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Rubinstein by the Rubinsteins

Hedonist and altruist at the same time, favorite of the gods and philanthropist, melancholic and sanguine serious artist, a gifted musician and brilliant pianist, egomaniac and family pet. Arthur Rubinstein, a great character and great cosmopolitan, a man who loved life, the music and the people so much.

The recent documentary film (2010) about the life and work of Arthur Rubinstein, brings to life the personality of a great artist and demonstrates what his art is all about. Film maker Marie-Claire Margossian undertook a voyage through Rubinstein’s life with the help of his daughter Eva, a photographer and the participation of John and Alina Rubinstein as well as testimonies of friends like Jacques Chazal, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Gustavo Dudamel and others.

Documentaries based on biographical data is one approach, but unless it is brought to life through pictures and memories it communicates very little. This is where the family archive and the hundreds of photographs comes in.
Margossian succeeds in creating a remarkably vivid and uniquely personal profile of one of the great pianist legends of the 20th century and recreates the various steps in Rubinstein’s career and gets to the persona behind the celebrity.

Rubinstein by the Rubinsteins

ARTE France, Zone d’Images, 52 min (subtitles in German)

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4


The Great Arthur Rubinstein Revisited

For decades people who were fortunate enough to see and hear esteemed pianist Artur Rubinstein (1887-1982) perform left concert halls spellbound.
Rubinstein went for the soul of the audience as he wrapped his soaring and spirited playing around each listener. His magnificent interpretation of Chopin remains without equal.
Rubinstein biographyBiographer and music historian Sachs first heard Rubinstein play in 1959, but it was not until 1986 that he seriously considered writing a biography of Rubinstein. Not having primary source material from the musician’s first 53 years was an obstacle (Rubinstein’s papers were destroyed or lost when the Germans occupied his house during the war), but Sachs had the full cooperation of Rubinstein’s wife, Nela, and access to a huge amount of source material that had accumulated after the Rubinsteins came to the United States. Since in his memoirs (My Young Years and My Many Years), Rubinstein occasionally changed some dates and facts, Sachs realized an added necessity of thoroughness in his research. The resultant biography “Rubinstein – A Life” is definitive and belongs on the shelf alongside those memoirs.

From the treasure caves of the Russian television, we have here a live rendition of Chopin´s Barcarolle Op. 60, one of Rubinsteins most beloved pieces and also frequently mentioned in his memoirs:

Chopin Barcarolle opus 60

Additionally, Peter Gutmans concentrated webpages on Rubinstein are
highly recommended:


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