Artur Schnabel

Artur Schnabel (17 April 1882 – 15 August 1951) was an Austrian-American classical pianist, composer and pedagogue. Schnabel was known for his intellectual seriousness as a musician, avoiding pure technical bravura. Among the 20th century's most respected and important pianists, his playing displayed marked vitality, profundity and spirituality in the Austro-German classics, particularly the works of Beethoven and Schubert.

His performances of these compositions have often been hailed as models of interpretative penetration. His best-known recording is of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas; recorded between 1932 and 1935, it is the first recording ever made of the complete cycle of 32 sonatas. Music critic Harold C. Schonberg described Schnabel as "the man who invented Beethoven". In 2018 the Library of Congress selected this recording to be placed in the National Recording Registry for its historical significance.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 17th, 1882 (Bielsko-Biała), Died August 15th, 1951 (Morschach)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1932 - 1935

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 2EA1457 12-in. 4/5/1935 Concerto no. 2 in B flat major London Philharmonic Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Gramophone 2EA1458 12-in. 4/5/1935 Concerto no. 2 in B flat major London Philharmonic Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Gramophone 2EA1459 12-in. 4/5/1935 Concerto no. 2 in B flat major London Philharmonic Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Gramophone 2EA1460 12-in. 4/5/1935 Concerto no. 2 in B flat major London Philharmonic Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Gramophone 2EA1461 12-in. 4/5/1935 Concerto no. 2 in B flat major London Philharmonic Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Gramophone 2EA1462 12-in. 4/5/1935 Concerto no. 2 in B flat major London Philharmonic Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Gramophone 2EA1463 12-in. 4/5/1935 Concerto no. 2 in B flat major London Philharmonic Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Gramophone 2EA1464 12-in. 4/5/1935 Concerto no. 2 in B flat major London Philharmonic Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Gramophone 2B3235 12-in. 3/23/1932 Concerto no. 1, in C major London Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Gramophone 2B3236 12-in. 3/23/1932 Concerto no. 1, in C major London Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Gramophone 2B3237 12-in. 3/23/1932 Concerto no. 1, in C major London Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Gramophone 2B3238 12-in. 3/23/1932 Concerto no. 1, in C major London Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Gramophone 2B3239 12-in. 3/23/1932 Concerto no. 1, in C major London Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Gramophone 2B3240 12-in. 3/23/1932 Concerto no. 1, in C major London Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Gramophone 2B3241 12-in. 3/23/1932 Concerto no. 1, in C major London Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Gramophone 2B3242 12-in. 3/23/1932 Concerto no. 1, in C major London Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Gramophone 2B3243 12-in. 3/23/1932 Concerto no. 1, in C major London Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent ; Artur Schnabel Piano and orchestra instrumentalist, piano  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Schnabel, Artur," accessed October 20, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101879.

Schnabel, Artur. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101879.

"Schnabel, Artur." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 20 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101879

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