Chopin - Artur Rubinstein ‎– The Chopin Ballades - 1960 Warm Articulate Logical Classical Mono LP

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Chopin - Artur Rubinstein ‎– The Chopin Ballades
RCA Victor Red Seal ‎– LM-2370
Vinyl, LP, Mono

Record is VG++ minor wear only ( listen) 

Cover VG+  bottom left corner has wear and creasing and cover is split 3 inches( see pic) 


A1Ballade No. 1 In G-minor, Op. 239:13
A2Ballade No. 2 In F, Op. 386:36


B1Ballade No. 3 In A-flat, Op. 477:12
B2Ballade No. 4 In F-minor, Op. 5210:36



Composed By – Frédéric Chopin
Engineer – John Crawford (2)
Illustration – Victor Kalin
Liner Notes – Irving Kolodin
Piano – Artur Rubinstein
Producer – John Pfeiffer



Here you get passionate Rubinstein in warm, articulate, logical performances of Chopin at his boldest. Please, listen carefully to the details in the Ballade No.4. It just keeps on building climax after climax, and the conclusion seems inexorable. And yet this is always Rubinstein letting music do all the talking. 
If anyone needed to make a case for Rubinstein's genius not only as a Chopin interpreter, but as a pianist of the first rank, they'd need do little more than offer this one recording as evidence. The control of melodic line, lift, chordal technique, brilliance in ornamentation and fioriture - all of them are at the service of Chopin's conception, but come together with a sound that can only have been made by Rubinstein. Perhaps most moving is the first ballade; the grandeur of the main E major theme has never been brought out so compellingly, and the closing Gm section is nothing short of demonic. I've listened to this recording well over a thousand times, and have explored every other commercially-available recording of the ballades. Nothing quite compares. If I had only one piano record, perhaps even only one record of any kind, to choose for the proverbial desert island, this one would be it. 
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Format LP
Label RCA
Color Black