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Chopin: Nocturnes

Arthur Rubinstein

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

In the early 19th century, Polish pianist and composer Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) became the toast of Paris salons with brilliant miniature pieces for the piano—waltzes, preludes, mazurkas and polonaises—that were musically and technically demanding. But the songlike nocturnes (so-called “night-pieces” due to their slow, dream-like quality) endure as his most poetic and popular. Pianist Arthur Rubinstein, whose name is indelibly associated with his Polish compatriot, returned to the nocturnes several times over his 80-year career. This, his last recording of these pieces, is lauded for its tenderness, simplicity and clear-eyed lack of sentiment. In Rubinstein’s hands, the nocturnes evoke the restrained traditions of Chopin’s beloved predecessors, Mozart and Bach.

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Hit and Miss

This album is great and bad. This is a wonderful collection of Chopin nocturnes. However, it is missing a few notable pieces (like Nocturne in C# minor P1 no. 16; which he wrote for his sister). The collection is played by the world-renowned piano player Arthur Rubinstein who is wonderful in every way on the piano. However, he seems to have forgotten while playing Chopin that he was playing Chopin. The blurb about this album states that he plays them to "evoke the restrained tradition of … Mozart and Bach" THAT IS NOT HOW CHOPIN IS PLAYED. Chopin is a romantic era composer and plays his pieces with emotion and rubato to his work, not a steady clear rendition of Bach or Mozart. Because of the misinterpretation, I would have to give it a 3 out of 5 stars because even though the artist plays the music well, the full emotion is not captured.

Nocturne Opus 9

Hit and Miss has missed it completely. Noone plays Chopin with the skill, the technique, the emotion & the perfect interpretation like Rubenstein.


Yup, there's nothing restrained about Chopin. HE'S A ROMANTIC COMPOSER! Why they would go there with "Mozart and Bach" is beyond me. Great playing by one of the All Time Grand Masters of Music.

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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: 1967

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