The first comprehensive edition containing the entire of Clara Haskil's recordings for the Decca, Philips, Deutsche Grammophon and Westminster labels. The 17-CD set is released to mark the 50th anniversary (6 December 1960) of the death of the great Romanian-born pianist. The accompanying booklet also includes an infrormative article on Haskil "A prodigy of nature" by piano specialist Jeremy Siepmann.
This edition celebrates and marks the 50th anniversary (December 6, 1960) of the death of the great Romanian-born pianist.
Romanian pianist Clara Haskil began her career as a child prodigy at the Bucharest Conservatory under Richard Robert at age 7, making her debut at the age of 10. Haskil ultimately graduated from Alfred Cortot's class at the Paris Conservatoire at 15 with the Prémier Prix to her credit. By the age of 18, however, Haskil was forced to endure the first of many physical setbacks that would hold back her career, in this case an attack of meningitis that kept her in a body cast for four years. Haskil did recover, making her New York debut in 1924 and her London debut in 1926.
Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his 10 Violin Sonatas between 1797 and 1812. The Sonatas 1 to 9 were written between 1797 and 1803 before almost ten years passed until his opus 96. The composer premiered all his early piano works himself, which might be why he called them 'Sonatas for Pianoforte and Violin.' In the spirit of W. A. Mozart's redefinition of the genre, who elevated the violin from its previously only accompanying role, and in spite of today's common designation as 'violin sonatas,' both instrumental parts in Beethoven's sonatas are on an equal musical footing. In 2020 - the anniversary year surrounding Beethoven's 250th birthday - the Korean violinist Clara-Jumi Kang and her partner on the piano, Sunwook Kim, took on this special cycle of chamber music works.