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Rubinstein: Piano Music

Rubinstein: Piano Music

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The collection of pieces by Anton Rubinstein is a mini-treasure trove. Delicate, tasteful and irresistible.

Anton Rubinstein has occupied an uneasy place in the history of Russian music, largely because of his Jewish origins, which led some to write him off, and the related perception of him as a ‘German in Russia’. In recent years his solo piano music has begun to be re-evaluated. This album focuses on the series of works written in the mid-1850s and reveals music of charm and flair. The Three Pieces, Op. 16 are conventional in form but attractive, and the Two Pieces, Op. 28 contain a strongly contrasted Nocturne and Caprice. More ambitious, and intended to be performed in his concert repertoire as one of the greatest virtuosos of the age, are the Six Pieces, Op. 51.

REVIEW:

Noted Brazilian, Steinway artist Sergio Gallo concentrates his effort on the Romantic era. One can hear his connection to these pieces, filled with ardor and efficiency: a delicate edging, yet mighty in pockets of dramatic regale. Each of the pieces inside opus 16 “sing” beautifully and contain delightful swells of pitches and turns, suffused by lyrical freedom.

A caprice, in the most literal term, directly translates into unexpected twists and turns. Certainly so, as there is much more tension inside the Three Caprices. Each of the three movements is independent yet totally connected. M. Gallo’s performance is beautifully nuanced, nudging notes where needed, yet retrenching where critically needed.

The opening “Nocturne” inside Two Pieces has strong lines into Frédéric Chopin, yet Rubinstein’s composition is more restrained and bold within. But there’s a beautiful contrast which Rubinstein chose to compose in the segue “Caprice”: undoubtedly, it is fresh with mild hints of flittering deviousness. Catapults are brisk, unannounced, and filled with delightful enclaves of devilish delight, and the closing denouement is understated yet ravishing. Smooth and sleek in parts, Sergio Gallo gives a spectacular reading of this highly vivacious and spirited œuvre.

Open the capsule of case studies as we turn to the Six Pieces with its journey inside a range of mild emotions. Sergio Gallo takes a dignified and thoughtful stance into these characterizations, each one eliciting precious thoughts and careful reflections. Nothing harsh hits the ear, so a 6-term journey through reflections is spectacular! Sergio Gallo exquisitely unfolds the thoughts with delicate discernment. Brilliant.

The collection of pieces by Anton Rubinstein is a mini-treasure trove. Delicate, tasteful and irresistible.

-- ConcertoNet.com (Christie Grimstad)

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Product Description:


  • Release Date: December 02, 2022


  • UPC: 747313430079


  • Catalog Number: 8574300


  • Label: Naxos


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Romantic


  • Composer: Anton Rubinstein


  • Performer: Sergio Gallo



Works:


  1. Pieces (3), Op. 16

    Composer: Anton Rubinstein

    Performer: Sergio Gallo (Piano)


  2. Caprices (3), Op. 21

    Composer: Anton Rubinstein

    Performer: Sergio Gallo (Piano)


  3. Pieces (2), Op. 28

    Composer: Anton Rubinstein

    Performer: Sergio Gallo (Piano)


  4. Pieces (6), Op. 51

    Composer: Anton Rubinstein

    Performer: Sergio Gallo (Piano)