Rubinstein Collection Vol 46 - Chopin: Piano Sonatas, Etc
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1 Hours 15 Mins.
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"Rubinstein's readings of the two finest Sonatas are unsurpassed, with a poetic impulse that springs directly from the music and a control of rubato to bring many moments of magic... [T]he addition of the Barcarolle and Berceuse make this reissue all the more desirable." -- The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs [2003/4 edition]
"Rubinstein's readings of the two finest Sonatas are unsurpassed, with a poetic impulse that springs directly from the music and a control of rubato to bring many moments of magic... [T]he addition of the Barcarolle and Berceuse make this reissue all the more desirable." -- The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs [2003/4 edition] Read less
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Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Rubinstein Forever April 3, 2013
By Bevan Davies See All My Reviews
"No matter the number of new recordings of Chopin, I always return to these classic performances. People may split hairs about which Rubinstein is better: early, middle, or late period recordings, but they all have something to recommend them. These superb remastered discs from 1961/62 are as much as anyone might desire."
Chopin of the First Rank from Rubinstein December 16, 2011
By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews
"Volume 46 of RCA's complete Arthur Rubinstein Collection features the pianist in recordings from 1961-62, performing works by Chopin which were staples of his public repertoire. Rubinstein never recorded Chopin's First Sonata, which was written when the composer was still a teenager. That piece is largely, and justifiably, forgotten. Chopin's Second Sonata, with its famous Funeral March, figured prominently in his repertoire. He first recorded the work in 1946 (Volume 16), a harsh sounding, overdriven performance. The present version dates from 1961 and shows the pianist near his autumnal prime. Rubinstein wisely avoids the first movement repeat, and his tempos are well chosen. This is, on the whole, a rather more mellow reading of this work than one is accustomed to hearing, with a restrained Funeral March. Other fine recordings of this work include Rubinstein's "live" version from Moscow in 1964 (Volume 62, which has a slightly touched-up Scherzo); Horowitz' 1962 recording on Sony; and the mightiest Chopin Sonata of them all, Rachmaninoff's 1935 RCA recording. Chopin's Third Sonata figured somewhat less prominently in Rubinstein's repertoire, and this is his only recording of the work. Many of the same attributes from the companion Second Sonata are here also: natural sense of phrasing and tempos, understanding of structural relationships, solid technique, and Rubinstein's inimitable gorgeous tone. The pianist avoids the trap of playing the outer movements too quickly, which would underpin their dramatic effect. Collectors of fine Chopin playing on CD would do well to obtain this version, in addition to Kapell's outstanding mono version on RCA. The Barcarolle, Fantasie, and Berceuse are fine makeweights to a fulfilling Chopin recital. RCA has done an excellent job of remastering Max Wilcox's fine sounding original tapes. Rubinstein's golden sonority is evident in all its splendor, with an even greater dynamic impact than in the earlier CD versions."