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ANTON RUBINSTEIN  

(1829 - 1894)

Not to be confused with the great pianist Artur Rubinstein, born in 1887, Anton Rubinstein was an even greater performer in his time and a clear rival to Liszt and other great pianists of the 19th century. He had a marked effect on the development of music in Russia, establishing the first system of professional musical training at a new Conservatory in St Petersburg in 1862. His brother Nikolay set up a similar institution in Moscow. The conservatories were not welcomed by the nationalist composers, who regarded them as a German intrusion (despite the Rubinsteins being Russian, though of German-Jewish extraction). As a composer Anton Rubinstein was prolific, writing, as his brother suggested, enough music for both of them. His very technical facility told against him so that by the time of his death his work was not properly valued by supporters of Russian musical nationalism.

Operas

Rubinstein wrote 17 operas. These are no longer part of general repertoire, but excerpts from the fantastic opera The Demon and the opera Feramors may be heard occasionally in concert extracts.

Orchestral Music

Rubinstein’s orchestral compositions include six symphonies, of which the second, ‘Ocean’, is the best known. He wrote five piano concertos and other works for piano and orchestra, and concertos for both violin and cello.

Chamber Music

As prolific here as in other forms of music, Rubinstein wrote a number of string quartets, three violin sonatas and two cello sonatas in addition to other chamber works. None is often heard, except possibly the Sonata for viola and piano—a useful addition to an otherwise exiguous repertoire for the viola.

Piano Music

Rubinstein, as a leading virtuoso of the piano, wrote quite prolifically for the instrument. Of all the sonatas, suites, serenades and other pieces, the Melody in F remains notorious in its popularity.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Romantic Piano Favourites Vol 1 Naxos 8.505028

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ANDANTE - Romantic Music for Cello and Orchestra Naxos
8.555764
Orchestral
CARUSO, Enrico: Complete Recordings, Vol. 10 (1916-1917) Naxos Historical
8.110751
Opera
CASALS, Pablo: Encores and Transcriptions, Vol. 1 (1925-1928) Naxos Historical
8.110972
Chamber Music
CASALS, Pablo: Encores and Transcriptions, Vol. 3: Complete Acoustic Recordings, Part 1 (1915-1916) Naxos Historical
8.110985
Orchestral
CASALS, Pablo: Encores and Transcriptions, Vol. 4: Complete Acoustic Recordings, Part 2 (1916-1920) Naxos Historical
8.110986
Chamber Music
CASALS, Pablo: Encores and Transcriptions, Vol. 5: Complete Acoustic Recordings, Part 3 (1920-1924) Naxos Historical
8.110987
Chamber Music
Cello Duet Arrangements (A Tale of Two Cellos) (Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, Lenehan) Naxos
8.573251
Chamber Music
Cello Recital: Vytautas Sondeckis Naxos
8.554381
Orchestral
CHALIAPIN, Feodor: A Vocal Portrait (1907-1936) Naxos Historical
8.110748-49
Vocal, Opera
CLASSIC MOODS - PUCCINI, G. / SCHUBERT, F. / WAGNER, R. / RUBINSTEIN, A. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. Capriccio
C18404
Chamber Music
CLASSICAL CHILL 1 - The Ultimate Collection Naxos
8.570171-72
Orchestral
DE LYSE NAETTER - Stemningsfuld musik pa 3 CD'er (The Light Nights - Evocative Music on 3 CDs) Naxos
8.503148DK
Orchestral
Easy-Listening Piano Classics: Romantic Expressions Naxos
8.578081-82
Instrumental
ELEGIE - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556612
Instrumental
FRIEDMAN, Ignaz: Complete Recordings, Vol. 5: English Columbia Recordings (1933-1936) Naxos Historical
8.111114
Instrumental
GOLDEN AGE OF SALON MUSIC (The) (Schwanen Salon Orchestra, G. Huber) Naxos
8.578003-04
Orchestral
GRIEG: Piano Concerto / CHOPIN: Sonata in B-Flat Minor (Friedman) (1927-1928) Naxos Historical
8.110686
Chamber Music
KLASSIK OHNE KRISE: Tastenträume Naxos
8.551308-09
Instrumental
KLAVIER GALA Naxos
8.551225-26
Instrumental
LEVITZKI, Mischa: Complete Recordings, Vol. 3 (1927-1938) Naxos Historical
8.110774
Instrumental
MAIDEN'S PRAYER (THE) - LEAVES FROM GRANDMOTHER'S PIANO ALBUM Naxos
8.550646
Instrumental
Marco Polo - The Label of Discovery: Sampler 1 Marco Polo
8.223001
Orchestral
MASTERPIECES OF THE ROMANTIC PIANO Naxos
8.553252
Instrumental
MENDELSSOHN / RACHMANINOV / LISZT / DEBUSSY: Music for a Rainy Day, Vol. 2 BIS
BIS-CD-883
Instrumental
MOISEIWITSCH, Benno: Acoustic Recordings 1916-1925 (Moiseiwitsch, Vol. 10) Naxos Historical
8.111116
Instrumental
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - RUSSIA / UKRAINE / UZBEKISTAN (NTSC) Naxos
2.110295
Classical Concert
NOCTURNE - Late Night Piano Music (Sweden only) Naxos
8.557292
Instrumental
Opera Arias (Baritone): Hvorostovsky, Dmitri - BORODIN, A.P. / MUSSORGSKY, M.P. / RUBINSTEIN, A. / WAGNER, R. / GIORDANO, U. / VERDI, G. Delos
DE3365
Opera
Opera Arias (Bass): Abdrazakov, Ildar - RACHMANINOV, S. / GLINKA, M.I. / BORODIN, A.P. / MUSSORGSKY, M.P. (Power Players: Russian Arias for Bass) Delos
DE3456
Opera
Opera Arias (Contralto): Schumann-Heink, Ernestine - MEHRKENS, A. / ARDITI, L. / SCHUBERT, F. / WAGNER, R. / MEYERBEER, G. (1900-1935) Delos
DE5503
Vocal
Piano Recital: Kabanova, Alina - BACH, J.S. / RACHMANINOV, S. / RUBINSTEIN, A. / SCHUMANN, R. / BEETHOVEN, L. van Oehms Classics
OC520
Instrumental
PIANO RHAPSODY - An Odyssey from Bach to Satie with Roland Pontinen BIS
BIS-9044
Instrumental
PIATIGORSKY, Gregor: Concertos and Encores (1934-1950) Naxos Historical
8.111069
Chamber Music
PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings, Vol. 4 (1923-1929) Naxos Historical
8.111141
Vocal
RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 2 / RUBINSTEIN: Piano Concerto No. 4 Amadis
7150
Concertos
ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOURITES, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.570082
Instrumental
ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOURITES, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.550052
Instrumental
RUBINSTEIN / GLINKA / GLAZUNOV / STRAVINSKY / SHOSTAKOVICH: Russian Viola Music BIS
BIS-CD-358
Instrumental
RUBINSTEIN : Symphony No. 1 Marco Polo
8.223277
Orchestral
RUBINSTEIN : Symphony No. 2, "Ocean " Marco Polo
8.220449
Orchestral
RUBINSTEIN, A.: Demon (The) [Opera] (Melik-Pashayev) (1950) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81087-89
Opera
RUBINSTEIN, A.: Don Quixote / Ivan IV the Terrible (Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Golovchin) Delos
DRD2011
Orchestral
RUBINSTEIN, A.: Piano Concerto No. 4 / MOSZKOWSKI, M. Piano Concerto (Raekallio, Tampere Philharmonic, Grin) Ondine
ODE818-2
Concertos
RUBINSTEIN, A.: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 4 (Paley, Russian State Symphony, Golovchin) Delos
DRD2013
Concertos
RUBINSTEIN, A.: Piano Music (1852-1894) (Banowetz) - Souvenir de Dresde / Akrostichon No. 1 Naxos
8.570942
Instrumental
RUBINSTEIN, A.: Piano Music (1871-1890) (Banowetz) - Theme and Variations / Akrostichon No. 2 Naxos
8.570941
Instrumental
RUBINSTEIN, A.: Symphony No. 1 / Ivan the Terrible (Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, Kosice, Stankovsky) Naxos
8.555476
Orchestral
RUBINSTEIN, A.: Symphony No. 2, "Ocean" (Slovak Philharmonic, Gunzenhauser) Naxos
8.555392
Orchestral
RUBINSTEIN, A.: Symphony No. 2, "Ocean" / Ballet Music from Feramors (Golovchin) Delos
DRD2010
Ballet, Orchestral
RUBINSTEIN, A.: Symphony No. 3 / Eroica Fantasia (Slovak Radio Symphony, Stankovsky) Naxos
8.555590
Orchestral
RUBINSTEIN, A.: Symphony No. 4, "Dramatic" (Russian State Symphony, Golovchin) Delos
DRD2012
Orchestral
RUBINSTEIN, A.: Symphony No. 4, "Dramatic" (Slovak State Philharmonic, Stankovsky) Naxos
8.555979
Orchestral
RUBINSTEIN, A.: Symphony No. 5 / Dmitry Donskoy Overture / Faust (George Enescu Philharmonic, Andreescu) Naxos
8.557005
Orchestral
RUBINSTEIN, A.: Symphony No. 5 / Dmitry Donskoy Overture / Faust (George Enescu Philharmonic, Andreescu) Marco Polo
8.223320
Orchestral
RUBINSTEIN, A.: Symphony No. 5 / Dmitry Donskoy Overture / Faust (George Enescu Philharmonic, Andreescu) Naxos
8.557005
Orchestral
RUBINSTEIN, A.: Symphony No. 5 / Dmitry Donskoy Overture / Faust (George Enescu Philharmonic, Andreescu) Marco Polo
8.223320
Orchestral
RUBINSTEIN, A.: Symphony No. 6 / Don Quixote (Philharmonia Hungarica, G. Varga, Slovak Philharmonic, Halász) Naxos
8.555394
Orchestral
RUBINSTEIN, A.: Violin Concerto / CUI, C.: Suite Concertante (Takako Nishizaki, Slovak Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Halasz, Schermerhorn) Naxos
8.555244
Concertos
RUBINSTEIN: Album de Peterhof, Op. 75 Marco Polo
8.223176
Instrumental
RUBINSTEIN: Demon (The) Marco Polo
8.223781-82
Opera
RUBINSTEIN: Fantaisie Op. 84 / Concertstuck Op. 113 Marco Polo
8.223190
Orchestral
RUBINSTEIN: Feramors / The Demon / Nero Marco Polo
8.220451
Ballet
RUBINSTEIN: Kamenniy-ostrov, Vol. 1 Marco Polo
8.223846
Instrumental
RUBINSTEIN: Kamenniy-ostrov, Vol. 2 Marco Polo
8.223847
Instrumental
RUBINSTEIN: Piano Concerto No. 5 / Caprice Russe Marco Polo
8.223489
Orchestral, Concertos
RUBINSTEIN: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 Marco Polo
8.223456
Concertos
RUBINSTEIN: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 4 Marco Polo
8.223382
Concertos
RUBINSTEIN: Piano Works Marco Polo
8.223894
Instrumental
RUBINSTEIN: Soirees Musicales, Op. 109 Marco Polo
8.223177
Instrumental
RUBINSTEIN: Symphony No. 3 / Eroica Fantasia Marco Polo
8.223576
Orchestral
RUBINSTEIN: Symphony No. 4, 'Dramatic' Marco Polo
8.223319
Orchestral
RUBINSTEIN: Symphony No. 6 Marco Polo
8.220489
Orchestral
RUBINSTEIN: Violin Concerto, Op. 46 / Don Quixote, Op. 87 Marco Polo
8.220359
Concertos, Orchestral
Russian Fireworks Naxos
8.550328
Opera, Orchestral
Salon Orchestra Favourites, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.554756
Orchestral
SALUT D'AMOUR - SALON ORCHESTRA FAVORITES Naxos
8.571087
Orchestral
THE BEST OF MARCO POLO Marco Polo
8.223002
Orchestral, Instrumental
THE MAIDEN'S PRAYER AND OTHER PIANO Naxos
8.550646DX
Instrumental
Welte-Mignon Piano Rolls, Vol. 3 (1905-1926) Naxos Historical
8.110679
Instrumental
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