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Bryce Morrison
Gramophone, November 2011

Vintage Rubinstein brings more poetry and brio to the latest remastered Chopin

Here, in recordings dating from 1946–58, superbly remastered, is Rubinstein in all his early glory… all these performances have a swagger and brio; and in, for example, the first of the Trois nouvelles études, an endlessly beguiling nuance, colour and cantabile… Rubinstein shows an even greater wealth of poetry and inflection while maintaining his legendary sense of impulse and continuity. In the Second Sonata he is heaven-storming at the climax of the first-movement development, white-hot in the Scherzo, where everything is driven to its exultant limit. The Trio of the Funeral March is given with that instantly recognisable catch in the voice, that hesitation in the vocal line. Rubinstein was, after all, the greatest of all singer-pianists…his technique remains monumental and all-embracing…The Berceuse provides yet another wonder of scintillation and patrician feeling, making it surely true to say that no living pianist would or could play or record with such abandon and personal commitment. This disc, the eighth in Naxos’s bargain series of Rubinstein’s Chopin, is beyond price.

Brent Auerbach
American Record Guide, November 2011

The Etude in F, Op. Posthumous, is brilliant in its own way, soft and refined and full of expressive rubato. The end is particular striking in the way the perpetual three-against-four texture is slowed down to a crawl with nary a ripple in flow. The Berceuse is delicate and light…

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Gary Lemco
Audiophile Audition, June 2011

Reissue producer and audio restoration engineer Mark Obert-Thorn brings out his fourth installment in the Naxos series of Arthur Rubinstein’s Chopin recordings for RCA Victor…Performing in New York City in 1946, Rubinstein had good control of his faculties, and he increasingly communicated a love for his craft in his so-called “middle period” from just after WW II through 1960.

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