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Image of Claudio Arrau

Yousuf Karsh
Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002

Claudio Arrau


Object Type: Photograph
20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 2013.0005.0003

Credit Line: Gift of Estrellita Karsh, in honor of Mark M. Johnson, and in memory of Yousuf Karsh
Copyright: © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Claudio Arrau (1903–1991)

Widely considered one of the finest pianists of the twentieth century, Arrau earned fame for his recordings of classical music. American critic Harold Schonberg said Arrau always put "a decidedly romantic piano tone in his interpretations." The long-lived pianist’s earliest recordings were on player piano rolls, his last—at the time of his death—on compact disk. Karsh portrayed Arrau during a rehearsal in Ottawa. The photographer supplemented the ambient lighting of the concert hall to frame the attentive musician within his piano, as though the two were one.

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