Friday, November 12, 2010

The 94-CD Arthur Rubinstein Collection on Spotify

"The Arthur Rubinstein Collection is a 94-CD set containing 106 hours of music documenting this seminal pianist's entire recording history. Rubinstein was one of the pivotal pianists of the 20th century, with his life spanning from 1887 through 1982. This collection will be central to the teaching and scholarly examination of the development of piano performance, the piano repertoire and Rubinstein's own musical idiom. This Collection features includes all studio recordings made by Rubinstein, four previously unreleased recordings and over 200 recordings on compact disc, and also includes two live recitals and two special discs, which contain unreleased recordings and interviews." - introduction from musicweb

OK, now you can go to Amazon and buy this mammoth boxset, "1 new from $4,147.00"(only 200 sets were manufactured since it was released in 1999). Or you can grab it on Spotify in no time, and starts to listen right away.

Here's the Spotify playlist: The Rubinstein Collection (1073 tracks, total time: 3 days) All 82 volumes and one highlights sampler disk are here, except for Vol. 8, 10, 13, 24, 34, 57, 61, 62, 82. Press Ctrl (Command on Macs) + G to browse in album view. P.S. This playlist is also a perfect showcase of the outrageous stupidity of the current digital copyright law, which is still busy creating territory restriction in the age of cloud computing. I hope Spotify make all albums available to all users soon (or at least to premium users?), and please, don't tag Maestro Rubinstein, and Horowitz as "various artist", even though they might sound like they have at least 17 hands at some point.