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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Arrau was one of the most highly esteemed performers of the central Romantic piano repertoire, especially for Beethoven, but also for Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, and Brahms.

His mother was an amateur pianist who gave him early lessons. He gave his first public recital at the age of five in Santiago, and studied with a teacher named Paoli.

The Chilean government gave him a grant to send him to Berlin at the age of seven to study at Stern's Conservatory, where his teacher from 1912 to 1918 was Martin Krause. Teacher and student agreed, by the time the youth was fifteen, that his piano technique and artistic polishing were complete; Arrau never went to another teacher.

He had already won the Gustav Holländer Medal and the Ibach Prize, made his Berlin debut to astonished acclaim in 1914, and toured in Germany and Scandinavia during World War I. He returned to Chile in 1921 with a triumphal homecoming concert, and then toured in the Western Hemisphere, coming to the United States for the first time in 1924. In the same year he joined the faculty of Stern's Conservatory. He remained based there until 1940, making several tours and winning major prizes. He made history in 1925 in Berlin with a set of twelve recitals in which he played the complete keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach. However, after 1940 he never played Bach in public, on grounds that the works were not suited to the piano.

In 1940, he returned to Chile, founding a piano school in Santiago. He settled in 1941 in New York where he made his home thereafter.

One of his outstanding qualities was thoughtfulness of his interpretations; his audience got the impression that he had studied the work from every angle. This could be a drawback, occasionally causing him to seem cautious and lacking spontaneity.

In 1978 he renounced his Chilean citizenship to protest Pinochet's military regime. He remained one of the most respected and beloved of Chileans among the people of that nation. His return there for a tour in 1984 was one of the greatest musical events in South American history. ~ Joseph Stevenson, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Debussy: Orchestral Music

Disc 1
Title: Berceuse Héroïque for Piano (Or Orchestra), L. 132
Title: Images (3), For Orchestra, L. 122
Title: Jeux, Ballet, L. 126
Title: Marche Écossaise, Sur Un Thème Populaire, For Piano, 4 Hands (or Orchestra), L. 77
Disc 2
Title: Prélude À L'après-midi D'un Faune (Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Faun), For Orchestra, L. 86
Title: Nocturnes, For Female Chorus & Orchestra, L. 91
Title: La Mer, Symphonic Sketches (3) For Orchestra, L. 109
Title: Rhapsodie for clarinet & piano (or orchestra), L. 116
Title: Danses Sacrée Et Profane, For Chromatic Harp & String Orchestra, L. 103
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Track List: Duo Piano Extravaganza

Disc 1
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Variations (5) On An Original Theme For Piano, 4 Hands In G Major, K. 501
Composer: Sergey Rachmaninov
Title: Suite No. 2 For 2 Pianos In C Major, Op. 17
Composer: Béla Bartók
Title: Concerto For 2 Pianos, Percussion & Orchestra, Sz. 115, BB 121
Composer: Claude Debussy
Title: En Blanc Et Noir, For 2 Pianos, L. 134
Disc 2
Composer: Witold Lutoslawski
Title: Variations On A Theme Of Paganini, For 2 Pianos
Composer: Béla Bartók
Title: Sonata For 2 Pianos & 2 Percussion, Sz. 110, BB 15
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Title: Carnival Of The Animals, Zoological Fantasy For 2 Pianos & Ensemble
Composer: Maurice Ravel
Title: La Valse, Poème Choréographique For Piano Or 2 Pianos
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Track List: Haydn: 6 London Symphonies

Disc 1
Title: Symphony No. 94 In G Major ("Surprise"/"the Drumstroke"/"mit Dem Paukenschlag"), H. 1/94
Title: Symphony No. 100 In G Major ("Military") H. 1/100
Title: Symphony No. 101 In D Major ("Clock"), H. 1/101
Disc 2
Title: Symphony No. 96 In D Major ("Miracle"), H. 1/96
Title: Symphony No. 103 In E Flat Major ("Drumroll"), H. 1/103
Title: Symphony No. 104 In D Major ("London"), H. 1/104
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Track List: Haydn: The London Symphonies, Vol. 1

Disc 1
Title: Symphony No. 95 In C Minor, H. 1/95
Title: Symphony No. 98 In B Flat Major, H. 1/98
Title: Symphony No. 104 In D Major ("London"), H. 1/104
Disc 2
Title: Symphony No. 96 In D Major ("Miracle"), H. 1/96
Title: Symphony No. 102 In B Flat Major, H. 1/102
Title: Symphony No. 103 In E Flat Major ("Drumroll"), H. 1/103

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