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Rubinstein Collection Vol 13 - Grieg: Piano Concerto, Etc


Release Date: 10/10/2000 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63013   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
Date of Recording: 03/06/1942 
Venue:  Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 25 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2.
Ballade for Piano in G minor, Op. 24 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Norway 
Date of Recording: 11/06/1953 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 16 Minutes 41 Secs. 
3.
Album Leaves (4) for Piano, Op. 28: no 4 in C sharp minor, Andantino serioso by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 2, Op. 38: no 1, Berceuse by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
5.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68: no 5, Cradle song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
6.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12: no 4, Elves dance by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 0 Minutes 40 Secs. 
7.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12: no 5, Folksong by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
8.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 2, Op. 38: no 2, Folksong by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
9.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43: no 4, Little Bird by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
10.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54: no 3, Troll's March by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
11.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43: no 1, Butterfly by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
12.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 2, Op. 38: no 5, Spring Dance by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
13.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54: no 1, Shepherd boy by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
14.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 4, Op. 47: no 6, Spring Dance by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1888; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  RCA Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Allegro molto moderato
Adagio (1999 Remsatered)
Allegro moderato molto e marcato; Quasi presto
Theme: Andante espressivo
Variation I: Poco meno andante, ma molto tranquillo
Variation II: Allegro agitato
Variation III: Adagio
Variation IV: Allegro capriccioso
Variation V: Più lento
Variation VI: Allegro scherzando
Variation VII: Allegro scherzando
Variation VIII: Lento
Variation IX: Un poco andante
Variation X: Un poco allegro e alla burla
Variation XI: Più animato
Variation XII: Meno allegro e maestoso
Variation XIII: Allegro furioso
Variation XIV: Prestissimo
No. 4
Cradle Song, Op 68, No. 5
Spring Dance, Op. 47, No. 6
Berceuse, Op. 38, No. 1
Folk Song, Op. 38, No. 2
Papillon, Op. 43, No. 1
Spring Dance, Op. 38, No. 5
Shepherd Boy, Op. 54, No. 1
Little Bird, Op. 43, No. 4
Folk Song, Op. 12, No. 5
Elfin Dance, Op. 12, No. 4
March of the Dwarfs, Op. 54, No. 3

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Rubinstein Shines in Early Grieg Recordings December 22, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Arthur Rubinstein was midway through his 75-year-long performing career before he learned the Grieg Concerto. In his autobiography, he reports that he was under the then-common impression that the Concerto was "cheap stuff" and not worthy of his time. RCA wanted to record him playing the piece, and Rubinstein's wife liked the Concerto. She purchased the score and placed it on his piano. Reading through it, he realized it "was easy to play and lovable." Thus began a love affair that was to continue until the pianist's retirement in 1976.
This performance, recorded in 1942, was the first of four recordings of the work Rubinstein made--there is an additional, filmed performance from 1975. One can take the technical finish of this brisk, polished performance for granted. Not to be underestimated is the orchestral contribution. Eugene Ormandy, one of the most underrated conductors of the 20th century, was an especially sympathetic and gifted accompanist. He matches Rubinstein phrase-for-phrase, rubato-for-rubato.

The solo works on this album are taken from the legendary "Rubinstein Plays Grieg" LP recorded in 1953. This recording had the unique distinction of remaining in the active catalogue until the demise of the LP in the late-1980s. The performances here are as fresh, direct, and lacking in phony sentiment as the Concerto. It is a pity that Rubinstein was never persuaded to re-record these solo pieces in stereo, as there are always those closed-minded individuals who will refuse to purchase a mono recording, no matter how great the performance is.

The recorded sound - except for a barely percepible change of pitch at 5'30" in the first movement of the Concerto - has been superbly restored.

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