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Rubinstein Collection Vol 30 - Franck, Debussy, Etc


Release Date: 01/09/2001 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63030   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  César FranckClaude DebussyFranz LisztFranz Schubert,   ... 
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude, Chorale and Fugue for Piano, M 21 by César Franck
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; France 
Date of Recording: 1952 
2.
La plus que lente by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Date of Recording: 1950 
3.
Images for Piano, Set 1: no 2, Hommage à Rameau by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
Date of Recording: 1952 
4.
Images for Piano, Set 2: no 3, Poissons d'or by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Date of Recording: 1952 
5.
Préludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
Date of Recording: 1952 
6.
Masques by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
Date of Recording: 1952 
7.
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: 1950 
8.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 3 in G flat major by Franz Schubert
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1949 
9.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 4 in A flat major by Franz Schubert
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1950 
10.
Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67: no 4, Presto in C major "Spinning Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1950 
11.
Préludes, Book 1: no 10, La cathédrale engloutie by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Date of Recording: 1952 
12.
Préludes, Book 1: no 12, Minstrels by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
Date of Recording: 1952 
13.
Préludes, Book 2: no 7, La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
Date of Recording: 1952 
14.
Préludes, Book 2: no 8, Ondine by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
Date of Recording: 1952 
15.
Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11: Book 1 - no 4, Quejas ó la maja y el ruiseñor by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914-1916; Spain 
Date of Recording: 1953 

Sound Samples

Prélude
Chorale
Fugue
La plus que lente
Hommage à Rameau
Poissons d'or
La fille aux cheveux de lin
La cathédrale engloutie
Minstrels
La terrasse des audiences du claire de lune
Ondine
Masques
The Maiden and the Nightingale
Liebestraum No. 3, in A-flat
No. 3, D.899 in G-flat
No. 4, D.899 in A-flat
No. 4

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Excellent Middle Period Rubinstein  December 22, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "All of the mono recordings on this CD were made in 1950-1952.
In Franck's Prelude, Chorale & Fugue, which is poised between Classicism and Romanticism, Rubinstein's naturalistic, unfussy approach suits the music ideally. Rubinstein made three recordings of this work: on 78-RPM discs in 1945, a remake for LP made in 1952, and his final stereo version made in 1970. The version here (1952) is, like many of the works Rubinstein made multiple recordings of, testament to the change of his musical outlook during his long career: from the flashy, occasionally episodic performances of the 1930s, to the more sober, structurally cohesive performances of the 1970s. This version of the Franck has all the brilliance of the earliest recording, with much of the architectural underpinning of the last version.

Rubinstein never cared for the "piano without hammers" approach of such Debussy specialists as Gieseking - he wanted more "meat" in his Debussy. However, he doesn't treat the French composer as some sort of 20th Century Chopin. Rubinstein generally uses softer "sound colors" here than he does in Chopin's work. His approach here is analagous to that of a painter substituting watercolors for oil paint.

The Schubert Impromptus are disappointing here. Rubinstein plays Op. 90, No. 3 from a corrupt version edited by Hans von Bulow which, among other things, changes Schubert's G-flat into G-natural! In both of the Impromptus, Rubinstein seems to be rushing to finish the piece before the record side runs out (these were originally recorded on 7" 45-RPM records). Better versions of these pieces are in Volume 54 of the Rubinstein Collection.

The Granados, Liszt, and Mendelssohn works were long favorite encores of Rubinstein's and they are played with characteristic directness and charisma.

Strongly recommended, except for the Schubert. The mono sound is fine."
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