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Rubinstein Collection Vol 4 - Chopin: Polonaises, Etc


Release Date: 07/10/2001 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63004   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
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Works on This Recording

1. Polonaises (2) for Piano, B 90/Op. 26 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/06/1935 
Venue:  Studio 3, EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
2. Polonaises (2) for Piano, Op. 40 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 01/29/1935 
Venue:  Studio 3, EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
3. Polonaise for Piano in F sharp minor, B 135/Op. 44 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 01/29/1935 
Venue:  Studio 3, EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
4. Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/02/1935 
Venue:  Studio 3, EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
5. Polonaise-fantaisie for Piano in A flat major, B 159/Op. 61 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Poland 
Date of Recording: 12/05/1934 
Venue:  Studio 3, EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
6. Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1935 
Venue:  Studio 3, EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
7. 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: 04/18/1928 
Venue:  Studio C, Small Queen's Hall, London 
8. 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: 07/22/1932 
Venue:  Studio 3, EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Incendiary Chopin from Rubinstein December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Volume 4 of RCA's mammoth Rubinstein Collection contains some of the pianist's earliest Chopin recordings, dating from 1928-1935.
The bulk of this CD is devoted to Rubinstein's first of three traversals of the Polonaises. It is interesting to compare this 1934-1935 cycle with the more renowned stereo version from 1964. While the later cycle emphasizes the architectural mastery of each work, the earlier version is more spontaneous. The brio, freedom, and swagger of this earlier version (recorded before the existence of tape editing, and with a healthy dash of wrong notes) simply have to be heard to be believed. True, Rubinstein, like a runaway train, comes dangerously close to running off the rails at times. But the musical rewards the pianist reaps are well worth the technical risks, and the more reflective Polonaises are played with simple, unforced poetry. Rubinstein's innate understanding of the structural underpinnings of Chopin's greatest works comes through in the Polonaise-Fantasie, Op. 61, a notoriously difficult work to hold together.

The Barcarolle, Op 60 was recorded at Rubinstein second recording session, in 1928. This performance is closer in tempo and phrasing to the manner in which Rubinstein played the piece live than his later studio recordings. Indeed, there is an erotic impulse in this version which is largely missing from his 1957 and 1962 remakes.

All of these recordings originated from 78RPM disks. Given the source material, the sound is little short of remarkable, with only slight surface noise and a somewhat "tubby" piano sound. But the fiery genius of these performances more than compensates for any limitations of recording technology. "
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