Sensitive bust-length study of Arrau, inscribed in black ink at lower margin: "Para Joaquin Nin con sincero afeto y amistad Cladio Arrau Habana 1939." 231 x 171 mm. Mounted to heavy ivory paper.
Mount slightly worn and soiled.
An attractive association item.
"Arrau acquired a special reputation for his interpretations of Brahms, Schumann, Liszt, Chopin and, above all, Beethoven, a reputation which is reflected by his many recordings. He had the technique of a virtuoso, but was one of the least ostentatious of pianists. His tempos were sometimes unusually broad, and even when they were not he gave the impression of having considered deeply the character and shape of each phrase. He could give performances so thorough in their consideration of detail that they seemed lacking in spontaneity and momentum. However, at its best his grand, rich-toned and thoughtful playing conveyed exceptional intellectual power and depth of feeling." Robert Philip in Grove Music Online
Nin (1879-1949), Cuban pianist and composer, was the father of composer Joaquín Nin-Culmell and writer Anaïs Nin. He made his début as a pianist in Barcelona at the age of 12 and began touring in 1901. He frequently returned to Spain, where he performed in the Modernist festivals at Sitges between 1902 and 1905. At his Paris début in 1904, he presented works by Chambonnières, Couperin and Rameau, a repertory he was among the first to perform. He later edited two volumes of 18th-century keyboard music by Spanish composers Antonio Soler, Alberto Freixanet and Mateo Pérez de Albéniz (Paris, 1925–8). A participant in one of the 20th century's earliest performance practice debates, he challenged Landowska's advocacy of the harpsichord. Relatively late in his career he turned to composing, evincing a strong interest in popular Spanish materials." Carol A. Hess in Grove Music Online.
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