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Beethoven, Mozart & Schumann: Piano Concertos & Sonatas

Beethoven, Mozart & Schumann: Piano Concertos & Sonatas

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Clara Haskil was throughout her life a sensitive, empathetic and intelligent pianist with enormous expressive power. At the same time she was particularly modest: she was able to subordinate herself both to the composers whose works she performed and to the chamber musicians who partnered her, never placing herself center stage, but serving the music first and foremost. Clara Haskil is acknowledged as a great Mozart pianist (see albums 1 to 3), but she also left a significant legacy in her interpretation of works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert and Schumann. Her favorite duet partners were Pau Casals, George Enescu, Géza Anda and especially Arthur Grumiaux, with whom she recorded all of Beethoven’s violin sonatas. This recording presents a few samples of their duo recordings.

REVIEW:

The Romanian-Swiss pianist Clara Haskil is considered one of the most important Mozart interpreters of all time. This is also evident from this release, half of the program of which is dedicated to Mozart.

When one speaks of Clara Haskil, one inevitably thinks of her wonderful Mozart recordings with Ferenc Fricsay, Igor Markevitch and violinist Arthur Grumiaux. Her Mozart continues to have a timeless beauty that has defied all the trends of the past decades. Haskil’s interpretations have not aged; the playing is as fresh and honest as on the first day. Mozart’s music resounds with a matter-of-factness, an unerring sense of the essential that few artists have.

But there is also something strangely compelling about Haskil’s Beethoven. This is evident in these recordings with the Third Piano Concerto and in the sonatas.

The Schumann solo pieces date from the early 1950s and are distinguished by subtle nuances and tonal beauty.

The unaffected simplicity of these interpretations gives Schumann’s music a very distinctive eloquence.

-- Pizzicato

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Product Description:


  • Release Date: November 04, 2022


  • UPC: 881488220537


  • Catalog Number: PH22053


  • Label: Hänssler & Profil


  • Number of Discs: 6


  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Robert Schumann


  • Conductor: Igor Markevitch, Bernhard Paumgartner, Paul Sacher, Rudolf Baumgartner, Ferenc Fricsay


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Wiener Symphoniker, Festival Strings Lucerne, Bayerisches Staatsorchester


  • Performer: Arthur Grumiaux, Clara Haskil



Works:


  1. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: Clara Haskil (Piano)

    Conductor: Bernhard Paumgartner


  2. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: Clara Haskil (Piano)

    Conductor: Bernhard Paumgartner


  3. Rondo in A Major, K. 386

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Performer: Clara Haskil (Piano)


  4. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 9 in E-Flat Major, K. 271, "Jeunehomme"

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: Clara Haskil (Piano)

    Conductor: Paul Sacher


  5. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 32 in B-Flat Major, K. 454

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Performer: Arthur Grumiaux (Violin), Clara Haskil (Piano)


  6. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 35 in A Major, K. 526

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Performer: Arthur Grumiaux (Violin), Clara Haskil (Piano)


  7. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 13 in C Major, K. 415

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Ensemble: Festival Strings Lucerne

    Performer: Clara Haskil (Piano)

    Conductor: Rudolf Baumgartner


  8. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 27 in B-Flat Major, Op. 17, K. 595

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Ensemble: Bavarian State Orchestra

    Performer: Clara Haskil (Piano)

    Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay


  9. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ensemble: Lamoureux Concert Orchestra

    Performer: Clara Haskil (Piano)

    Conductor: Igor Markevitch


  10. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Performer: Arthur Grumiaux (Violin), Clara Haskil (Piano)


  11. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, "Spring"

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Performer: Arthur Grumiaux (Violin), Clara Haskil (Piano)


  12. Sonata for Piano No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest"

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Performer: Clara Haskil (Piano)


  13. Sonata for Piano No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3, "La Chasse"

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Performer: Clara Haskil (Piano)


  14. Bunte Blätter, Op. 99

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Performer: Clara Haskil (Piano)


  15. Kinderszenen, Op. 15

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Performer: Clara Haskil (Piano)


  16. Waldscenen, Op. 82

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Performer: Clara Haskil (Piano)