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Rubinstein & Mitropoulos - Carnegie Hall 1953

Rubinstein & Mitropoulos - Carnegie Hall 1953

Item No. GHCD 2355

Orchestral & Concerto

Price GBP 4.60 / USD

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Release Date: 01.04.2009

This unique record brings together two of the greatest musicians of their day in a complete Carnegie Hall New York concert from April 1953. We hear the great pianist Arthur Rubinstein (whose performing career lasted an incredible 82 years) in two concertos - the Saint-Saëns Second Concerto in G minor and Cesar Franck’s Symphonic Variations. What makes this particularly valuable is that Rubinstein’s performance of Saint-Saëns’ Concerto elicited high praise from the composer himself when he heard the young Rubinstein perform the work in Paris in 1905. At the time of this 1953 concert, Dmitri Mitropoulos was the chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, and this equally great musician’s qualities are heard to their best advantage in profoundly sympathetic and penetrating accounts of two colourful Russian scores, especial interest being placed on Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy, first heard in New York in 1908. This is a fascinating and very important single CD of great historical interest.


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Tracklist and soundclips:
Title Composer Artist Time Play
01 In the Steppes of Central Asia – musical picture Alexander Borodin (1833-1887) New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos 7:44
02 Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22 - I. Andante sostenuto Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) Arthur Rubinstein - piano, New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos 10:47
03 Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22 - II. Allegro scherzando Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) Arthur Rubinstein - piano, New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos 5:53
04 Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22 - III. Presto Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) Arthur Rubinstein - piano, New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos 6:03
05 Symphonic Variations – piano and orchestra César Franck (1822-1890) Arthur Rubinstein - piano, New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos 14:21
06 Le Poeme de l'extase ('Poem of Ecstasy') Op.54 Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos 18:17
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