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-Culmell was a student of both Dukas and de Falla; Cortot and Viñes were among his piano teachers. ["He] strove in his works to capture the spirit, rather than the letter, of Spanish folk music, often changing the rhythm, mode or melodic contour of traditional melodies. A number of his works, including the ballet El burlador de Sevilla and the opera La Celestina, draw upon Spanish literature." Carol A. Hess in Grove Music Online.
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