HD-Vinyl 24/192 (RCA Living Stereo) Frederyk Chopin – The Chopin Ballades (Rubinstein)

Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this gem
Rubinstein was in his prime when these versions of the Chopin Ballades were recorded in 1959. Curiously, he had never before recorded them.
Rubinstein was temperamentally well suited to these works, moreso than in the Mazurkas and Preludes. The narrative aspect of the Ballades suited his intuitive sense of structure well. At this point in his career, Rubinstein had known these pieces for six decades. It is no wonder, therefore, that he performs them more convincingly than, say, Kissin does on his recent recording.

# Composer:  Frederyk Chopin
# Performer: Artur Rubinstein
# Vinyl (1960)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA Living Stereo
# DR-Analysis: DR: 11
# Size: 1.37 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory


Many consider Artur Rubinstein the perfect Chopin interpreter, and often he was. This is another case when the popular notion is correct. We have the Polish-born pianist performing the 4 Ballades by Frederic Chopin.

Rubinstein gives superb performances of the Ballades. No. 1 is majestic in breadth. No. 2 is lovely with incredible power when called for. There are no idiosyncratic tempo fluctuations, no sentimentality, no see-what-I-can-do showmanship. No. 3 is a raving beauty with such grace and delicacy when appropriate but with power at hand when needed. This is the way Chopin should be played. The finish is the final word on that Ballade for all time. No. 4 is my favorite Ballade. Rubinstein gives it that melancholic playfulness and open vulnerability that Chopin intended. Rubinstein allows us to share his intimate experience with each Ballade as he plays. The intensity is maintained but not unleashed until just the right moment. Rubinstein keeps his tone carefully rounded even in louder passages, not an easy feat as too many pianists demonstrate. What’s more, he always demonstrates his total comprehension of the long view of each Ballade.


A1 Ballade No. 1 In G-minor, Op. 23 9:13
A2 Ballade No. 2 In F, Op. 38 6:36
B1 Ballade No. 3 In A-flat, Op. 47 7:12
B2 Ballade No. 4 In F-minor, Op. 52 10:36

 Analyzed folder: /Volumes/HD Music/ Classical Publishing/192kFrCh_Bal_Rub/192k Chopin – Ballades – Rubinstein
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename

 DR11        -1.69 dB     -17.80 dB     A1 Ballade No. 1 In G-minor, Op. 23.wav
 DR11        -2.00 dB     -18.85 dB     A2 Ballade No. 2 In F, Op. 38.wav
 DR12        -2.18 dB     -19.18 dB     B1 Ballade No. 3 In A-flat, Op. 47.wav
 DR12        -1.06 dB     -19.31 dB     B2 Ballade No. 4 In F-minor, Op. 52.wav

 Number of files:    4
 Official DR value:    DR11



Ripping Infos


If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music.
Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
I tend more and more, in the last time, to de-click with an automatic setting between 0.7 and 1.2 so you can say, my rips are like half rough rips.

  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Very light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
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8 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/192 (RCA Living Stereo) Frederyk Chopin – The Chopin Ballades (Rubinstein)

  1. Thousands thanks for this gem, dear Rach and Jean-Luc!
    How could I pass it by…?
    Well, this is the great Chopin, a real milestone in Rubinstein’s recording career.
    Given that I got used to other interpretations of the ballades (Zimerman, Argerich, etc.), this one has sounded rather queer to me at first.
    But now, I love the Rubinstein’s version more and more. It is very lyrical, every note is heard and has its sense.
    The sound is perfect (as always with the Living Stereo issues). There is some surface noise, but it does not prevent from enjoyng the music!

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