Arthur Rubinstein plays Brahms and Schumann

Composers: Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann
Conductor: André Cluytens, Franco Caracciolo
Soloist: Arthur Rubinstein
Orchestra: Orchestra Sinfonica RAI di Torino, Orchestra ''Alessandro Scarlatti'' della RAI di Napoli
Label: Archives
Booklet with lyrics/libretto: no
CDs / Unit: 1
Cat-Nr.: 43081-2
Total Time: 79:41
Recordingdate: 1962/1964
Technologie: Remastered 24bit/96kHz
Release Date: 05.01.2009


The second concerto by Johannes Brahms, the “great” concerto, and the Robert Schumann piano concerto are two masterpieces of romantic piano writing, performed on this ARTS ARCHIVES new release by Arthur Rubinstein, one of the most famous interpreters of Romanticism.

In these newly-restored live performances from 1962 and 1964, the listener can hear the interpretation of a mature performer who is far from being worn out. The fresh vigour with which Rubinstein continued to play even in old age is legendary, as this recording of the 75 and 77-year-old performer demonstrates so convincingly.

The Brahms concerto in B major opus 83 is the fruit of a long inner process of composition. After the failure of the first concerto in D minor opus 15, first performed in Leipzig, the composer took his time before attempting a second one. Twenty-three years separate the two works, and it was not until 1883 that the B flat concerto was presented to audiences by Johannes Brahms himself. Described as a “piano symphony” not merely on account of its length but also due to the tight relationship between the soloist and orchestra, its thematic link with the violin concerto opus 77 is often highlighted.

In Italy, a country that Rubinstein loved to visit, Robert Schumann’s piano concerto in A minor opus 54 was recorded under the baton of Franco Caracciolo. The three movements embrace everything that is part of the concept of Romantic Music: free handling of the theme, great emotions and tender feelings.

Experience these wonderful Piano concertos in a recording, remastered 24 bit / 96 kHz technique. A Must-have for all Arthur Rubinstein fans.

Table of MP3 Tracks

No. Tracktitle Tracktime Price put into basket  
Disc 1
I Allegro non troppo
 Piano Concerto No. 2 op. 83 in B flat major
16.31 4,00 €
II Allegro appassionato
 Piano Concerto No. 2 op. 83 in B flat major
08.56 2,00 €
III Andante
 Piano Concerto No. 2 op. 83 in B flat major
12.24 3,00 €
IV Allegro grazioso
 Piano Concerto No. 2 op. 83 in B flat major
09.24 2,00 €
V Allegro affettuoso
 Piano Concerto op. 54 in a minor
15.42 4,00 €
VI Intermezzo: andantino grazioso
 Piano Concerto op. 54 in a minor
05.46 2,00 €
VII Rondo: allegro vivace
 Piano Concerto op. 54 in a minor
10.56 3,00 €

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