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Anton Rubinstein: Piano Music, Vol. 2

Album Summary

>Rubinstein, Anton : Serenade Russe, for piano in B minor (for an album in memory of Bellini)
>Rubinstein, Anton : Melodie
>Rubinstein, Anton : Souvenir de Dresde, pieces (6) for piano, Op. 118
>Rubinstein, Anton : Pieces (2) for piano, Op. 26
>Rubinstein, Anton : Akrostichon (no 1), for piano ("Laura"), Op. 37
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On this second volume of Anton Rubinstein's piano music, Grammy-nominated pianist Joseph Banowetz interprets works spanning the composer's long career, from the famous Melody in F, written by the 23-year-old Rubinstein to the nostalgic Souvenir of Dresden composed in the year of his death. Russian Serenade is a charming vision of the composer's homeland, the Romance and Impromptu a pair contrasting the lyrical and virtuosic, while Akrostichon No. 1 is a gently understated love poem. Volume 1 (NXS 8570941) is also available.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (11/03/2008-11/04/2008).



Reviews

There really is a reason most forgotten music is forgotten
I am the first to admit that Anton Rubinstein's 4th piano Concerto is a great and undeservedly ignored romantic concerto. But if one looks carefully at the 150 years since the work was composed, one will see that for much of that time it was in the repertoire of some of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. Rachmaninov, Hoffman and Paderewski all championed it. Then in the late 1960s Raymond Lewenthal and Michael Ponti took up the banner, and it is experiencing quite a revival in our own time with such pianists as Marc-Andre Hamelin, Matti Raekallio, and Joseph Banowetz performing and recording the concerto. Granted this is not the success enjoyed by the Brahms concerti, but to put this in respective I wonder if any one of you out there has ever heard, not to say heard of, the two piano concerti by Ignaz BrĂ¼ll, a truly fine composer and virtuoso pianist who was greatly admired by Johannes Brahms, Carl Goldmark, Eduard Hanslick and Gustav Mahler among others of his time. Joseph Banowetz is an excellent pianist who has made a career of the forgotten piano music of the romantic era, and this CD of piano music by Anton Rubinstein is his stock in trade. It consists of a number of works, other than the fairly well known Melody in F, that have to my knowledge rarely, if ever, been made available on record or CD. I have never encountered them on a recital program and my reaction to this Rubinstein recording project was a decidedly interested one. I thought there must be some gems in the considerable opus of the man who wrote the great d minor piano concerto. Sadly, in this group of pieces, there aren't, and I would never knowingly choose to listen to any of this music again. The music is predictable, bordering on the banal, and without the slightest touch of genius. In short, it is salon music of the worst kind: well constructed and boring. Having said this, there are in fact two pieces that I did listen to again because it seemed to me that they had a spark of something. It was wishful thinking. One was the Romance in F Major, Op. 26 No. 1 which sounds quite like something Clara Schumann might have improvised when pressed to do so but not really in the mood. The other was the third of the Akrostichon No. 1 Op. 37 and I have no clue as to why I gave it another try. It pains me, given my love of Rubinstein's 4th concerto, to write this. But in my view this is a recording that has little interest other than as an historical document, and little value other than to those whose ambition is to amass an encyclopedic collection.
Submitted on 08/19/10 by Leni Bogat 
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Works Details

>Rubinstein, Anton : Sérénade Russe, for piano in B minor (for an album in memory of Bellini)
  • Performer: Joseph Banowetz (Piano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (11/03/2008-11/04/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Rubinstein, Anton : Melodie
  • Performer: Joseph Banowetz (Piano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (11/03/2008-11/04/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852

>Rubinstein, Anton : Souvenir de Dresde, pieces (6) for piano, Op. 118
  • Performer: Joseph Banowetz (Piano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (11/03/2008-11/04/2008)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Rubinstein, Anton : Pieces (2) for piano, Op. 26
  • Performer: Joseph Banowetz (Piano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (11/03/2008-11/04/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854-1858

>Rubinstein, Anton : Akrostichon (no 1), for piano ("Laura"), Op. 37
  • Performer: Joseph Banowetz (Piano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (11/03/2008-11/04/2008)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic