Artur Rubinstein: The Chopin Recordings

Artur Rubinstein: The Chopin Recordings

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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

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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

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Tracks

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

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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.