Piano Concertos

GRIEG: Piano Concerto op. 16
CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 2
SAINT-SAËNS: Piano Concerto No. 2
Bonus: Rubinstein at 90 (Interview)
London Symphony Orchestra
André Previn
Directed by Hugo Käch
Int. Release 07 Jul. 2006
1 DVD-Video
0440 073 4195 7
STEREO: PCM / SURROUND: DTS 5.1 · Picture Format: 4:3
Subtitles (Documentary): German/French/Spanish/Chinese
A production of UNITEL, Munich
Artur Rubinstein’s legendary Fairfield concertos

Track List

Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907)
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16


Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21



Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22, R. 190


Arthur Rubinstein, London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn

Total Playing Time 1:31:58

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.