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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Eterna) Fryderyk Chopin – Piano Concert No. 2 (Rubinstein/Wallenstein)


The sounds coming off this disc is among the most beautiful ever committed to a mechanical recording device. No, I don’t mean the recorded sound — I mean the sound produced by a living human musician on his piano. This includes such items that no microphone technique can efface, however poor it may be: impeccable legato, perfect phrasing, living inside the music with your imagination, bringing it to life in vibrant splendour. The actual sound coming out of your loudspeakers may not be as luminous when you compare them to a modern rexording. But this is music-making, not record making! This is Chopin, not musical wallpaper. You have to engage your heart together with your ears, or you’ll lose the plot!. Since Rubinstein’s recordings are made so long ago, the recording quality certainly will not be as sophisticated as the present but if we can concentrate on his musicality, his beautiful tone color, performances that has virtuosity but the most important thing brought forward is making music, it is a joy and inspiring to listen to him being an artist and not simply a mechanic. There is no one “correct” way to interpret any piece of music, you just have to find the performance that you like the most but Rubinstein’s performances certainly rank right up there for many people. You don’t have to be musically educated to enjoy art, just listen, look, and react the way you feel. Enjoy!

Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Performer: Artur Rubinstein
Orchestra: Symphony Of The Air Orchestra
Conductor: Alfred Wallenstein
Vinyl 1959/1975

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: ETERNA
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 797 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Eterna) Fryderyk Chopin – Piano Concert No. 1 (Rubinstein/Skrowaczewski)


Rubinstein recorded the Chopin Concertos numerous times. This version of Chopin’s first Concerto is the most successful of Rubinstein’s several versions, partly thanks to the sensitive accompaniment of the New London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. Tempos are well-judged, phrasing is supple and natural, virtuosity is there, but not for its own sake. Since Rubinstein’s recordings are made so long ago, the recording quality certainly will not be as sophisticated as the present but if we can concentrate on his musicality, his beautiful tone color, performances that has virtuosity but the most important thing brought forward is making music, it is a joy and inspiring to listen to him being an artist and not simply a mechanic. There is no one “correct” way to interpret any piece of music, you just have to find the performance that you like the most but Rubinstein’s performances certainly rank right up there for many people. You don’t have to be musically educated to enjoy art, just listen, look, and react the way you feel. Enjoy!

Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Performer: Artur Rubinstein
Orchestra: New Symphony Orchestra London
Conductor: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Vinyl 1961/1975

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: ETERNA
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 773 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Ludwig van Beethoven – The 5 Piano Concerti (Rubinstein/Leinsdorf)

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No one has quite the presence and panache and mastery of line of the wonderful Artur Rubinstein. And his piano sound is very distinctive and refreshing in spite of the age of his recordings. He has a way of holding one’s interest and delight through the special quality of understanding the drama of all he plays. “Rubinstein,” a prominent conductor once quipped, “is the only pianist you could wake up at midnight and ask to play any of the 38 major piano concertos.” Hyperbole aside, Rubinstein was indeed one of the most versatile and commanding of all virtuosos, and he left a series of recordings for piano and orchestra that are still big sellers decades later. These recordings, made in 1965-67, demonstrate Rubinstein was just as “on top” of these works technically as he was in the earlier set with Krips (1956) and much more “into” them musically. In addition, the playing is notably more alert and straightforward than in his later set with Barenboim (1975).

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Artur Rubinstein
Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Vinyl (1965-67)
Number of discs: 4
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 3.31 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Artur Rubinstein – The Chopin Scherzos (original US pressing)

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# Composer: Frédéric Chopin
# Performer: Artur Rubinstein
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: RCA Red Seal | LSC-2368
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.57GB), 24-bit/96kHz (809MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (201MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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

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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

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (RCA Living Stereo) Johannes Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 1 (Rubinstein/Reiner)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this beautiful reissue
The Brahms D minor Concerto is a difficult work to pull off successfully: the piano part is ungrateful, and often drowned out by an overorchestrated accompaniment. Also, many pianists–most notably Glenn Gould–tend to drag the tempos beyond all reason. Rubinstein, who was ten years old when Brahms died, would never have considered such a nonsensical approach. The Concerto was written early in Brahms career, and was the work of a passionate young man. In essence, Brahms without the beard. This is the first stereo recording, taped in 1954, to be made of this Concerto. (The stereo version, however, was not released until 1977).

# Composer:  Johannes Brahms
# Performer: Artur Rubinstein
# Orchestra:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Vinyl (1954/200???)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA Living Stereo
# DR-Analysis: DR: 13
# Size: 1.81 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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