Artur Rubinstein

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Artur Rubinstein

Awards:

Gramophone Magazine

DVD of the Month - May 2009

Catalogue No:

3078548

Discs:

1

Release date:

2nd Feb 2009

Barcode:

0899132000787

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DVD Video

Format:

NTSC

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Artur Rubinstein

Live, Moscow, Great Hall Moscow Conservatory, 1st October, 1964


Chopin:

Polonaise No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44

Impromptu No. 3 in G flat major, Op. 51

Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Étude Op. 25 No. 1 in A flat major 'Aeolian Harp'

Étude Op. 25 No. 5 in E minor

Étude Op. 10 No. 4 in C sharp minor

Étude Op. 10 No. 5 in G flat major 'Black Key'

Waltz No. 3 in A minor 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 2

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 2: No. 8, Ondine

Schumann:

Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 No. 1 'Des Abends'

Villa-Lobos:

O Polichinelo (from Prole do Bebê, book 1)


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Artur Rubinstein's charismatic personality and unique ability to connect with an audience made each of his concert appearances an event. Surprisingly, the vast majority of his recorded output - whether on record or film - was made in the recording studio.This rare film, preserved in the vaults of the Russian State television archives for nearly 50 years, shows Rubinstein at his prime playing in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.This historic concert both testifies to Rubinstein's freer and risk-taking approach when in front of an audience and allows us to share the electric atmosphere of his live appearances. BONUS: 1928 footage accompanying a silent film

BBC Music Magazine

May 2009

*****

“From the archives of Russian state television, this astonishing film captures the great Rubinstein holding his Moscow audience spellbound.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Considering his celebrity, longevity and huge studio recording legacy, there is very little film of Rubinstein in concert. Indeed, this is the only full solo recital one can recall and as such is immensely valuable, not least because the printed programme is devoted entirely to the composer with whom he was most closely associated and because, fine as are most of his studio recordings, Rubinstein played with a greater freedom and daring when in front of an audience.
The film of the occasion, preserved in the vaults of the Russian State television archives for nearly 50 years, provides a vivid reminder of this great artist's idiosyncrasies – the dignified, immobile posture, the expressionless face and the little tug at his lapels before the start of each item.
The playing, of course, is heart-warming, the kind that can absorb the odd fluff, though the memory lapse in the Scherzo of the Sonata is disconcerting (he has to make an unwritten repeat before ad libbing his way into the Trio).
Everything seems so inevitable and right, whether in the caressing phrases of the Barcarolle or the bravura of the A flat Polonaise, the inevitable trademark conclusion to any Rubinstein recital. Aficionados will relish his only known performance of the Aeolian Harp Study, Op 25 No 1. (The bonuses are two short – 1'45” – silent films of excerpts from two études shot in slow motion in Canada in 1928.)”

Gramophone Magazine

May 2009

“Considering his celebrity, longevity and huge studio recording legacy, there is very little film of Rubinstein in concert. Indeed, this is the only full solo recital I can recall and as such is immensely valuable… fine as are most of his studio recordings, Rubinstein played with a greater freedom and daring when in front of an audience. The playing, of course, is heart-warming... Everything seems so inevitable and right, whether in the caressing phrases of the Barcarolle or the bravura of the A flat Polonaise, the inevitable trademark conclusion to any Rubinstein recital.”

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