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The Rubinstein Collection, Vol. 49--Chopin: 19 Nocturnes

Arthur Rubinstein Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Op. 9, No. 1, In B-Flat Minor
2. Op. 9, No. 2 In E-Flat
3. Op. 9, No. 3 In B
4. Op. 15, No. 1 In F
5. Op. 15, No.2 In F-Sharp
6. Op. 15, No. 3 In G Minor
7. Op. 27, No. 1 In C-Sharp Minor
8. Op. 27, No. 2 In D-Flat
9. Op. 32, No. 1 In B
10. Op. 32, No. 2 In A-Flat
Disc: 2
1. Op. 37, No. 1 In G Minor
2. Op. 37, No. 2 In G
3. Op. 48, No. 1 In C Minor
4. Op. 48, No. 2 In F-Sharp Minor
5. Op. 55, No. 1 In F Minor
6. Op. 55, No. 2 In E-Flat
7. Op. 62, No. 1 In B
8. Op. 62, No. 2 In E
9. Op. 72, No. 1 In E Minor

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Despite Arthur Rubinstein's extroverted personality and open-hearted interpretive approach, his performances of Chopin's introspective, half-lit Nocturnes inspired him to some of his greatest recordings, as this, the last of his three traversals of the 19, amply demonstrates. His earlier recordings, from 1936-37 and 1949-50, have their admirers, but this set dating from 1965 and 1967 is superior for its interpretive depth and realistic stereo sound. It's a touch slower than the earlier versions, and Rubinstein's glorious tone color, mastery of shadings, and unerring sense of rubato help make these among his greatest recordings. He makes the music breathe as few others have; the melodies go straight to the heart thanks to subtle phrasing that wrings worlds of emotion without wallowing. That sense of naturalness and inevitability in his playing can be heard in every one of these 19 works. It makes the start of Op. 27, No. 1 deeply moving and inspires awe at the way he brings structural clarity to Op. 48, No. 1 without compromising its mood. Others may have equaled his achievement in one or another of these works, but as a set, this is inspired pianism. --Dan Davis

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5.0 out of 5 stars This CD turned me on to classical piano Nov. 27 2001
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Still my favorite piano album of all time. I moved a few years ago and lost all my CD's, and because of financial problems have only recently begun to repurchase many recordings. When I bought this again and listened to it after a few years away, I could have cried. It was like meeting an old love, and none of the thrill was gone. She was as beautiful as ever. Rubinstein's sense of rubato is perfect; affective and full of rhythm within rhythm, yet only consciously noticeable when you carefully examine the playing. Totally natural. Like Liszt said of Chopin's rubato, "See that tree? See how the leaves move yet the shape stays the same?" The tone is bold and sharp, proving that Chopin's music was not to be maudlinly caressed as the stereotype of a weak, tubercular genius has perpetuated. This is music to lay in the dark with, not to sleep, but to ride the night blanket away in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A. Rubinstein is F. Chopin's reincarnation ! March 28 2012
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The whole set of interpreters of F. Chopin can be divided into two groups. Group 1 consists of only one interpreter and this is Artur Rubinstein. Group 2 consists of all the others. If anyone wants to hear the way Chopin himself played his compositions just listen to his Nocturnes played by Artur Rubinstein. Yes, I know that we never heard Chopin playing his compositions but we don't have to do it ... just listen to Rubinstein ! Why do I, and many others like me, believe so ? Well ... it's because we are convinced that Artur Rubinstein is the reincarnation of Fryderyk Chopin ! Of course I am kidding, but for those who do believe in reincarnation my statement could be absolutely correct. Really, Rubinstein's Chopin lies in another dimension. This CD set is absolutely gorgeous !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete nocturnes, good interpretation June 8 2014
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Complete nocturnes, from one of the best interpreter of Chopin of past century! I've found this interpretations are a bit slower than some previous recordings of Rubinstein, that I haven't heard yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars King Arthur Oct. 6 2006
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In my opinion, these recordings are among the finest example of musical expression ever recorded. That's a big statement, but I do not feel I am being overly dramatic with these comments. I have listened to many other recordings of the Nocturnes by some very fine pianists, but to my ears nothing touches Rubenstein.
Perhaps it was his deeper understanding of the Polish experience(both Chopin and Rubenstein being from Poland), or just his approach to the piano itself(doesn't soften the edges of the music the way Ashkenazy does)- but for whatever reason Arthur will always remain the "King of the Nocturnes."
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Century March 20 2004
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Few recordings of clasical instrumental music -let alone piano- can satisfy the mad need of the Operatic Maniac for Gigantic Emotions... this is one of those recordings...
Rubisntein "sings" through his piano with the most direct way as the editorial reviewer says directly to the heart... The Nocturnes Op27 and 48 hold such beauty that it is as if you can "touch" the music or the emotions in the air...
I deeply love the slower tempi as I am a believer that good music should be played as slow as the melody permits...
This is a recording that should exist in all libraries.
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