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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

Artur Rubinstein; New Symphony Orchestra of London/Stanislaw Skrowaczewski [Concerto No. 1] and Symphony of the Air/Alfred Wallenstein [*Concerto No. 2]. Originally on RCA Red Seal 5612-2-RC (recorded 1961 and *1958) now reissued.

By the time he made these recordings, Artur Rubinstein had forgotten more about the Chopin concertos than most pianists ever know. The natural ease with which they emerge in these accounts, the sense of inevitability and rightness that attends every gesture, puts the readings in a class of their own. Rubinstein is the freest of pianists in this music, yet no phrase ever seems bent out of shape, no point too heavily made. The playing is wonderfully and warmly expressive, and everywhere there is that
Read more beautiful tone conjured from deep in the keys. Both conductors provide expert and attentive accompaniments, with fire and passion from Skrowaczewski and poetic nobility from Wallenstein. The recordings have been exceptionally well remastered – the E minor concerto sounds pleasantly spacious, while the F minor work, somewhat drily recorded on the stage of Carnegie Hall, retains a slight boxiness in the tuttis but is otherwise unobjectionable. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. 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. 

Customer Reviews

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 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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