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Schumann: Kreislerianna, Op. 16/Chopin: Fantasie, Op. 49/Brahms: Fantasien, Op. 116 - Evgenia Rubinova

Evgenia Rubinova Audio CD
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listen  1. Kreisleriana, Op.16: I. Äußerst bewegt 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Kreisleriana, Op.16: II. Seht innig und nicht zu rasch - Intermezzo I (Sehr lebhaft) - Erstes Tempo - Intermezzo II (Etwas bewegter) - Lansammer (Erstes Tempo) - Adagio - Erstes Tempo10:14Album Only
listen  3. Kreisleriana, Op.16: III. Sehr aufgeregt 5:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Kreisleriana, Op.16: IV. Sehr langsam 4:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Kreisleriana, Op.16: V. Sehr lebhaft 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Kreisleriana, Op.16: VI. Sehr langsam 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Kreisleriana, Op.16: VII. Sehr rasch 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Kreisleriana, Op.16: VIII. Schnell Und Spielend 4:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Fantasie, Op.4914:01Album Only
listen10. Fantasien, Op.116: Capriccio - Presto energetico 2:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Fantasien, Op.116: Intermezzo - Andante 5:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Fantasien, Op.116: Capriccio - Allegro passionato 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Fantasien, Op.116: Intermezzo - Adagio 5:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Fantasien, Op.116: Intermezzo - Andante con grazia ed intimisso sentimento 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Fantasien, Op.116: Intermezzo - Andantino teneramente 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Fantasien, Op.116: Capriccio - Allegro agitato 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 6, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,561 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Hit & Miss Debut July 29, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
This recording is from EMI Debut series, which gives young performers a chance to issue a CD with a major label at reduced price with an eye to jump-starting their career. As a result, I don't think it's worthy of the rather harsh review posted above. Ms. Rubinova certainly demonstrates the technical chops needed to perform the music, along with a reasonably sensitvie touch at the piano.

Interpretation-wise, she seems cautious to me. This is a problem with several other performers in this series, which suggests to me that they don't want to blow their big break. The better performances in this series seem to me by those who choose out-of-the-way repertoire. Those like Ms. Rubinova are probably more daring to plunge into the standard repertoire, but they have a much higher mountain to climb to draw attention to themselves.

I also wonder if today's younger players are too removed from the Romantic ethos to appreciate that emotional volatility in art was a NEW experience for people at the time. Many young players seem to shy away from the emotional implications of composers like Chopin and Schumann (as if they're embarrassed by them) in favor of beautiful, but far too straight-forward, playing.

The weakest performance is clearly the Chopin, which is shapeless and directionless which simply won't do for a fantasy. A performer must bring an attitude to such a piece, and Rubinova doesn't seem to know what she wants to say. The Brahms pieces are better, though not top-notch either. She has some interesting ideas about phrasing, and there's some interesting detachee playing in places, but again, an encompassing vision of any piece seems to be missing. Generally speaking, the louder, more aggressive pieces fair best.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rather uninspired June 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A rather uninspiring, boxed vision of arguably the best of romantic piano music. Everything is predetermined and calculated. If one finds 5 minutes of decent piano playing on this CD one should be happy. The lack of natural talent for music is obvious with this pianist. Particularly, that there are so many other phenomenal recordings of this repertoire, also from EMI catalog. One wonders why would EMI release something like that?! On the other hand, it seems that EMI took a step in the right direction: no new releases of this pianist are seen on the market. Looks like Ms. Rubinova's "star" is not there to "shine". The good news: one uninteresting pianist less! Rather, Martha Argerich or Murray Perahia, to name a few. This CD is NOT RECOMMENDED!
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