Anton Rubinstein: Father of Russian Pianism

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

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

Comments [6]

Ricardo Peres from Brazil

It is great to hear David Dubal on the radio shedding light about this great school of piano playing. One always learns from Mr. Dubal and his most valuable insights. This series could well be extended to cover more material from different cultures as well. Great show!

Apr. 16 2014 03:58 PM

Please create podcasts for this series. I would like to listen to this program!

Apr. 13 2014 09:11 PM
Silversalty from Brooklyn

Checking the programs that formerly had web audio available I don't see any with that feature anymore. Even with the programs that display an audio box, it's non-functional.

So it's tonight at 10PM (7PM Pacific time?) or wait six or so months for the series rerun.

Apr. 06 2014 03:53 PM
Silversalty from Brooklyn

The program will be rebroadcast tonight (April 6) at 10PM EDT. If the semi-irregular policy is followed, some time after that second broadcast the audio box will appear with the ability to listen via click. If, when and for how long (usually until the next Dubal program) the audio will be available is inconsistent.

Good luck. It was another captivating show.

Dubal is available, in a more free-form program, at Wednesdays at 10PM and Sundays at 12Noon.

Also webcasts of prior programs.

Apr. 06 2014 03:27 PM
Mary Gilpatrick from San Francisco, CA

Will this program be re-broadcast? If not, is there a link to a podcast online? I would very much like to listen and am sorry I missed it.

Apr. 06 2014 02:23 PM
John Bartman from Oak Shrub, NY

The Anton Rubinstein program was so wonderful in every way. The things I learned , the feeling for tradition, it was like I was living in the 19 Century. David Dubal's programing was perfect. His timing was perfect. The amazing amount of content in a one hour span is incredible. To hear Hofmann in the Rubinstein forth Concerto was overwhelming . Everything about the first program in the series the great Russian piano tradition was phenomenal! there is no other word for such a magnificent use of radio . Thank you WQXR for presenting David Dubal. I will follow him wherever he speaks .

Apr. 03 2014 09:27 PM

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