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Chopin Nocturne A flat Major Op 32 No 2 Rubinstein Rec 1949.wmv

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Published on Nov 25, 2008

On page 195 of his memoirs, My Many Years Rubinstein writes of Gieseking's playing of Debussy, "I went to one of his concerts and was enchanted by the unearthly, delicate climate he created in his treatment of this impressionistic music. My own conceptions, however, demanded more meat, if I may express myself in this crude way. He evoked invariably a magic background, but the action was missing." Rubinstein's criticism of Gieseking's playing of Debussy is how I feel about Rubinstein's 1965 recording (with a few exceptions) of Chopin's Nocturnes. They evoke a "delicate climate" and a "magic background," but "the action is missing." Too many of them evoke a berceuse-like quality. In my humble opinion, his Chopin Nocturne recordings of 1936 and 1949 are, in general, far more preferable.

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