Saturday, May 5, 2012

Arthur Rubinstein In Hamburg (1966)



Arthur Rubinstein visits the Steinway factory in Hamburg, Germany, in 1966. North German Radio recorded Rubinstein's visit to the factory, in Stellingen, a suburb of Hamburg, where he inspected his favourite Hamburg Steinway D-274 piano, which was dropped from a crane somewhere while he was taking it on tour. Here are his impressions after seeing the piano after it was repaired and restored. For an English translation, press on the closed caption (cc) button.
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In this vintage documentary, Arthur Rubinstein plays from the following pieces:

Chopin: Etude in A-Flat Major, Op. 25 No. 1;
Etude in C Major, Op. 10 No. 1;
Etude in A minor, Op. 10 No. 2;
Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23;
Szymanowski: Symphonie Concertante, Op. 60;
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales; and
Schubert: Sonata in B-Flat Major, D. 960.

This is a piece of history, and it's nice that there is a record of it.