Anton Rubinstein: Father of Russian Pianism

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In the premiere episode of The Great Russian Piano Tradition, host David Dubal surveys the music of Anton Rubinstein, the father of Russian pianism.

Rubinstein was prolific as a composer, a magnificent conductor, as well as teacher to many now-famous pupils. He became one of the most idolized pianists of the 19th century. His playing was raved about; those who heard him thought that he conjured an entire orchestra during solo performances.

The pianist's musical temperament was powerful and unprecedented. He developed into the formative force of Russian music — and Russian music appreciation — deeply affecting the piano players of his time and becoming the spiritual father of many of the great pianists of the early 20th century.

Program playlist:

Anton Rubinstein: Etude in C, Op. 23 No. 2 "Staccato"
George Bolet

Anton Rubinstein: Melody in F, Op. 3, No. 1
Philippe Entremont
Sony Classical

Anton Rubinstein: Barcarolle No. 4 in G
Artur Rubinstein
RCA Victor

Anton Rubinstein: Piano Concerto No. 4, D minor; i. Moderato assai - Allegro
Josef Hofman, piano; Curtis Institute Student Orchestra; Fritz Reiner, conductor
VAI Audio

Anton Rubinstein: Barcarolle in A minor, Op. 39 No. 3
Yelena Bekman-Shcherbina
BMG Classics

Ludwig Van Beethoven/Anton Rubinstein: Turkish March from Die Ruinen von Athen
Grigory Ginsberg

Anton Rubinstein: Piano Concerto No. 3 in G Major, Op. 45; ii. Moderato
Robert Preston, piano; Westphalian Symphony Orchestra; Paul Freeman, conductor
WNCN-FM Sept, 19, 1980

Anton Rubinstein: Romance, in E-flat Major
Ignaz Friedman

Anton Rubinstein: Valse Caprice
Ignaz Friedman