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Rubinstein Collection 59 [Original recording remastered]

Artur Rubinstein Audio CD
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listen  1. Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 19 in B flat major/Allegro con brio (1999 Remastered)13:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 19 in B flat major/Adagio (1999 Remastered) 9:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 19 in B flat major/Rondo: Molto allegro (1999 Remastered) 6:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15 in D Minor/Maestoso (1999 Remastered)21:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15 in D Minor/Adagio (1999 Remastered)13:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15 in D Minor/Rondo allegro non troppo (1999 Remastered)11:45$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 10, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00004XRYA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,370 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Drawer Beethoven & Brahms from Rubinstein & Leinsdorf September 27, 2001
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This recording of Beethoven's Second Concerto (which was actually written before the First Concerto), made in 1967, demonstrates Rubinstein was just as "on top" of the piece technically as he was in the earlier set with Krips (1956) and much more "into" it musically. In addition, the playing is notably more alert and straightforward than in his later set with Barenboim (1975). To be sure, purists will quibble with Rubinstein's use of rubato and approach to ornamentation, but this performance is a joy from the first bar to the last. Leinsdorf and the Boston Symphony Orchestra are to be credited for a fine accompaniment, far more detailed and sensitive than in the 1950s era recording with Krips.

The Brahms D minor Concerto is a difficult work to pull off successfully: the piano part is ungrateful, and often drowned out by an over-orchestrated accompaniment. Also, many pianists--most notably Glenn Gould--tend to drag the tempos beyond all reason. Rubinstein, who was ten years old when Brahms died, would never have considered such a nonsensical approach. The Concerto was written early in Brahms career, and was the work of a young man. In essence, "Brahms without the beard."

This 1964 performance, again with superb accompaniment from Leinsdorf and the Boston Symphony, represents the very antithesis of the dragged out, boring approach that has recently tested concert audiences' endurance. As in the 1954 version with Reiner (which was the first stereo recording the pianist ever made) Rubinstein brings all the fire necessary to the score, with a more sober, less rhapsodic approach to the more inward sections.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Beethoven, Best Brahms January 16, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The 2nd piano concerto of Beethoven that is performed by Rubinstein and Leinsdorf is wonderful, but for me the Brahms 1st is what makes this CD special. Most reviewers have stated that the definitive Brahms 1st is the one offered up by Rubistein and Reiner from 1954. While I agree with them that 1954 session is good it is not the best. This one is, by far. Leinsdorf gets the Boston symphony to sound very rich and sonorous, very similar to the Tchaikovsky 1st from vol. 37 of the Rubinstein collection. I agree with the previous reviewer that most performers have tended to make all of Brahms' works too slow. But not here. Rubinstein is quick without being in a hurry or sounding rushed. The main trills from the first movement are spot on, unlike the Clifford Curzon version. The Brahms: Piano Concerto no 1 / Curzon, Szell has the most intense opening I have ever heard recorded. George Szell had the London Philharmonic Orchestra in fine form on that recording date. However, Curzon botches the trills several times throughout the opening movement. This made it very difficult to enjoy, let alone think that it should be considered one of the best. That honor goes to this recording.
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