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Rubinstein Collection Vol 77 - Beethoven Concertos 1 & 2


Release Date: 08/08/2000 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63077   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/09/1975 
Venue:  RCA Studios, New York City 
Length: 39 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1975 
Venue:  RCA Studio, New York City 
Length: 31 Minutes 9 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Allegro con brio
Largo
Rondo: Allegro scherzando
Allegro con brio
Adagio
Rondo: Molto allegro

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Rubinstein's Late Beethoven December 23, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "The "Late" here refers to Rubinstein, not Beethoven. The great pianist was nearly ninety when these concertos were recorded. When this cycle of Beethoven Concertos was originally released in 1976, the set was generally panned by critics. One factor may have been the sound on the original LPs: the piano was virtually in your lap, with the orchestra far in the background and very poorly mixed. The sound gave the impression of a bogged down "arthritic" performance. The audio has been greatly improved here. The balance is natural, the orchestral sonority is plush.

Rubinstein's performance here can best be described as "stately." He is certainly still capable of creating a fortissimo which rocks the piano on its wheels, but never makes a harsh sound. (There is a technical slip on Rubinstein's part during the last movement of the Second Concerto which should have been corrected.) Some purists may quibble with his use of rubato, approach to ornamentation, and use of Busoni's edition of Beethoven's cadenzes--but the performances are an autumnal joy from first note to last.

There are three complete cycles of Rubinstein in the Beethoven concertos. For those only able to aquire one, I would give top recommendation to the cycle with Leinsdorf, recorded in the mid-1960s. But these performances are worth a listen as well.
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