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Arthur Rubinstein - Farewell to Chopin

Author: sounding images

0000: In 1975, the legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein wants to leave a legacy to the world: Chopin's Second Piano Concerto is brought to life a final time.

  • Arthur Rubinstein | Copyright: © Archivo de la Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía / Reina Sofía School of Music Archive

    Arthur Rubinstein © Archivo de la Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía / Reina Sofía School of Music Archive

  • Arthur Rubinstein | Copyright: © Archivo de la Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía / Reina Sofía School of Music Archive

    Arthur Rubinstein © Archivo de la Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía / Reina Sofía School of Music Archive

In April of 1975, a piece of music history is made in London's Fairfield Hall: the legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein, who is gradually going blind, wants to leave a legacy to the world. Chopin's Second Piano Concerto has accompanied him throughout his life. At Fairfield Hall, Rubinstein brings it to life a final time in his warm-hearted, lyrical style.

For this occasion, Arthur Rubinstein returns to London, where he made his debut 63 years earlier. Now 88 years old, he is a living legend, on a par with the great composers like Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky. It is the finale of a lifetime of achievement and a grandiose performance from a past master.

In Farewell to Chopin Daniel Barenboim confesses that at the age of just 14, he smoked his first cigar and drank his first vodka together with Rubinstein. His constant companion Annabelle Weidenfeld recalls his incredible charm, and youngest daughter Alina Rubinstein remembers the charismatic but often absent father whom she “wouldn’t trade for anyone in the world”. Rarely seen archive recordings provide fascinating insights into the family life of the Rubinsteins, while the master at the keys also has his own say.

The legendary performance is exclusively for the cameras. Together with the London Symphony Orchestra under conductor André Previn, Rubinstein is every bit the lustrous piano icon: upright and elegant in his tailcoat, he is enthroned at his instrument. The maestro's playing is generous, luminous, supple, rhapsodic. At almost 90 years of age, this exceptional interpreter of Chopin is as captivating as ever.

Duration 43 minutes
Director Anne-Kathrin Peitz
Producer Claus Wischmann
Executive Producer Christopher Janssen
Production Company ZDF/ARTE, sounding images

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