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Arthur Rubinstein Plays Chopin and Rachmaninov
 
 
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Arthur Rubinstein, piano.
Studio Video Artists International
Format DVD Full screen
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MPAA Rating
Not Rated
UPC 089948427599
Runtime/Release Date 50 mins/2004
Daedalus Item Code 48586
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In the intimate setting of his home, one of the most celebrated pianists of the 20th century performs an all-Chopin program, with the Mazurka in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 30, No. 4; Scherzo in C Sharp Minor, Op. 39; Nocturne in F-Sharp Major, Op. 15, No. 2; and Polonaise in A-Flat Major ("Grand Polonaise"), Op. 53. Augmenting this 1950 film are two 1956 Producer's Showcase "Festival of Music" performances: a reprise of the A-Flat Polonaise and an abridged rendition of Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

"Admirers of the legendary Arthur Rubinstein (1887–1982) will covet this … black-and-white salon recital done in Hollywood style, with unidentified guests – including the pianist's wife Eva – caught in medias res, with Rubinstein's playing the last fifteen bars of the Prelude in F# Minor, uncredited. Rubinstein then asks permission to play a mazurka, the piece most representative of Chopin's national character…. The camera then cuts to the Delacroix portrait hanging in Rubinstein's home as he realizes the virtues of the C# Minor Mazurka, and then proceeds to extol the masculine virtues of Chopin's pianism, exemplified in the grueling filigree of the Third Scherzo. 'A little night-music,' queries Rubinstein, and he enters in to the F# Minor nocturne. 'Now the music closest to my heart,' offers Rubinstein, and we are privy to a muscular, virile account of the Heroic Polonaise; and the camera swings from medium shot of the pianist in profile to an overhead of the keyboard, with Rubinstein's hands in full throttle."—Audiophile Audition

 
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