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Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 23 Op 57 "appassionata"; Brahms: Intermezzono 2 Op 117, Etc / Arthur Rubinstein

Release Date: 09/30/2008 
Label:  Medici Masters   Catalog #: 29-2   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenJohannes BrahmsRobert SchumannFrédéric Chopin,   ... 
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here are 80 minutes' worth of highlights from Arthur Rubinstein's April 20, 1963 recital in Nijmegen, and "high" is the operative word. The performances bring together the musical maturity and technical polish distinguishing many of Rubinstein's late-period studio recordings, along with that additional communicative immediacy, verve, and daring he brought to the concert platform. Moreover, the microphone placement preserves both the 76-year-old pianist's gorgeous, full-bodied tone and how it carried across the footlights to the balcony so that even the softest playing has definition and body.

Beethoven's Appassionata matches the ardency and passionate sweep of Rubinstein's earlier, more cavalier studio renditions,
Read more yet with the stereo revision's more thorough details, such as steadier basic tempos and greater care in regard to note values (the dotted rhythms at the Finale's outset). There's no rushing for effect nor overly complex display in Schumann's Carnaval, which oozes character, continuity, and a kind of personalized, heartfelt rubato that reads between the music's lines rather than draws attention to the pianist. Also notice the fullness of tone Rubinstein achieves in bravura writing with little help from the sustain pedal (Papillons and Pause).

This holds true in some of the Chopin G minor Ballade's fiery passages, and particularly in the coda's clean, steadily built up ascending scales. The E minor Etude's alluring patina and flexible expressivity typifies Rubisintein's best performances of a work he otherwise didn't record. And compared to his relatively dry mono Liszt Twelfth Rhapsody, this live version oozes color, poetry, and irresistible scintillation. As he often did, Rubinstein closed the show with Villa-Lobos' O polichinelo, leaving his audience and this critic extremely well satisfied. If you love Rubinstein, you'll love him even more after you hear this disc. [11/21/2008]

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata": 1st movement, Allegro assai by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata": 2nd movement, Andante con moto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Length: 26 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Carnaval, Op. 9 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833-1835; Germany 
Length: 26 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
Length: 9 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 5 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1834; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 12 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 59 Secs. 
A prole do bebê, Book 1, W 140: no 7, Polichinelle by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Brazil 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata": 3rd movement, Allegro ma non troppo-Presto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 44 Secs. 

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