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Magic Moments of Music – Rubinstein plays Chopin

Synopsis

„Chopin gets you pretty far with women.“ Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982) became the greatest Chopin interpreter ever. He gladly accepted the extra-musical side effect, this grand seigneur at the keys, this dazzling artistic personality, this fun-loving as well as witty salon lion beyond the stage. When Rubinstein retired from the limelight at almost 90, he was a living legend. His first guest performance in America at 19 was a fiasco. A financial and psychological crisis followed, including a failed suicide attempt. This ended when Rubinstein experienced the tech¬nical perfection of Horowitz, 15 years his junior, in concert: „Then I clenched my fists, opened them again and started to work hard. Finally, in 1937, Rubinstein has found „his“ sound and travels to the USA again. It was a triumph. His recordings sell millions of copies, and he becomes the best-paid performer. The second career of a mature artist followed. The finale came at the Wigmore Hall in 1976, where he had given his first concert 70 years earlier at the peak of his first career, as he wrote in his memoirs: „Here I had performed in London for the first time, and the fact that I was giving the last concert of my life here made my entire career seem to me to be in sonata form. The finale came to a wonderful and moving end.“

Additional Info

  • No: 8774
  • Artists: Janina Fialkowska, Annabelle Weidenfeld, Alina Rubinstein, Daniel Barenboim, Rafał Blechacz, Yulianna Avdeeva, Daniel Müller-Schott...
  • Production year: 2021
  • Run time: 00:52:00
  • Director: A film by Dag Freyer
  • Producers: ZDF/arte, sounding images, C Major Entertainment
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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