Acclaimed by New York Magazine as "a fascinating and valuable book," this subtle portrait depicts one of the world's great concert artists. In addition to conversations with Claudio Arrau, it features discussions with four of his renowned musical colleagues: Philip Lorenz, Daniel Barenboim, Garrick Ohlsson, and Sir Colin Davis. 21 photos....
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Conversations with Arrau Reviews
Así debiesen ser todos los libros de entrevistas a músicos: no sólo un esquema de pregunta/respuesta que cuotee "áreas" de interés, sino una conversación entre dos personas empapadas de los temas que abordan, y que, por lo mismo, dan luces de verdad reveladoras sobre técnica, repertorio, formación, disciplina, etc.; como no podría aparecer en ningún medio (un libro que se justifica como tal, en definitiva). No hay ninguna biografía sobre Claudio Arrau que haya podido dejar de citar este libro, que combina las conversaciones entre el investigador y el pianista con contundentes introducciones a cada capítulo del propio Horowitz. Hay pasajes que pueden ser incomprensibles para quienes no son —somos— especialistas en música de tradición escrita y/o en técnica de piano, pero de todos modos la lectura es interesante para cualquier admirador de la música y la disciplina de sus mejores ejecutantes. Lo más revelador, su experiencia con el psicoanálisis. Lo más admirable: las opiniones sobre el ego de otros músicos. Lo más inesperado, el gusto de Arrau por el baile de John Travolta en Fiebre de sábado por la noche.
"Arrau on Music and Performance" by Joseph Horowitz is a Dover Publications reprint from 1992. The original book was published in 1982 with the title "Conversations with Arrau". Claudio Arrau (1903-1991) was one of the most famous classical pianists of the 20th century. He had a vast repertoire early in his career, but was known for specializing in Schubert, Beethoven, Liszt, and Brahms during the latter half of his life. He performed hundreds of recitals and concerto performances in Mexico, South America, Europe and America. He was born in 1903 in Chile and was quickly recognized as a child prodigy by age 5. By the time he turned 8 the government sponsored his training and sent him to study in Berlin. While in Berlin he had the good fortune to study for 5 years with a famous teacher, Martin Krause, who himself had studied with Franz Liszt, considered by many to be the greatest pianist in history. Joseph Horowitz, who has written other books on classical music, befriended Arrau and convinced him to sit down for conversations about his performing career and philosophy about music. These conversations occurred over the course of a year in 1980-81. Arrau lived another 10 years and continued to concertize almost right up to his death in 1991. Arrau's career started very slowly in Germany after his teacher, Krause, died in 1918. Although Arrau was recognized as a fiery and spectacular technician, his playing did not garner enough attention in Europe to allow him to concertize full time. He spent time teaching and relates in the book that he and his mother, aunts, and brother struggled to avoid starvation in the 1920's. He went to America to try to salvage his career, but failed miserably and was forced to return to Germany. His career quickly rebounded by first obtaining an appointment to the Stern Conservatory in Berlin, and later winning a highly competitive piano competition in Geneva in 1927. It was around this time that his insecurities were addressed by a fortunate encounter with a music-loving psychoanalyst, Dr. Abrahamsohn. A friendship developed between Arrau and Abrahamsohn that lasted half a century. Arrau credits the psychoanalysis treatments he received with bolstering his self-confidence and allowing him the freedom to explore his deep creativity at the keyboard. During the 1930's he attracted considerable attention for presenting performances of the complete keyboard works of J.S. Bach. This was considered an astonishing feat of memory and stamina. By 1940 Arrau, his wife, mother and aunt left Germany and settled in New York where he lived for the next 40 years. He gave over a hundred concerts a year and made dozens of phonograph recordings during this time. He did move back to Munich to live the last few years of his life. This book is a very interesting account of the life of a famous artist and explores many aspects of the physical and psychological challenges that every pianist must address.
This was a fantastic book. It is clearly and simply written, and generally rather accessible for someone who is not familiar with classical music or pianistic technique. That said, classical pianists and musicians of all kinds should read this book. Claudio Arrau was the last of his kind in many ways, and there is much to be learned here. What I found most surprising was the frankness by which he presented his profound spiritual knowledge and then connection with the music he played. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject.
A truly wonderful collection of interviews between music critic Joseph Horowitz and the great Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau. Part biography, part survey of Arrau's repertoire and records, the book also includes contributions from Daniel Barenboim, Sir Colin Davis and others who have worked with Arrau. The only weakness is that Horowitz treats his subject with excessive veneration. Arrau was one of the finest pianists of the last century, but he was not infallible in his interpretation - reading this book, one gets the impression he was.