Long-lost Rubinstein video comes to light

Much delight among pianophiles at the unexpected reappearance of a 1966 German documentary about the phenomenal Arthur Rubinstein, shot in the Steinway factory at Hamburg.

Watch here… and be prepared to watch again.

The pieces he plays are:

Chopin: Etude in A-Flat Major, Op. 25 No. 1;
” Etude in C Major, Op. 10 No. 1;
” Etude in A minor, Op. 10 No. 2;
” Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23;
Szymanowsky: Symphonie Concertante, Op. 60;
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales;
Schubert: Sonata in B-Flat Major, D. 960.

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  • Actually, Rubinstein’s ban on performing in Germany took place after World War One. But he did perform in towns bordering Germany so his German fans could hear him.

  • Fairy fingers: Absolutely Enchanting, Magical and Transcendent. And there’s no question about his purpose in life. Nor any resistance… I hate to be so negative, but the G-minor Ballade is so often banged to death in coming of age recitals, that I completely didn’t recognize it at first when Arthur Plays: and it’s actually Chopin…

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