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Arthur Rubinstein

Warm, lyrical, and aristocratic in his interpretations, Artur Rubinstein performed impressively into extremely old age, and he was a keyboard prodigy almost from the time he could climb onto a piano bench. At age three he impressed Joseph Joachim, and by the age of seven he was playing Mozart, Schubert, and Mendelssohn at a charity concert in his hometown. In Warsaw, he had piano lessons with Alexander Róóycki; then in 1897 he was sent to Berlin to study piano with Heinrich Barth and theory with Robert Kahn and Max Bruch, all under Joachim's general supervision. In 1899 came his first notable concerto appearance in Potsdam. Soon thereafter, just barely a teenager, he began touring Germany and Poland.

After brief studies with Paderewski in Switzerland in 1903, Rubinstein moved to Paris, where he met Ravel, Dukas, and Jacques Thibaud, and played Saint-Saëns' G minor concerto to the composer's approval. That work would remain a flashy Rubinstein vehicle for six decades, and it was the concerto he offered in his American debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in New York's Carnegie Hall in 1906.

He gave several successful recitals in Spain during the 1916-1917 season, and soon toured Latin America. Along the way he developed a great flair for Hispanic music; Heitor Villa-Lobos went so far as to dedicate to Rubinstein his Rudepoêma, one of the toughest works in the repertory. Although Rubinstein would later be somewhat typecast as a Chopin authority, his readings of Falla, Granados, and Albéniz would always be equally idiomatic.

RubinsteinRubinstein's temperament had sufficient fire for Beethoven but enough poetry for Chopin; his tempos and dynamics were always flexible, but never distorted. His 1960s recordings for RCA of nearly all Chopin's solo piano music have been considered basic to any record collection since their release, and his version of Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain is another classic, as are his various late collaborations with the Guarneri Quartet.

Rubinstein became a naturalized American citizen in 1946. He had married Aniela Mlynarska in 1932, but womanizing remained integral to his reputation. Still, there was a serious side to his life. After World War II, he refused ever again to perform in Germany, in response to the Nazi extermination of his Polish family. Rubinstein became a strong supporter of Israel; in gratitude, an international piano competition in his name was instituted in Jerusalem in 1974. His honors included the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society of London, the U.S. Medal of Freedom (1976), and membership in the French Legion of Honor.
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Track List: 50 Masterworks - Arthur Rubinstein

Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Nocturnes (3) For Piano, Op. 9, Ct. 108-110

1. Nocturnes (3) For Piano, Op. 9, Ct. 108-110: I. Nocturne No. 1 in B Flat Minor, Op. 9, CT. 108

2. Nocturnes (3) For Piano, Op. 9, Ct. 108-110: II. Nocturne No. 2 in E Flat Major, Op. 9, CT. 109

3. Nocturnes (3) For Piano, Op. 9, Ct. 108-110: III. Nocturne No. 3 in B Major Op.9, CT. 110

Title: Nocturnes (3) For Piano, Op. 15, Ct. 111-113

4. Nocturnes (3) For Piano, Op. 15, Ct. 111-113: I. Nocturne No. 4 in F Major, Op. 15, CT. 111

5. Nocturnes (3) For Piano, Op. 15, Ct. 111-113: II. Nocturne No. 5 In F-sharp Major Op.15, CT. 112

Title: Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 27, Ct. 114-115

6. Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 27, Ct. 114-115: I. Nocturne No. 7 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, CT. 114

7. Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 27, Ct. 114-115: II. Nocturne No. 8 in D-flat Major, Op. 27, CT. 115

Title: Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 32, Ct. 116-117

8. Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 32, Ct. 116-117: I. Nocturne No. 9 in B Major, Op. 32, CT. 116

Title: Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 37, Ct. 118-119

9. Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 37, Ct. 118-119: I. Nocturne No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 37, CT. 118

10. Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 37, Ct. 118-119: II. Nocturne No. 12 in G Major, Op. 37, CT. 119

Title: Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 48, Ct. 120-121

11. Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 48, Ct. 120-121: I. Nocturne No. 13 in C Minor, Op. 48, CT. 120

12. Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 48, Ct. 120-121: II. Nocturne No. 14 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 48, CT. 121

Title: Nocturne For Piano No. 15 In F Minor, Op. 55/1, Ct. 122

13. Nocturne For Piano No. 15 In F Minor, Op. 55/1, Ct. 122: Nocturne For Piano No. 15 In F Minor, Op. 55/1, Ct. 122

Title: Nocturne For Piano No. 19 In E Minor, Op. 72/1, Ct. 126

14. Nocturne For Piano No. 19 In E Minor, Op. 72/1, Ct. 126: Nocturne In E Minor, Op.72 No.1

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Title: Piano Sonata No. 14 In C Sharp Minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2

15. Piano Sonata No. 14 In C Sharp Minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: I. Adagio Sostenuto

16. Piano Sonata No. 14 In C Sharp Minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: II. Allegretto

17. Piano Sonata No. 14 In C Sharp Minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: III. Presto - Agitato

Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Scherzo For Piano No. 1 In B Minor, Op. 20, Ct. 197

18. Scherzo For Piano No. 1 In B Minor, Op. 20, Ct. 197: Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20

Title: Scherzo For Piano No. 2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 31, Ct. 198

19. Scherzo For Piano No. 2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 31, Ct. 198: Scherzo B Minor Op. 31

Title: Scherzo For Piano No. 3 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 39, Ct. 199

20. Scherzo For Piano No. 3 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 39, Ct. 199: Scherzo for Piano No. 3 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 39, Ct. 199

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Title: Piano Sonata No. 8 In C Minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13

21. Piano Sonata No. 8 In C Minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: I. Grave - Allegro Di Molto E Con Brio

22. Piano Sonata No. 8 In C Minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: II. Adagio Cantabile

23. Piano Sonata No. 8 In C Minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: III. Rondo. Allegro

Title: Piano Sonata No. 23 In F Minor ("Appassionata"), Op. 57

24. Piano Sonata No. 23 In F Minor ("Appassionata"), Op. 57: I. Allegro Assai

25. Piano Sonata No. 23 In F Minor ("Appassionata"), Op. 57: II. Andante Con Moto

26. Piano Sonata No. 23 In F Minor ("Appassionata"), Op. 57: III. Allegro Ma Non Troppo - Presto

Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Ballade For Piano No. 1 In G Minor, Op. 23, Ct. 2

27. Ballade For Piano No. 1 In G Minor, Op. 23, Ct. 2: No. 1 In G Minor, Op. 23

Title: Ballade For Piano No. 2 In F Major, Op. 38, Ct. 3

28. Ballade For Piano No. 2 In F Major, Op. 38, Ct. 3: No. 2 In F Major, Op. 38

Title: Ballade For Piano No. 3 In A Flat Major, Op. 47, Ct. 4

29. Ballade For Piano No. 3 In A Flat Major, Op. 47, Ct. 4: No. 3 In A Flat Major, Op. 47

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Title: Piano Sonata No. 26 In E Flat Major ("Les Adieux"), Op. 81a

30. Piano Sonata No. 26 In E Flat Major ("Les Adieux"), Op. 81a: I. Adagio - Allegro

31. Piano Sonata No. 26 In E Flat Major ("Les Adieux"), Op. 81a: II. Andante Espressivo

32. Piano Sonata No. 26 In E Flat Major ("Les Adieux"), Op. 81a: III. Vivacissimamente

Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Piano Concerto No. 2 In F Minor, Op. 21, Ct. 48

33. Piano Concerto No. 2 In F Minor, Op. 21, Ct. 48: II. Larghetto

34. Piano Concerto No. 2 In F Minor, Op. 21, Ct. 48: III. Allegro Vivace

Title: Piano Sonata No. 2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 35, Ct. 202

35. Piano Sonata No. 2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 35, Ct. 202: I. Grave - Doppio Movimento

36. Piano Sonata No. 2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 35, Ct. 202: II. Scherzo

37. Piano Sonata No. 2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 35, Ct. 202: III. March Funebre

Title: Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189

38. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: IV. In E Minor, CT. 169

39. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: VIII. In F-sharp Minor, Ct. 173

40. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: XV. In D-flat Major ("Raindrop"), CT. 180

41. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: XXI. In B-flat Major, CT. 186

42. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: XXIII. In F Major, CT. 188

Composer: Johannes Brahms
Title: Intermezzo For Piano In A Major, Op. 118/2

43. Intermezzo For Piano In A Major, Op. 118/2: Intermezzo In A

Composer: Claude Debussy
Title: Ondine, Prelude For Piano, L. 123/8

44. Ondine, Prelude For Piano, L. 123/8: Ondine

Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Title: Three Scenes From "Petrouchka" (Arr. For Piano)

45. Three Scenes From "Petrouchka" (Arr. For Piano): Russian Dance

46. Three Scenes From "Petrouchka" (Arr. For Piano): Petrouchka's Cell

47. Three Scenes From "Petrouchka" (Arr. For Piano): The Shrove-tide Fair

Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Etude For Piano No. 12 In C Minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, Ct. 25

48. Etude For Piano No. 12 In C Minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, Ct. 25: Etude No.12 In C Minor, Op.10 No.12 (Revolutionary)

Title: Mazurka For Piano No. 23 In D Major, Op. 33/2, Ct. 73

49. Mazurka For Piano No. 23 In D Major, Op. 33/2, Ct. 73: Mazurka, Op. 33, No.2

Title: Polonaise For Piano No. 6 In A Flat Major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, Ct. 155

50. Polonaise For Piano No. 6 In A Flat Major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, Ct. 155: Polonaise in A flat major, Op. 53 (Heroic)

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Track List: Deluxe Classics: Fantastic

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Track List: Chopin: Nocturnes

Title: Nocturnes (3) For Piano, Op. 9, Ct. 108-110

1. Nocturnes (3) For Piano, Op. 9, Ct. 108-110: I. Nocturne No. 1 in B Flat Minor, Op. 9, CT. 108

2. Nocturnes (3) For Piano, Op. 9, Ct. 108-110: II. Nocturne No. 2 in E Flat Major, Op. 9, CT. 109

3. Nocturnes (3) For Piano, Op. 9, Ct. 108-110: III. Nocturne No. 3 in B Major Op.9, CT. 110

Title: Nocturnes (3) For Piano, Op. 15, Ct. 111-113

4. Nocturnes (3) For Piano, Op. 15, Ct. 111-113: I. Nocturne No. 4 in F Major, Op. 15, CT. 111

5. Nocturnes (3) For Piano, Op. 15, Ct. 111-113: II. Nocturne No. 5 In F-sharp Major Op.15, CT. 112

6. Nocturnes (3) For Piano, Op. 15, Ct. 111-113: III. Nocturne No. 6 In G Minor Op.15, CT. 113

Title: Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 27, Ct. 114-115

7. Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 27, Ct. 114-115: I. Nocturne No. 7 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, CT. 114

8. Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 27, Ct. 114-115: II. Nocturne No. 8 in D-flat Major, Op. 27, CT. 115

Title: Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 32, Ct. 116-117

9. Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 32, Ct. 116-117: I. Nocturne No. 9 in B Major, Op. 32, CT. 116

10. Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 32, Ct. 116-117: II. Nocturne No. 10 in A-flat Major, Op. 32, CT. 117

Title: Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 37, Ct. 118-119

11. Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 37, Ct. 118-119: I. Nocturne No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 37, CT. 118

12. Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 37, Ct. 118-119: II. Nocturne No. 12 in G Major, Op. 37, CT. 119

Title: Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 48, Ct. 120-121

13. Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 48, Ct. 120-121: I. Nocturne No. 13 in C Minor, Op. 48, CT. 120

14. Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 48, Ct. 120-121: II. Nocturne No. 14 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 48, CT. 121

Title: Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 55, Ct. 122-123

15. Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 55, Ct. 122-123: I. Nocturne No. 15 in F Minor, Op. 55, CT. 122

16. Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 55, Ct. 122-123: II. Nocturne No. 16 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, CT. 123

Title: Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 62, Ct. 124-125

17. Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 62, Ct. 124-125: I. Nocturne No. 17 in B Major, Op. 62, CT. 124

18. Nocturnes (2) For Piano, Op. 62, Ct. 124-125: II. Nocturne No. 18 in E Major, Op. 62, CT. 125

Title: Nocturne For Piano No. 19 In E Minor, Op. 72/1, Ct. 126

19. Nocturne For Piano No. 19 In E Minor, Op. 72/1, Ct. 126: Nocturne In E Minor, Op.72 No.1

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Track List: Rubinstein Collection, Vol. 45 :Chopin: Ballades, Scherzi, Tarantelle

1. Ballade No. 1, Op. 23 in G Minor

2. Ballade No. 2, Op. 38 in F

3. Ballade No. 3, Op. 47 in A-flat

4. Ballade No. 4, Op. 52 in F Minor

5. Scherzo No. 1, Op. 20 in B Minor

6. Scherzo No. 2, Op. 31 in B-Flat Minor

7. Scherzo No. 3, Op. 39 in C-Sharp Minor

8. Scherzo No. 4, Op. 54 in E

9. Tarantelle in A-Flat Major, Op. 43

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Track List: Chopin - Polonaises

1. Polonaise - No. 1 In C Sharp Minor Op. 26 No. 1

2. Polonaise - No. 2 In E Flat Minor Op. 26 No. 2

3. Polonaise - No. 3 In A Major Op. 40 No. 1

4. Polonaise - No. 4 In C Minor Op. 40 No. 2

6. Polonaise - No. 6 In A Flat Major Op. 53 'Héroique'

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