ARTUR RUBINSTEIN Piano Concertos DVD-VID 0734195

Of all great pianists, Rubinstein was perhaps the least fussy. His playing, even at its greatest and most exciting, could be almost disconcertingly straightforward. For all his much-vaunted showmanship, he was a musician first and a virtuoso second. But despite his lifelong claims to the contrary, his virtuosity was formidable . . . The most characteristic features of Rubinstein's playing were his rich, and richly varied tone, his uncanny ability to 'sing' melodic lines over great stretches of time -- and to project them throughout the largest halls -- and his all-pervasive command of rhythm . . . this release makes for a very moving experience.

At 89, Rubinstein is still magically fluent: rather stately and measured in the Grieg especially, elegant in the Saint-Saëns, finest in the poetic Chopin. Twilight performances, but what a sunset!

Möglicherweise gibt es noch immer Menschen, die klassische Musik hören, aber keinen DVD-Spieler besitzen. Das ist zu akzeptieren, aber nichtsdestotrotz ein Verbrechen. Den Fortschrittsverweigerern entgeht eine wundervolle DVD, auf welcher der große Artur Rubinstein Klavierkonzerte von Grieg, Chopin und Saint-Saens spielt (DGG) . . . die Musik . . . ist himmlisch.