Rubinstein Collection, Vol. 35: Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.2; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; Prelude
 
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Rubinstein Collection, Vol. 35: Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.2; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; Prelude

15 July 2000

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Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 18 in C Minor/Moderato: Allegro (Remastered 1999)
10:13
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Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 18 in C Minor/Adagio sostenuto (Remastered 1999)
11:53
3
Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 18 in C Minor/Allegro scherzando (Remastered 1999)
11:05
4
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43/Introduction (Remastered 1999)
0:15
5
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation I (Precedente) (Remastered 1999)
0:20
6
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43/Theme (Remastered 1999)
0:19
7
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation II (Remastered 1999)
0:18
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Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation III (Remastered 1999)
0:25
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Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation IV (Remastered 1999)
0:29
10
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation V (Remastered 1999)
0:28
11
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation VI (Remastered 1999)
1:01
12
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation VII (Remastered 1999)
0:54
13
Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation VIII (Remastered 1999)
0:31
14
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation IX (Remastered 1999)
0:29
15
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation X (Remastered 1999)
0:54
16
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation XI (Remastered 1999)
1:28
17
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation XII (Remastered 1999)
1:24
18
Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation XIII (Remastered 1999)
0:28
19
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation XIV (Remastered 1999)
0:43
20
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation XV (Remastered 1999)
1:03
21
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation XVI (Remastered 1999)
1:27
22
Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation XVII (Remastered 1999)
1:44
23
Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation XVIII (Remastered 1999)
3:13
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Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation XIX (Remastered 1999)
0:26
25
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation XX (Remastered 1999)
0:35
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Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation XXI (Remastered 1999)
0:24
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Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation Xxii (Remastered 1999)
1:38
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Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation Xxiii (Remastered 1999)
0:55
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Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43/Variation Xxiv (Remastered 1999)
1:14
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Prelude, Op. 3/No. 2 in C-sharp Minor (Remastered 1999)
4:15

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  • Original Release Date: 30 Nov 1955
  • Label: RCA Red Seal
  • Copyright: (P)1999, BMG Entertainment
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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These are classic performances of the only two Rachmaninov works with orchestra in Arthur Rubinstein's repertoire. The sound is amazing (very early stereo by RCA) and has been made even better by the 20-bit, CELLO technology used in all of the Complete Rubinstein Collection from RCA. However, the Concerto can be heard in a much better recording in Rubinstein's 1971-remake with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, (when Rubinstein was 85!). That performance shows the clear superiority of Ormandy and the Philadelphians in both the orchestral sound that Rachmaninov preferred himself, and in Ormandy's expertise in matching Rubinstein's amazingly vital and lush playing. That recording is in Volume 60 of the Rubinstein Collection (which also contains Rubinstein's fourth recording of the Grieg Concerto). The decision is obvious: get this recording with Rubinstein's only recording of the Paganini Variations and get the better Concerto recording when it is released; both have marvelous accompanying booklets and information.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best performances of Paganini Vars. 10 Nov 2008
By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Rachmaninov's 2nd by Rubinstein is not his best, but Paganini Rhapsody is no doubt one of greatest recordings of the work, played with dazzling virtuosity & deep feeling. The famous Variation no.18 is just magical played in exactly right tempo and with noble poise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rubinstein + Reiner = Riveting Rachmaninoff 25 Aug 2000
By Hank Drake - Published on Amazon.com
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Arthur Rubinstein was a aquaintance of Sergei Rachmaninoff's, revered the elder musician's piano performances, and admired--with some reservations--his compositions. Surprisingly, he recorded a very limited repertoire of the Russian composer's works--a total of three compositions, all represented here.

The Concerto and Paganini Rhapsody were recorded in 1956. The recorded sound was astonishing for its day, and remains pretty impressive now. The performances recorded here remain of the first rank. Rubinstein, like Rachmaninoff, had very large hands--stretches and other technical hurdles which other pianists found uncomfortable were child's play for Rubinstein.

Rubinstein achieves an excellent balance between structure--which is usually neglected in these works--and the details of phrasing, rubato (always natural sounding), and dynamics. Reiner, with the Chicago Symphony, do an excellent job with the orchestral contribution. The two artists reportedly had a rocky personal relationship (Reiner had some tart things to say about Rubintein's technique during the making of this recording, the result being that Rubinstein refused to work with him in the future), but they achieved fine results here.

These recordings rank along side Rachmaninoff's own in these pieces, and in the Rhapsody almost reach the level of the Kapell/Reiner recording--still the my favorite version.

Rubinstein's idiomatic reading of the infamous C-sharp minor Prelude was recorded several years earlier, and is in mono. The only regret here is that Rubinstein never saw fit to record more of Rachmaninoff's music.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re" "alarmingly fast"�I have to disagree. 14 Mar 2003
By David - Published on Amazon.com
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The Rubinstein/Reiner recording of the Rachmaninoff Second has always been one of my favorites-I have it in two different LP issues, and also on an early CD release-so I am probably prejudiced by so many repeated hearings. Compared to other recordings, such as Cliburn/Reiner, this one does indeed flow a little faster, but to describe it as "alarmingly fast," as one of your reviewers did, seems inappropriate. It is worth noting, in fact, that Rubinstein's recording is actually SLOWER than Rachmaninoff's own recording reissued on Naxos. It is typically Rubinstein (at least to my experience), in that Rubinstein (and Reiner) do not distort the overall structure of the work by swooning over the music. Rubinstein is subtle; his recordings grow on you with repeated listening. For example, on first hearing his stereo recording of the Chopin nocturnes, I was disappointed at what I thought was his failure to emphasize certain passages; as I became more familiar with the recordings, however, I realized that he was in fact very much aware of those passages, but he never indulged them to the point that they destroyed the structure as a whole. Comparing his recordings of the Second with Rachmaninoff's, I find that not only is he a little bit slower than Rachmaninoff, but he also lets the music relax where it needs to, even more so than Rachmaninoff. Coupled with my favorite recording of the Paganini variations, I highly recommend this issue.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cut the old guy a little slack, would ya? 6 Jun 2001
By Alan W. Pollack - Published on Amazon.com
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The Concerto and Prelude on this recording are both candidates for a list of art works that the average person on the street will recognize instantly even if a majority of such persons have no idea of the title or the composer of the piece! Even if you don't particularly go in much for the ultra-romantic affect of these pieces you simply must have at least copy of them around the house as a matter of principle, even if you find them evolving into self-parody or some kind of guilty pleasure over time.
You can find amusing examples of how these pieces have been popularly exploited in the movies of the 40s and 50s; the Concerto plays a prominent role in the comedy "Seven Year Itch," and the prelude is performed by Harpo Marx in "A Day At The Races." But I digress.
These particular recordings are both legendary and sonically well preserved for their age. If you're looking to purchase a first recording of these great warhorses this is a nice choice at a bargain of a price.
Take with a large grain of salt the mixed review of the person above who describes them as "uneven and out of tune." Personally I don't even agree with his observation of the first movement of the Concerto being too fast.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taste, style, melodic playing and masterful conducting. 4 Aug 2004
By Atticus Finch, Brooklyn - Published on Amazon.com
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Musicians today need to be reminded of just how wonderful things were forty years ago and further back. The artistry on this recording is so detailed and fine-tuned. Mr. Rubinstein's phrasing is impeccable. Listen to the nuance at the end of each phrase -- his shaping is exquisite. He was that rare phenomenon: a gift to all of us -- he could express himself verbally and instrumentally and we are richer because of it. Art is alive on this recording. The technical acrobats of today need to open their ears and begin to listen to what music is. I do not devalue all the artists today. There are some who deserve our attention. But let us not forget what we had.

Music is not self-absorption (as so many performers seem to think it is), but communication on a deeper level. We immediately enter the world of feelings. Mr Rubinstein has left us a legacy and I am grateful to have had the experience of hearing him live some 34 years ago. Wish it were now so that I could appreciate him even more.

Reiner is a powerhouse and commanding. I'm crazy about his other recordings as well.

The recording itself was well-done with the finest technology of the day. The fidelity rings true. It's very clean. I'm sure the combined effort got raves back then and, to me, it still does.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artur Rubinstein: the colorist per excellence! 27 Feb 2007
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
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Artur Rubinstein was one of the most extraordinary colorists of the pianoÑ owner of that prodigious ability to remark, depict and describe the inner tensions without losing the formal structure, elegance and lyricsm of the work he played, he hovers his Rachmaninov's performances of a very unusual noblesse and sense of grandeur (as Walter Gieseking or William Kapell, for instance).

This Rachmaninov's second. although it lacks of required fierceness in some passages, it's elegant, sensitive and romantically scented.

The Variations on Paganini's theme to my mind are less impressive respect to the other not so well known version recorded with Victor de Sabata, which is much more incisive, mercurial and imaginative.

A worthy to collect album!
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