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Rubinstein Collection 77 Original recording remastered


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Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 was actually the first he composed, and its debt to Mozart and Haydn are everywhere evident. The easygoing final movement is here played with verve and grace by the 88-year-old Artur Rubinstein, and the middle movement, so peaceful, is beautifully played (with perhaps a missed note or two). The No. 1 also owes much to Beethoven's Classical forebears, but Rubinstein adds Romantic flourish to the way he uses dynamics--at times a bit drastically, but always for the music. Daniel Barenboim leads without awe but with great respect--he never gets in Rubinstein's (or Beethoven's) way, and the London Philharmonic lends strong support. A good pair of performances. --Robert Levine

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listen  1. Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15 in C: Allegro con brioArthur Rubinstein;Daniel Barenboim17:55Album Only
listen  2. Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15 in C: LargoArthur Rubinstein;Daniel Barenboim11:38Album Only
listen  3. Rondo: Allegro scherzandoArthur Rubinstein;Daniel Barenboim 9:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 19 in B-Flat Major: Allegro con brioArthur Rubinstein14:54Album Only
listen  5. AdagioArthur Rubinstein 9:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 19 in B-Flat Major: Rondo: Molto allegroArthur Rubinstein 6:25$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 8, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004TG7H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,401 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hank Drake VINE VOICE on August 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The "Late" here refers to Rubinstein, not Beethoven. The great pianist was nearly ninety when these concertos were recorded. When this cycle of Beethoven Concertos was originally released in 1976, the set was generally panned by critics. One factor may have been the sound on the original LPs: the piano was virtually in your lap, with the orchestra far in the background and very poorly mixed. The sound gave the impression of a bogged down "arthritic" performance. The audio has been greatly improved here. The balance is natural, the orchestral sonority is plush.
Rubinstein's performance here can best be described as "stately." He is certainly still capable of creating a fortissimo which rocks the piano on its wheels, but never makes a harsh sound. (There is a technical slip on Rubinstein's part during the last movement of the Second Concerto which should have been corrected.) Some purists may quibble with his use of rubato, approach to ornamentation, and use of Busoni's edition of Beethoven's cadenzes--but the performances are an autumnal joy from first note to last.
There are three complete cycles of Rubinstein in the Beethoven concertos. For those only able to aquire one, I would give top recommendation to the cycle with Leinsdorf, recorded in the mid-1960s. But these performances are worth a listen as well.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Maria S. G. Santos on June 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Very good, even in advanced age, Rubinstein is always wonderful!

I do not know explain, but I think that just missed something to achieve the same perfection of the record of Pollini with Abbado.

Perhaps a little more of virtuosity, which is necessary in Beethoven.

The orchestra also is not as impressive as the recording conducted by Abbado.

But, still Great!!

I recommend!
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