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Rubinstein Collection Vol 31 - Liszt, Rubinstein


Release Date: 10/09/2001 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63031   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz LisztAnton Rubinstein
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1. Valse impromptu for Piano, S 213 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1953 
2. Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 7, Funérailles by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1953 
3. Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215: no 1 in F sharp major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 1950 
4. Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1860; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1955 
5. Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1953 
6. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 10 in E major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1953 
7. Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172: no 3 in D flat major, Lento placido by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1953 
8. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 12 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1953 
9. Characteristic Pictures (6) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 50: no 3, Barcarolle in G minor by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858 
Date of Recording: 1953 
10. Valse-Caprice for Piano in E flat major by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1953 
11. Barcarolle for Piano no 4 in G major by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1953 

Sound Samples

Funérailles (Harmonie poètiques et religieuses, No. 7)
Valse Impromptu in A-flat
Valse oubliée No. 1
Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Liebestraum No. 3 in A-flat
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10 in E
Consolation No. 3 in D-flat
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 in C-sharp Minor
No. 3 in G Minor
No. 4 in G
Valse-caprice in E-flat

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Rubinstein plays Rubinstein (no relation) & Liszt December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Arthur Rubinstein was surprisingly ambivalent toward the music of Liszt. This CD, Volume 31 of RCA's reissue of the pianist's complete recordings, contains virtually his entire repertoire of Liszt's music, except the Sonata in b minor. Rubinstein chose his Liszt carefully, constrasting virtuoso works alongside more intimate pieces.
The Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10 was a Rubinstein specialty. Apparently, he recorded the work as far back as 1910. That recording, on the Polish Favorit label, has unfortunately been lost. Rubinstein performs the glissandi passages with rare control, carefully balancing them with the left hand passages and building an effective link to the coda. Throughout this piece, and the other virtuoso works, Rubinstein has all the brilliance of certain Liszt "specialists" without the vulgarity one often hears.

Liszt's more contemplative works are also served well here. This is particularly true in the Consolation No. 3, which is vastly improved over the pianist's 1937 recording.

RCA was forever trying to persuade Rubinstein to record the concerto of Anton Rubinstein (no relation). The pianist was savvy enough to recognize the obvious marketing ploy, "Rubinstein plays Rubinstein." In the end, he confined himself to a few short works, which were issued on 7-inch 45RPM records.

With the exception of the Valse-oubliee, Rubinstein never recorded any of these works in stereo. That is a pity, as there are those who will not purchase mono recordings, no matter how well remastered. The loss is theirs. These natural sounding gems were recorded in 1950, 1953 and 1955. "
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