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The Rubinstein Collection, Vol. 49--Chopin: 19 Nocturnes
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Arthur Rubinstein - Chopin 19 Nocturnes (Vol. 49)
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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Quality of the recording is pretty good. Definitely a great nocturne collection to own.
No one intoned those inner voices like Frederic Chopin and perhaps no one understood them better than Artur Rubinstein. Many claim that the Nocturnes are the apex of Chopin's oeuvre. This would be true if it were not for the Mazurkas, Ballades, Scherzos, Preludes and Etudes. But it is true that the Nocturnes are the pieces that one instantly associates with the artist. They are in turn dreamy, stormy, languid, lush and touching.
Of course, in Rubinstein's capable hands they sound easy - and they are anything but simple works. One needs a totally free hand, mobile fingers and that special touch that Chopin requires. Then there are all those pesky rhythms - 2 against 3, 3 against 4, an undulating flow of sound. The adjective that comes to mind when listening to Rubinstein's interpretations is "silky". The perfect cover for this set is an upturned wine bottle (long neck) with deep red liquid flowing over the pages of the music.
Needless to say, the CHOPIN COLLECTION is without a doubt a towering achievement in the annals of recording. There is no doubt that if you purchase this set, the others will be right behind.
The performances in this, Rubintein's third--and most successful--traversal of Chopin's Nocturnes are remarkably straightforward and direct. Each of the performances 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.
RCA's excellent remastering of the mid-1960s stereo tape gives an accurate idea of the gorgeous sound Rubinstein could get from a piano.
If you love Chopin and love his Nocturnes, as I do, buy this recording; there is none better!
Most recent customer reviews
Absolutely the most beautiful Chopin album I have heard. Rubinstein was the best of all!Published 4 months ago by Judith C. Guard
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... Read morePublished on June 8 2014 by depelover
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... Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2006 by Dwayne Nietzche
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... Read morePublished on March 20 2004 by T
This is a lovely recording by Rubenstein, played with great sensitivity and emotion, while never overindulging in the sentimental. Of course, I am biased. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2000