Collection: Rubinstein

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COMPOSERS: Albeniz,Debussy,Prokofiev,Schumann,Szymanowski,Villa-Lobos
LABELS: RCA Gold Seal
WORKS: Carnegie Hall Highlights: Debussy, Prokofiev, Villa-Lobos, Albéniz, Schumann, Szymanowski
PERFORMER: Artur Rubinstein (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: 09026 61445 2 ADD (1963)

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This is a stunning display of virtuoso pianism built around a series of short pieces by 20th-century composers; including two Images and two preludes by Debussy, 12 Visions fugitives by Prokofiev, and four mazurkas by Szymanowski. The performances were recorded at a series of recitals the pianist gave at Carnegie Hall towards the end of 1961.

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Rubinstein’s playing is at its most polished, the glittering cascades of notes perfectly controlled. For sheer note-spinning try Villa-Lobos’s Próle do bébé suite, the last movement of which prompts an outburst of applause and cries of bravo from the audience. David Michaels