×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Artur Rubinstein: The Chopin Recordings
     

Artur Rubinstein: The Chopin Recordings

5.0 1
by Artur Rubinstein
 

See All Formats & Editions

Even though RCA's outstanding recordings from the 1960s of Arthur Rubinstein playing Chopin are the most recommended versions for their exquisite interpretations and superior sound quality, some still turn to his recordings from the 1920s and '30s, which in many cases have the edge for passion and physical strength. Yet it is only fair to point

Overview

Even though RCA's outstanding recordings from the 1960s of Arthur Rubinstein playing Chopin are the most recommended versions for their exquisite interpretations and superior sound quality, some still turn to his recordings from the 1920s and '30s, which in many cases have the edge for passion and physical strength. Yet it is only fair to point out the limitations of this box set from EMI, which presents the concertos, nocturnes, waltzes, mazurkas, and polonaises in clean, digitally remastered audio, but has a closed-in, boxy quality that some listeners will find difficult to tolerate. Fortunately, these vintage recordings of Rubinstein performing at the peak of his powers have little distracting surface noise, and anyone who has had experience with historical recordings will find them quite attractive for the preservation of the piano's natural luster and for the lack of distortion. Once one accepts the compressed sound as a necessary condition, it's easy to see why Rubinstein's admirers champion these legendary performances, for his expressions are mature but still fresh and energetic, and his brilliance and bravado come across clearly, despite the age of the recordings. This set will be best appreciated by fans and specialists in the repertoire, but others will derive some benefits by giving it a fair hearing.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2010
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099945533426
catalogNumber:
55334

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise for piano & orchestra, Op. 22
  2. Polonaise-fantasy for piano No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156
  3. Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155
  4. Polonaise for piano No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44, CT. 154
  5. Polonaises (2) for piano, Op. 40, CT. 152-153
  6. Polonaises (2) for piano, Op. 26, CT. 150-151
  7. Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7
  8. Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6
  9. Scherzo for piano No. 4 in E major, Op. 54, CT. 200
  10. Scherzo for piano No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39, CT. 199
  11. Scherzo for piano No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31, CT. 198
  12. Scherzo for piano No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20, CT. 197
  13. Mazurka for piano in A minor ("Notre temps"), KK IIb/4, CT. 105 (B. 134)
  14. Mazurka for piano in A minor ("à Émile Gaillard"), KK IIb/5, CT. 106 (B. 140)
  15. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 68, CT. 96-99
  16. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 67, CT. 92-95
  17. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 63, CT. 89-91
  18. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 59, CT. 86-88
  19. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 56, CT. 83-85
  20. Mazurkas (5) for piano, Op. 7, CT. 56-59
  21. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 6, CT. 51-54
  22. Waltz for piano No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 34/1, CT. 208
  23. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 50, CT. 80-82
  24. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 41, CT. 76-79
  25. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 33, CT. 72-75
  26. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 30, CT. 68-71
  27. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 24, CT. 64-67
  28. Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 17, CT. 60-63
  29. Nocturne for piano No. 19 in E minor, Op. 72/1, CT. 126
  30. Nocturne for piano No. 18 in E major, Op. 62/2, CT. 125
  31. Nocturne for piano No. 17 in B major, Op. 62/1, CT. 124
  32. Nocturne for piano No. 16 in E flat major, Op. 55/2, CT. 123
  33. Nocturne for piano No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55/1, CT. 122
  34. Nocturne for piano No. 14 in F sharp minor, Op. 48/2, CT. 121
  35. Nocturne for piano No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48/1, CT. 120
  36. Nocturne for piano No. 12 in G major, Op. 37/2, CT. 119
  37. Nocturne for piano No. 11 in G minor, Op. 37/1, CT. 118
  38. Nocturne for piano No. 10 in A flat major, Op. 32/2, CT. 117
  39. Nocturne for piano No. 9 in B major, Op. 32/1, CT. 116
  40. Nocturne for piano No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115
  41. Nocturne for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/1, CT. 114
  42. Nocturne for piano No. 6 in G minor, Op. 15/3, CT. 113
  43. Nocturne for piano No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15/2, CT. 112
  44. Nocturne for piano No. 4 in F major, Op. 15/1, CT. 111
  45. Nocturne for piano No. 3 in B major, Op. 9/3, CT. 110
  46. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  47. Nocturne for piano No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9/1, CT. 108
  48. Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213
  49. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, CT. 48
  50. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47

Album Credits

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Artur Rubinstein: The Chopin Recordings 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ZRome More than 1 year ago
This 5-CD set of the works of the great Artur Rubinstein features numerous different piano concertos, nineteen Nocturnes, fifty Mazurkas, and much, much more. I specifically love Track 26: Mazurkas - No. 25 in B minor Op.33 No. 4.It is a phenomenal piece with a lot of heart and emotion in it. If you haven't yet heard his music, you are in for a big treat.