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BBC Music Magazine, September 2016

A great Chopin interpreter, Rubinstein recorded the seven polonaises three times. This is the first. © 2016 BBC Music Magazine

Bryce Morrison
Gramophone, April 2001

The simple truth is that Rubinstein played the piano as a fish swims in water, free to phrase and inflect with a magic peculiarly his own, to make, in Liszt’s words, ‘emotion speak, weep and sing and sigh’. The sound may seem dated but Naxos’s transfers are excellent, and to think that all this is offered at super-budget price… © 2001 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Jed Distler, December 2000

"Artur Rubinstein's pioneering Chopin Polonaise cycle from the 1930s may not be as disciplined or scrupulous to the text as his LP-era remakes, yet the pianist's big-heartedness, rhythmic snap, and joie de vivre leap out and invite you in. Other 78-era artists like Solomon, Lhevinne, and Horowitz produced equally memorable (and cleaner) A-flat Polonaises, and Hofmann's Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise remains supreme for scintillating lightness. But when Rubinstein launches into these works, it's soul music!"

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