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The Chopin Collection Box set, Import

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  • Performer: Artur Rubinstein
  • Composer: Frederic Chopin
  • Audio CD (October 7, 1991)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 11
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • 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: RCA Victor Europe / BMG
  • ASIN: B000026OW3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,637 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nocturnes, Op. 9 No. 1 In B-Flat Minor
2. Nocturnes, Op. 9 No. 2 In E-Flat
3. Nocturnes, Op. 9 No. 3 In B
4. Nocturnes, Op. 15 No. 1 In F
5. Nocturnes, Op. 15 No. 2 In F-Sharp
6. Nocturnes, Op. 15 No. 3 In G Minor
7. Nocturnes, Op. 27 No. 1 In C-Sharp Minor
8. Nocturnes, Op. 27 No. 2 In D-Flat
9. Nocturnes, Op. 32 No. 1 In B
10. Nocturnes, Op. 32 No. 2 In A-Flat
11. Nocturnes, Op. 37 No. 1 In G-Minor
12. Nocturnes, Op. 37 Nocturnes, Op. 37
13. Nocturnes, Op. 48 No. 1 In C Minor
14. Nocturnes, Op. 48 No. 2 In F-Sharp Minor
15. Nocturnes, Op. 55 No. 1 In F Minor
16. Nocturnes, Op. 55 No. 2 In E-Flat
17. Nocturnes, Op. 62 No. 1 In B
18. Nocturnes, Op. 62 No. 2 In E
19. Nocturnes, Op. 72: No. 1 In E Minor
20. Mazurkas, Op. 6 No. 1 In F-Sharp Minor
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11CD box set with the legendary Rubinsetin recordings of Chopin works.

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Tough the sound is not quite like a state of the art recording, it is very good.
Juan Villarreal
Personally, I think his version is the best interpretation of Chopin when approaching the works from the perspective of his life, moreover, it is very touching.
Patrick Park
I would recommend this set to those who love Chopin and want to collect all of his pieces.

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155 of 166 people found the following review helpful By What's in a name? on October 17, 2007
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This 11 CD set is absolutely fabulous. Artur Rubinstein was a great pianist, and he was at his best with Chopin. You simply will not hear better performances of Chopin than these. That is not just *my* opinion; he is widely regarded as one of the greatest interpreters of Chopin of all time. Just do a quick online search if you doubt this, and look at reviews of his other CD releases of Chopin pieces here at

This is all of the pieces of Chopin that Rubinstein recorded, though it is not all of the recordings he did of Chopin (he recorded some pieces more than once; many of his earlier mono recordings are not included), and it is not all of the pieces that Chopin wrote (because Rubinstein never recorded all of what Chopin wrote). If one wants all of the works of Chopin, one should still buy this set, but one would need to buy a few other CDs of other people performing the few pieces of Chopin that Rubinstein never recorded.

10 of the 11 discs were recorded in the late 1950's & 1960's in good quality stereo sound (though obviously not as high fidelity as is possible now). The last disc was recorded in the 1940's, so the sound is not great, and is mono. Nevertheless, it is still listenable, and the performances are still superb.

It comes with a nice, informative, multi-lingual booklet. English is one of the included languages.

You should buy this set before they raise the price; it is great. This set would be worth buying even if they charged normal retail prices for the CDs (which would be somewhere around $200 for this many discs). I bought an earlier release of this set for around $100 some years ago, and was very happy with the deal.
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204 of 221 people found the following review helpful By Gengler VINE VOICE on January 31, 2009
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It's somewhat dismaying to read reviews that begin with something like "Obviously, Rubinstein was a great famous pianist, and this is one of the greatest Chopin recordings EVER!" Clearly, there's no argument with the opening - Rubinstein was one of the titans of the keyboard during the 20th century, and many of his recordings still provide tremendous enjoyment. But for this listener, these justly famous recordings of Chopin - far from complete - are neither the finest examples of this pianist's legacy nor the finest recordings of the works themselves.

I highly recommend this set for the casual listener, who wants to have some Chopin in his or her collection. You can pick it up on amazon currently for about $21 (for 11 discs!!) For that price, this set will sate your appetite, and provide hours - if not a lifetime - of listening pleasure.

For the student of music, or piano, or simply the more discerning listener/collector, this set should be - and needs to be - heard in context. Rubinstein was in his "early" senior years when the recordings were made. Gone is the flamboyance, and risk taking of his youth. In its place was a golden, burnished piano tone, and careful - oh so careful - playing. Careful is good. Careful is meticulous. Careful is boring.

There are those who will jump all over me for suggesting this (particularly those who end the first sentence of their review with the word "EVER!") but there is a monotony associated with this set of recordings - a beautiful monotony to be sure, but a monotony none the less. The playing works for the beautiful Nocturnes and Waltzes, but is far less successful for, say, the Mazurkas which sound like cocktail hour at a senior center.

After two or three discs all the playing begins to sound the same.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By J. Grant on January 7, 2008
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There may be better (according to your taste) individual recordings of Chopin's works contained in this set, but not that much better, and certainly not at this price. Artists such as Arrau (Etudes, which aren't in this set & his darker Nocturnes), Moravec's Ballades, Michelangeli's Sonata No.2, Kapell's Mazurkas & Pollini's Preludes come to mind. That being said, Rubinstein's interpretations of all of these works are also outstanding, and nobody can touch him on the Waltzes (well, maybe Lipatti). The only minor disappointment of this set is the subpar recording quality of the Preludes, but the playing of them is still very nice and quite listenable. If you don't already own these works, this is definately the place to start (especially at less than $3 a CD), and if you don't know Rubinstein's sophisticated and aristrocratic readings of Chopin, you must see what you're missing. Highly recommended.

**At the time I printed this review the price was $27.99**
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By kaream on September 8, 2010
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Rubinstein made studio recordings of Chopin's piano works during three distinct periods: early recordings during 1928-1939, a more mature series of mono recordings from 1946 to 1958, and then a series of stereo retakes from 1959 to 1967. I largely agree with G Engler's review for the thoughtful comments on Rubinstein's playing at various phases in his career.

The more extensive and relatively complete sets of the named genres are dated as follows:
--Scherzos: 1932, 1949, and 1959;
--Polonaises: 1934-35, 1950-51, and 1964;
--Nocturnes: 1936-37, 1949-50, and 1965;
--Mazurkas: 1938-39, 1952-53, and 1965-66;
--Waltzes: 1953, and 1963; and
--Impromptus: 1953-54, and 1964.
(I'm aware of only the 1959 complete set of the Ballades.)

To some extent I can understand people's desire for the very best recording technology, but to me this is always of *much* less consequence than the playing itself. I'm willing to put up with some pretty mediocre audio quality for listening to musicianship that strikes me as sympathetically reflecting the composer's background, intent and mood, but I have no time for the best SACD renditions of many popular and acclaimed performers I can think of. Music is never just notes to be played, no matter how technically skillful the performer.

None of Rubinstein's different Chopin recordings can be considered "youthful" - he was already 40 years old when he began these earliest recordings. Nevertheless there are clearly many stylistic differences between his playing in the 1930s and that of the two later series.
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Did Rubinstein ever record the Chopin etudes?
Indeed, he felt they were beyond his ability. This link lists the ones he did record. I don't think Horowitz did the whole set, either. I have read conjecture that the etudes, and Liszt's were not intended for anyone to be able to play all of them. I wonder whether the composers played all of... Read More
Jul 8, 2012 by Antonius Tio |  See all 4 posts
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