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Arthur Rubinstein Plays Brahms Box set

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- German pressings of the immense Sony Classical Masters Catalog in smart, desirable and collectible multi-disc editions - The Sony catalog is replete with legendary artists and many of the greatest recordings of the classical repertoire - Box fronts feature large, prominently displayed photo of the featured artist - Slender, shelf-friendly boxes; CD's housed in space-saving slipsleeves

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  • Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
  • Composer: Johannes Brahms
  • Audio CD (March 25, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0042U2HN2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,175 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By jsa on December 22, 2010
Format: Audio CD
In his first volume of memoirs, "My Young Years," Artur Rubinstein recounts that shortly after Brahms died he heard a performance of the C Minor Piano quartet that made an indelible impression on him: "It is impossible to describe my enthusiasm after hearing this music.... From that day on Brahms became my obsession. I had to know everything he had written; instead of working on the pieces for my piano lessons, I would read with ecstasy anything of Brahms which fell into my hands. I would buy his music on credit; I would have stolen money to get it." The evidence of this passion, and the wisdom accumulated over many decades of playing Brahms, is reflected throughout this rewarding box set.

Rubinstein was a master of the many moods that are found in Brahms, from the heroic gestures of the trios and violin sonatas to the intimate quietude of the intermezzi, and while his concerto recordings are not by any means unsuccessful, it is in the chamber and solo works that his preeminence as a Brahmsian is most keenly felt. The cello sonatas made with Piatigorsky, the trios with Szeryng and Fournier, and the piano quartets and quintet with the young Guarneri Quartet are, for the most part, first rate efforts. This should be no surprise - Rubinstein's great skill as a chamber musician can be traced to his relationship with Joachim, one of the great chamber musicians of his (or any) day. And, as it turns out, Rubinstein was one of the relatively few great pianists who, after achieving international fame, didn't feel that his career as a soloist was compromised by sharing the stage with other musicians to make music together.

Rubinstein brought special insight and a gorgeous tone to his solo recordings, the highlight of which was a beautiful album including the op.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Hank Drake VINE VOICE on November 4, 2010
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Arthur Rubinstein often stated that Brahms, not Chopin, was his favorite composer. The pianist was also quick to point out that Brahms was alive until Rubinstein was ten years old, and he approached the composer as a contemporary, rather than as an old master. It helped that Rubinstein was under the wings of Brahms' close associate Joseph Joachim. Despite advancing age when these recordings were made, Rubinstein played these works with a sense of youthful discovery. This nine disc set contains the bulk of Rubinstein's stereo recordings of Brahms (although it's not complete, to avoid repertoire duplication). The pieces fall within three categories: concertos, solo works, and chamber music.

Concertos:
Concerto in D minor, Op. 15: This was the first stereo recording, taped in 1954, to be made of this Concerto. (It was originally released only in mono, and didn't get a stereo release until 1977.) It says something for the original producer - the legendary John Pfeiffer - that the sound still holds up very well. The general interpretation could be characterized as "Brahms without the beard" - the work of a young man full of ardor and passion, and traumatized by Schumann's suicide attempt. Fritz Reiner draws sparks from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, with some thrilling woodwind playing in the first movement. This is the antithesis of the dragged out, pre-maturely aged approach that has more recently tested concert audiences' endurance. Although over half a century old, this is still one of the very few "essential" recordings for any Brahms collection, along with the Fleischer/Szell and Serkin/Szell performances.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Leeber Cohen on July 9, 2011
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There are many superb works and musicians documented in this box. You get the violins sonatas with Szeryng, piano trios with Szeryng and Fournier, the cello sonatas with Piatigorsky, and the piano quartets and the quintet with the Guarneri. Overall the performances are excellent. I particularly enjoyed the violin sonatas and the piano trios. You also get the two piano concertos in good performances and a selection from the solo piano works. This box would make a beautiful introduction to the piano chamber work of Brahms at very affordable prices. If you are not familiar with Rubinstein, Szeryng, and Fournier it is likely to make you listen to a lot more of their recordings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrés Villaveces on September 9, 2012
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This 9-CD box is just incredible. Packed with recordings of pieces by Brahms (the two concertos for piano, trio, quintet, quartets, sonatas with violin, with cello, etc.) played by Rubinstein, you cannot go wrong. The older recordings seem to have been restored to a quite good audio quality. Rubinstein's performances are among my preferred in the case of Brahms.
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