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One gets a fair semblance of Arrau's artistry through a remarkable cache of recordings made for German Radio in 1937 and 1938. They are released here for the first time, with the exception of the Liszt E Flat concerto, which appeared on a long unavailable Russian Melodya LP and two rare commercially issued Parlophone 78s, added as encores. While Arrau made several important recordings prior to his emigration from Germany, his pre-war discography is small in comparison to his prolific output from the mid-forties on, when the pianist's international reputation solidified. The present compilation, therefore, adds significantly to what we know of Arrau's prime years.
Fryderyk Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3
II. Largo e mesto
III. Menuetto - Trio: Allegro
IV. Rondo: Allegro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, K. 576
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3
I. Allegro con brio
III. Scherzo: Allegro
IV. Allegro assai
Franz Joseph Haydn: Keyboard Sonata in F minor, Hob.XVII:6, "Un piccolo divertimento: Variations"
Keyboard Sonata in F minor, Hob. XVII:6, "Un piccolo divertimento: Variations"
Franz Liszt: Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy, S161/R10b
Annees de pelerinage, Book II, Italie: No. 5, Sonetto del Petrarca No. 104 (Pace non trovo), S161/R10b/5
Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124/R455
I. Allegro maestoso - Tempo giusto
II. Quasi adagio - Allegretto vivace - Allegro animato
III. Allegro marziale animato
Franz Liszt: 12 Etudes d'execution transcendante, S139/R2b
12 Etudes d'execution transcendante, S139/R2b: No. 11 in D flat major, "Harmonies du soir"
Fryderyk Chopin: Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39
Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39
Franz Liszt: Annees de pelerinage, 3rd year, S163/R10
Annees de pelerinage, 3rd year, S163/R10: IV: Les jeux d'eau a la villa d'Este
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