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Chopin: Nocturnes

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The best!!Great interpretations!!!, one of the most inspiring for Chopin. It is a nice buy with a lot better sound than the MP3 version!5Five StarsRubenstein is always the best.Thanks.The radio was great too.Gus Grant5Essential listening for followers of both Chopin and RubinsteinThis famous set has been a source of reference ever since it was first published. Fortunately it was also one of the best recorded of the stereo Chopin discs that Rubinstein made with warmer tonal response and better piano tone.Since then, the set has been remastered on more than one occasion and this is the best yet of the Nocturnes on their own. The performances themselves avoid any suggestion of sentimentality or emotional overload. Typically Rubinstein provides performances that are coolly dispassionate and have that aristocratic reserve that is so typical of his Chopin playing. This is not a negative criticism for it is in this way that Rubinstein enables the listener to focus on the actual notes that Chopin wrote.I would suggest that this historically significant set deserves to be included in any short-list of potential purchases. There are alternative versions of equal worth but few could claim to be better.Further Note: The 10 disc box set published in 2010 with 24 bit remastering of the whole collection offers a significant improvement on sound in every way on all discs. This can be confidently stated as I own both and have been able to do an A/B comparison. That box set must now be the best possible purchase............................................A note to the anonymous negative voter:The voting system is specifically only about reviews being 'helpful' or 'unhelpful'Goodness only knows what you find to be `unhelpful' about this review.A negative vote without reason is not helpful to anyone. It does not contribute in any useful way to discussion so no-one can learn from you.If you have a different view or find the review 'unhelpful' then explain, giving your reasons, and share your views in the comment option as intended.Your opinion might then add to the total useful advice.5Sentiment without sentimentalityArthur Rubinstein's recordings were as noteworthy for what they lacked as for what they featured: One of the many factors (aside from the obvious technical and tonal ones) which made Rubinstein's Chopin so compelling in its day was his refusal to cross the line separating sentiment (empathy) and sentimentality (schmaltz). This was a needed antidote to the performance practices that dominated Rubinstein's youth.The performances in this, Rubintein's third -- and final -- traversal of Chopin's Nocturnes are remarkably straightforward and direct. Each starts out simply, with natural phrasing and tactful, unobtrusive use of rubato. The structure of each piece is clear, and Rubinstein resists the temptation to linger over this-or-that phrase for "added emotional effect". Far from draining the emotional impact of these miniature masterworks, Rubinstein's performances actually heighten the impact of each piece, especially those in minor keys. Perhaps the greatest tribute to Rubinstein's treatment of these pieces is that even the most well known Nocturnes emerge as totally fresh works. The pianist, by the 1960s considered the "elder statesman" of Chopin, gives faithful renditions of these works, and this is the set I would recommend to someone hearing the Nocturnes for the first time.Yet it must also be stated that while Rubinstein's approach makes this an excellent reference set (despite being slightly incomplete, as Rubinstein didn't record Chopin's juvenalia), I would not want to be without the more imaginative Nocturnes he recorded in the 1930s, which I frankly turn to more often for enjoyment. Another issue is that Rubinstein, whose hearing was failing by the 1960s, almost never plays a true pianissimo. I also recommend Garrick Ohlsson's fine (and complete) set of the Nocturnes.RCA's excellent remastering of the mid-1960s stereo tape gives an accurate idea of the gorgeous sound Rubinstein could get from a piano.4Five StarsThe cd case was cracked. Bubble wrap or foam peanuts are necessary for delicate items.5Mornings are Great !Mornings and some Evenings are good with this timeless piano music.5Great seller.Great product, great service, great purchase.5The Master plays ChipinGreat recording by the master of Chopin. Mature approach to the Nocturnes with flawless execution. Rubenstein at his best.5
Chopin: Nocturnes

Chopin: Nocturnes

4.8
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Regular price
€49,00
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