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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

1.
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). 
2.
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. 
3.
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. 

Sound Samples

Moderato: Allegro
Adagio sostenuto
Allegro scherzando
Introduction
Variation I (Precedente)
Theme
Variation II
Variation III
Variation IV
Variation V
Variation VI
Variation VII
Variation VIII
Variation IX
Variation X
Variation XI
Variation XII
Variation XIII
Variation XIV
Variation XV
Variation XVI
Variation XVII
Variation XVIII
Variation XIX
Variation XX
Variation XXI
Variation XXII
Variation XXIII
Variation XXIV
No. 2 in C-sharp Minor

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 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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