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Rubinstein Collection Vol 35 - Rachmaninoff / Reiner

Release Date: 08/08/2000 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63035   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/09/1956 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 33 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1900 - 1901). 
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/16/1956 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 23 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/11/1950 
Venue:  RCA Studio, Hollywood, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 A Historical Rubenstein recording February 3, 2015 By MR E HYON (Jersey City, NJ) See All My Reviews "One of my earliest classical discographies was Artur Rubenstein performing with Fritz Reiner. I still have the RCA LP, but I found it essential to have a CD of this historic recording. This performance to me epitomizes the artist at the height of his pianistic powers and intuitive best when it comes to interpreting the work of Rachmaninoff, who is considered the last of the Russian romantic composers. As the years have gone by, I discovered how rare it is to find this recording anywhere in retail outlets these days. I'm glad that ArkivMusic has this recording in its inventory. Bravo!" Report Abuse
 Rubinstein + Reiner = Riveting Rachmaninoff December 23, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Arthur Rubinstein was a aquaintance of Sergei Rachmaninoff's, revered the elder musician's piano performances, and admired - with some reservations - his compositions. Surprisingly, he recorded a very limited repertoire of the Russian composer's works - a total of three compositions, all represented here.

The Concerto and Paganini Rhapsody were recorded in 1956. The recorded sound was astonishing for its day, and remains pretty impressive now. The performances recorded here remain of the first rank. Rubinstein, like Rachmaninoff, had very large hands - stretches and other technical hurdles which other pianists found uncomfortable were child's play for Rubinstein.

Rubinstein achieves an excellent balance between structure - which is usually neglected in these works - and the details of phrasing, rubato (always natural sounding), and dynamics. Reiner, with the Chicago Symphony, do an excellent job with the orchestral contribution. The two artists reportedly had a rocky personal relationship (Reiner had some tart things to say about Rubintein's technique during the making of this recording, the result being that Rubinstein refused to work with him in the future), but they achieved fine results here.

These recordings rank along side Rachmaninoff's own in these pieces, and in the Rhapsody almost reach the level of the Kapell/Reiner recording - still the my favorite version.

Rubinstein's idiomatic reading of the infamous C-sharp minor Prelude was recorded several years earlier, and is in mono. The only regret here is that Rubinstein never saw fit to record more of Rachmaninoff's music. "
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