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Rubinstein Collection Vol 19 - Mozart, Schumann: Concertos

Release Date: 05/15/2001 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63019   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartRobert SchumannFranz Liszt
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Conductor:  Vladimir GolschmannWilliam Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony OrchestraRCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Golschmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1949 
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1947 
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1947 
Arabeske for Piano in C major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1947 
Waldszenen, Op. 82: no 7, Vogel als Prophet by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1946 
Widmung (Schumann) for Piano, S 566 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1947 

Customer Reviews

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  Better Versions by Rubinstein to be Found Elsewh December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Arthur Rubinstein was such a prolific recording artist that, in most cases, he made multiple recordings of the same repertoire. Such is the case with the material on this CD.
Rubinstein was one of the first pianists to record Mozart's Concerto, K. 488, back in 1931. That performance remains one of the most virtuosic and thrilling Mozart Concertos ever commited to disc, with strikingly fast tempi. This later performance, from 1949, is more in line with mainstream opinions on Mozart interpretation. However, unlike many Mozart "specialists," Rubinstein moulds phrases and dynamics with a refreshing flexibility. Vladimir Golschmann and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra furnish a sensitive accompaniment which comes through the rather cramped sonics.

Schumann's popular Piano Concerto was a great favorite of Rubinstein's. This, his first recording of the piece, dates from 1947. It's hard to imagine Rubinstein, with his natural sense of tempo, phrasing, and structure, not being at home in this piece, and he does an admirable job here. Unfortunately, the recorded sound is so harsh, boxy, and poorly balanced, enjoyment of the performance is severely curtailed.

Rubinstein's performance of Traumerai, from Schumann's Kinderszenen, makes one wish he recorded the entire cycle. What a pity. The Prophet Bird, which Rubinstein recorded several times, is marred here by a defective 78RPM pressing, which causes distortion toward then end of the piece. The sonics leave a bit to be desired in the popular Arabesque, despite a convincing, quasi-improvisatory performance.

Better performances by Rubinstein, with superior sound, exist elsewhere in the collection.

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