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Haskil was as dissatisfied with most of her records as she was with her public appearances, but they show clearly enough why she inspired such admiration. One might cite her beauty of tone, fluency, nuancing or rubato, but the final impression is not of any specific characteristic of performance but the elusive quality of absolute naturalness. Comparisons between her studio and live recordings are often illuminating. The latter are particularly helpful in our appreciation of her concerto work, since contractual constraints prevented her from making records with many conductors whom she admired.



CD-1126(1) CLARA HASKIL IN PERFORMANCE: MOZART: Piano Concerto in Eb Major, K271, Casals Festival Orch., Prades, Pablo Casals, (6/19/1953); SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54, Strasbourg Municipal Orch., Carl Schuricht (6/15/1955).Technical reconstruction (1993) Maggi Payne. Total Time: 59:58 AAD UPC #0-17685-11262-1

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