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Rubinstein Collection Vol 26 - Chopin: Nocturnes, Scherzos


Release Date: 07/10/2001 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63026   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1949-50 
2. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1833 
Date of Recording: 1949-50 
3. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1949-50 
4. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1949-50 
5. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1849; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1949-50 
6. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1949-50 
7. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1949-50 
8. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1949-50 
9. Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1949-50 
10. Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1832; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1949 
11. Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1949 
12. Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Mallorca (Majorca),  
Date of Recording: 1949 
13. Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1949 
14. Nouvelles Etudes (3) for Piano, B 130 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1958 
15. Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1951 

Sound Samples

No. 1 in B-flat Minor
No. 2 in E-flat Major
No. 3 in B Major
No. 1 in F Major
No. 2 in F-sharp Major
No. 3 in G Minor
No. 1 in C-sharp Minor
No. 2 in D-flat Major
No. 1 in B Major
No. 2 in G Major
No. 1 in G Minor
No. 2 in G Major
No. 1 in C Minor
No. 2 in F-sharp Minor
No. 1 in F Minor
No. 2 in E-flat Major
No. 1 in B Major
No. 2 in E Major (Rematered 1999)
No. 1 in E Minor
Scherzo No. 1, Op. 20 in B Minor
Scherzo No. 2, Op. 31 in B-flat Minor
Scherzo No. 3, Op. 39 in C-Sharp Minor
Scherzo No. 4, Op. 54 in E Major
Trois nouvelles ètude No. 1, Opus posthumous in F Minor
Trois nouvelles ètude No. 2, Opus posthumous in A-flat Major
Trois nouvelles ètude No. 3, Opus posthumous in D-flat Major
Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66 in C-sharp Minor

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Restless Nocturnes and Furious Scherzos December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "It probably never occurred to Arthur Rubinstein that all of his recordings would eventually be re-released, available in a gargantuan complete edition, and that enthusiasts would compare and debate the merits of various performances.
Rubinstein made three traversals of the complete Nocturnes (well, mostly complete, except for some juvenile pieces which the pianist ignored). This, the second set, was made for long playing records in 1949-50 and was intended to replace the 78RPM set made in 1936-37. I find this later set curiously unsatisfying. It has neither the seductiveness of the 1930s Nocturnes, nor the sober gravitas of the 1965 stereo remake. There are moments of restlessness here, some technical problems(the trills in Op. 62, No. 1 are thoroughly messed-up), and even some misinterpretations of the text (there is a serious mis-interpretation of the ending of Op. 32, No. 1). Although Rubinstein was the 20th Century's most important Chopin interpreter, he didn't play many of the works in public, and I have the sneaking suspicion that many of the pieces in this collection are being sight-read.

Rubinstein is more successful in the Scherzos. Again this is the second of three complete sets. This version, from 1949, is more stable technically than the rather wild 1932 set, and more dazzling than the 1959 stereo remake. Although each set has its merits, on most levels this is the most successful of the three.

Although Rubinstein never made a complete version of Chopin's Etudes (an attempt at these works was abandoned after one session) he did make two recordings of the Trois Nouvelles Etudes. This first version, from 1958, was one of his first stereo solo recordings, and is somewhat more fleet fingered and lively that the 1962 remake.

Rubinstein's 1964 recording of Chopin's ubiquitous Fantasie-Impromptu (Volume 47) is to be preferred over the earlier version included here. Not only is the recorded sound superior in the later version, but Rubinstein in 1964 performed the piece from a then recently discovered manuscript which is undoubtedly the definitive version.

The sound in the mono pieces is rather hard and brittle. The Etudes, recorded in stereo, fare much better. "
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