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Arthur Rubinstein - The Complete Album Collection [Box set]

Artur Rubinstein Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Dec 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 144
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B005G0ETV0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Arthur Rubinstein is widely considered to be the greatest pianist of the 20th Century. He received 5 Grammy Awards for his recordings in both the Chamber Music and Solo Instrumental categories between 1960-1978 and received a posthumous lifetime achievement in 1994.
Arthur Rubinstein – The Complete Album Collection is a Guinness World Record breaking product. The world’s biggest CD edition for a solo artist, it features 142 CDs and 2 Bonus DVDs from this legendary artist all housed in a stylish cerise box with a comprehensive 164-page full colour hardback book.
This 142-CD plus 2-DVD limited edition is the complete studio and live recordings of solo, concerto and chamber music repertoire on RCA Red Seal in their best remastered versions. Includes all EMI recordings [originally released on RCA].

Three Bonus-CDs
• Three new Chopin and one new Debussy work added to the discography
• First-ever release of a whole Chopin Collection
• More than 3 ½ hours of previously unreleased music
• Highlights from Rubinstein’s 1961 Carnegie Hall recitals [“50th Anniversary Special Releases”]

Two Bonus-DVDs:
• Rubinstein Remembered, a documentary tracing the great pianist’s life. • The Benefit Recital for Israel, (1975)

164-page full-coloured hardcover book in landscape format includes
• New liner notes by Rubinstein biographer Harvey Sachs
• Essay by John Rubinstein
• Photos shot and selected by Eva Rubinstein
• Essay on Rubinstein’s 1961 Carnegie Hall recitals
• Complete discography in alphabetical and chronological order, featuring 78s, 45s and LPs
• Track listings with complete discographical notes

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some basic Information which I hope is helpful 15 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD
WARNING: PHANTOM LISTING
Amazon lists the 144 CD Rubinstein box under two different ASIN numbers (Amazon Stock Identification Number):

Arthur Rubinstein: The Complete Album Collection

Arthur Rubinstein: The Complete Album Collection

They are identical, but Amazon treats them as different items, with different sellers and different prices.
Before ordering, check both listings to make sure you get the best price.

I notified Amazon and got this response:

"Hello,
I'm sorry for the misunderstanding.
I understand you "Arthur Rubinstein: The Complete Album Collection" is list 2 times on our website.
I've checked and found that the one is in box set ($298.48) and another is not in box set ($349.98). This is the major difference.
I'm sorry, but I can't check more information on the specific physical details of the "Arthur Rubinstein: The Complete Album Collection" for you."

Aargh!

Check both before ordering: The prices are different.

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Way back in the Twentieth Century (1999) RCA/BMG (not yet Sony) issued the complete Rubinstein on 94 CDs with a nice book.
It was an expensive proposition - at the time it was advertised at Tower Records for $1300.

Now we have 142 CDs + 2 DVDs and a nice book for approximately $300.

This is not quite as remarkable as it seems.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasure, astonishment and gratitude 29 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
28 January 2012 marks 125 years since Rubinstein was born. A great time to consider his legacy in this marvellous set.

The title words to this review are those Harvey Sachs uses in the liner notes to the original Rubinstein Collection to describe how those of us who were lucky enough to hear Rubinstein play live felt after one of his performances. As Sachs says, those words also describe how one feels after hearing Rubinstein's recording of Chopin's B Minor Sonata.

This set is full of such wonderful performances. The recording of the Busoni arrangement of Bach's Chaconne is titanic and must rank among the greatest piano recordings. It exemplifies what Eunice Podis (quoted by Sachs in his excellent biography of Rubinstein) says of Rubinstein's ability to shape very long legato lines, especially in Chopin. Barenboim, also quoted by Sachs refers to something unerring about Rubinstein's healthy musical intellect and Jeremy Siepmann in sleeve notes to the BBC Legends series speaks of his powerful, all embracing sense of rythm, stating that his playing was straightforward, natural simple and healthy. Siepmann also refers to Rubinstein's ability to hear and balance voices in single chords.

Then there is Rubinstein's natural and delicate use of rubato and his gloriously beautiful tone. I would add to the learned opinions above that Rubinstein's sheer love of the music he plays shines through time after time.

You will hear and be touched by these qualities countless times throughout this set. Listen to the delicate weaving of Chopin's Nocturnes, especially Op. 55, no.2 in the 1967 recording and the powerful sense of structure in his Ballades and Scherzos. The recording of the F minor Ballade is another towering performance.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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It is the Christmas present I have got for this year.I cannot wait for the boxing day and opened it this morning. Since then I have been sitting for the whole Christmas day listening to it. This box set has a great presentation to me. Sony, as you can see, changed the usual art work of the big box, as used for Glenn Gould, Horowitz and Heifetz, making it simple and elegant.

The big book, written in multi-language, is gorgeous. Again unlike the previous complete album collection, it size is four times bigger which makes a great pleasure to read. However, if you want to make references to the tracks, it can be a bit clumsy.

This box set not only has the entire RCA records, but also the early EMI records(CDs 1 - 14) and one from Decca (CD 138, Brahms Piano concerto no. 1 with Zubin Mehta), and so it is quite a very complete set. As for the sound quality, I do not have high end stereo, but they do sound good to me. And according to the big book, Sony had all remastered by the engineers of Rubinstein's SACD and XRCD collections.

The 2 DVDs has no surprise to me as I already have them, but the 3 bonus CDs are a real treasure. They were all recorded live from a series of recitals that the Masetro decided to impress the city, 10 recitals without a repeat repertoire within forty days! Although the sound quality of these bonus discs are not impressing, the performance are superb and astonishing.

It worth every penny I spent.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some basic Information which I hope is helpful 21 July 2012
Format:Audio CD
WARNING: PHANTOM LISTING
Amazon lists the 144 CD Rubinstein box under two different ASIN numbers (Amazon Stock Identification Number):

Arthur Rubinstein - The Complete Album Collection

Arthur Rubinstein: The Complete Album Collection

They are identical, but Amazon treats them as different items, with different sellers and different prices.
Before ordering, check both listings to make sure you get the best price.

I notified Amazon and got this response:

"Hello,
I'm sorry for the misunderstanding.
I understand you "Arthur Rubinstein: The Complete Album Collection" is list 2 times on our website.
I've checked and found that the one is in box set ($298.48) and another is not in box set ($349.98). This is the major difference.
I'm sorry, but I can't check more information on the specific physical details of the "Arthur Rubinstein: The Complete Album Collection" for you."

Aargh!

*********************************************************************************************************************************************************

Way back in the Twentieth Century (1999) RCA/BMG (not yet Sony) issued the complete Rubinstein on 94 CDs with a nice book.
It was an expensive proposition - at the time it was advertised at Tower Records for $1300.

Now we have 142 CDs + 2 DVDs and a nice book for approximately $300.

This is not quite as remarkable as it seems.
Read more ›
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