Chopin – 19 Nocturnes (Arthur Rubinstein)

Arthur Rubinstein, KBE (January 28, 1887 – December 20, 1982) was a Polish-American classical pianist who received international acclaim for his performances of the music written by a variety of composers; many regard him as the greatest Chopin interpreter of his time. He is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. He played in public for eight decades.

Amazon.com: Despite Arthur Rubinstein’s extroverted personality and open-hearted interpretive approach, his performances of Chopin’s introspective, half-lit Nocturnes inspired him to some of his greatest recordings, as this, the last of his three traversals of the 19, amply demonstrates. His earlier recordings, from 1936-37 and 1949-50, have their admirers, but this set dating from 1965 and 1967 is superior for its interpretive depth and realistic stereo sound. It’s a touch slower than the earlier versions, and Rubinstein’s glorious tone color, mastery of shadings, and unerring sense of rubato help make these among his greatest recordings. He makes the music breathe as few others have; the melodies go straight to the heart thanks to subtle phrasing that wrings worlds of emotion without wallowing. That sense of naturalness and inevitability in his playing can be heard in every one of these 19 works. It makes the start of Op. 27, No. 1 deeply moving and inspires awe at the way he brings structural clarity to Op. 48, No. 1 without compromising its mood. Others may have equaled his achievement in one or another of these works, but as a set, this is inspired pianism. –Dan Davis

 

Chopin – 19 Nocturnes (Arthur Rubinstein) Tracklist

  1. Op. 9, No. 1 – 00:00
  2. Op. 9, No. 2 – 05:28
  3. Op. 9, No. 3 – 09:54
  4. Op. 15, No. 1 – 16:44
  5. Op. 15, No. 2 – 21:05
  6. Op. 15, No. 3 – 25:03
  7. Op. 27, No. 1 – 30:08
  8. Op. 27, No. 2 – 35:48
  9. Op. 32, No. 1 – 42:04
  10. Op. 32, No. 2 – 46:47
  11. Op. 37, No. 1 – 52:36
  12. Op. 37, No. 2 – 59:00
  13. Op. 48, No. 1 – 01:05:55
  14. Op. 48, No. 2 – 01:11:51
  15. Op. 55, No. 1 – 01:19:11
  16. Op. 55, No. 2 – 01:24:52
  17. Op. 62, No. 1 – 01:30:41
  18. Op. 62, No. 2 – 01:37:32
  19. Op. 72, No. 1 – 01:42:53

Chopin - 19 Nocturnes (Arthur Rubinstein)

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