On this second volume of Anton Rubinstein's piano music, GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Joseph Banowetz interprets works spanning the composer's long career, from the famous Melody in F, written by the 23-year-old Rubinstein to the nostalgic Souvenir of Dresden composed in the year of his death. Russian Serenade is a charming vision of the composer's homeland, the Romance and Impromptu a pair contrasting the lyrical and virtuosic, while Akrostichon No. 1 is a gently understated love poem. Volume 1 (8.570941) is also available.
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Rubenstein is one of the forgotten gems of classical music, Joseph Banowitz is great as usual, buy these CD's if you love romantic era classical piano!!
I am the first to admit that Anton Rubinstein's 4th piano Concerto is a great and undeservedly ignored romantic concerto. But if one looks carefully at the 150 years since the work was composed, one will see that for much of that time it was in the repertoire of some of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. Rachmaninov, Hoffman and Paderewski all championed it. Then in the late 1960s Raymond Lewenthal and Michael Ponti took up the banner, and it is experiencing quite a revival in our own time with such pianists as Marc-André Hamelin, Matti Raekallio, and Joseph Banowetz performing and recording the concerto.
Granted this is not the success enjoyed by the Brahms concerti, but to put this in respective I wonder if any one of you out there has ever heard, not to say heard of, the two piano concerti by Ignaz Brüll, a truly fine composer and virtuoso pianist who was greatly admired by Johannes Brahms, Carl Goldmark, Eduard Hanslick and Gustav Mahler among...
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