Saturday, February 26, 2011

Arthur Rubinstein: Chopin's Heroic Polonaise


Frédéric Chopin's Heroic" Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53: Performed by Arthur Rubinstein. It was composed in 1842 by the Polish-born Chopin [1810-1849] when he was 32. Chopin's music epitomizes the Romantic style.

Arthur Rubinstein [1887-1982], also born in Poland, was considered a specialist on Chopin's pieces such as this one.

Frédéric Chopin [1810-1849]:  At age 25. This is an 1835 watercolor portrait of Polish composer Frederic Chopin, painted by then-16-year-old Maria Wodzinska (1819-96). The artist and her sitter became engaged the following year but never married each other. The portrait is described in Tad Szulc's book "Chopin in Paris" (p. 137) as "one of the best portraits of Chopin extant--after that by Delacroix--with the composer looking relaxed, pensive, and at peace."
Credit: pl:Maria Wodzińska, copied by Nihil novi: 2010 June 24

You can also view a vintage performance of Rubinstein at the Great Hall in Moscow, and an older more mature Rubinstein playing the same piece here, and compare.

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