Romanian-Swiss pianist (1895 - 1960)

Clara Haskil was a pupil of Richard Robert, an Austrian pianist who was considered to have been as significant as Emil von Sauer and Theodor Leschetizky as a teacher, and among whose students were Rudolf Serkin and George Szell. Subsequent instruction came at the hands of Ferruccio Busoni, Alfred Cortot, Lazare Levy. She graduated from the Paris Conservatory with First Prizes in piano and violin.  It has been suggested that her tone and phrasing as a pianist were the result of her having been an excellent violinist.

She was a favorite of the leading conductors and chamber musicians alike.  The list of the conductors with with whom Clara Haskil performed is staggering: Ernest Ansermet, Sir John Barbirolli, Rudolf Baumgartner, Sir Thomas Beecham, Sir Adrian Boult, Pablo Calals, Sergiu Celibidache, André Cluytens, Victor Desarzens, Ferenc Fricsay, Alceo Galliera, Carlo Maria Giulini, Inghelbrecht, Eugen Jochum, Herbert von Karajan, Rudolf Kempe, Otto Klemperer, Rafael Kubelík, Igor Markevitch, Pierre Monteux, Charles Munch, Paul Paray, Bernhard Paumgartner, Hans Rosbaud, Willem van Otterloo, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Carl Schuricht, George Solti, Leopold Stokowski, Hans Swoboda, George Szell, and Carlo Zecchi, himself one of the greatest pianists of them all.

And she often performed chamber music with George Enescu, Eugène Ysaÿe, Pablo Casals, Dinu Lipatti, Joseph Szigeti, Géza Anda, Isaac Stern, Henryk Szeryng and Arthur Grumiaux, with whom she made many beautiful recordings of the violin and piano repertoire.  Grumiaux was also an excellent pianist and they were known to have performed together with Clara Haskil playing the violin and Grumiaux playing the piano.

As a pianist, everything Clara Haskil touched was made magic. Scarlatti, Bach, Haydn, Mozart (perhaps above all), Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Brahma, and the Impressionists all succombed to her glorious touch and musicianship.  Her recording of the Ravel Sonatine is perfection.

Perhaps the only work recorded hereby Clara Haskil that does not quite meet my highest expectations is the Beethoven Op 111.  The intensity I like in this work is not there.  But it is still so wonderfully played that in the end, all is forgiven.

You can hear Clara Haskil play Concerti by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann and others, as well as chamber works, and Concerti by Mozart by following these links.


Mozart  Piano Sonata 10 in C major, K 330
i Allegro moderato
06:13ii Andante cantabile
11:39iii Allegretto

Beethoven  Piano Sonata 18 in E major, Op 31~3
15:40i Allegro
21:45ii Scherzo - Allegretto vivace
26:29iii Menuetto - Moderato e grazioso
30:21iv Presto con fuoco

Schubert  Piano Sonata 21 in B major, D 960
35:20i Molto moderato
48:40ii Andante sostenuto
56:13iii Scherzo - Allegro vivace con delicatezza. Trio
59:53iv Allegro ma non troppo. Presto

recorded live on 8 August 1957

Bach  Toccata in E minor, BWV 914

recorded in 1953

Bach-Busoni  Prelude from the Chorale "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland"

recorded live in 1953

Scarlatti  Keyboard Sonatas

Allegro in D minor, K 1 / L 366
01:59Presto in G major, K 2 / L 388
03:45Allegro in F major, K 6 / L 479
06:22Allegro in G minor, K 35 / L 386
08:49 ➢ in B minor, K 87 / L 33
13:27Cantabile in C major, K 132 / L 457
19:22Allegro in E major, K 193 / L 142
23:44Allegro in C minor, K 247 / L 256
29:08Allegro in B major, K 332 / L 141
32:03Presto in F minor, K 386 / L 171
34:33Allegro in C major, K 515 / L 255
37:20Allegro assai in F minor, K 519 / L 475

Allegro in A major, K 322 / L 483
02:51Cantabile in C major, K 132 / L 457
08:44Presto in G major, K 2 / L 388
10:27Allegro in C major, K 515 / L 255
13:08Andante comodo in F major, K 437 / L 278

Pescetti  Keyboard Sonata in C minor

recorded in 1934

Soler  Keyboard Sonata in D major

recorded in 1934

Haydn  Andante and Variations in F minor

recorded in 1934

Haydn  Piano Sonata in D major, Hob XVI:37

i Allegro con brio
ii Largo e sostenuto
iii Presto ma non troppo

recorded live in 1952

Mozart  Piano Sonata 2 in F major, KV 280

ii Adagio
04:30iii Presto

recorded in 1954

Mozart  Piano Sonata 10 in C major, KV 330 (300h)

i Allegro moderato
06:19ii Andante cantabile
12:35iii Allegretto

recorded in 1954

Mozart  "Duport Variations" K 573

recorded in 1954

Beethoven  Piano Sonata 17 in D minor, Op 31~2 "The Tempest"

i Largo. Allegro
07:48ii Adagio
13:57iii Allegretto

recorded in 1960

Beethoven  Piano Sonata 32 in C minor, Op 111

i Maestoso. Allegro con brio e appassionato
ii Arietta - Adagio molto semplice e cantabile

recorded live in 1953

Schubert  Piano Sonata 16 in A minor, D 845

i Moderato
07:56ii Andante poco moto
15:19iii Scherzo - Allegro vivace. Trio - Un poco più lento
20:16iv Rondo - Allegro vivace

recorded in 1956

Mendelssohn  Pièce caractéristique in A major, Op 7~4

recprded in 1958

Schumann  Theme and Variations on the name Abegg, Op 1

Schumann  Kinderszenen, Op 15

01 Von fremden Ländern und Menschen (Of Foreign Lands and Peoples)
02 Kuriose Geschichte (A Curious Story)
03 Hasche-Mann (Blind Man's Bluff)
04 Bittendes Kind (Pleading Child)
05 Glückes genug (Happy Enough)
06 Wichtige Begebenheit (An Important Event)
07 Träumerei (Dreaming)
08 Am Kamin (At the Fireside)
09 Ritter vom Steckenpferd (Knight of the Hobbyhorse)
10 Fast zu ernst (Almost Too Serious)
11 Fürchtenmachen (Frightening)
12 Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep)
13 Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks)

recorded in 1955

Schumann  Waldszenen, Op 82

1 Eintritt (Entrance)
01:592 Jäger auf der Lauer (Hunter in Ambush)
03:123 Einsame Blumen (Lonely Flowers)
05:164 Verrufene Stelle (Haunted Spot)
07:425 Freundliche Landschaft (Pleasant Landscape)
08:406 Herberge (Wayside Inn)
10:247 Vogel als Prophet (Bird as Prophet)
13:268 Jagdlied (Hunting Song)
15:439 Abschied (Farewell)

recorded in 1947

Schumann  Bunte Blätter, Op 99

I Nicht schnell, mit innigkeit
II Sehr rasch
III Frisch
IV Ziemlich langsam
V Schnell
VI Ziemlich langsam, sehr gesangvoll
VII Langsam
VIII Sehr langsam

recorded in 1952

Liszt  Concert Etude 2 in F minor "La leggerezza"

recorded live in 1928 or 1929

Brahms  8 Klavierstücke, Op 76

recorded live in 1958

4 Intermezzo in B major - Allegretto grazioso

5 Capriccio in C minor - Agitato, ma non troppo Presto

Debussy  Études

recorded live in 1953

7 Étude pour les degrés chromatiques

10 Étude pour les sonorités opposées

Rachmaninoff  Etude-Tableau in C major, Op 33~2

recorded live in 1958

Ravel  Sonatine

i Modéré
03:59ii Mouvement de menuet
06:48iii Animé

recorded in 1951

For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.

And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse

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