Rubinstein Collection Vol 48 - Chopin: Polonaises, Etc
Rca Victor Red Seal
Number of Discs:
1 Hours 14 Mins.
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Works on This Recording
Polonaises (2) for Piano, Op. 40 by Frédéric Chopin
Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Written: 1838-1839; Paris, France
Date of Recording: 1964
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Rubinstein Chopin Polonaises v. 48 December 3, 2013
By Stephan Vitas (Silver Spring, MD) See All My Reviews
"An essential recording for the serious collector of piano works. A subtle vitality shines from these pieces."
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."