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Rubinstein - The Chopin Collection


Release Date: 07/10/2007 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 260822  
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Conductor:  Stanislaw SkrowaczewskiAlfred Wallenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of LondonSymphony of the Air
Number of Discs: 11 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

11-CD Set

"Although this phenomenally popular body of music has attracted almost every important pianist of the last 150 years, its unlikely that Frédéric Chopin ever found, or will ever find, a more ideal interpreter than Artur Rubinstein... The key to Rubinstein's greatness as a Chopin interpreter was the combination of utter naturalness as a performer and his enormously sophisticated musical mind. Nothing ever seems forced or premeditated: there are no sharp edges or sudden flashes of insight. In fact,the illusion the performances create is one of the music flowing, without benefit of a human intermediary, directly from Chopin's heart to the listener's... At almost every moment in these classic
Read more recordings, Rubinstein discovers some wonder of color or phrasing, brings out a beautiful inner voice it seems we've never heard before, and in general creates the impression of a man for whom playing this often fiendishly difficult music is no more difficult than breathing or making love." -- Jim Sveda, from The Record Shelf Guide to the Classical Repertoire

On 11 discs this set contains virtually all of Artur Rubinstein's classic stereo recordings made for RCA in the 1950's and 60's. In addition there is a bonus disc, number 11, with earlier interpretations from 1946 of the Berceuse, Barcarolle and Sonata no. 2. The later stereo recordings of these works are included in the set as well, but this one mono disc also includes the only RCA recording of the Preludes, Op.28.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1964 
2.
Impromptu for Piano no 2 in F sharp major, B 129/Op. 36 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1964 
3.
Impromptu for Piano no 3 in G flat major, b 149/Op. 51 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1964 
4.
Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1964 
5.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1849; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965, 1967 
6.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965, 1967 
7.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965, 1967 
8.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
9.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1833 
10.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
11.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
12.
Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
13.
Mazurkas (5) for Piano, B 61/Op. 7 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1965, 1966 
14.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 77/Op. 17 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1833; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965, 1966 
15.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 89/Op. 24 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965, 1966 
16.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 105/Op. 30 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965, 1966 
17.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 115/Op. 33 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965, 1966 
18.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 41 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1840; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965, 1966 
19.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 145/Op. 50 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
20.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 153/Op. 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
21.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 157/Op. 59 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Paris, France 
22.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 162/Op. 63 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
23.
Mazurka for Piano in A minor, B 140 "A Emile Gaillard" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Paris, France 
24.
Mazurka for Piano in A minor, B 134 "Notre temps" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Paris, France 
25.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835-1849; Paris, France 
26.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 68 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827-1849 
27.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 60/Op. 6 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Vienna, Austria 
28.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
Date of Recording: 1959 
29.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1959 
30.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1959 
31.
Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1959 
32.
Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1832; Poland 
33.
Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
34.
Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Mallorca (Majorca),  
35.
Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
36.
Polonaises (2) for Piano, B 90/Op. 26 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
37.
Polonaises (2) for Piano, Op. 40 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Paris, France 
38.
Polonaise for Piano in F sharp minor, B 135/Op. 44 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
39.
Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
40.
Polonaise-fantaisie for Piano in A flat major, B 159/Op. 61 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Poland 
41.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
42.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
43.
Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
44.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
45.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
46.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
47.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1838 
48.
Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France; Paris, France 
49.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
50.
Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1835 
51.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1841 
52.
Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
53.
Nouvelles Etudes (3) for Piano, B 130 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
54.
Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
55.
Bolero for Piano in C major/A major, B 81/Op. 19 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
56.
Tarantella for Piano in A flat major, B 139/Op. 43 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
57.
Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
58.
Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Vienna, Austria 
59.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Rubinstein's Stereo Chopin at Super Budget Price December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Rubinstein's stereo cycle of Chopin's recordings has been issued in boxed set for several times, starting with this version. In three respects, this cannot be considered a complete issue: Rubinstein didn't record the Op. 10 & 25 Etudes, he did not record peripheral works like the First Sonata, and this set does not include early stereo versions of the Berceuse and Trois Nouvelles Etudes from the 1950s (in both cases, there are 1960s versions here). It's no surprise that RCA would choose Rubinstein's last cycle of these works for reissue: recorded in stereo, they are easy to market to a generation accustomed to excellent sound (indeed, some would only consider DDD recordings, leaving this out of consideration). But Rubinstein changed over time, he matured and mellowed, and by the time these recordings were made, he was already considered the elder statesman of Chopin interpreters. In general, his later approach is better suited to larger scale works like the Sonatas, but I prefer the spontaneity of his trailblazing 1930s versions of the Nocturnes, Mazurkas, and Scherzos, and the controlled fire of his 1950s set of Polonaises. There is one mono disc in this set, from 1946, including Rubinstein's first recording of the Sonata, Op 35, and his only version of the Preludes, Op. 28 -- neither of which show the pianist at his best. These recordings were originally issued as complete sets by genre, and RCA mostly follows the original programming concept (with the exception that the Mazurkas and Nocturnes are published on 2 CDs instead of 3 LPs). While this makes sense from a collector's perspective, I can't imagine wanting to to listen to all of the Nocturnes or Mazurkas in a row. (It would be nice if Sony would issue a box of some of Rubinstein's more imaginatively programmed albums, like the French Recital, Brahms I Love, and Chopin I Love series.) The sound here is from Rubinstein producer Max Wilcox's 1980s remastering of Rubinstein's recordings, which faithfully reproduces the pianist's distinct tone, although it has a bit less presence than BMG's 1999 remastering." Report Abuse
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