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Claudio Arrau: The Maestro & The Masters

111 minutes
M1010 .C531 1984

Recorded Live on the Historic Tour of Chile

Once in a century, a pianist comes to the fore who wins fame as a great interpreter of virtually everything he touches. Such a pianist is Claudio Arrau. Like Liszt and Busoni before him, Arrau, whether playing Beethoven or Brahms, or Chopin and Schumann, or Schubert and Mozart, or Debussy and Liszt, reaches to the core of the style and the meaning of every composer he performs. As the London Sunday Times has written: "One regards Arrau as a sort of miracle. He makes the piano live, like God teaching Adam on Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel dome: liquid, mysterious, profound."

This historic performance was filmed in May 1984 when Maestro Arrau returned to play in Santiago, Chile, after an absence of 17 years. He was given a reception by his countrymen probably without equal.


Claudio Arrau, Piano
The Symphony Orchestra of the University of Chile
Victor Tevah, Conductor
Performed in the Metropolitan Cathedral, Santiago, Chile, May 1984

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