THE NOCTURNES - FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN
Chopin's nocturnes could well have been written for the voice, their beautiful, lyrical melodies unfolding with a magic that few composers for piano can match. Arthur Rubinstein understood their childlike wonder, his playing refreshingly, charmingly simple. The bell-like tone of his right hand soars artlessly over subtle accompaniment, and everything is delicately pedaled, tempos just so. Bask in Op. 15 No. 3 or Op. 27 No. 1 to hear the mastery of Rubinstein's control: fortes never growl, pianissimos are exquisite. And the elegant ornamentation in Op. 32 No. 1 shows a stunning technique at the total service of Chopin's timeless music.
RCA Italiana, Studio A, Rome, Italy, 1965, August / September - 1967, February
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