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Being an Artur Rubinstein "freak," ...

Post by Lance » Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:37 pm

Any time I see a live performance recording of Rubinstein, I have to have it. Doesn't matter how many recordings of these pieces he has made commercially, it's nice to "look in" to a live performance. Such it is I discovered one I missed:

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Brahms: Piano Concerto #2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 83
with Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI
André Cluytens, conductor (r. live 1962)

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54
Orchestra A. Scarlatti di Napoli della RAI
Franco Caracciolo, conductor (r. 1964)

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Re: Being an Artur Rubinstein "freak," ...

Post by Rach3 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:48 pm

I have that Brahms 2nd PC. I am probably guilty of hyperbole, but that live performance may be the " best " Brahms 2nd PC I've ever heard , recorded or live.

I have not heard the Schumann.

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Re: Being an Artur Rubinstein "freak," ...

Post by jbuck919 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:56 pm

He was a fine pianist, but there have long been a thousand or more in the world who could play rings around him, including students at Juilliard and Curtis. Rubinstein himself would have acknowledged this. In one of his memoirs, he wrote that in order to keep up with another just lucky pianist, Horowitz, he had to practice like crazy because he was getting half the notes wrong. He never recorded the Chopin etudes, because by his own admission he was not up to them, while listen to this:


There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Johann Sebastian Bach

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Re: Being an Artur Rubinstein "freak," ...

Post by maestrob » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:38 am

Rach3 wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:48 pm
I have that Brahms 2nd PC. I am probably guilty of hyperbole, but that live performance may be the " best " Brahms 2nd PC I've ever heard , recorded or live.

I have not heard the Schumann.
Cluytens was a vastly underappreciated conductor who did well in non-French repertoire, and I suspect that he got along well with Rubinstein (at least musically) for this performance. Richter made my personal favorite of Brahms II at about the same time (Leinsdorf/Chicago), so when I turn to Brahms, that's the one I turn to.

Thanks for the heads' up, both of you, I may get this. :)

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