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Friday 17th December 2010
Rubinstein plays Chopin in Moscow

This will probably be the last Friday Historical of Chopin Year, so it's a very special one: Arthur Rubinstein plays Chopin's Etude Op.25 No.1 in A flat major in recital in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire. This was in 1960-something. The picture looks older, the sound seems newer and the playing is a sliver of timeless wonder. I'm not sure that Chopin could be any more perfect.

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January 12th, 2011
11:01 PM
No memory lapse in this performance. Absolutely gorgeous rendition. Thanks for sharing.

December 18th, 2010
10:12 AM
This is October 1, 1964. There are also two wonderful Op. 10 etudes in that recital. Speaking of "perfect," there was such a big memory lapse in that recital's 2nd sonata that it was patched for the official RCA record.

December 17th, 2010
7:12 PM
I love the internet. The ripples and flourishes at the end are as if the piece doesn't want to end.

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About Jessica Duchen

Jessica Duchen is a music journalist and the author of four novels, two biographies and several stage works. She writes regularly for The Independent and BBC Music Magazine. Her latest novel, Songs of Triumphant Love, is published by Hodder.

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