Saturday, May 21, 2011

Arthur Rubinstein: Chopin's Nocturne

This is rare footage of a concert in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, on October 1, 1964, in which Artur Rubinstein plays Chopin's Nocturne D-flat major, Op.27. Rubinstein, 77, played an all-Chopin program, and showed himself at the height of his musical maturity.

A compact disc of the concert was released in January 2009. After viewing the performance on CD, one reviewer put it:
This is playing in the grand style and it is a pleasure to be able to watch the legendary pianist perform miracles. I had the privilege of hearing him three times many years ago as soloist with the Chicago Symphony playing Beethoven's Concerto No. 3, Rachmaninoff's Paganini Rhapsody and one of his few performances of Khachaturian's Concerto. Obviously he made an indelible impression on me, and seeing him perform on this DVD brought back those memories. His control is amazing; one wonders how he can be so accurate in repeated chords (as in the A-flat Polonaise) when he raises his hands very high above the keyboard.
—R.E.B. (January 2009)

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