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Chopin: Waltzes; Impromptus: Bolero (Artur Rubinstein Collection, Vol 47) Original recording remastered

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  • Performer: Arthur Rubinstein
  • Composer: Frederic Chopin
  • Audio CD (9 Sept. 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000031WBU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. "Waltzes, Op. 34"
  2. "Waltzes, Op. 64"
  3. "Waltzes, Op. 69"
  4. "Waltzes, Op. 70"
  5. "Waltz No. 1, Op. 18, Grande valse brillante, in E-flat"
  6. "No. 1, Valse brillante, in A-flat"
  7. "No. 2, Valse brillante, in A Minor"
  8. "No. 3, Valse brillante, in F"
  9. "Waltz No. 5, Op. 42, Two-four, in E-flat"
  10. "No. 1, Minute, in D-flat"
  11. No. 2 in C-sharp Minor
  12. No. 3 in A-flat
  13. "No. 1, L'Adieu, in A-flat"
  14. No. 2 in B Minor
  15. No. 1 in G-Flat
  16. No. 2 in F Minor
  17. No. 3 in D-Flat
  18. "Waltz No. 14, Op. posth. in E Minor"
  19. "Impromptu No. 1, Op. 29 in A-flat"
  20. "Impromptu No. 2, Op. 36 in F-sharp"
  21. "Impromptu No. 3, Op. 51 in G-Flat"
  22. "Fantasie-impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op. 66 No. 4"
  23. "Bolero, Op. 19 in A"

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Rubinstein’s interpretations of Chopin’s waltzes are considered by many to be the finest; they are also the performances that many will have grown up with. This disc certainly doesn’t disappoint – Rubinstein handles each waltz with vivacity and grace, tempo rubato being deployed with great understanding of the music (as one might expect from Rubinstein). People are likely to be more familiar with some of the waltzes than others, the famous ‘Grande Valse Brillante’ (Op. 18) and the ‘Minute’ (Op. 64 No. 1) being particularly well-known, for instance, but listening to each and every one of these pieces is a joy.
It says a great deal that the Impromptus, Fantaisie-Impromptu and the Boléro can be considered a very welcome bonus; it would be worth buying the disc for the waltzes alone. The Impromptus are performed with great aplomb, while the Boléro does not deserve to be considered a ‘minor work’. This digitally remastered disc is not only a wonderful addition to a record collection: it is an essential one.
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Rubinstein's interpretation of these works still has ever-green freshness and noble grace. This latest remastering with 20 bit / Super CD Encoding has added more body and brilliance to the original, beautifully capturing subtlety and intricacy of his playing.
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This set of the waltzes has all the aristocratic poise that is typical of Rubinstein's approach to Chopin. The remastering from the late 1990's has been very successful in reducing the boxy sound of the original and this set is obligatory listening for all who warm to Rubinstein's vision.

Even for those who do not fully warm to Rubinstein's somewhat cool and dispassionate playing, his view is of such stature that it still remains an invaluable yardstick against which others may be judged.

One of the virtues of Rubinstein's playing is the complete lack of additional emotional overlay and this enables the listener to concentrate on the notes that Chopin wrote, which is also what Rubinstein does.

I would therefore suggest that this set of the waltzes deserves to be included on any short-list of potential purchases.

Further Note: The 10 disc box set published in 2010 with 24 bit remastering of the whole collection offers a significant improvement on sound in every way on all discs. This can be confidently stated as I own both and have been able to do an A/B comparison. That box set must now be the best possible purchase.
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A beautiful CD with exquisite playing by the old master of Chopin. Just a delight from start to finish. I have a boxed set of the RCA recordings on 12" vinyl and although they are equally wonderful they are not without the odd unwanted noise. The CD seems unblemished in this respect. I also have the Nocturnes on CD and hope to acquire more of Rubinstein's output on that medium before too long. Five stars plus!
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