19 Songs, 1 Hour 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chopin’s nocturnes could well have been written for the voice, their beautiful, lyrical melodies unfolding with a magic that few composers for piano can match. Arthur Rubinstein understood their childlike wonder, his playing refreshingly, charmingly simple. The bell-like tone of his right hand soars artlessly over subtle accompaniment, and everything is delicately pedalled, tempos just so. Bask in Op. 15 No. 3 or Op. 27 No. 1 to hear the mastery of Rubinstein’s control: fortes never growl, pianissimos are exquisite. And the elegant ornamentation in Op. 32 No. 1 shows a stunning technique at the total service of Chopin’s timeless music.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Chopin’s nocturnes could well have been written for the voice, their beautiful, lyrical melodies unfolding with a magic that few composers for piano can match. Arthur Rubinstein understood their childlike wonder, his playing refreshingly, charmingly simple. The bell-like tone of his right hand soars artlessly over subtle accompaniment, and everything is delicately pedalled, tempos just so. Bask in Op. 15 No. 3 or Op. 27 No. 1 to hear the mastery of Rubinstein’s control: fortes never growl, pianissimos are exquisite. And the elegant ornamentation in Op. 32 No. 1 shows a stunning technique at the total service of Chopin’s timeless music.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
165 Ratings

165 Ratings

JOHN WILLIAMS CLARINET CONCERTO ,

Yup!

Yup, there's nothing restrained about Chopin. HE'S A ROMANTIC COMPOSER! Why they would go there with "Mozart and Bach" is beyond me. Great playing by one of the All Time Grand Masters of Music.

rock fan42 ,

Hit and Miss

This album is great and bad. This is a wonderful collection of Chopin nocturnes. However, it is missing a few notable pieces (like Nocturne in C# minor P1 no. 16; which he wrote for his sister). The collection is played by the world-renowned piano player Arthur Rubinstein who is wonderful in every way on the piano. However, he seems to have forgotten while playing Chopin that he was playing Chopin. The blurb about this album states that he plays them to "evoke the restrained tradition of … Mozart and Bach" THAT IS NOT HOW CHOPIN IS PLAYED. Chopin is a romantic era composer and plays his pieces with emotion and rubato to his work, not a steady clear rendition of Bach or Mozart. Because of the misinterpretation, I would have to give it a 3 out of 5 stars because even though the artist plays the music well, the full emotion is not captured.

mslizzee2013 ,

Nocturne Opus 9

Hit and Miss has missed it completely. Noone plays Chopin with the skill, the technique, the emotion & the perfect interpretation like Rubenstein.

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