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Rubinstein Collection Vol 29 -chopin: Waltzes, Fantasie, Etc


Release Date: 08/07/2001 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63029   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Includes waltz(es) for pno by Frédéric Chopin. Soloist: Artur Rubinstein. Includes waltz(es) for pno by Frédéric Chopin. Soloist: Artur Rubinstein. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 12/12/1953 
2. Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/11/1957 
3. 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: C1957 
4. 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: 04/21/1958 
5. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1838 
Date of Recording: 12/12/1953 
6. Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/12/1953 
7. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/12/1953 
8. Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1835 
Date of Recording: 12/12/1953 
9. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 70 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1841 
Date of Recording: 12/12/1953 
10. Waltz for Piano in E minor, B 56 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 12/12/1953 

Sound Samples

Waltz, Op. 18, "Grande valse brillante", in E-flat
No. 1, "Valse brillante", in A-flat
No. 2, "Valse brillante", in A Minor
No. 3, "Valse brillante", in F
Waltz, Op. 42, "Grande valse", in A-flat
No. 1 "Minute", in D-flat
No. 2, in C-sharp Minor
No. 3, in A-flat
No. 1, "L'Adieu", in A-flat
No. 2, in B Minor
No. 1, in G-flat
No. 2, in F Minor
No. 3, in D-flat
Waltz, Op. posth., in E Minor
Fantaisie, Op. 49, in F Minor
Barcarolle, Op. 60, in F-sharp
Berceuse, Op. 57, in D-flat

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Fidelity to the Score vs. Freedom with the Score December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "For those accustomed to Rubinstein's well-known 1963 version of Chopin's Waltzes, this mono version, unavailable for some 40 years, will come as something of a shock.
The difference between the two performances is as different as night and day. The 1953 version is notably freer, with greater use of rubato throughout, especially at phrase endings. Tempos are marginally faster here than in 1963, and again there are more tempo changes between sections. Which version is best? That depends on the listener's view of Chopin. Personally, I would not want to be without either version.

As with the Waltzes, the Fantasie, op. 49 is very different in this 1957 version than in Rubinstein's 1962 stereo remake. Somewhat less cohesive structurally, this performance nevertheless has pride of place for its rhythmic drive, gripping drama, and stunning virtuosity.

The Barcarolle is somewhat sectionalized compared with Rubinstein's later stereo version. As with the Waltzes, the pianist uses more rubato here. But this performance is not as successful because the Barcarolle is less suited to such an approach than the Waltzes.

This version of the Berceuse was one of Rubinstein's earliest stereo solo recordings, made in 1958. The pianist's treatment of the repeating motif, and its right hand embellishment is marginally freer here than in his final recording of the piece from 1962.

The mono sound has been smoothed over, and the sonority is not as hard as in some of Rubinstein's recordings from this period, although it remains somewhat dry. The stereo Berceuse sounds fine, with adequate space around the piano. "
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