Claudio Arrau
Piano
1903 - 1991

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 'ArrauHouse' - A Chronology 

 Posthumous Period - From 1991

1991
 

 

1991

Austria

Pianist Jörg Demus, in Mürzzuschlag for the opening of the newly refurbished Brahms Museum on 11th June, agreed at short notice to perform the programme scheduled by Maestro Claudio Arrau for the opening gala recital, and later make a recording in honour of his late colleague.

1991

 

Chile

 

Claudio Arrau's funeral:
Memorial services held in Santiago on 14th and 15th June, where Arrau's body laid in state.
Burial in Chillán, his birthplace, on 16 June.

Three days of national mourning decreed by the Chilean Government.

1991

Austria


Pianist Jörg Demus's made digital recordings of a selection of piano works by Brahms's for a 2-CD issue named In Memoriam Claudio Arrau.

One CD contains peformances on the 1850's concert grand piano, made in Vienna by Wilhelm Bachman, often played by Brahms when in Mürzzuschlag during the summers of 1884 and 1885; and the other CD contains recordings made on a modern Steinway grand. 

The last recording on this second CD is Liszt's Sonetto del Petrarca No.123 in memoriam Claudio Arrau.

Special Edition released by the Mürzzuschlag Brahms Museum in 1991, catalogue No. 71672.

1991

Chile

Informative, 126-page book, entitled Claudio Arrau: El Maestro, published in Spanish in June by the Sociedad Editora Revista Ercilla Ltda, Santiago, with the sponsorship of SONY, containing valuable information and photographs from the Ercilla magazine and the Arrau Corporation.
1991 France Télérama weekly magazine of 22-28 June (issued on 19th June) acknowledges the death of Maestro Claudio Arrau with a half-page editorial by Xavier Lacavalerie, entitled 'Claudio Arrau, le dernier heritier'. [Arrau's photograph. Page 52].
1991 France Le Monde de la Musique (Télérama magazine) issue of July-August (No.146) shows a cover page photograph of Maestro Claudio Arrau and includes an article entitled 'Le crépuscule des dieux', by Alain Lompech (referring to the demise of Wilhelm Kempff and Claudio Arrau, after Rudolf Serkin), with contributions from Dean Elder (Claudio Arrau, le sphinx and Une inimitable majesté stylistique), Piero Rattalino (remembering Claudio Arrau's impact), and Gérard Belvire (Arrau's recording outline and selected discography).  

[Arrau sections go from page 40 through to 43 inclusive. Three internal photographs. Philips photographic in memoriam on page 6]
1991 France

The DIAPASON Harmonie issue of July-August shows cover page photographs of Kempff, Serkin and Arrau with the title 'Adieux aux poètes'.  

On Page 47, André Tubeuf writes a heartfelt farewell under the title 'Claudio Arrau: Adieu à l´éternel moderne'.

[Text in French. Two archive photographs. Two autographs]

1991 U.S.A. Clavier magazine issue of September (Vol.30 No.7) includes an article entitled 'Remembering Claudio Arrau', which is a reprint of an article first published in Clavier magazine of March 1983 [see], by Carol Montparker, senior editor of Clavier, entitled 'Portrait of an artist at eighty', which combines interview material with informative commentaries.  

[Pages from 10 through to 15. Five photographs]
1991 Italy Alta Fedeltá magazine of October (Year 34), issued in Milan, contains an article entitled 'Claudio Arrau: ... ma il suo pianoforte risuona ancora' [Claudio Arrau... but his piano still resonates], by Graziella Casarin, which surveys the vast repertory and hectic concert life of Maestro Arrau, and acknowledges his musical heritage preserved through his many recordings.  

[Pages 256 and 257. Three photographs]

1991




Germany




To memorialize The First Honorary Member, the Düsseldorf's Robert Schumann-Gesellschaft instituted the Arrau-Medaille, a decoration intended to be awarded periodically to a pianist especially committed to the spirit and tradition of Maestro Claudio Arrau's keyboard artistry.
Recipients:
      András Schiff (1994),      
      Martha Argerich (1997),
      Murray Perahia (2000), ...

1991

Chile

A 'Cultural Medal' as 'Citizen of the World' was coined in copper by Chile's Mint [Casa de Moneda de Chile], showing the reading:
 
1903 Claudio Arrau "Ciudadano del Mundo" 1991

Carved by Pedro Urzúa Lizana.
1992
   

1992

England

The London Symphony Orchestra, in association with The Royal Philharmonic Society, performed a 'Claudio Arrau Memorial Concert' in the presence of H.E. the Ambassador of Chile at the London Festival Hall on Saturday 7th March.

The work performed in honour of Maestro Arrau was Verdi's Requiem, with Sir Colin Davis conducting the Orchestra, vocalists Sharon Weet (soprano), Katherine Ciesinski (mezzo-soprano), Vicente Ombuena (tenor), Robert Lloyd (bass), and the London Symphony Chorus.

Mrs. Carmen Arrau, daughter of Maestro Arrau, received posthumously, on her father's behalf, the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded to him in 1990.

1992


Canada


Article titled 'Arrau's integrity shines brilliantly through the decades', by Classical critic William Littler in the Toronto Star of 28th March.

An analysis of Maestro Claudio Arrau's musicianship, particularly his consistency, as evidenced from recording editions being released by EMI and Philips.

1992


Germany


Memorial concert and seminar presentation held by the Düsseldorf's Robert Schumann-Gesellschaft on 3rd May to honour the late First Honorary Member of the Society, Claudio Arrau, and celebrate the insitution of its 'Arrau Medal'. 

An exhibition entitled 'Claudio Arrau' was also open on this day at the Düsseldorf Opera House.
1993
   
1993


Spain


The Spanish edition of Amadeus magazine, No.7 of April 1993, publishes an article by Mario Pasi entitled Claudio Arrau, elogio de la pureza [Claudio Arrau, appraising purity], being a précis from one of Arrau's last interviews.

It contains the writer's appreciation of Arrau's musical talents, along with Arrau's own thoughts on his early childhood, subsequent education, musical career, current expectations from young musicians, modern music, and other relevant topics.

Pages from 28 to 31. Cover photograph. Three internal photographs.

1993


Spain


The Spanish magazine 'CD Compact' [sic] 0f May 1993, publishes a penetrating article in Spanish by Jürgen Kestin, entitled 'Claudio Arrau, la última entrevista' [the last interview], written from the contents of an interview conducted on 11th and 16th April 1991 with 88-year-old Maestro Claudio Arrau, where very personal ideas and feelings from his long life are examined, including 'the purgatory of desappearing' and the oneness of music and morality.  [Pages 22 and 23].

1993


Chile


A 100-page book by Sonia Quintana Rojas, entitled Claudio Arrau: Un prodigio apacible, published in Spanish in November by the Empresa Editora Zig-Zag S.A., Santiago, ISBN 956-12-0815-6, containing mostly previously published information about the Maestro.
1994
   

1994


Spain


Composer Daniel Stéfani (Montevideo, 1949) conceived this year a solo piano work to honour the memory of the Maestro, entitled Pour le tombeau de Claudio Arrau (comme une cathédrale engloutie).

1994


Italy


In November, publication of issue No.44 of the magazine 'Symphonia, Tesori Musicali', a series from Ermitage directed by Piero Rattalino.

This particular issue was dedicated entirely to Claudio Arrau and contained the following four items:
Logos, Pathos, Ethos, by Piero Rattalino
Un interprete di fronte alla psicoanalisi, by Claudio Arrau (1967)
Discografia di Claudio Arrau, by Franco Calenco
Dalla sonata al trittico: metamorfosi di un'idea, by Fabrizio Papi

The article by Rattalino analyses Arrau's performance at his Ascona recital on 9th September 1959, released on CD by Ermitage as ERM 149 to coincide with issue No.44 of 'Symphonia'.
1995
   

1995

Netherlands

Philips releases posthumously a limited edition, 7-CD box set collection [446 859-2] entitled The Final Sessions, containing Arrau's last recordings of 1988, 1990 and 1991, consisting of previously unreleased items by Schubert [432 987-2 and 434 101-2], Debussy [432 626-2], Bach [434 904-2] and Beethoven [432 173-2].  Also released separately.
1995 U.S.A. Keys Piano Music Magazine issue of May/June shows Maestro Claudio Arrau on the cover page and includes an article entitled Remembering Claudio Arrau 1903-1991, which is a reprint of an article first published in Clavier magazine of March 1983 [see], by Carol Montparker, senior editor of Clavier, entitled 'Portrait of an artist at eighty', which combines interview material with informative commentaries.  
[Pages from 1 through to 5. Four photographs]

1995


 

 

 

 

Japan


 

 

 

 

A Bohemia Art Video Production entilted '50 Years of the Spring Festival in Prague' was broadcast on 1st July by Channel 11 of the NHK BSTV (Nippon Hõsõ Kyõkai 's / Japan Broadcasting Corporation's Satelite Broadcast Television) from 01:30 pm to 02:30 pm.

This private video recording, of 60-minute duration, mostly in colour, shows segments from the First Sping Festival in Prague of 1946, as well as of musicians who participated in the Festival over the past 50 years.

Conductors shown with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra include Vaclav Talich, Rafael Kubelik, Karel Ancerl, Ernest Ansermet, Leonard Bernstein, Adrian Boult, Herbert von Karajan, Yevgeni Mravinsky, Charles Munch, Hermann Scherchen, and Leopold Stokowski.

Soloists include Claudio Arrau, Pierre Fournier, Lev Oborin, David Oistrakh, Svyatoslav Richter, Artur Rubinstein, and Daniil Shafran.

1996
   
1996 France Excerpts from Chopin's Nocturne No. 1 (Op 9 No. 1), recorded by Maestro Arrau for Philips, used in the film Chacun cherche son chat [aka When the cat's away] directed by Cédric Klapisch.

1996

Germany

A four-page section (pp. 216-219) displaying four photographs of Claudio Arrau by Erich Auerbach, along with brief biographical notes, as part of a compilation of photographs and biographical notes in English, German and French, covering 24 composers, 28 conductors, 21 instrumentalists, and other musicians, contained in a book published this year, entitled Images of Music.

The 28.0 cm x 32.6 cm, hard-cover volume has 319 pages and was published by Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft, Cologne.
ISBN 3089508-216-3.
1998
   

1998

Germany

Philips reissues a 14-CD set [462 358-2], entitled Beethoven - Claudio Arrau, containing Beethoven's complete concerto cycle including the triple concerto, as well as the complete sonata cycle plus variations and a rondo, from its celebrated 1962-to-1970 recording stock. 2
24 Bit A/D transfer.

1998

France

A film about Claudio Arrau to be projected at the Auditorium de Musée du Louvre of Paris on 21st February.

Source: Le Monde, Paris, 17 February 1998.
[This entry needs corroboration]

1998

U.S.A.

Editor Wanda Wilk, from the University of Southern California’s Polish Music Reference Centre, commented on its October Newsletter edition (Vol 4, No.10), under Discography: From Philips, the 'Great Pianists of the 20th Century' series, that Arrau’s Chopin style was so highly respected by the late Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, that he disagreed with the suggestion of one needing to be Polish to play Chopin with real feeling. Asked about the issue, Lutoslawski pointed to Claudio Arrau as the best example of a non-Pole playing Chopin's music with a truly 'Polish' soul".

http://www.usc.edu/dept/polish_music/news/oct98.html (as at September 2010)

1998



England



Under the title "Reputations - Claudio Arrau", the October issue of Gramophone magazine contains, on pages 30 and 31, an article by music critic G., being a very tight compendium of essential features in Maestro Claudio Arrau's artistry, including brief biographical details, an appreciation of Arrau's rich sound as projected from stage, and an overall assessment of his recordings for various labels over the decades.
1999
   

1999


Germany


Publication of "Pianisten in Berlin", a book on piano music making and studying since the 19th century, sponsored by the European Piano Forum ’99, edited by Wolfgang Rathert and Dietmar Schenk, with contributions by Linde Grossmann and Heidrun Rodewald.

An 8-page essay [pages 23-30] by Arrau’s student Heidrun Rodewald is entitled "Claudio Arrau und Seine Berliner Jahre" [‘Claudio Arrau and his years in Berlin’], which describes Claudio’s education and life in Berlin from 1911 to 1940 against the backdrop of Berlin’s rich cultural environment.  Emphasis is given to young Claudio’s life as a student of adored teacher Martin Krause, who imposed a tight and demanding musical regimen on Claudio and supervised his care in most other aspects of education and personal development.

A short biography of Claudio Arrau is contained on pages 48-49.

Published by Hochschule der Künste – Archiv, Berlin, 1999. Paperback, 110 pages.
2000
   

2000


England


PIANO, The magazine for the piano world of May/June (Volume 8 No.3), includes a 'symposium' on Brahms, entitled With Brahms at the Piano, where a number of leading performers, past and present, contribute there opinions about issues raised by Editor Jeremy Siepmann.  A brief excerpt on 'passion and speed', taken from an interview of Claudio Arrau, and his photograph, appear on page 29.
2001
   

2001


France


The French 'Le Monde de la Musique' magazine of May publishes an article by Patrick Szersnovicz, entitled Claudio Arrau, Wilhelm Kempff, Rudolf Serkin - des légendes immortelles, in remembrance of their death 10 years earlier.

They are appraised as three of the greatest pianists and musicians of all times and the last representatives of an old culture, humanist and universal.

Their photographs and selected discographies. Pages from 46 through to 50.

2001

 Japan

Philips Japan issues a 30-CD Arrau Collection, catalogue numbers from UCCP-9328 through to UCCP-9357.

2001


Germany


Philips issues a 7-CD set [468 391-2] containing a comprehensive selection of Chopin's works, entitled Chopin - Claudio Arrau, and including complete Préludes, Waltzes, Ballades, Scherzos, and Nocturnes, as well as Barcarolle, Fantasia in F minor, Poloniase-Fantaisie, and the two Piano Concertos, from its celebrated 1970-to-1984 recording stock.

2001


 

 

Germany

 

See plaque

A memorial plaque to Maestro Claudio Arrau was unveiled at Stübbenstraße 8, Berlin-Schöneberg, on 9th June, by the 'Memorial Cultural de Ñuble', the 'Ilustre Municipalidad de Chillán Viejo', and the 'Universidad del Bío-Bío', with the sponsorship of 'Codelco Chile', which reads:

In diesem Gebäude, Stübbenstraße 8, lebte von 1930 bis 1937 der chilenische Pianist Claudio Arrau -
6.2.1903, Chillán, Chile - 9.6.1991 Mürzzuschlang, Österreich.


Translation:
Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau lived in this building, of 8 Stubben Street, fom 1930 to 1937.
(6.2.1903, Chillan, Chile - 9.6.1991 Mürzzuschlang, Austria)

2001




 




England
& U.S.A.









First ever publication of Part 1 of a 1976 conversation held with Maestro Claudio Arrau by piano writer Peter Warwick, appearing in the September/October 2001 issue of PIANO International magazine (London, New Jersey) under the title A master's perspective. The interview took place in Arrau's home in Chester, Vermont, on 31 July 1976.  Present also were Mr.s Arrau, Professor Philip Lorenz (assistant to Arrau on his Edition of the Beethoven piano sonatas for Peters) and Leslie Warwick. 

Arrau converses about his personal recollections of, inter alia, Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924) and Eugen d'Albert (1864-1932), with some references to Pembauer, Schnabel, and Fischer. Cover page photograph.

Pages 34 to 37 and 39 to 41. Four inside photographs.

Part 2 of the above interview, appearing in the November/December 2001 issue of PIANO International magazine, where Maestro Claudio Arrau reminisces about some of the most revered pianists of his youth, including Schnabel, Casadesus, Fischer, Carreño and Cortot, as well as some less known players (Riccardo Viñes, Elly Ney, Arthur Friedheim, Sophie Menter, Moriz Rosenthal, Arthur de Greef, Emil von Sauer, Leopold Godowsky). Arrau states that he premiered several of Jean Françaix's pieces for piano in France.

Pages 26, 27, and 29 to 33. One inside photograph.

2002
   

2002


France


Pianist Martha Argerich states in an interview, conducted in France in 2002, to have been overwhelmingly impressed as a 6-year-old child by Claudio Arrau interpreting Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4 at the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires in 1947.  Particularly, the slow middle movement caused a spellbinding, standing effect on her, the most important musical impression of her life.  She points out that she does not play this concerto for fear of what might happen...

[DVD: Martha Argerich Evening Talks, by Georges Gachot, Medici Arts, Ideale Audience International, Germany, 2008.  It inserts a segment of of the slow movement of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4 played by Arrau].

2002


Mexico


Publication in Spanish of the book Cuatro aproximaciones al arte de Arrau, a compilation of four essays by Héctor Vasconcelos ["Primus inter pares"?, The interpreter, The maestro, The recordings], with a foreword by Mario Lavista.
DGE ediciones, México. ISBN 968-5011-23-0.

2002

Chile

Publication in Spanish of the book Arrau: el Hombre y el Artista, by Antonio Landauro.

This book is a compilation, not always well integrated, of valuable informative narration, personal letters, and translated press articles, along with a dose of platitudinous rhetoric. 

It provides a largely chronological account of Claudio Arrau's personal and artistic life, as well as some of his own writings.

It is noted that it contains important gaps and a few mix-ups. A ten-page long section on the Arrau's family genealogy seems out of place and an exaggeration. The nobility language used in this particular section impresses as out of character and in contrast with the Maestro's well-known modesty, opposition to vanity, and humble personality.

The book would have benefitted from deeper research, better organization and sharper editing of the material.

Impresores Santa Cecilia, Chillán.  NRPI 125.759.  
Paperback, 293 pages. Limited Edition.

2002




Chile




Report filed by journalist Inés María Cardone, entitled "Los tesoros de Arrau ", published (in Santiago) by 'La Tercera' in 'Mujer a Mujer' magazine No. 1045 of 19th October

Part of Maestro Claudio Arrau's cherished belongings is being donated by daughter Carmen Arrau to the Chillán Municipal Council for an Interactive Arrau Museum said to be launched in 2003. 

However, Chillán's City Mayor, Mr. Aldo Bermucci, is quoted as saying that the Maestro's most valuable assets are being administered in the U.S. by his nephew* and testamentary executor, Mr. Agustín Arrau, who has not fully responded to requests for such assets to be made available for the Museum.  Pages 7 to 9, with photographs.

*[N.B.:  Mr. Agustín Arrau was in fact a cousin-once-removed (son of a cousin) of Maestro Arrau].

2003
   

2003


France


Launching on 13th January of  'arrausite '  -  an inspiring, reliable, comprehensive, multi-part website on things Claudio Arrau, developed in French by Monsieur Claude Aubrun in time to mark the Maestro's centenary celebrations.
http://arrausite.free.fr/Index.html

2003

 

 

 

Chile

 

 

 

Feature article by Marcelo Simonetti in El Sábado magazine, inserted in El Mercurio newspaper of Saturday 31st January.  The article, entitled Arrau Eterno, with a cover page photograph stating Retrato de un gigante, is a quick journalistic compilation of various aspects of Arrau's life, on the occasion of his 100th birth anniversary.  

The writer covers from childhood to Germany to fame, from family to music, from technique to interpretation, from non-political stands though to political controversy and to support for humanitarian causes, from his numerous recordings to his most outstanding concerts and recitals, with an account of admiring pianist Emil Gilels' emotional reaction to Arrau's 1968 Moscow performances.

[Pages 14 to 18.  Photographs]

2003

 

France


Article by Patrick Szersnovicz in the French Le Monde de la Musique magazine No.273, of February, entitled Claudio Arrau, la noblesse du piano, including biographical notes and an assessment of the Maestro's technique and rigour, fidelity to the composer, universal repertoire, profound insight, majestic and engaging style (pages 26 to 32).  

A close to complete discography is presented by F.L and P.S. (pages 33 to 35).  Cover page photo.  Ten internal photographs.

2003

Germany

A 10-CD selection of Philips recordings including music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, and Debussy, issued in Germany as Claudio Arrau - An Anniversary Tribute (with the inclusion of Chopin's Scherzos from Arrau's 1953 recordings for American Decca).

2003

 

 

 


 

France

 

 

 

 

 

Publication in French of the book Appassionata: Claudio Arrau, prodige, dandy, visionnaire, by André Tubeuf, music critic, author, and friend of the Maestro in later years.
N
An intimate and respectful portrait of the Maestro Claudio Arrau.  The writer’s personal memories, anecdotes and meditations on art intermingle throughout the book, in an informed overview of the 20th century musical world.

Arrau the person is described as attaching importance to dress, being fond of social dancing, loving song and great singers of whom he kept records, being passionate about nature and trees in particular, and being a musical visionary.

The essence of the book lies in elucidating the battles waged by Arrau to overcome the child prodigy he once was and become the ideal interpreter his Teacher Martin Krause saw in him.  Pages are devoted to describe the close bond developed between the young Claudio and his exceptional Teacher who was intent in instilling the traditions of the romantic century in the child.


Nil edition, Paris, 2003. ISBN 2-84111-282-9.

2003

 

France


A 55-CD, comprehensive Universal Arrau Heritage edition, covering Bach [3-CD, 476 1156-2], Beethoven [11-CD, 473 782-2], Brahms [4-CD, 475 024-2], Chopin [8-CD, 475 029-2], Debussy [3-CD, 473 915-2], Liszt [6-CD, 473 775-2], Mozart [7-CD, 475 294-2], Schubert [6-CD, 473 926-2], and Schumann [7-CD, 475 286-2], largely from Philips recordings, plus some items from British Columbia (EMI, Schubert), RCA Victor (Bach, 1942), and rare American Decca (Beethoven 1952, Chopin 1953).

2003

 

France


Article by Franck Mallet in the French Les Inrockuptibles magazine No.383, of Wednesday 2nd April, entitled Le feu invisible [The invisible fire], a brief centenary tribute including biographical notes and an assessment of Maestro Claudio Arrau technique and rigour, fidelity to the composer, and profound musical insight.

One photograph. Pages 60 to 61.  
2004
   

2004

 

 

 

Chile


 


Brief personal appreciations given by Chilean art personalities, published on 5th May by "Revista Verónica", in Saturday insert No. 42 of "La Nación" newspaper, Santiago, under the title "Claudio Arrau, el Maestro".  

Opinions collected were given by: sculptor Marta Colvin (1970 National Arts Award - NAA), composer Alfonso Letelier (1968 NAA), composer Juan Amenabar (Deputy Dean, Faculty of Arts), journalist Luis Sánchez Latorre (1983 NAA), theatre director Pedro Mortheiru (NAA), Fernando Cuadra (Dean of Arts, Chilean National University), musicologist Gastón Soublette (Professor with the Aesthetics Institute, Catholic University), pianist María Iris Radrigán (member of "Trío Arte" and lecturer with the Catholic University), journalist Lucía Gevert Parada (former Ambassador in Germany), and writer Roque Esteban Scarpa.  

[Pages 12, 13 and 22. Cover page photograph.  Inside photographs]

2004/
2005

Germany

Publication in German of Die Klaviertechnik in der Tradition von Claudio Arrau [Piano Technique in the Tradition of Claudio Arrau], by Christoph Öhm-Kühnle, with the assistance of Daniela Ballek.

Verlag Dohr, Köln. 42 pages, illustrations, photographs. ISBN 3-936655-22-7.
2005
   

2005

Chile

Publication in Spanish of 'Claudio Arrau, 100 Años', by Luis Merino Montero, issued with the sponsorship of the 'Memorial Cultural de Ñuble'. 
A Chilean perspective on Claudio Arrau, from his early years in Chillán. 
Part One, written by musicologist and professor Merino, has the value of reliable academic research.
Other parts of interest include printed media articles and commentaries, correspondence, and a bibliography.
Less valuable sections include an incomplete chronology by a contributing writer, and journalistic accounts of an itinerant Arrau Expo in celebration of the Maestro's centenary.
A 181-page, 27.8 x 21.2 cm publication containing essays, photographs, illustrations, press articles, and speeches.  ISBN 956 7813 33 7.

 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Chile

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The "Museo Interactivo Claudio Arrau León" [MICA] was inaugurated in Chillán on 5th December, thanks to the sponsorship of various public figures and organisations, most substantially the Banco de Crédito e Inversiones, as well as the personal dedication of Chillán's Lord Mayor at the time, Councillor Aldo Bernucci Díaz.

The Museum was built at the exact place where the Arrau's family home and birthplace of Claudio Arrau once stood, later destroyed by the 1907 and 1939 major earthquakes.

The Museum's objectives include researching, collecting, exhibiting, disseminating information, and promoting education about the Maestro, as well as encouraging piano music and young piano talents.  

Local cultural development is also supported and promoted through related activities such as competitions, exhibitions, festivals, recitals, concerts, publications, et al.

http://www.museoarrau.cl

2006
   

 2006




 Australia




Definitive launch on 3rd February of  'ArrauHouse ', a reliable, comprehensive, multi-part, resource, reference, and educational website on Claudio Arrau's facts and music making, conceived and developed in English by Mr J.M. López-Araneda to honour the Maestro on his 103rd birth anniversary and beyond.
 
http://www.arrauhouse.org


[NB:  From February through to May 2005, this site was tested as a trial pilot project, named ArrauHome, under the http://www.arrauhome.com and subsequently the  http://www.arrauhome.org domains]

 2006




 France




The 'United Archives' label released a set of 4 CDs with a comprehensive collection of most recordings by Arrau for US Columbia, covering the period 1946-1950, remastered in very good sound, entitled Birth of a Legend.  The set includes works by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, Ravel and Albéniz.  Notes included are by André Tubeuf.

The Beethoven is Sonata No.26 and the Schubert is an abridged version of Allegretto D.915, of whose existence there was no previous public knowledge and they are published here for the first time.

Conversely, Chopin Waltz Op.18 No.1 (Columbia 78rpm MX307) and Beethoven Bagatelle G.173 (Columbia 78rpm 1309OD) are exluded from this compilation.

 2006

 U.S.A.

Claudio Arrau's daughter Carmen passess away.

 2006

 Italy

Author Piero Rattalino published in October Claudio Arrau, Il filosofo as No.9 of his collections entitled Grandi Pianisti.

Zecchini Editori, Varese.  ISBN 88-87203-49-0.  168 pages.

 2006

 U.S.A.

Publication of a PhD dissertation by Victoria von Arx, entitled The Teaching of Claudio Arrau and his Pupils: Piano Pedagogy as Cultural Work, submitted to the Graduate Faculty in Music of the City University of New York. 

The study surveys the sources of Arrau’s principles in nineteenth century piano pedagogy. It subsequently narrows its focus to Arrau’s own principles and their transmission to Arrau’s pupils and their pupils.
2009
   

 2009

 Germany

The 'SWR Music' label from the Southwest German Broadcasting Company released a 'Hänssler Classic' double CD, as part of its 'Edition Schwetzinger Festspiele', with digitally remastered public recordings from the 1963 and 1973 live performances by Maestro Claudio Arrau at the Schwetzinger Festival, including Beethoven's Rondo Op.52 No.2, Sonata No.28 Op.101, Sonata No.7 Op.10 No.3 & Sonata No.23 Op.57, as well as Brahms's Variations on a Theme by Händel Op.24.
[CD 93.703]

 2009

 Chile

Launch on Friday 6th March of a limited edition, 82-page book-kit, including a sample CD from Philips, entitled 'Claudio Arrau León y el Congreso Nacional de Chile, 1908-1921', written in Spanish by Fernando Arrau Corominas for Chile's National Parliamentary Library.  

It contains factual information, including debates, correspondence and media sources, on the Chilean Parliament involvement in ensuring Claudio Arrau's continued scholarship to study in Germany for ten years until 1921.

A downloadable PDF version of the book and photographs is avalable at:
http://transparencia.bcn.cl/publicaciones/ediciones-bcn/index_html/
 2010
   

 2010

 France

Publication of 'Cinq pianistes interprètent Beethoven', by Nicolas Lagoumitzis, with preface by Olivier Revault d'Allonnes:  an authoritative, comprehensive assessment of musical interpretation (history, aesthetics, piano schools, 20th century praxis) and a comparative analysis of Beethoven's piano sonatas Nos.1, 21 and 32, as rendered by Claudio Arrau, Friedrich Gulda, Michaël Levinas, Tatiana Nikolayeva, and Arthur Schnabel.  Extensive bibliography.

Collection Arts & Sciences del' art, published by L'Harmattan, Paris, in 2010. Paperback, 353 plus 10 pages. ISBN 978-2-296-10327-6. EAN 9682296103276.

 2010

 Canada

Canadian label 'DOREMI' published in November a CD restoration in good stereo sound from Melodiya LPs of live performances of Brahms's two Piano Concertos and Beethoven's Piano Sonatas Nos.13 and 26, recorded in May 1968 at the Moscow Grand Hall.

The concertos were conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky leading the USSR Television and Radio Grand Symphony Orchestra.

'Claudio Arrau in Moscow 1968'
DOREMI DHR-7890/1

 2010

 Chile

Publication in Spanish of 'Hijos del Bío Bío, Perfiles Humanos', by journalists and teachers Margarita Rodríguez and María Lavín, editors.   This is a journalist style, biographical account of 16 outstanding Chileans. 

The Claudio Arrau section is written by Ricardo Cárcamo Ulloa and covers pages from 143 through to 164.  It provides a semi-chronological description of selective events and circumstances in the life of the master pianist, from both the artistic and the personal/family perspectives, supported by information and opinions provided by a handful of people who acquainted Arrau in different capacities and on various occasions, particularly pianist Raúl de la Mora and journalist Sonia Quintana.

Editorial Universidad Católica de Concepción, Chile.
Quality binding.  318 pages.   25.0 cm x 22.5 cm.
ISBN 978-956-7943-42-5.

2011
   

 2011

 E.U./Canada

Canadian label 'West Hill Radio Archives - WHRA' published in January a double CD restoration in good mono sound from radio transcription discs of live broadcast performances by Claudio Arrau of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.1 (11.11.1945), Chopin's Piano Concerto No.2 (09.01.1955), R.Strauss's Burleske in D minor (11.03.1945), Weber's Konzertstück (11.03.1945), and Liszt's Piano Concerto No.2 (15.12.1946), with the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra conducted by George Szell at New York's Carnegie Hall.

'Arrau and Szell live from Carnegie Hall'
WHRA-6037, 2011

 2011

 E.U.

EMI Classics released a comprehensive, 12-CD compilation of Claudio Arrau's recordings for the English Columbia and related labels, covering the periods 1938-39 and 1955-62, with some issued on CD for the first time and some regrettable exclusions.

UK Columbia recordings excluded from this compilation are: Beethoven's sonata No.18 rec. in 1947 and Mendelssohn's Andante & rondo capriccioso Op.14 rec. in 1951, previously issued on CD, plus Mozart's sonata KV570 rec. in 1951, Chopin's Polish song No.5 & Scherzo No.4 rec. in 1950, and Beethoven's sonata No.7 rec. in 1951, hitherto not issued on CD.

'Arrau: Virtuoso philosopher of the piano'.
EMI Classics ICON:  50999 9 184322 7.

Brahms's Concertos:
1963
Deutscher Schallplattenpreis


Chopin's Études:
1990 Grand prix du disque Frédéric Chopin - Remastering

 2011

 Germany

DECCA released a 6-CD full Jubiläums-Edition of Claudio Arrau's recordings of Franz Liszt for Philips, remastered in AMSI (AMbient Surround Imaging) sound, under the 'eloquence ' series.

Arrau spielt Liszt
DECCA 480 5090.

1971  Edison Award
1975, 1979, 1982  Liszt Record Grand Prix

 2011

 E.U.

On the occasion of Franz Liszt's bicentenary, Deutsche Grammophon released in September a 10-CD compilation of American Decca and Westminster recordings by five pianists who have showcased the Liszt tradition, including Arrau, Larrocha, Lewenthal, Moiseiwitsch, and Petri. 

As for Claudio Arrau's renditions, they were recorded in 1954 for American Decca, complete CDs Nos. 1 and 2 of the compilation, and include Beethoven's Hammerklavier, Pathétique, Moonlight, Appassionata, and Les adieux sonatas, as well as Chopin's Fantaisie Op.49.  

All these recordings are released here for the very first time in any format.

'The Liszt Legacy'.
Deutsche Grammophon:  00289 477 9527.

 2011

 E.U.

Membran Music from the E.U. released a 10-CD compilation of Arrau's solo and orchestral recordings for various labels, made from 1939 to 1958, all previously released on CD.

Orchestral recordings include conductors such as Busch, Defauw, Galliera, Cantelli, Ormandy and Klemperer, and concerto works by Chopin, Beethoven, Grieg, Liszt, Schumann, Strauss and Weber.

Solo recordings comprise compositions by Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt, Schumann and Weber.

'Claudio Arrau:  
Seriöser Klangzauberer / Serious Wizard of Sound'.
Membran Music:  233198.

Chopin's Études:
1990 Grand prix du disque Frédéric Chopin - for Remastering

 2011 /2012

Austria

EuroArts issued a series of DVDs remastered from original video sources, an initiative amounting to a major project.

Releases included:

Signature Performance Series -
2058648:  Claudio Arrau, The Emperor.
2058658:  Arrau and Brahms, The Two Romantics.
2058668:  Claudio Arrau, The Maestro and the Masters.
2058678:  Claudio Arrau, The 80th Birthday Recital.

Classic Archive -
2058708:  Claudio Arrau, Beethoven Sonatas (eight),
>>>>>>>  Beethovenfest Bonn, 1970 and 1976

 2011 /2012

Canada

St-Laurent Studio issued two audiophile CDs remastered from original 78rpm records with no filters, which showcase the sound quality achievable from 78rpm records by using the St-Laurent's transfer method.

They are:

YSL 78-067:  Claudio Arrau, Vol.1 (2011)
> Schumann: Carnaval Op.9 (1939).
> Schumann: Piano Concerto (Kreuger, DSO, 1944)

YSL 78-085:  Claudio Arrau, Vol.2 (2012)
> R.Strauss: Burlesque in D minor (Defauw, CSO, 1947)
> Weber: Konzertstück Op.79 (Defauw, CSO, 1947)
> Chopin: Ballade No.3 & Scherzo No.3 (1939)
> Liszt: Les jeux d'eau à la Ville d'Este (1928)

2012
   

 2012

E.U./Italy

DECCA released in April a 12-CD Collectors' Edition box of Claudio Arrau's acclaimed recordings of Beethoven's complete piano sonatas and three sets of variations, a Philips project completed during the 1962-1968 period, plus the Diabelli Variations recorded for American Decca in 1952.
[This compilation excludes Beethoven's Rondo in G Op.51 No.2 recorded for Philips in 1963].

'Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas Claudio Arrau'
DECCA 478 3694.

2012

 Germany

DECCA eloquence released in May a 6-CD limited edition of Claudio Arrau's complete recordings of Mozart's piano sonatas (18), plus Rondo KV 485, Fantasie KV 397, and Rondo KV 511, recorded for Philips between 1973-1988, and remastered in AMSI (AMbient Surround Imaging) sound.
(
Fantasie KV 475 and Adagio KV 540, recorded for Philips in 1973, are not included in this collection).

'Arrau spielt Mozart'
DECCA 480 6026.

 2012

E.U./Italy

DECCA released a 7-CD comprehensive compilation of Claudio Arrau's recordings of Chopin's works for Philips, taken between 1970 and 1984, including Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (Inbal, LPO), complete Preludes, Impromptus, Waltzes, Ballades, Scherzos & Nocturnes, as well as Barcarolle Op.60, Fantasia Op.49 & Polonaise-Fantaisie Op.61.
Includes notes in English by Max Harrison.

'Frédéric Chopin / Claudio Arrau'
DECCA 480 6186.

2012

 England

Pianist Roma Randles, a student and friend of pianist and teacher Ruth Nye MBE, FRCM, is the author of ‘A Life in Music – Ruth Nye and the Arrau Heritage’.  The book contains a kaleidoscope of opinions, descriptions, reminiscences, letters and other items related to Ruth Nye, her family, her home and friends, her acquaintance with the Arrau’s family, and her being a student of Arrau and at times his travelling companion.

Two lectures of Ruth Nye are included, devoted to Maestro Arrau’s life, philosophy and techniques.

The author believes that her subject matter is part of the long unbroken musical chain that goes from Haydn-Beethoven-Czerny-Liszt-Krause-Arrau to Nye.

Published by GHP, Surrey, UK. Hardcover, 137 pages.

 2012

Japan

EMI Classics-Toshiba re-releases in November two CDs containing the celebrated recordings of Brahms's piano concertos made by Claudio Arrau and C.M. Giulini with the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1960 and 1962.

This reissue was remastered at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in
Super Audio (SACD), Single Layer, Direct Stream Digital (DSD) mode, an audiophile format playable only on specialist audio equipment.

EMI Classics TOGE-15038 & TOGE-15039.

1963 Deutscher Schallplattenpreis.

2013
   

2013

 E.U.

The recently incorporated ‘Warner Classics’ label released in November a 3-CD compilation, remastered in good sound, including some rarities.  

Amongst the items in this compilation are the following recordings for UK Columbia never previously reissued on any format: Mozart’s Piano Sonata No.17 K.570 (rec.1951), Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.7 Op.10 No.3 (rec.1951), and Chopin’s Scherzo No.4 Op.54 (rec.1950), as well as Liszt’s My Joys (rec.1950) not previously released on CD. Hence, these four items become net additions to Maestro Arrau’s current digital catalogue.

Claudio Arrau – Rarities 1928*-1951
Warner Classics W 2564 63942-7.

2014
   

2014

 Japan

DECCA Japan reissues the 2001 30-CD Philips Japan Claudio Arrau Collection, this time named The Art of Claudio Arrau and pressed through the Rubidium Atomic Clock CD Cutting process [RB].

Decca CDs from UCCD-4847 through to UCCD-4876.

2014

 U.S.A.

Developed from her PhD dissertation entitled The Teaching of Claudio Arrau and his Pupils: Piano Pedagogy as Cultural Work, published in New York in 2012, author Victoria A. von Arx writes 'Piano Lessons with Claudio Arrau: A Guide to His Philosophy and Techniques'.  

This publication contains an in-depth, detailed and well researched survey of Claudio Arrau's musical antecedents, piano technique and music philosophy, and describes his teaching collaboration with Rafael de Silva.

The book includes transcripts of recorded piano lessons on Chopin's Ballade No.2, Beethoven's Sonata Opus 110 & Eroica Variations Op.35, and Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit.  

A companion website, illustrative of these lessons, is also made available by the publisher at:                   www.oup.com/us/lessonswithclaudioarrau

Published by Oxford University Press, New York. Hardcover, 486 + xiii pages.

2015
   

2015

 Japan

Vinyl:  3-LP box
Altus Music INA  ALTLP054/56.
Carl Schuricht
Live recordings from 24.03.1959 & 14.05.1963, Paris.
Release date and place: July 2015. Japan.
Technical details: Stereo ADA.


Beethoven/Arrau/Schuricht
:
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor Op.37. Rec. 1959 *
Plus
Mendelssohn's Concerto for Violin Op.64 - Grumiaux
Schumann's Manfred Overture Op.115
Brahms's Symphony No.4 Op.98 *

Carl Schuricht conducting L' Orchestre National de la RTF
*on its 25th anniversary at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées.

Piano concerto (and symphony) previously released on CD.

2015

 Holland

Vinyl:  1 LP
Vinyl Passion Classical  VPC 85017.

Johannes Brahms
Release date and place: November 2015. Holland.
Technical details:
Original 1960 Stereo Columbia studio recording remastered /
ADA / DMM cutting.

Brahms / Arrau / Giulini:

Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor Op.15. Rec.1960.

Carlo Maria Giulini conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Recording originally released on LP, and later on CD and SACD.
Winner of the
1963 Deutscher Schallplattenpreis

2015

 Japan

Warner Classics WPCS-13245. 1CD.
Claudio Arrau - LEGENDARY
Timings: 33' 19", 13' 11", 18" 10", 6' 50" = 71' 30"
Release date and place: August 2015, Japan.
Technical details: SACD. DSD. Stereo & Mono*

Chopin: Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58 [Rec.1960]
Chopin:
Fantasy in F minor Op.49 [Rec.1960]
Weber:
Konzertstück in F minor Op.79 [Rec.1960]
with Alceo Galliera conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Mendelssohn:Andante & Rondo capriccioso Op.14 [Rec.1950]*

Recordings remastered in SACD DSD for the first time.
Recordings previously issued on vinyl and CD.

2016

 Austria

Praga Digitals PRD/DSD 350 068.  1CD
.
Claudio Arrau plays Johannes Brahms

Timings: 50' 17" & 28' 59" = 79' 27"
Release date and place: January 2016, ECC Austria.
Technical details: ADD, DSD, Bi-channel Stereo
SACD mastered by Karel Soukeník, Domovina Studio, Prague.
2015 production by AMC Paris, distributed by Harmonia Mundi.

Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 Op.15
Recorded live in Munich Herkulessaal &
broadcast by Bavarian Radio on 24 April 1964.
Rafael Kubelík conducting the Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Brahms:
Variations & Fugue on a Theme by Händel Op.24
Recorded live and broadcast in Lugano
by Radio Svizzera italiana on 20 May 1963.

2016

European Union

Sony Classical: 88843071652  12 CDs.
The Complete RCA Victor and Columbia Album Collection.*
Recordings from 1941 to 1952.

Total timing: 63'17"+ 57'46"+ 30'18"+ 34'37"+ 36'01"+ 54'51"+ 59'37"+ 39'19"+ 35'08"+ 37'09"+ 76'54"+ 78'50" =10 hrs 3 min.
Release place & date: EU. August 2016.
Technical details: ADD. 24bit/96kHz.

CD 1:     Mozart & JS Bach.
CD 2:     Weber & Beethoven.
CD 3:     Schumann.
CD 4:     R.Strauss & Weber.
CD 5:     Albéniz.
CD 6:     Debussy.
CD 7:     Beethoven.
CD 8:     Chopin.
CD 9:     Liszt.
CD 10:  Schumann.
CD 11:  Chopin, Beethoven, Schubert, Ravel & Liszt:
CD 12:  JS Bach.

This recording of Mozart's Fantasia K.475 was never previously released.
This recording of Beethoven's Bagatelle Für Elise is issued on CD for the first time.


*Note that Arrau's recordings for US Columbia of Mozart's Piano Sonata No.14 K457 and Beethoven's Piano Sonata No.26 are not included in this compilation.

End of 'Posthumus Period' section


This section last updated on 30th October 2016