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Arthur Rubinstein

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Beethoven
Piano Sonata No.3
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Ravel
Valses nobles et sentimentales
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Chopin
Nocturne op.27 no.2
Ballade No.1

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Arthur Rubinstein (1887–1982) was one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. He made his debuts in the USA in 1906 and London in 1912. He was a superb performer of Chopin and his 1960s recordings of nearly all Chopin’s solo piano music have been considered essential to any record collection since their release. His honours included the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society of London, the US Medal of Freedom (1976), and membership of the French Legion of Honour. This is a rare live recording of Rubinstein made by the BBC in 1963 which has only recently been discovered in the National Sound Archives. It has never been issued before in any format.

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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 1770–1827

Piano Sonata No.3 in C major op.2 no.3

1 I Allegro con brio 10.37

2 II Adagio 8.12

3 III Scherzo: Allegro – Trio 3.48

4 IV Allegro assai 5.06

 

MAURICE RAVEL 1875–1937

Valses nobles et sentimentales

5 Modéré, très franc 1.23

6 Assez lent, avec une expression intense 2.06

7 Modéré 1.11

8 Assez animé 1.10

9 Presque lent, dans un sentiment in time 1.43

10 Vif 0.37

11 Moins vif 2.33

12 Épilogue: Lent 4.04

 

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN 1810–1849

13 Nocturne in D flat major op.27 no.2 6.21

14 Ballade No.1 in G minor  op.23 9.21

 

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FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN

15 Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise brillante op.22 14.16

 

ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN piano

 

Recorded: Concert Hall, Broadcasting House, London, 17 March 1963; 6 October 1959 (bonus)

 

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Martin Kendrick
09/Aug/2013

“...this recital reveals the multifaceted artistry of Arthur Rubinstein at its most heartwarming...a concert to treasure... ”

BBC Music Magazine

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    Martin Kendrick
    09/Aug/2013

    “Ravel's Valses nobles et sentimentales is decidedly elegant...a beautiful performance at its most haunting in the slower waltzes...phenomenal Chopin playing”

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