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Rubinstein Collection Vol 44 - Chopin: Piano Concertos

Release Date: 10/10/2000 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63044   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Conductor:  Stanislaw SkrowaczewskiAlfred Wallenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony OrchestraSymphony of the Air
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bringing together hundreds of performances commercially recorded over the course of 48 years (from 1928 to 1976), the Arthur Rubinstein Collection is a handsome and smartly executed achievement. Its 81 volumes chronologically chart Rubinstein's studio legacy, with each volume serving up liner notes and photographs that place the recordings in satisfying context.
The recording of the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 dates from 1961, while that of the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 dates from 1958. While Rubinstein made the "healthy" playing of Chopin something of a life-long mission, which he hoped would undo the image of Chopin as a sickly feminine Romantic, and while these relatively vigorous works for piano with orchestra could serve as a
Read more convenient stage for projecting the image of a robust Chopin, Rubinstein nevertheless seems to be drawn to the tender aspects of these works. The slow movements have such a striking melancholic delicacy that one cannot help but feel that a Rubinstein in his early seventies--almost four times as old as Chopin when he composed these youthful works and almost twice as old as Chopin when he died--was moved by the contemplation of Chopin at the brink of a career cut tragically short. Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/1961 
Venue:  Walthamstow Hall, London, England 
Length: 40 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 01/20/1958 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 29 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Nouvelles Etudes (3) for Piano, B 130 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1962 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Allegro maestoso
Allegro vivace
No. 1 in F Minor
No. 2 in A-flat
No. 3 in D-flat

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Fine Chopin Playing  December 22, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Rubinstein recorded the Chopin Concertos numerous times. This version of Chopin's first Concerto is the most successful of Rubinstein's several versions, partly thanks to the sensitive accompaniment of the New London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. Tempos are well-judged, phrasing is supple and natural, virtuosity is there, but not for its own sake. The sound on the original LP and the first CD issue, was plagued by dropouts at the beginning of the Concerto--these have been smoothed over remarkably, but not entirely eliminated. Balance between orchestra and piano has also been improved.

The Second Concerto is somewhat less successful. Here, Rubinstein is partnered by Alfred Wallenstein, his favored accompanist during the 1950s and early 1960s. Wallenstein secures reasonable playing from the Symphony of the Air, then long past its earlier glory as the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Rubinstein's playing is fine, but the overall enjoyment of the performance is hampered by the sonic picture, which remains synthetic and dryish--despite the best efforts of the remastering team. Purists should be warned that, at Rubinstein's insistence, the violins do not play "con legno" as Chopin indicated.

The Three New Etudes, recorded in 1962, are similar to - if less fleet fingered than - Rubinstein's earlier stereo version from 1958. "
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