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Rubinstein Collection Vol 69 - Chopin: Piano Concerto, Etc

Release Date: 08/07/2001 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63069   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Conductor:  Eugene OrmandyAlfred Wallenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia OrchestraSymphony of the Air
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1958 
Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra in A major on Polish Airs, Op. 13 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1968 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Rubinstein's Late Chopin December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Volume 69 of RCA's mammoth Rubinstein Collection contains some of Rubinstein's last authorized recordings of the music of his compatriot Chopin.
Rubinstein made no fewer than four recordings of Chopin's popular Second Concerto (there is an additional, filmed, performance from 1975). The pianist's conception of the concerto changed over the course of his career, from the brilliant, scintillating, and somewhat sectionalized playing of his early years, to the more mellow, mature, and structurally minded performance heard here. Rubinstein, 81 at the time of this recording, is occasionally cautious during the concerto's more demanding passages, uses less rubato, and less pedal than in his earlier recordings. Eugene Ormandy proves a most sympathetic accompanist here, even accommodating Rubinstein's rather questionable changes to Chopin's text: Rubinstein ordered a cut at the end of the first movement, and the violins in the mazurka episode of the finale play the passages with their bows, rather than sul ponticello (with the wood) as Chopin indicated.

The Fantasia on Polish Airs is one of the few works by Chopin that has never made it into the standard repertoire. Rubinstein rarely played the piece, and this is his only recording of it. His straighforward performance, along with Ormandy's accompaniment, fit the music like a glove.

Chopin's Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise is better known as a solo piece than in the version with orchestra heard here. Indeed, Rubinstein made three versions of the solo version. Truth be told, the orchestration is rather scanty, and best dispensed with altogether. Rubinstein plays the piece with his usual brilliance, and the pick-up orchestra under Alfred Wallenstein tries to stay out of the pianist's way.

The recordings with Ormandy were made in 1968, and sound lush and full. The Wallenstein recording comes from ten years earlier, and despite remastering remains rather dry and compressed. "
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