Chopin: Polonaises – played Arthur Rubinstein (1953)
What I’m remembering, now I’m cataloging my records – and it was sorta excruciating going through all the classical (not that there’s that many but just all in one glut, they’re sometimes hard to find specific versions) is that I gravitate to solo piano – and piano-led/based works. I think that was just the easiest entry point. And some strong advice – from someone…no idea here. Maybe from a bit of general reading. Anyway, I had things like a Chopin “Greatest Hits” tape (in fact I think I have something called exactly that on vinyl now also). And so when buying up a few cheap classical records years ago one of the first I got was this – because of the Chopin and because of the HMV dog logo on the cover. Good ole nipper! If nothing more, I thought, I could put the cover on the wall like a poster. That never happened and this LP was buried deep in my collection for a decade or more. And unearthing it now I come back to the music and love it. Don’t know much about Arthur Rubinstein beyond his reputation as one of the great classical-music pianists of the 20th Century. I like his work here. That’s for fucking sure!
Sample Track: Chopin Polonaise in C sharp Minor, Op. 26 No. 1
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