Buy Used
$3.57
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by Round3
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Shipped next day from GA, United States. All products are inspected and playing quality guaranteed (excluding any digital content). Our friendly multilingual customer service team will be happy to resolve your queries.
Trade in your item
Get up to a $0.40
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Rubinstein Collection, Chopin, Preludes Original recording remastered

3.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, Original recording remastered, August 8, 2000
"Please retry"
$4.99 $3.57

Stream Millions of Songs FREE with Amazon Prime
Get Started with Amazon Prime Stream millions of songs anytime, anywhere, included with an Amazon Prime membership. Get started

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

Artur Rubinstein was a Chopin specialist and recorded the composer's work often throughout his very long career. But he only recorded the complete 24 Preludes once, in 1946, and that is the recording we have here. (All the other material on the CD was recorded the same year, albeit at different times.) The Preludes are wonderful little works, none longer than four and a half minutes. Rubinstein is particularly masterful in the popular Nos. 19 and 20, which can sound too familiar; he makes us hear them anew. I also wouldn't want to be without the fiery No. 8 or the elegant No. 11, and elsewhere there are fine details to be found as well. As for the other works, the big Sonata, op. 35, is a gem, with its oft-heard but always gripping Funeral March and its overt theatricality, which Rubinstein takes full advantage of. He may have added more depth (and the sound is certainly fuller-bodied and clearer) in his later recordings, but his energy and brilliant technique were never better than they are here. --Robert Levine
  • Sample this album Artist (Sample)
1
30
0:45
Play in Library $0.99
 
2
30
1:52
Play in Library $0.99
 
3
30
0:49
Play in Library $0.99
 
4
30
1:45
Play in Library $0.99
 
5
30
0:27
Play in Library $0.99
 
6
30
1:47
Play in Library $0.99
 
7
30
0:49
Play in Library $0.99
 
8
30
1:40
Play in Library $0.99
 
9
30
1:15
Play in Library $0.99
 
10
30
0:29
Play in Library $0.99
 
11
30
0:34
Play in Library $0.99
 
12
30
0:58
Play in Library $0.99
 
13
30
3:29
Play in Library $0.99
 
14
30
0:24
Play in Library $0.99
 
15
30
4:27
Play in Library $0.99
 
16
30
0:58
Play in Library $0.99
 
17
30
3:35
Play in Library $0.99
 
18
30
0:40
Play in Library $0.99
 
19
30
1:16
Play in Library $0.99
 
20
30
1:30
Play in Library $0.99
 
21
30
1:48
Play in Library $0.99
 
22
30
0:39
Play in Library $0.99
 
23
30
1:04
Play in Library $0.99
 
24
30
2:09
Play in Library $0.99
 
25
30
4:11
Play in Library $0.99
 
26
30
9:04
Play in Library $0.99
 
27
30
4:55
Play in Library $0.99
 
28
30
5:43
Play in Library $0.99
 
29
30
8:38
Play in Library $0.99
 
30
30
1:17
Play in Library $0.99
 
31
30
4:23
Play in Library $0.99
 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 8, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: August 8, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • ASIN: B000031WBN
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,166 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Amazon's Artur Rubinstein Store

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By J. Zhu on April 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
apparently the people who voted one stars don't know jack about historical recordings... this recording sounds how it's supposed to sound: 1940's but the sound doesn't take away from the good performance given by rubinstein here. my five star is to counter those two one star votes... if we still treasure schnabel's 1930's traversal of beethoven sonatas, there is no reason to ignore this because of sound... sound mavens u can stay away because obviously you do not care about a good performance.
1 Comment 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD, in which Arthur Rubinstein plays, besides other Chopin pieces, the 24 Chopin Preludes, is simply fabulous. It is a monument both to Rubinstein and to Chopin. I am 66 years old, I am Italian and live in Milan, and when I was young I had the pleasure to attend many of Rubinstein's concerts, at the end of which he never ended to play encores, so that invariably happened that, when most of the audience had leaved the Auditorium, he continued to play encores for the few persons, among which I was present, who were standing around him and his piano. In these concerts he always played only Chopin (although he was extremely skillful also when he played other Authors, such as, for instance, Beethoven and Schumann: I own a 33 RPM vinyl LP, in which he gives astonishing interpretations of Beethoven's Pathetique and Appassionata Sonatas). But his greatest satisfaction has always consisted in playing Chopin, and in giving pleasure to people who listened to him playing Chopin.(I am simply repeating words that he himself used to say often). That's why he was so generous in giving Chopin concerts (he came in Milan very often) and in delivering neverending encores. He was the idol of my youth, and is still an idol for me, now that I am 66 years old. Of course I possess many LP's of Rubinstein playing Chopin, and when, many years after my youth, Compact Discs were invented and, little by little, became available for sale, I immediately bought the 11 CD box set that RCA dedicated to Rubinstein playing Chopin. The box set contains practically all Chopin, with the only exception of the Etudes, which Rubinstein never played in his whole career.Read more ›
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
Arthur Rubinstein was arguably the 20th Century's most influential exponent of Chopin's music. But genius doesn't operate on an assembly line basis, and Rubinstein's gift for Chopin largely escaped him when these recordings were made.

Rubinstein was generally more at home in the larger Chopin works, where broad narrative sweep and Rubinstein's instinctive understanding of musical architecture served him well. The shorter pieces, such as the Etudes and Preludes, were more tricky for him - perhaps the reason why there are no authorized recordings of the Etudes (except the Trois Nouvelles Etudes) and only one complete recording of the Preludes. In this recording, from 1946, the Preludes are dispatched in a rather perfunctory fashion, with very little individuality or poetry. Music lovers looking for these small masterpieces on CD are best advised to obtain recordings by Bolet, Argerich, Cortot, or Moiseiwitsch.

The Sonata, Op. 35, is played well enough here--although Rubinstein tends to pound in outer sections of the Scherzo. The pianist's 1961 stereo remake is to be preferred here. There is an equally fine recording by Horowitz and the mightiest version of all, Rachmaninoff .

The other performances on this CD are fine, but the stereo versions are still to be preferred. The mono sound throughout is rather hard and airless.
Comment 18 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
I waited years for reissues of historic Rubinstein recordings and am grateful for this one especially. It is the only complete set of the Preludes. When I put this disc on I heard the noise, too. But I have been down this road before and suggest one should turn down the treble drastically. Won't that make the sound "muffled"? Not at all. Try it on someone who has never heard the CD before and see if they don't think the recordings sound fine. The remastering is wonderful, but BMG is not tampering too much with the source material as was so often done in the bad old days. You are being shown respect as a record buyer. Try sound tailoring of this special kind on historic recordings when necessary.
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
I just finished listening to CD9 of the Rubinstein Plays Chopin Collection Rubinstein Plays Chopin, the preludes on the disc above recorded in 1946. I loved 'em. Now here's how you get around the slight noise on the old mono recordings. First, you join the army when you're 18 years old, suffer a service-connected disability of mild high frequency hearing loss (ringing 24/7). Then you get to be 59 years of age, by which time it's gone from mild to moderate. Now, I still enjoy my classical music, but as for hiss and noise? What noise? All I heard was some lovely Chopin played the way I like it, the Rubinstein way.

By the way, for the price here on Amazon, there's simply no reason not to have this set. One cannot really have too much Chopin, you know.
1 Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums



What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?