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Arthur Rubinstein - The Last Recital For Israel


Release Date: 06/13/2007 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 61160   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenRobert SchumannClaude DebussyFrédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/15/1975 
Venue:  Live  Ambassador College, Pasadena, California 
Length: 21 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2.
Phantasiestücke (8) for Piano, Op. 12 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/15/1975 
Venue:  Live  Ambassador College, Pasadena, California 
Length: 28 Minutes 2 Secs. 
3.
La plus que lente by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Date of Recording: 01/15/1975 
Venue:  Live  Ambassador College, Pasadena, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
4.
Suite for Piano "Pour le piano": no 1, Prélude by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896-1901; France 
Date of Recording: 01/15/1975 
Venue:  Live  Ambassador College, Pasadena, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
5.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 5 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1834; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 01/15/1975 
Venue:  Live  Ambassador College, Pasadena, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
6.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 4 in C sharp minor, B 74 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Poland 
Date of Recording: 01/15/1975 
Venue:  Live  Ambassador College, Pasadena, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
7.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 01/15/1975 
Venue:  Live  Ambassador College, Pasadena, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
8.
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: 01/15/1975 
Venue:  Live  Ambassador College, Pasadena, California 
Length: 7 Minutes 27 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Easily Rubinstein's Worst Recording December 23, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "I cannot imagine Arthur Rubinstein ever consenting to the release of this disc, considering how selective the pianist was about his recordings (fans would eat their hearts out if they knew what remains unreleased in the RCA vaults). The concert begins with Beethoven's "Appassionata" Sonata in a performance so sloppy, disjointed, and filled with memory lapses that one wonders how Rubinstein didn't just give up and go home then. Naturally, the audience goes berserk at the finale's end which is, frankly, banged. Things go downhill from there, including monochrome Schumann, and unatmospheric Debussy. As he usually did during the last ten years of his career, Rubinstein consistently plays too loudly - a sign of his failing hearing. There is gusto and fire aplenty here, but little in the way of Rubinstein's natural musicality or even technical control. The video has the saving grace of allowing the viewer to actually SEE Rubinstein in action, but the CD lacks that. The CD also lacks the encores - Chopin's Waltz in C-sharp minor and Mendelssohn's Spinning Song - which were, ironically, Rubinstein's best playing that day. The sound, taken from a videotape (made without Rubinstein's knowledge) of a 1975 recital in Pasadena, California, is very poor mono. RCA has done a grave disservice to Rubinstein's memory by releasing this disc." Report Abuse
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