Label: Philips Classics - 464 694-2 • Series: 50 Great Recordings • Format: 2x, CD Compilation, Reissue, Remastered • Country: Europe • Genre: Classical • Style: Romantic
In Arrau's hands, the emotional worlds of these Romantic miniatures are absorbing; his spacious tempos and overarching sense of line adding weight and grandeur. Arrau's Nocturnes are likely the greatest achievement among his Chopin recordings. Why was Arrau so important in this music? Not to put too fine a point on it, he helped rescue Chopin from the pianists. On this recording there are no concert-hall roulades or frills -- or lace.
He only offers the music -- distilled and deeply pondered, and voiced and balanced with superhuman clarity. He is devastatingly honest without being showy. Tempi are slow enough for Low Gravy - Paul Gonsalves - Gettin Together points to breathe: emotion is recollected in tranquillity, to borrow Op.48 - Chopin* - Claudio Arrau - The Nocturnes • Barcarolle definition of poetry.
There's no falseness or smoothing-over of detail. Sporting masterly control and a dark tone of infinite depth, he goes beyond lyricism to give every note its own inflection, its own colour. As Schoenberg said of Webern's music, so one could say of Chopin's Nocturnes when Arrau plays them: "a glance can be spun out into a Op.48 - Chopin* - Claudio Arrau - The Nocturnes • Barcarolle, a sigh into a novel".