Frederic Chopin: Piano Concertos (Naxos Historical Audio CD)


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Department: CDs - Classical CDs: Orchestral

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Arthur Rubinstein, piano

This release is the first in a series devoted to Arthur Rubinstein’s ‘middle period’ Chopin cycle, recorded from the mid-1940s through the mid-1950s.

Long admired by Rubinstein aficionados, these interpretations (the pianist’s second of both works) have been said to combine the fire and youthful exuberance of his 1930s recordings with the greater maturity and structural coherence that characterize his final stereo tapings.

The 1946 Carnegie Hall recording of Concerto No. 2 boasts excellent sound quality due to the use of lacquer discs later transferred to tape for LP release.

“Rubinstein is one of the most elegant of all Chopin pianists. He has a sense of stylistic ease and distinction that is almost patrician.”
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Contents and Reviews

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Alfred Wallenstein
Recorded 12th December, 1953, at Republic Pictures Studios, Hollywood
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
NBC Symphony Orchestra, William Steinberg
Recorded 25th March, 1946, in Carnegie Hall, New York City