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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Artur Rubinstein

> Applause - Applause
> Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 - I. Allegro non troppo
> Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 - II. Allegro appassionato
> Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 - III. Andante
> Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 - IV. Allegretto grazioso
> Applause - Applause
> 2 Rhapsodies, Op. 79 - 2 Rhapsodies, Op. 79: No. 1 in B minor
> 8 Piano Pieces, Op. 76 - 8 Piano Pieces, Op. 76: No. 2. Capriccio in B minor
> Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27, No. 2 - Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27, No. 2
> Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2 - Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2
> Applause and announcement by Rubinstein - Applause and announcement by Rubinstein
> El amor brujo (Love, the Magician) (version for piano) - El amor brujo (Love, the Magician): Danse rituelle de feu (Ritual Fire Dance) (version for piano)
> Applause - Applause

Album Summary

>Sound, Recorded : Applause
>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
>Brahms, Johannes : Rhapsodies (2) for Piano, Op. 79
>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for piano no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213
>Word, Spoken : Arthur Rubinstein introduces a performance of Manuel de Falla's "Ritual Fire Dance"
>Falla, Manuel de : El amor brujo
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Notes & Reviews:

Arthur Rubinstein's 1966 live recording brings a great deal of spontaneity to the Brahms, which is beautifully played without any of the technical problems often associated with live concerts. The recital is the completion of the Nijmegen concert, the first part being released to great critical acclaim. All these WDR-sourced tapes have been excellently preserved and remastered to the highest standards.

"The orchestral sound is dated and cramped in Brahms's second concerto but Rubinstein's playing is wonderfully fresh, modern and inspired, wrong notes and all. That mercurial, unmannerly generosity extends to his readings of Chopin's Nocturne in D flat major (recorded in Nijmegen in 1963) and to Falla's exhilarating "Ritual Fire Dance"." The Observer

Gramophone Magazine
He performs with an eloquence and exultance that are quite simply unique. Every inch a musical king, he makes no sentimental concessions but imperiously sweeps Brahms's outsize demands under the carpet. At the same time, his seamless legato, ravishing tone and soaring lyricism declare his identity throughout...The transfers are excellent and so one can hardly be sufficiently grateful for the issue of such musical and, above all, human treasure.

BBC Music Magazine
The Chopin items are chaste and tender perfection, every phrase caressed and yet totally without self-indulgence; and the Falla Ritual Fire Dance is a thrillingly unbridled encore.



Reviews

Rubinstein-Brahms #2 (1966)
Yet another Brahms Piano Concerto #2 with Arthur Rubinstein? This now makes at least 6 distinct versions transcribed by this artist commencing with a 1929 recording conducted by Albert Coates. Skepticism quickly gave way to elation. Here is an extroverted, muscular account which eloquently mines the poetic depths of this massive work. Christoph von Dohnanyi rises to the occasion providing spot on, vital support. The Kolner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester (currently the WDR SO Koln) respond in kind. The mono pickup is a model of clarity and requisite heft, not too shabby considering this performance was recorded in concert in Zurich (1966). The accompanying Brahms, Chopin and De Falla selections (all from a 1963 recital) nicely round out a surprisingly attractive package. Annotations are up to ICA Classics’ usual high standards.
Submitted on 03/11/11 by conway 
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>Sound, Recorded : Applause
  • Performer: Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
  • Conductor: Christoph Dohnányi
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
  • Performer: Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
  • Conductor: Christoph Dohnányi
  • Running Time: 46 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1881
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sound, Recorded : Applause
  • Performer: Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
  • Conductor: Christoph Dohnányi
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Rhapsodies (2) for Piano, Op. 79 :: Rhapsody in B minor, Op. 79/1
  • Performer: Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Brahms, Johannes : Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76 :: Capriccio in B minor, Op. 76/2
  • Performer: Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115
  • Performer: Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for piano no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213
  • Performer: Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846-1847

>Word, Spoken : Arthur Rubinstein introduces a performance of Manuel de Falla's "Ritual Fire Dance"
  • Performer: Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Falla, Manuel de : El amor brujo
  • Performer: Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Sound, Recorded : Applause
  • Performer: Artur Rubinstein (Piano)
  • Conductor: Christoph Dohnányi
  • Period Time: Medieval