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Rubinstein Collection Vol 61 - Mozart: Piano Concertos


Release Date: 01/09/2001 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63061   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Conductor:  Alfred WallensteinJosef Krips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 30 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 17 in G major, K 453 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1961 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1961 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1961 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1961 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Josef Krips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1958 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Warm-Hearted, Red-Blooded Mozart December 22, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Despite his early reputation as a hell-for-leather virtuoso, Arthur Rubinstein, was in fact one of the first pianists to record a Mozart Concerto (K. 488, recorded in 1931).

The early stereo recordings on this 2CD set were made in 1958 and 1961. Purists who are obsessed with certain details of ornamentation and embellishment will not enjoy these performances. Rubinstein does not embellish the slow movements, and he generally takes trills from the main note, in contradiction to current Mozart scholarship. For those who are obsessed with details, rather than totality, there are Alfred Brendel's numerous performances - in attaining scholarly perfection, they are perfectly boring.

Rubinstein's performances are another matter entirely. This is a red-blooded, warm-hearted Mozart. There is a natural rise and fall in Rubinstein's phrasing and rubato which wears well, even after numerous hearings. Even Mozart's more overplayed Concertos, such as K. 467 (dubiously known as the "Elvira Madigan") sound fresh and new here. Incidentally, Rubinstein plays his own candenzas in this concerto, and they are very convincing. Wallenstein (and Krips in K. 491) draw fine playing from the pickup orchestra.

The sound, which was rather grainy in the LP and earlier CD versions, is much improved here. The strings, in particular, have a silky sheen which is most welcome.

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