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Rubinstein Collection Vol 48 - Chopin: Polonaises, Etc


Release Date: 05/15/2001 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63048   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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Works on This Recording

1.
Polonaises (2) for Piano, B 90/Op. 26 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1964 
2.
Polonaises (2) for Piano, Op. 40 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1964 
3.
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: 1964 
4.
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: 1964 
5.
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 
Date of Recording: 1964 
6.
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 
Date of Recording: 1964 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Rubinstein Chopin Polonaises v. 48 December 3, 2013 By Stephan V. (Silver Spring, MD) See All My Reviews "An essential recording for the serious collector of piano works. A subtle vitality shines from these pieces." Report Abuse
 Aristocratic Polonaises from Rubinstein December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Volume 48 of RCA's Complete Arthur Rubinstein collection features the pianist in his final authorized recordings of works he was born to play. Chopin's Polonaises were based upon the aristocratic dance of his beloved Poland--although these works are not, in the strictest sense, meant to be danced to. Rubinstein made three complete sets of Polonaises. The first version, recorded on 78RPM discs in the 1930s, is indescribable in its elan and brio, but occasionally veers out of control. The second set--in my opinion the best of the three--was recorded in the 1950s and demonstrated Rubinstein to be in far better control, both musically and technically, with most of the vigor of the earlier version. This third version, recorded in Carnegie Hall in 1964, is more autumnal and aristocratic in approach. Rubinstein can certainly turn up the heat when he so desires, but on the whole these performances are far more mellow than in the earlier recordings. In concert, he would become fired-up by the audience's presence, and his playing live more closely resembled the earlier recordings. To hear what Rubinstein was like during "battle-conditions," check out Rubinstein in Moscow (Volume 62) which includes two of Chopin's Polonaises. The 1964 stereo recording sounded pretty good in its day, and sounds even better now thanks to RCA's splendid remastering. Rubinstein's famous tone is recreated faithfully, with even more dynamic impact than on the earlier issues." Report Abuse
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