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Rubinstein Collection Vol 34 - Brahms: Piano Concerto


Release Date: 10/10/2000 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63034   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/17/1954 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 46 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2.
Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76: no 2, Capriccio in B minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1970 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3.
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118: no 6, Intermezzo in E flat minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1970 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 32 Secs. 
4.
Rhapsodies (2) for Piano, Op. 79: no 1 in B minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1970 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Stdios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 6 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Maestoso
Adagio
Rondo: Allegro non troppo
No. 2 in B Minor
No. 6, in E-flat Minor
No. 1, in B Minor

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Brahms Without the Beard December 22, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "The Brahms D minor Concerto is a difficult work to pull off successfully: the piano part is ungrateful, and often drowned out by an overorchestrated accompaniment. Also, many pianists--most notably Glenn Gould--tend to drag the tempos beyond all reason. Rubinstein, who was ten years old when Brahms died, would never have considered such a nonsensical approach. The Concerto was written early in Brahms career, and was the work of a young man. In essence, Brahms without the beard.

This is the first stereo recording, taped in 1954, to be made of the Concerto. (The stereo version, however, was not released until 1977). It says something for the original producer--the legendary John Pfeiffer--that the sound is still nearly in the demonstration class. The performance is excellent also, with superb accompaniment from Reiner, the very antithesis of the dragged out, boring approach that has recently tested concert audiences endurance. Although almost a half century old, this is still one of the very few "essential" recordings for any Brahms collection, along with the Fleischer/Szell and Serkin/Szell performances.

The solo pieces were recorded at RCA's Italiana Studios in 1970. The sound is somewhat drier, but the performances are not. Although he was 83 at this point, the playing is youthful and joyous.

Highest recommendation. "
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