Piano Recitals 1954, 1960 & 1963 / Claudio Arrau
Label: SWR MUSIC
This is a first release of the recitals from 1954, 1960 in Ludwigsburg and a re-release of the recital from 1963 in Schwetzingen. Claudio Arrau was one of the most prominent pianists of the 20th century with a career that lasted for 80 years. Claudio Arrau, renowned throughout the world as one of the supreme keyboard masters of the century, ended his career by achieving the one artistic goal he had pursued for a lifetime: the total fusion of virtuosity and meaning. Where other famous pianists play the piano for excitement, power or display, Arrau played to probe, to divine, to interpret. Says Arrau, "An interpreter must give his blood to the work interpreted." The famed late doyen of London music critics, Sir Neville Cardus of the Guardian, explained Arrau vividly: "Arrau is the complete pianist. He can revel in the keyboard for its own pianistic sake, representing to us the instrument's range and power, but he can also go beyond piano playing as we are led by his art to the secret chambers of the creative imagination."