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The Legendary Artur Rubinstein


Release Date: 02/09/1999 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 67007   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Artur Rubinstein and Frederic Chopin are as interchangeable as the keys on a piano. Rubinstein's repertoire spanned continents and centuries, but he will forever be linked to his fellow Pole Chopin. Rubinstein made many recordings of Chopin's works, large and small. This EMI disc highlights specific recordings made during a time of introspection Rubinstein went through during the 1930's. Bored with being a virtuoso (after all, he had been concertizing professionally since age 13), Rubinstein took a long break from his busy performance schedule to redefine and perfect his technical and musical approach to the piano. His focus became the music of Chopin, and the depth of understanding he achieved can easily be detected on these recordings. Read more Clearly the Mazurka no. 13 in A minor and the Nocturne no. 8 in D-flat display Rubinstein's complete immersion into all things Chopin, which in the case of these two works hones in on their moody yet intricately textured settings. Even the more virtuosic Scherzo no. 2 in B-flat minor is played with a reserve previously unheard in Rubinstein's playing, but the new intensity he exhibits is truly innovative. The disc ends with the beautiful Bercuese, a fitting finale to this unique recording. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 1 in B flat minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 02/1937 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/1936 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs. 
3. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32: no 2 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/1937 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
4. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37: no 2 in G major, B 127 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/1936 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
5. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/1937 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
6. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 77/Op. 17: no 4 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1833; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/13/1938 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
7. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 115/Op. 33: no 2 in D major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/12/1938 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
8. Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 153/Op. 56: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 05/10/1939 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
9. Polonaises (2) for Piano, Op. 40: no 1 in A major, B 120 "Military" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Poland 
Date of Recording: 02/02/1935 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
10. 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: 12/05/1934 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 18 Secs. 
11. Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/16/1932 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 16 Secs. 
12. 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 
Length: 8 Minutes 22 Secs. 
13. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
14. 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: 07/1932 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Barcarolle in F sharp major Op. 60 (1993 Digital Remaster)
No. 7 in C sharp minor Op. 64 No. 2 (1992 Digital Remaster)
Nocturnes (1992 Digital Remaster): No. 10 in A flat Op. 32 No. 2
16 Polonaises (1993 Digital Remaster): No. 6 in A flat major Op. 53 ('Heroic')
Nocturnes (1992 Digital Remaster): No. 1 in B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1
Mazurkas (1993 Digital Remaster): No. 13 in A minor Op. 17 No. 4
4 Scherzos (1993 Digital Remaster): No. 2 in B flat minor Op. 31
Nocturnes (1992 Digital Remaster): No. 8 in D flat Op. 27 No. 2
Mazurkas (1993 Digital Remaster): No. 23 in D Op. 33 No. 2
Nocturnes (1992 Digital Remaster): No. 12 in G Op. 37 No. 2
16 Polonaises (1993 Digital Remaster): No. 3 in A major Op. 40 No. 1 ('Military')
Nocturnes (1992 Digital Remaster): No. 17 in B Op. 62 No. 1
Mazurkas (1993 Digital Remaster): No. 33 in B Op. 56 No. 1
Berceuse in D flat Op. 57 (1993 Digital Remaster)

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