Classic Library - Chopin: Waltzes, Impromptus / Rubinstein
Rca Victor Red Seal
Number of Discs:
1 Hours 10 Mins.
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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Artur Rubinstein. RCA RCD1-7156 [Ballades, with Scherzos]; 5613-2-RC [19 Nocturnes; 2 CDs]; 5614-2-RC [51 Mazurkas; 2CDs]; 5615-2 [7 Polonaises]; RCD1-5492 [14 Waltzes]
If there is one sure bet in the music of Chopin, it is Artur Rubinstein. His recordings of the composer’s music can be recommended without hesitation for their warmth, lyricism, and expressive point. Never over-interpreted, the music emerges with spontaneity and freshness in his accounts, always alive, always delightful and surprising. His fiery renditions of the Ballades and Polonaises combine drama and poetry in brilliant fashion, while his readings of the Nocturnes, Mazurkas, and Waltzes are notable for their Mediterranean color and unerring sense of mood.
The sound of the 1960s stereo recordings for RCA may occasionally lack depth and seem slightly veiled, but it holds up well enough to convey unmistakably the tone and the touch that made Rubinstein one of the greatest pianists of all time. – Ted Libbey, author of
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Works on This Recording
Waltz, Op. 18, Grande valse brillante, in E-Flat
Waltz, Op. 34 No. 1, Valse brillante, in A-Flat (2004 Remastered)
Waltz, Op. 34 No. 2, Valse brillante, in A Minor (2004 Remastered)
Waltz, Op. 34 No. 3, Valse brillante, in F (2004 Remastered)
Waltz, Op. 42, Two-four, in A-Flat (2004 Remastered)
Waltz, Op. 64 No. 1, Minute, in D-Flat (2004 Remastered)
Waltz, Op. 64 No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor (2004 Remastered)
Waltz, Op. 64 No. 3 in A-Flat
Waltz, Op. 69 No. 1, L'Adieu, in A-Flat (2004 Remastered)
Waltz, Op. 69 No. 2 in B Minor (2004 Remastered)
Waltz, Op. 70 No. 1 in G-Flat (2004 Remastered)
Waltz, Op. 70 No. 2 in F Minor (2004 Remastered)
Waltz, Op. 70 No. 3 in D-Flat (2004 Remastered)
Waltz, Op. Posth. in E Minor (2004 Remastered)
Impromptu, Op. 29 in A-Flat
Impromptu, Op. 36 in F-Sharp
Impromptu, Op. 51 in G-Flat
Impromptu, Op. 66, Fantaisie-Impromptu, in C-Sharp Minor
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Hats off gentlemen: a genius. April 3, 2012
By R. Keeler (grand rapids, MI) See All My Reviews
"That's how Robert Schumann described Chopin. Same goes for Rubenstein's performances here. Also describes the Arkiv business model - where else would we find the good stuff?"
Definitive Chopin from Rubinstein December 16, 2011
By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews
"This stereo version of the Waltzes was recorded over the course of a single night in 1963, at RCA's Italiana Studios in Rome. For those accustomed to thinking of Arthur Rubinstein as a "Romantic" pianist, this edition of the Chopin Waltzes will come as a surprise. The pianist plays the Waltzes straight, with very little rubato and at moderate tempos. This is in marked contrast to his 1953 mono set, which was freer in tempo and phrasing. Which way is the "right" way? Comparing both recordings demonstrates that there are many equally valid ways to interpret this music. Rubinstein recorded the Impromptus several times over the course of his long career--this is his only complete version in stereo. He plays the posthumously published Fantasie-Impromptu (which Chopin, ironically, wanted destroyed after his death) from a previously unknown manuscript, which differs in numerous details from more well known versions. The sound is immediate without sacrificing warmth, but a bit brighter than in a previous issue, which also included Chopin's Bolero. Highly recommended."