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Category: Music - Classical
Reference No: 8494
Status: Available
Price: £25.00
  Claudio Arrau

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Chilean-born pianist, one of the greatest of the Twentieth Century.

Arrau was a child prodigy and he could read music before he could read words. His mother was an amateur pianist and introduced him to the instrument. At the age of 4 he was reading Beethoven sonatas, and he gave his first concert a year later. At the age of 8 Arrau was sent on a ten-year-long grant from the Chilean government to study in Germany, travelling with his mother and sister He was admitted to the Stern Conservatory of Berlin where he eventually became a pupil of Martin Krause, who had studied under Franz Liszt. At the age of 11 Arrau could play Liszt's Transcendental Etudes, one of the most difficult works for piano, as well as Brahms's Paganini Variations. Krause died in his fifth year of teaching Arrau, leaving the 15-year-old student devastated at the loss of his mentor; Arrau did not continue formal study after that point.

In 1935, Arrau gave a celebrated rendition of the entire keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach over 12 recitals. In 1936, Arrau gave a complete Mozart keyboard works over 5 recitals, and followed with the complete Schubert and Weber cycles. In 1938, for the first time, Arrau gave the complete Beethoven piano sonatas and concertos in Mexico City. He repeated this several times in his lifetime, including in New York and London. He became one of the leading authorities on Beethoven in the 20th Century.

In 1941 Arrau left Germany and migrated to the United States, eventually settling in New York City, where he spent his remaining years.

This is a very fine vintage 1950s album page (4.5" x 2.75"), boldly signed in blue ink. In very good condition.