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Rubinstein Collection Vol 45 - Chopin: Ballades, Scherzos


Release Date: 03/06/2001 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63045   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Little new can be added to what's been said of these tried, true, and extremely satisfying catalog staples... In an era full of hotshot keyboard youngsters determined to put their individual stamp on Chopin's Ballades and Scherzos by way of willful rubatos and contrived inner voices, Rubinstein's respect for the score, controlled freedom, and unerring sense of proportion prove how sanity and inspiration are not mutually exclusive interpretive properties. A few examples will suffice. For instance, when the pianist lingers over the First Ballade's E-flat major subject, he still provides a strong rhythmic backbone in the left-hand accompaniment to anchor it. Many pianists blur the Second Scherzo's famous opening triplets; instead Rubinstein Read more articulates them without compromising their spookiness...

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com [reviewing RCA 61396]
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Works on This Recording

1.
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 
2.
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 
3.
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 
4.
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 
5.
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 
Date of Recording: 1959 
6.
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 
Date of Recording: 1959 
7.
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),  
Date of Recording: 1959 
8.
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 
Date of Recording: 1959 
9.
Tarantella for Piano in A flat major, B 139/Op. 43 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 

Sound Samples

Ballade No. 1, Op. 23 in G Minor
Ballade No. 2, Op. 38 in F
Ballade No. 3, Op. 47 in A-flat
Ballade No. 4, Op. 52 in F Minor
Scherzo No. 1, Op. 20 in B Minor
Scherzo No. 2, Op. 31 in B-Flat Minor
Scherzo No. 3, Op. 39 in C-Sharp Minor
Scherzo No. 4, Op. 54 in E
Tarantelle, Op. 43 in A-flat

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 As Good As It Gets..., December 22, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Rubinstein was in his late prime when these versions of the Chopin Ballades and Scherzos were recorded in 1959. Curiously, although this was to be his third version of the Scherzos, he had never recorded the Ballades before.

Rubinstein was temperamentally well suited to these works, moreso than in the Mazurkas and Preludes. The narrative aspect of the Ballades suited his intuitive sense of structure well. At this point in his career, Rubinstein had known these pieces for six decades. It is no wonder, therefore, that he performs them more convincingly than, say, Kissin does on his recent recording.

The Scherzos are outright virtuoso works. Rubinstein would occasionally perform all four in concert, back-to-back. Any other pianist would have been exhasted by the effort. Not Rubinstein, who posessed a seemingly inexaustable reserve of energy. The pianist is just as on top of these pieces, technically, as any of his colleagues, and much more attuned to them musically.

The Tarantella is an effective encore here, if lacking in the final degree of "bite" (pun intended) this crazed dance piece requires.

The sound, made from original recordings produced by RCA's legendary Jack Pfeiffer, is spectacular - sounding every bit as lifelike as the best of today's digital recordings.

This is the one to get!

"
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