrau's finest performances.  The 81 year old Arrau enthrolls his audience in Santiago's Teatro Municipal with a performance of Brahms's Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor, and Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, with the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Juan Pablo Izquierdo.

[Source: Sunday Tribune, Dublin, 4 Feb 1990]

1990

U.K.

On Sunday 11th February at 4.05 pm, TV Network 2 broadcast a 2-hour programme entitled 'Claudio Arrau... The Maestro and the Masters', the final programme in a four-part series.  The 81 year old Arrau enthrolls his audience in Santiago's Teatro Municipal by rendering unforgettable interpretations of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4 in G major Op.58, with the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Juan Pablo Izquierdo, as well as Beethoven's Piano Sonata No.7 in D major, plus solo works by Debussy, Chopin, Liszt and Schubert.

[Source: Sunday Tribune, Dublin, 11 Feb 1990]

1990

U.S.A.

Arrau & Muti & Beethoven -
In February, TV broadcast by PBS through WHYY, Philadelphia:

Concert program featuring Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with Maestro Claudio Arrau, Riccardo Muti and The Philadelphia Orchestra, taped at the Philadelphia Academy of Music on 17th February 1983. 

"Will become a public television classic" - USA Today.
[Philips]
.
1990
Canada
Scheduled performances by Maestro Claudio Arrau with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa on 28th February and 1st March were   cancelled  due to the lingering sequels of a concussed arm.

His scheduled recital performance on 4th March at the same venue was likewise   cancelled.

[Source: The Ottawa Citizen, Ontario, 17 & 20 Feb 1990]


1990
Germany
Maestro Claudio Arrau moves residence to Munich in April.

1990

England

Announced performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4 at the Royal Festival Hall of London, with James Laughran conducting The Philharmonia Orchestra on Tuesday 17th May at 7:30 pm.

The programme also included Weber's Overture Der Freischutz & Brahms's Symphony No.2.

[Source: Electronic copy of printed concert schedule]
Actual performance needs corroboration.

1990

Poland

EMI was awarded -

The Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopin

in Warsaw for its 1987 ADD remastering of Chopin's Etudes Op 10, Etudes Op 25 and Trois Nouvelles Etudes, as recorded by Claudio Arrau for Columbia in 1956.
 
EMI Références CDH 761016 2.   

[The Prix also jointly acknowledged EMI remastering of historical recordings by two other master pianists]

1990

France

Music critic Jacques Bonnaure writes in   Répertoire magazine of September (No.28, Boulogne) a brief, insightful musicological appreciation of Claudio Arrau's formative and development years, as well as his rich artistic development into maturity, reflecting a life devoted to music interpretation over the best part of the 20th century.

The article is entitled 'Claudio Arrau: la mémoire du siècle' and runs  over pages 9 and 10. Brief discography.

1990

Canada

Mestro Claudio Arrau   cancelled  scheduled recital for Friday 14th September at the Théâtre Maisonneuve of Montreal. 

Pianist Louis Lorte substituted.

[Source: The Gazette, Montreal, 13 Sept 1990]
[Source: The Ottawa Citizen, Ontario, 13 Sept 1990]

1990

Mexico

Maestro Claudio Arrau's   world farewell tour schedule  - to run for three years, cover 150 cities in five continents, and be commenced in Mexico City -  was   cancelled  on Friday 19th October under strict medical advice.

In Mexico Maestro Arrau was to perform in five events: one concert and one recital in Mexico City, and one recital each in Guanajuato, Monterrey, and Culiacán:

For instance, as part of the XVIII Festival Internacional Cervantino [18th Cervantes International Festival] of Guanajuato (12-28 October), in the 'Sala Nezahualcoyotl'
:
>  Concert performance on 21st October with the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Luis Herrera de la Fuente.
>  Recital performance on 25th October.

[Source: El Informador, Guadalajara, 21 Oct 1990]
[Source: A.B.C., Madrid, 8 Oct 1990, et al]

[Source: Tiempo Libre weekly, Mexico, of 18-24 October 1990, cover page]

Undated Events

1990

England

Maestro Claudio Arrau is adjudicated -

The Gold Medal
of
The Royal Philharmonic Society of London
.
.

1990

U.S.A.

Various scheduled performances by Mestro Claudio Arrau are   cancelled  due to physical disability (lingering effects of 'right-shoulder reconstruction').
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1991    

1991

Mexico

In January, publication in Veracruz of the book Arrau: el gran artista latinoamericano, by Sergio Dorantes Guzmán.

The author compiles three interviews of, and seven conversations with, Maestro Arrau, as well as a review of Arrau's recital at the Davies Symphony Hall of San Francisco on 12 February 1984, comments on Arrau by his students Philip Lorenz and Ena Bronstein, a biography, a discography, a chronology of Arrau in Mexico, photographs and ilustrations.

[Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, 1991. Paperback. 80 pages. ISBN 968-834-224-6]

1991


Netherlands


Philips issued a 25-CD box set entitled Claudio Arrau Collection [432 652-2], containing an extensive selection of both solo and concerto recordings made by Maestro Claudio Arrau for the Philips label, including works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Grieg, Liszt, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky.
[CDs from 432 653-2 through to 432 677-2].
1991


Switzerland


In March, after his 88th birthday, Maestro Claudio Arrau makes his last ever studio recordings at La Chaux-de-Fonds: Bach's Partitas No. 1, 2, 3 & 5, initial part of an interrupted digital recording project to include Bach's complete keyboard works.
1991


France


In an interview with journalist Jacques Drillon, published in Le Nouvel Observateur magazine of Thursday 6th June, Maestro Claudio Arrau expresses his desire to record works by Bach (he "had changed his mind"), the Études of Debussy, music of Schönberg (whom he premiered in public), magnificent Mendelssohn (according to him, generally neglected for reasons of pure anti-Semitism), and thrilling Haydn (of whom he had finally found the appropriate style, along the lines of Glenn Gould's).
1991
France

The July-August issue of COMPACT, la revue du disque laser publishes an article by Odile Martin entiled 'Kempff et Arrau... Le piano en deuil'.  The section subtitled 'Arrau, l'archimie des contraires' contains an overarching depiction of the Maestro's active life, his vitality and curiosity, his unique artistic, personal and cultural pursuits.  It includes a brief appreciation of technique regarding some of Arrau'ss recordings of Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Schubert.
Pages 8 to 10. Cover page and internal photographs.

1991

Netherlands

Philips launches an Arrau Edition in eight CD boxes, containing a 44-CD, comprehensive selection of solo piano recordings made for the Philips label, including:  Beethoven (11 CDs, 432 301-2), Brahms (3 CDs, 432 302-2), Chopin (6 CDs, 432 303-2), Debussy (2 CDs, 432 304-2), Liszt (5 CDs, 432 305-2), Mozart (7 CDs, 432 306-2), Schubert (3 CDs, 432 307-2), and Schumann (7 CDs, 432 308-2).

1991

Austria

Maestro Claudio Arrau dies of heart complications after emergency intestinal surgery, on Sunday 9th June in Mürzzuschlag, Styria, in the middle of preparations for:

>> His first European public recital in two years after his wife's death, to open Mürzzuschlag's newly refurbished Brahms Museum with a Beethoven-Mozart-Liszt program on 11th June.

>> A recital scheduled for 14th June at the Düsseldorf's Schumann Festival, where Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was to present him with The Gold Medal awarded to him by the Royal Philharmonic Society of London, Düsseldorf with its Schumann Medaille.
1991 continues on 'Posthumous Period'.
'Old Age Period' section under construction


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