Beethoven: Arrau (Piano Sonatas 21/ 2/ 32/ 13/ 30/ 23/ 57 ) (Claudio Arrau) (EuroArts DVD: 2058708)
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The Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau (1903 - 1991) was at the height of his career, when he recorded this recital in 1070/1977. He was known for his interpretations of a vast repertoire spanning from the baroque to 20th-century composers, especially Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms and Debussy. It has been said that the best way to enjoy Arrau's records is to imagine yourself there in the concert hall while he is playing. Now, thanks to the Beethovenfest performances presented here, which were filmed in Bonn in 1970 and 1977, it becomes virtually possible for us to do just that. In these fine performances, Arrau appears to make the piano breathe and sing.