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Rubinstein Collection - Works By Ravel, Poulenc, Faure, Chabrier


Release Date: 04/29/2009 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 5665   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Emmanuel ChabrierGabriel FauréFrancis PoulencMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews


French piano music is doing well this month, and this admirably recorded Rubinstein disc is the more welcome for including some lesser known pieces. Chabrier and Poulenc in particular don't get recorded these days nearly as often as they deserve. I notice that not even Poulenc's Mouvements perpituels are in the catalogue at the moment, which is odd, since not so long ago every pianist seemed to be playing them. The two Poulenc Intermezzi Rubinstein plays are welcome additions too. Chabrier on the other hand now makes a strong showing since all his piano works have been recorded for Vox by Rena Kyriakou, but none of these is available outside the format of a three-disc set; and that goes for Faurè's Nocturnes as well, to which
Read more only Evelyne Crochet has been giving any attention lately.

There is nothing to temper enthusiasm for this record (except surprise that no stereo version of it has been announced). Rubinstein is at his best and is a superb exponent of French music, which indeed he has been known to champion even to the extent of playing the Ravel Valses nobles et sentiment-ales as his first encore when the same piece failed to get much response in the main part of one of his public recitals. (I am assured that this did once happen; I should like to have been there.) The presentation of this RCA disc is couched in terms of his paying "homage to French music": not a bad idea and he could do more records like it. And what about another in which he could play some of the music of this century that has been written expressly for him? Pieces by Stravinsky, Falla, Poulenc and Szymanowski quickly come to mind. Ah well, just a thought.

-- Gramophone, [3/1965] Reviewing RCA 6603
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Works on This Recording

1.
Pičces pittoresques (10) for Piano: no 10, Scherzo-valse by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1881; France 
2.
Nocturne for Piano no 3 in A flat major, Op. 33 no 3 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; France 
3.
Intermezzi (3) for Piano: no 2 in D flat major by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
4.
Mouvements perpétuels (3) by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; France 
5.
Valses nobles et sentimentales by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
6.
Miroirs: La vallée des cloches by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
7.
Intermezzi (3) for Piano: no 3 in A flat major by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; France 
8.
Le tombeau de Couperin: no 3, Forlane by Maurice Ravel
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1917; France 

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