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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas Nos. 23, 31 and 32 (Arrau) (1960)

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas Nos. 23, 31 and 32 (Arrau) (1960)

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2014

Originally recorded in 2014


Claudio Arrau



Swedish Radio Studios, Stockholm


Record Label
ICA Classics




Total Time - 74:15
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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas Nos. 23, 31 and 32 (Arrau) (1960)

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Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110

1 I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo 07:10
2 II. Allegro molto 02:25
3 III. Adagio ma non troppo - 03:47
4 III. Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo 07:15

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111

5 I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato 08:53
6 II. Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile 18:37

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata"

7 I. Allegro assai 10:38
8 II. Andante con moto 07:03
9 III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto 08:27
 Claudio Arrau Soloist

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos 23, 31, and 32 – Claudio Arrau

The career of the celebrated Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau (1903 – 1991) spanned the evolution of recorded sound; he made his first acoustic recording in 1921 and continued into the digital era of the 1980s. He made studio recordings of selected sonatas by Beethoven for EMI in the 1950s and of the complete sonatas for Philips between 1962 and 1966. These three sonatas, recorded live in Stockholm in 1960, were set down at the peak of Arrau’s career; the recording has been extremely rarely heard and has never been issued commercially before. In comparing the live recordings of Arrau to his studio recordings, Joseph Horowitz said: ‘I do not find his (studio recorded) cycle conveys Arrau’s full stature as a Beethoven player.’ In the later sonatas, Arrau himself alluded to the fact that an improvisatory way was required, which was difficult to achieve with the constraints of a recording studio.

"... a release that enhances if not necessarilyadds to Arrau’s extensive legacy."

Jed Distler - Gramophone magazine - July 2014

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