Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) - Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21, Arthur Rubinstein (piano)
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REVIEW Piano Concerto No. 2, original LP issue
Rubinstein last recorded this Chopin F minor concerto with Steinberg and the N .B.C., a disc which was issued in this country in July 1957 and withdrawn soon afterwards at the termination of the H.M.V./R.C.A. contract. It was the best available version of the work in its day, and the same can be said for Rubinstein's new recording.
The concerto is just too long to go comfortably on one side without cutting, and the third movement is wisely relegated to side two. (Even so, eight bars of the final tutti of the first movement are cut. They may not be very good bars, but the music sounds worse without them than with.) As a fill up, Rubinstein plays the Andante spianato and Polonaise, of which only the polonaise has orchestral accompaniment (perfimctory even by Chopin's standards). The timps are sharp in the final chord, which is about all I noticed of the accompaniment. Rubinstein manages the poetic andante ravishingly, and in the polonaise is heroic and wayward by turns, making the music sound far better than it really is. (R.F., The Gramophone, March 1960)