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Rubinstein Collection Vol 36 - Beethoven: Concertos; Haydn


Release Date: 10/09/2001 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63036   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFranz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Conductor:  Josef Krips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 28 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Includes work(s) for keybd by Franz Joseph Haydn. Includes work(s) for keybd by Franz Joseph Haydn. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Josef Krips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
2. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Josef Krips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
3. Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Josef Krips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
4. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Josef Krips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
5. Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Josef Krips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
6. Sonata for Piano no 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording. 
7. Sonata for Keyboard in F minor, H 17 no 6 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Allegro con brio
Largo
Rondo: Allegro scherzando
Allegro con brio
Adagio
Rondo: Molto allegro
Allegro con brio
Largo
Rondo: Allegro
Allegro moderato
Andante con moto
Rondo: Vivace

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Vintage Beethoven in Living Stereo December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "With these recordings, made in 1956, Arthur Rubinstein became the first pianist to record a complete cycle of Beethoven's Piano Concertos in stereo.

When the young Beethoven took Vienna by storm, his initial success was as a virtuoso pianist. Arthur Rubinstein's early career was along the same lines. Although, at 69, Rubinstein was a fully mature artist, this set contains a more virtuosic approach than most sets by Beethoven "specialists." Purists will doubtless take issue with Rubinstein's approach to ornamentation, trills, and the like. Many will also object to his use of Busoni's reedited Beethoven cadenzas in Concertos 1, 3 and 4. But Rubinstein's selection of tempi, his natural manner of phrasing, dynamics, and overall brio must certainly be close to what the composer intended. I cannot imagine Beethoven preferring the performances of, say, Alfred Brendel over these. Josef Krips and the Symphony of the Air (formerly the NBC Symphony Orchestra) provide a satisfactory accompaniment.

The snag here is the recorded sound. Even with remastering, the piano sound distorts at dynamic levels above mezzo-forte, and the orchestra mix leaves something to be desired.

Rubinstein's 1954 recording of Beethoven's Sonata, Op. 31, No. 3 is used as a makeweight here. This version is more balanced than the pianist's rather unsettling 1946 performance (volume 14), but still lacks the charm of Rubinstein's valedictory 1976 recording (volume 79). The Haydn Andante and Variations--Rubinstein's only recording of music by this composer--makes one wish Rubinstein had recorded more Haydn.

All three or Rubinstein's cycles of Beethoven Concertos are worth having. But for those who can only obtain one, the cycle to have is Rubinstein's 1960s version with Leinsdorf and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The recorded sound there is smoother, and the accompaniment finer. "
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