Claudio Arrau
Piano
1903 - 1991

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'ArrauHouse' - A Chronology

Old Age Period - 1984 to 1991

1984    
1984
U.S.A.
Claudio Arrau's concert tour.
1984
U.S.A.
Maestro Claudio Arrau marks his 81th birthday with a recital in Seattle, Washington, on Monday 6th February.
1984
U.S.A.

Recital by Maestro Arrau at the Carnegie Hall of 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

1984
Canada
Claudio Arrau's concert tour
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 misucians are blessed with this capacity for constant self-renewal".
1984
England
London Weekend Television presented on Channel 5 a 1-hour long, thorough documentary on Sunday 18th March, entitled 'Claudio Arrau', filmed by Melvin Bragg, highlighting essential features of Maestro Arrau's life experience from a young age, as well as his music-making and musical opinions.

[London Weekend Television, Season 7, Episode 12]
1984
Germany

Performances by 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.


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

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 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

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 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 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 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 recitals].

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 Hernéndez (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 internal photographs.
1984
Chile
Maestro Claudio Arrau establishes in Santiago the "Lucrecia León de Arrau" Arts Corporation.

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

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


England


A 55-minute film entitled 'Portrait of Claudio Arrau', directed by Alan Benson, where Maestro Arrau speaks about his long, event-filled 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
,
> 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
Claudio Arrau's concert tour
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

1984 Germany Performances by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5, with Sir Colin Davis conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden.
1984 Germany Maestro Claudio Arrau performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra [Berliner Philharmoniker] and Giuseppe Sinopoli conducting.
1984 Germany Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra [Berliner Philharmoniker] conducted by Lorin Maazel.
1984
Germany

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
.

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
1984 U.S.A. Maestro Claudio Arrau performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Hiroshi Wakasugi conducting.
1984 U.S.A. Maestro Claudio Arrau performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (Wisconsin) conducted by Zdenek Macal.

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

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.

1984/5

U.S.A.

Maestro Claudio Arrau recital as part of the 1984-1985 Wang Celebrity Series of Boston.
http://www.celebrityseries.org/CS_aboutus/archives5.htm

1985    
1985 U.S.A. In February, Maestro Claudio Arrau was finally able to accept, at a reception held by the French Embassy in New York, the prestigious decoration of Commandeur de la Légion d'Honneur, awarded to him by France's President Mitterrand in March 1983.
1985 Germany Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI (Radio Audizioni Italiane) under Moshe Atzmon.
1985 Germany Maestro Claudio Arrau performance 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
1985 Germany Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with Riccardo Muti conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra [Berliner Philharmoniker].
1985 France Maestro Claudio Arrau performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with L’Orchestre de Paris conducted by Daniel Baremboim.
1985 England Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Colin Davis.
1985 South Korea First ever performance/s.
[This entry needs corroboration]
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.

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

Recital by Maestro Claudio Arrau 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.

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 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)

1985 U.S.A. Recital by Maestro Claudio Arrau 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)
1985 Italy

Maestro Claudio Arrau's recital 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

1985 England Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of The 1985 Shandwick Recital at the GLC Royal Festival Hall in London, on Monday 10th June, 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]
1985 U.S.A. Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau 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 Claudio Arrau at the 35th Berlin Festival, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti on Thursday 5th September at the Philharmonie.

Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Fürer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins]

[Note: Announcement of a forthcoming event whose actual performance needs corroboration]  
1985 U.S.A. Maestro Claudio Arrau performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta.
1985 U.S.A. Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with Riccardo Muti conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra.
1985 U.S.A. Maestro Claudio Arrau performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor with Jiri Belohlavek conducting the New York Philharmonic.
1985 Canada Maestro Claudio Arrau is the guest artist at a gala concert on Monday 2nd December and Tuesday 3rd December 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 a superlative appraisal by Eric Mclean 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.  
1986    
1986 England Publication of 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. 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, 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 An all-Beethoven recital by Maestro Claudio Arrau at the Opera Theatre of the Ottawa National Arts Centre (NAC Opera) on Saturday 15th February, 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
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.
1986 U.S.A. An all-Beethoven evening with Maestro Claudio Arrau at the 92th Street Y Auditorium of New York, including, inter alia, sonatas Les Adieux, Appassionata, and Waldstein.
1986 U.S.A. Maestro Claudio Arrau 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 13th 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 also included Beethoven's Symphony No.5.

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

[Concerto: CDR: FKM-76, USA, 2000, for the 17th April performance]

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

1986 U.S.A. Maestro Claudio Arrau was awarded the 1986 Mayor's Liberty Award at Battery Park in Manhattan Island, New York City, on 1st July, along with some 86 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 of 26 June 1986].
1986 U.S.A. Maestro Claudio Arrau performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor, with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra and Lukas Foss conducting.
1986 Canada Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra [L’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal] conducted by György Lehel.
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

Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Fürer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins]

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.

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

Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Fürer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins] 
1987 Germany Maestro Claudio Arrau's performance of 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.

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

1987
Japan

Maestro Claudio Arrau's sixth triumphant return in May.

Arrau peformance 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.

1987
South Korea
Maestro Claudio Arrau's performances in May.
1987 Germany Maestro Claudio Arrau performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2 and 3, with Sir Colin Davis conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden.
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/U.S.A 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 Philadelphia Orchestra and David Zinman conducting.
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
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.  

[The New York Times, 17.07.1987]
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.
http://retedue.rsi.ch/home/networks/retedue/classicaperle/2011/05/23/claudio-arrau.html#Audio
1987 Switzerland Maestro Claudio Arrau's performance in the 42nd Festival de Montreux-Vevey at the Swiss Riviera in September.

Source: Le Monde, 1 September 1987.
[This entry needs corroboration]
1987 Canada Maestro Claudio Arrau performance on Friday 27th November of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra of Alberta, conducted by Mario Bernardi at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.

The Calgary Herald of Sunday 29th November publishes an appraisal of the above concert by Eric Dawson, 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.
1987 Germany

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

1987
Chile
Maestro Claudio Arrau's beloved sister Lucrecia dies aged 90.
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

USA

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 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

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 England
Televised performance by Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 The 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 The 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.

1988 Venezuela
Piano recital by Maestro Claudio Arrau at the 'Teatro Teresa Carreño' of Caracas on Tuesday 23rd February, 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 de agua 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)
1988
Venezuela

In Caracas, Maestro Claudio Arrau is awarded La Medalla Teresa Carreño.

1988

Where?

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

1988

U.S.A.

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

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.
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.

[Sources: 'Ocala Star-Banner' of 6th April 1988 & Florida Death Index]

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 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.

Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Fürer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins] 
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 France Maestro Claudio Arrau's 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

France

Cover page photograph of Maestro Claudio Arrau on the June issue of Le monde de la musique-Télérama, Paris, including an article entitled Claudio Arrau, La carrière du Sphinx.
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 U.S.A. Performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, 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.
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
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
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.

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.

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
Maestro Claudio Arrau's recital at the 'Auditorio Nacional de Música' of Madrid on Friday 25th November at 19:30 hrs, after a seven-year absence, to mark his 85th birthday and the third anniversary of the Scherzo music magazine of Madrid, with a program including:

> Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.26 Op.81a Les adieux
> Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.7 Op.10 No.3
> Liszt: Jeux d'eau à la villa d'Este
> Liszt: Sonnetto del Petrarca No.104
> Liszt: Dante Sonata
1988
Spain
Maestro Claudio Arrau's performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5 with the Orquesta de la Ciutat de Barcelona conducted by Franz Paul Decker at the Palau de la Música Catalana.
1988 U.S.A. Cover page photograph of Maestro Claudio Arrau on the 19th December issue of Visión, La revista latinoamericana, showing the title "Exclusiva: El legendario Pianista Claudio Arrau".
1989    

1989

U.S.A.

Maestro Claudio Arrau's last solo recital at the Boston Symphony Hall, as part of the 1988-1989 Wang Celebrity Series of Boston.
http://www.celebrityseries.org/CS_aboutus/archives5.htm

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

Japan

Maestro Claudio Arrau wins the 1989 Japan Record Academy Award for his 1984-and-1987 Philips label recordings of Beethoven's complete piano concerto cycle, with the Staatskapelle Dresden conducted by Sir Colin Davis.
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 8th, 10th and 11th February, 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.
1989

U.S.A.

Scheduled performances with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra on 22, 23 and 24 February cancelled due to ill health. 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.
Beloved wife Ruth passes away of complications from diabetes 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.
1989 Germany Maestro Claudio Arrau's performances of 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.

Guide to the Concert Halls of Berlin [Fürer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins] 
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.

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.

1989
U.S.A.
In June, whilst stepping down the staircase of his Douglaston house, 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.
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.

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 Claudio 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 19th and 23rd January 1990.

1990

U.S.A.

Arrau & Muti & Beethoven -
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
Germany
Maestro Claudio Arrau moves residence to Munich in April.

1990

England

Maestro Claudio Arrau is awarded The Gold Medal of The Royal Philharmonic Society of London.

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 pianists]

1990

Mexico

Farewell performances in Mexico City:

Concert performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau on 21st October with the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Luis Herrera de la Fuente.

Recital performance by Maestro Claudio Arrau on 25th October at the 'Sala Nezahualcoyotl'.

Source: Cover page of Tiempo Libre weekly, of 18-24 October 1990, Mexico, et al.
1991    

1991

Mexico

Publication of the book Arrau: el gran artista latinoamericano, by Sergio Dorantes Guzmán.

[Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, 1991. 76 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 photograph.

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 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 from the Royal Philharmonic Society of London, Düsseldorf with its Schumann Medaille.

End of 'Old Age Period' sub-section


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