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Classic Archive: Artur Rubinstein - The Legendary Moscow Recital (1964)

Artur Rubinstein  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Artur Rubinstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IMFHVG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,406 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This DVD presents the legendary Moscow recital, October 1, 1964. Included are works by Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, and Villa-Lobos, plus extra performances by Chopin in Canada 1928.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am going to gush... February 7, 2009
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This is amazing - the most amazing dvd of piano performance I have seen. The sound is adequate, the video in poor black and white - but...it is magical. Rubinstein is enchanting and majesterial in his performance. This is as close to time travel as any of us are going to come. I actually think the camera angles are superb - even if the images are not as sharp as I would like.

The performances are incredible - you can't believe anyone can play this way - heavenly.

Here's the program...

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 Polichinello

If you play the piano - love piano music - this is a must have performance. If I could have only one dvd...this would be it.

sorry to gush - but this is amazing...
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truly legendary May 24, 2009
This one really lives up to its name. Rubinstein returned to Russia in 1964 for the first time in half a century. I don't imagine anyone in the audience was disappointed by this Moscow recital (all-Chopin, except for the encores). Since all of these works are Rubinstein staples, it's hardly necessary to discuiss them individually, except to say that he is in excellent form throughout. A few notes, however. The sound on the DVD is quite good (until the encores, that is, when the sound deteriorates somewhat), capturing R's famous "golden tone" at least as well as most of his studio recordings. Visually, the DVD is a bit fuzzy (as is to be expected), but the camera work is superlative, leaving viewers plenty of time to watch R in action from various angles (without distracting us with constant shifts). And Rubinstein is a marvel to behold, his spine at right angles to the keyboard, rarely bending toward the piano, but rising slightly from the bench to create shoulder weight and lifting his hands practically to the top of his head to create visual excitement at the end of the Heroic Polonaise.
One other note: Rubinstein seems to want to play the four movements of the Chopin Second Sonata without pauses, as a kind of fantasy-sonata, but the audience starts to applaud after his powerful performance of the first movement. R, impatient to contuinue, shakes his head, and people quickly stop applauding, but he seems somewat distracted. The only careless playing in the recital comes in the first half of the scherzo, where he throws some notes around, seems to me to forget if he's already played the second repeat, and has a memory lapse just before the trio. It seems to me he just got distracted.
A final thing to marvel at: Runinstein's stamina. He was 77 at the time and played a long and very taxing program. But at the end of it, he looks like he's ready to do it all over again!
Don't miss this one.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Archival Footage of Rubinstein at 77 February 21, 2009
Caveat: I grew up a complete fan of Rubinstein. In my day you were either for Horowitz or for Rubinstein. I never had any doubts. And when I heard him the first time at age ten I was so overwhelmed I went home and told my teacher I wanted to learn the whole program he'd played. She relented enough to allow me to learn Villa Lobos's O Polichinello (Polichinelle, or Harlequin) and it became one of my party pieces until well into my adulthood. So, of course, I have collected a great deal of Rubinstein on record. And on DVD, too. The sparse notes for this issue -- a filmed record of a recital Rubinstein performed in 1964 in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory -- make it sound like its value is in the fact that live recordings of Rubinstein are rare, but that's just not true. Just look at what's on offer here at Amazon, e.g. Artur Rubinstein in Concert, and you'll realize that their statement is puffery. Still, this is a valuable record of Rubinstein's playing in his late 70s; he clearly still had chops and although there are occasional dropped or smudged notes, the Rubinstein magic is all there.

The recital proper is entirely music by Chopin, and of course it for Chopin that Rubinstein was best known. I still think he's one of the absolute masters of that Polish master. The recital opens with a magisterial Polonaise in F sharp minor, Op. 44, and the recital proper closes with the 'Heroic' Polonaise in A flat major, Op. 53 in a barnburner of a performance. Rubinstein's dizzying left-hand octaves are still there! Mood-painting is not neglected, either. The D flat major Nocturne, op. 27, No. 2 is like moonlight. The Barcarolle in F sharp minor, Op. 60, is sheer poetry.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A Different Age
In spite of the deficient sound, the DVD does capture the tone, spirit and ambiance of Rubinstein in live performance. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Susan H
5.0 out of 5 stars Rubinstein at a peak in his career
Rubinstein at a peak in his career IMO. Even better than his recordings, this one you can watch his playing also. Like being there.
Published 14 months ago by J. Salerno
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
For anyone who appreciates classical piano. This is a "must" to listen to. It has the beauty to "lift" one up.There was no one like Artur Rubinstein.
Published 21 months ago by Carolyn Earls
5.0 out of 5 stars Miraculous
I have not actually watched this yet but i heard a CD of it from the library. (That CD was stolen and they stopped producing it so I can only hope this DVD captures the phenomenon... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Rhett Segall
5.0 out of 5 stars Artur Rubinstein: A 19th Century Virtuoso at Heart
This incredible recital which took place in The Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in 1962, has been digitally remastered for this DVD and although the picture is black and... Read more
Published on September 30, 2012 by Carl Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Rubinstein's Moscow Concert 1964
While the video and audio are not up to contemporary standards, who cares? A 77-year-old grand master of the piano and many composers' works celebrated his talent and theirs in his... Read more
Published on August 19, 2012 by Chanteur35
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of history
I had the privilege of seeing Artur Rubinstien play Chopin at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, England, at about the time of the Moscow concert - an experience I shall never forget. Read more
Published on February 1, 2012 by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever Chopin "Heroic" Polonaise on VIDEO OR AUDIO!
I thoroughly enjoyed this dvd. There's never a dull moment in Rubinstein's playing - especially of Chopin. Read more
Published on December 30, 2011 by NPUL
5.0 out of 5 stars See and Hear Rubinstein
A marvelous opportunity to find out why Rubinstein was so acclaimed. It belongs on the shelf with Horowitz and Lang Lang.
Published on October 24, 2011 by Charles W. Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars Rubinstein is an ICON and an Inspiration!
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*Outstanding DVD*

I have grown-up as an amateurish concert-pianist and Rubinstein, among others, has had a profound influence on my "career" and... Read more
Published on June 3, 2010 by Charles H. Darakdjian
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