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Rubinstein Collection Vol 49 - Chopin: Nocturnes


Release Date: 08/08/2000 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63049   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 47 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A key recording according to The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs:
"Rubinstein in Chopin is a magician in matters of color; his unerring sense of nuance and the seeming inevitability of his rubato demonstrate a very special musical imagination in this repertoire."
A key recording according to The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs:
"Rubinstein in Chopin is a magician in matters of color; his unerring sense of nuance and the seeming inevitability of his rubato demonstrate a very special musical imagination in this repertoire." Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
2. 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: 1965 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
4. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 3 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 42 Secs. 
5. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1833 
6. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 1 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 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: 1965 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
8. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 3 in G minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
9. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
10. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 1 in C sharp minor, B 91 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 32 Secs. 
11. 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: 1965 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
12. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
13. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
14. 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: 1965 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 45 Secs. 
15. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1849; Paris, France 
16. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37: no 1 in G minor, B 119 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
17. 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: 1965 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 47 Secs. 
18. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
19. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48: no 1 in C minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 46 Secs. 
20. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48: no 2 in F sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
21. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
22. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55: no 1 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
23. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/21/1967 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
24. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
25. 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: 1965 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
26. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 2 in E major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
27. Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 

Sound Samples

No. 1 in B-flat Minor
No. 2 in E-flat
No. 3 in B
No. 1 in F
No. 2 in F-sharp
No. 3 in G Minor
No. 1 in C-sharp Minor
No. 2 in D-flat
No. 1 in B
No. 2 in A-flat
No. 1 in G Minor
No. 2 in G
No. 1 in C Minor
No. 2 in F-sharp Minor
No. 1 in F Minor
No. 2 in E-flat
No. 1 in B
No. 2 in E
Nocturne No. 19, Op. 72 , No. 1 in E Minor

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Top drawer! April 3, 2012 By R. Keeler (grand rapids, MI) See All My Reviews "Excellent performances & recording. Arkiv is a unique source for what record stores (what are they?) don't carry." Report Abuse
 Sentiment without sentimentality December 16, 2011 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Arthur Rubinstein's recordings were as noteworthy for what they lacked as for what they featured: One of the many factors (aside from the obvious technical and tonal ones) which made Rubinstein's Chopin so compelling in its day was his refusal to cross the line separating sentiment (empathy) and sentimentality (schmaltz). This was a needed antidote to the performance practices that dominated Rubinstein's youth. The performances in this, Rubintein's third -- and final -- traversal of Chopin's Nocturnes are remarkably straightforward and direct. Each starts out simply, with natural phrasing and tactful, unobtrusive use of rubato. The structure of each piece is clear, and Rubinstein resists the temptation to linger over this-or-that phrase for "added emotional effect". Far from draining the emotional impact of these miniature masterworks, Rubinstein's performances actually heighten the impact of each piece, especially those in minor keys. Perhaps the greatest tribute to Rubinstein's treatment of these pieces is that even the most well known Nocturnes emerge as totally fresh works. The pianist, by the 1960s considered the "elder statesman" of Chopin, gives faithful renditions of these works, and this is the set I would recommend to someone hearing the Nocturnes for the first time. Yet it must also be stated that while Rubinstein's approach makes this an excellent reference set (despite being slightly incomplete, as Rubinstein didn't record Chopin's juvenalia), I would not want to be without the more imaginative Nocturnes he recorded in the 1930s, which I frankly turn to more often for enjoyment. Another issue is that Rubinstein, whose hearing was failing by the 1960s, almost never plays a true pianissimo. I also recommend Garrick Ohlsson's fine (and complete) set of the Nocturnes. RCA's excellent remastering of the mid-1960s stereo tape gives an accurate idea of the gorgeous sound Rubinstein could get from a piano." Report Abuse
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