Arrau Heritage: Brahms (4 CD, FLAC)
Arrau Heritage: Brahms (4 CD, FLAC)

Performer: Claudio Arrau
Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 4 CD box set
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: Philips
Size: 1.04 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Disc: 1
01. Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10: No. 1 in D minor. Andante – Allegro – Andante
02. Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10: No. 2 in D. Andante – Allegro non troppo – Molto staccato e leggiero – Andante
03. Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10: No. 3 in B minor. Intermezzo – Allegro
04. Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10: No. 4 in B. Andante con moto
05. Variations (25) and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, for piano, in B flat major, Op. 24
06. Variations (28) on a Theme of Paganini, for piano, in A minor, Op. 35: Book 1
07. Variations (28) on a Theme of Paganini, for piano, in A minor, Op. 35: Book 2

Disc: 2
01. Piano Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 2: 1. Allegro non troppo
02. Piano Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 2: 2. Andante
03. Piano Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 2: 3. Scherzo
04. Piano Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 2: 4. Finale – Allegro non troppo e rubato
05. Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5: 1. Allegro maestoso
06. Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5: 2. Andante
07. Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5: 3. Scherzo
08. Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5: 4. Intermezzo
09. Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5: 5. Finale
10. Scherzo for piano in E flat minor, Op. 4

Also available:  Böhm, Backhaus: Brahms - Piano Concerto no.2 op.83 (SACD)

Disc: 3
01. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15: 1. Maestoso – Poco più moderato
02. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15: 2. Adagio
03. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15: 3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo – Più animato – Tempo 1)

Disc: 4
01. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83: 1. Allegro non troppo
02. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83: 2. Alleggro appassionato
03. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83: 3. Andante – Più adagio
04. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83: 4. Allegretto grazioso – Un poco più presto

Arrau plays Brahms

Claudio Arrau is without a doubt one of the greatest pianists ever, and he has made some of the best Brahms recordings. This box set contains the 4 Ballades, 25 Variations on Handel’s Theme, both Paganini Book Variations, Sonatas 2 & 3, Scherzo in E Flat, and both Piano Concertos with Bernard Haitink conducting the Royal Concertgebouw. All of the rank and as some of the definite recordings for the works particularly with the Paganini Variations and the first Concerto. Although many prefer the Brahms recordings of Wilhelm Kempff, Julius Katchen Artur Rubinstein and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, any Arrau or Brahms fans cannot miss this box set.

4 Comments

  1. Thank you very much, Whatever. Brendel is -for me, of course- a pianist who can not be compared with another Piano Gods as Arrau, Rubinstein, Benedetti Michelangeli… However, he’s a great Artist and he deserves a big place among the XX Century pianists. Thank you, Whatever.

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