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Rubinstein Collection Vol 16 - Chopin: Preludes, Etc

Release Date: 08/08/2000 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63016   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/10/1946 
Venue:  RCA Studio 2, New York City 
Length: 37 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/20/1946 
Venue:  RCA Studio 2, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 08/28/1946 
Venue:  RCA Studio 2, New York City 
Length: 9 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 03/1946 
Venue:  RCA Studio 2, New York City 
Length: 25 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Impromptu for Piano no 3 in G flat major, b 149/Op. 51 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 03/26/1946 
Venue:  RCA Studio 2, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Prelude No. 1 in C
Prelude No. 2 in A minor
Prelude No. 3 in G
Prelude No. 4 in E minor
Prelude No. 5 in D
Prelude No. 6 in B minor
Prelude No. 7 in A
Prelude No. 8 in F-sharp minor
Prelude No. 9 in E
Prelude No. 10 in C-sharp minor
Prelude No. 11 in B
Prelude No. 12 in G-sharp minor
Prelude No. 13 in F-sharp
Prelude No. 14 in E-flat minor
Prelude No. 15 in D-flat
Prelude No. 16 in B-flat minor
Prelude No. 17 in A-flat
Prelude No. 18 in F minor
Prelude No. 19 in E-flat
Prelude No. 20 in C minor
Prelude No. 21 in B-flat
Prelude No. 22 in G minor
Prelude No. 23 in F
Prelude No. 24 in D minor
Berceuse, Op. 57, in D-flat
Barcarolle, Op. 60 in F-sharp
Grave; Doppio movimento
Scherzo: Vivace, rude, dramatico
Marche funèbre
Finale: Presto
Impromptu No. 3, Op. 51 in G-Flat

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Rubinstein Falls Short  December 22, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Arthur Rubinstein was arguably the 20th Century's most influential exponent of Chopin's music. But genius doesn't operate on an assembly line basis, and Rubinstein's gift for Chopin largely escaped him when these recordings were made.

Rubinstein was generally more at home in the larger Chopin works, where broad narrative sweep and Rubinstein's instinctive understanding of musical architecture served him well. The shorter pieces, such as the Etudes and Preludes, were more tricky for him - perhaps the reason why there are no authorized recordings of the Etudes (except the Trois Nouvelles Etudes) and only one complete recording of the Preludes. In this recording, from 1946, the Preludes are dispatched in a rather perfunctory fashion, with very little individuality or poetry. Music lovers looking for these small masterpieces on CD are best advised to obtain recordings by Bolet, Argerich, Cortot, or Moiseiwitsch.

The Sonata, Op. 35, is played well enough here--although Rubinstein tends to pound in outer sections of the Scherzo. The pianist's 1961 stereo remake is to be preferred here. There is an equally fine recording by Horowitz and the mightiest version of all, Rachmaninoff .

The other performances on this CD are fine, but the stereo versions are still to be preferred. The mono sound throughout is rather hard and airless. "
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