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Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, October 2014

…the sensitive keyboard poet shows a penchant for speed, drama, and virtuoso flair.

This is a fascinating live document, and in the Sonata No. 32 it becomes transcendent. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Jeff Simon
The Buffalo News, July 2014

Here is a performance from a Swedish Radio studio in 1960 that is a magnificent Arrau performance of the two final Beethoven piano Sonatas as well as the Appassionata. The musician is extraordinary. Great Beethoven performance… © 2014 The Buffalo News Read complete review



Jed Distler
Gramophone, July 2014

Although Claudio Arrau’s Beethoven hardly lacks catalogue representation, this first release of live Swedish Radio performances from April 5, 1960, is revealing in several respects. For one, the slightly distant microphone placement conveys much of the colour, depth and dynamic proportions of Arrau’s full-bodied sonority as one experienced it in a concert hall.

Jonathan Summers’s perceptive annotations add further value to a release that enhances if not necessarily adds to Arrau’s extensive legacy. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Infodad.com, May 2014

Arrau performs Beethoven consistently, without overplaying his drama, his intensity or his emotionalism. The “Appassionata” sonata here is clear, forthright and beautifully paced, without the swooning that some pianists have tended to bring to it and with a level of Classical-era poise that serves it particularly well amid its undoubted emotional depths. The relatively infrequently played No 31 gets an expansive, elegant reading here, with a fine sense of Beethoven’s late style and special attention paid to the sonata’s concluding fugue. And No 32, Beethoven’s last sonata and one of his most influential, has tremendous heft and intensity here, from the strength of its first movement through the jazzlike elements in its second that make the work so incredibly forward-looking…Arrau’s way with Beethoven is so convincing, his handling of this music so satisfying… © 2014 Infodad.com Read complete review





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