Historic Classes with Arthur Rubinstein


Those who read this blog regularly will know that I enjoy featuring classes given by master teachers. Today’s post highlights a series of historic classes with the legendary Polish born pianist Arthur Rubinstein (1887 – 1982). Considered by many as the greatest interpreter of Chopin, Rubinstein gave these classes in 1978 at the Jerusalem Music Centre, and they traverse a whole selection of repertoire including Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, and Scriabin. I hope you find them of interest.

“I was born very, very lazy and I don’t always practice very long. But I must say, in my defense, that it is not so good, in a musical way, to overpractice. When you do, the music seems to come out of your pocket. If you play with a feeling of ‘Oh, I know this,’ you play without that little drop of fresh blood that is necessary – and the audience feels it.”
Arthur Rubinstein


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2 Comments Add yours

  1. ALLAN FULLER says:

    Fantastic. Sadly Rubinstein’s eyesight was failing him, but not his spirit or his tone. This is wonderful. BTW is that non other than Mr Bronfman in the first video on the Chopin Ballade?

    1. Thank you! Yes, I believe it is Yefim Bronfman in the first video….

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