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Arrau had a rare gift to combine refinement with leonine power, and for many pianophiles his finest work came from his earlier years, possessing a freshness that many of his later Philips recordings lacked. This then is a veritable treasure trove: electric Schumann and Weber; crystalline Albéniz and Debussy (Estampes: wonderful!); Beethoven, Liszt and Chopin. If the 1942 Goldberg Variations has worn less well, nothing else is less than superb, and these recordings have never sounded better. Thoroughly recommended.

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