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Artur Rubinstein - The Legendary Moscow Recital (October 1964)


Release Date: 01/27/2009 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 3078548  
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinRobert SchumannClaude DebussyHeitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 37 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recorded live at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, 1 October 1964.

Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: PCM Mono
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Booklet notes: Tracklisting in English, French, German
Running time: 97 mins
No. of DVDs: 1

Arthur Rubinstein's 1964 recital in the Moscow Conservatory's Great Hall was preserved in the Russian State television archives, and now is released for the first time on home video. The all-Chopin program documents the 77-year-old pianist at the height of his musical maturity, with his big technique, ravishing tone, and awesome sense of projection operating at full capacity. Young performers can learn from Rubinstein's aristocratic
Read more platform manner, centered body language, and effortless coordination. More significantly, Rubinstein's interpretations convey a sense of risk and daring that largely elude his meticulous stereo studio recordings.

You notice this in his larger-than-life Polonaise performances, and in the generous yet judiciously proportioned rubatos with which he imbues lyrical episodes (the Impromptu, the Nocturne, and the A minor Waltz, for example). The pianist seems a bit unsettled at the Sonata Scherzo's outset, where he cleverly improvises his way out of a memory lapse just before the Trio section (the superior-sounding audio-only recording of this concert, issued as part of RCA's Rubinstein Edition, contains a spliced-in correction). I especially love how gorgeously Rubinstein stretches the Barcarolle coda's phrases for maximum harmonic tension and poetic impact.

The non-Chopin encores also represent Rubinstein at his soulful best, leaving the pianist's adoring Russian public and this reviewer well satisfied. Silent excerpts of Chopin Etudes filmed in 1928 for educational purposes comprise the skimpy DVD "Extras".

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

1.
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 
Date of Recording: 10/01/1964 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory 
2.
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: 10/01/1964 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory 
3.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/01/1964 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory 
4.
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 
Date of Recording: 10/01/1964 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory 
5.
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 
Date of Recording: 10/01/1964 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory 
6.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 1 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/01/1964 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory 
7.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 5 in G flat major "Black Keys" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 10/01/1964 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory 
8.
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 
Date of Recording: 10/01/1964 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory 
9.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 4 in C sharp minor, B 74 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Poland 
Date of Recording: 10/01/1964 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory 
10.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 2 in A minor, B 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 10/01/1964 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory 
11.
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 
Date of Recording: 10/01/1964 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory 
12.
Phantasiestücke (8) for Piano, Op. 12: no 1, Des Abends by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/01/1964 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory 
13.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 1 in A flat major, B 94 "Valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/01/1964 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory 
14.
Préludes, Book 2: no 8, Ondine by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
Date of Recording: 10/01/1964 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory 
15.
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 
Date of Recording: 10/01/1964 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory 

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