The Rubinstein Collection (Volume 49) - Frederic Chopin Nocturnes (1965, CD 2006)
Classical | FLAC tracks, CUE, LOG | tags, playlist, artwork, booklet | 430 MB
Label: Sony BMG, RCA Red Seal
Despite Arthur Rubinstein's extroverted personality and open-hearted interpretive approach, his performances of Chopin's introspective, half-lit Nocturnes inspired him to some of his greatest recordings, as this, the last of his three traversals of the 19, amply demonstrates. His earlier recordings, from 1936-37 and 1949-50, have their admirers, but this set dating from 1965 and 1967 is superior for its interpretive depth and realistic stereo sound. It's a touch slower than the earlier versions, and Rubinstein's glorious tone color, mastery of shadings, and unerring sense of rubato help make these among his greatest recordings. Others may have equaled his achievement in one or another of these works, but as a set, this is inspired pianism.