Artur Rubinstein: The Chopin Recordings

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2010
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099945533426
  • Catalog Number: 55334
  • Sales rank: 110,716

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (33:29)
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, CT. 48 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (26:53)
  3. 5 Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (3:31)
  4. 6 Nocturne for piano No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9/1, CT. 108 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (4:56)
  5. 7 Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (4:31)
  6. 8 Nocturne for piano No. 3 in B major, Op. 9/3, CT. 110 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (4:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Nocturne for piano No. 4 in F major, Op. 15/1, CT. 111 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (3:51)
  2. 2 Nocturne for piano No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15/2, CT. 112 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (4:04)
  3. 3 Nocturne for piano No. 6 in G minor, Op. 15/3, CT. 113 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (4:14)
  4. 4 Nocturne for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/1, CT. 114 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (4:52)
  5. 5 Nocturne for piano No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (6:18)
  6. 6 Nocturne for piano No. 9 in B major, Op. 32/1, CT. 116 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (4:43)
  7. 7 Nocturne for piano No. 10 in A flat major, Op. 32/2, CT. 117 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (4:54)
  8. 8 Nocturne for piano No. 11 in G minor, Op. 37/1, CT. 118 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (4:54)
  9. 9 Nocturne for piano No. 12 in G major, Op. 37/2, CT. 119 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (6:37)
  10. 10 Nocturne for piano No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48/1, CT. 120 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (4:43)
  11. 11 Nocturne for piano No. 14 in F sharp minor, Op. 48/2, CT. 121 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (4:46)
  12. 12 Nocturne for piano No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55/1, CT. 122 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (4:42)
  13. 13 Nocturne for piano No. 16 in E flat major, Op. 55/2, CT. 123 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (4:33)
  14. 14 Nocturne for piano No. 17 in B major, Op. 62/1, CT. 124 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (6:08)
  15. 15 Nocturne for piano No. 18 in E major, Op. 62/2, CT. 125 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (5:02)
  16. 16 Nocturne for piano No. 19 in E minor, Op. 72/1, CT. 126 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (4:05)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Waltz for piano No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 34/1, CT. 208 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (3:53)
  2. 2–5 Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 6, CT. 51-54 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (6:34)
  3. 6–10 Mazurkas (5) for piano, Op. 7, CT. 56-59 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (9:04)
  4. 11–14 Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 17, CT. 60-63 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (12:40)
  5. 15–18 Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 24, CT. 64-67 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (10:12)
  6. 19–22 Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 30, CT. 68-71 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (8:56)
  7. 23–26 Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 33, CT. 72-75 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (9:44)
  8. 27–30 Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 41, CT. 76-79 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (8:22)
  9. 31–33 Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 50, CT. 80-82 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (9:12)
Disc 4
  1. 1–3 Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 56, CT. 83-85 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (10:00)
  2. 4–6 Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 59, CT. 86-88 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (8:59)
  3. 7–9 Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 63, CT. 89-91 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (6:04)
  4. 10–13 Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 67, CT. 92-95 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (6:00)
  5. 14–17 Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 68, CT. 96-99 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (7:52)
  6. 15 Mazurka for piano in A minor ("à Émile Gaillard"), KK IIb/5, CT. 106 (B. 140) - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (2:08)
  7. 16 Mazurka for piano in A minor ("Notre temps"), KK IIb/4, CT. 105 (B. 134) - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (3:18)
  8. 17 Scherzo for piano No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20, CT. 197 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (8:22)
  9. 18 Scherzo for piano No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31, CT. 198 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (8:17)
  10. 19 Scherzo for piano No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39, CT. 199 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (6:31)
  11. 20 Scherzo for piano No. 4 in E major, Op. 54, CT. 200 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (9:35)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (8:22)
  2. 2 Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (4:15)
  3. 3–4 Polonaises (2) for piano, Op. 26, CT. 150-151 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (14:05)
  4. 5–6 Polonaises (2) for piano, Op. 40, CT. 152-153 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (8:30)
  5. 6 Polonaise for piano No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44, CT. 154 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (9:26)
  6. 7 Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (6:17)
  7. 8 Polonaise-fantasy for piano No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (11:53)
  8. 9 Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise for piano & orchestra, Op. 22 - Frédéric Chopin & Artur Rubinstein (13:45)
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Artur Rubinstein

    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.

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