One of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, Rubinstein was gifted enough to recognize the technical shortcomings of his extrovert, youthful playing, and to re-learn his repertoire in mid-life, adding control and discipline to the natural flair that had made his reputation. Linked to the 19th-century Romantics through his champion Joseph Joachim, he nevertheless established a modern, clean-cut and unaffected style of pianism, while, in the music of Brahms and Chopin in particular, retaining a warmth of tone and manner. As well as his solo appearances, he gave frequent chamber music recitals and continued to perform in public until the age of nearly ninety.
1897: Sent to Berlin for studies with Heinrich Barth (piano) and Robert Kahn and Max Bruch (music theory) in Berlin. 1900: Début in Berlin with Mozart’s Piano Concerto, K. 488, with Joachim conducting. 1903: Studies briefly in Switzerland with Paderewski. 1904: Début in Paris playing the Saint-Saëns Second Piano Concerto, to be his showpiece during his lifetime. 1906: Début tour across the USA, to less than enthusiastic reviews. 1914–18: Works as a military musician during the First World War. 1916–17: Tours Spain and South America, and discovers what becomes a lifelong love of the music of Falla, Granados, Albéniz and Villa-Lobos. 1932–37: Withdraws to refine his technique and re-learn his repertoire. 1946: Becomes an American. 1950–70s: Continues to perform with astonishing energy; plays chamber music with many leading musicians, such as Heifetz, Szeryng and the Guarneri String Quartet. 1974: The Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition is founded in Tel Aviv. 1976: Retires from the concert stage; is awarded the United States’ Medal of Freedom. 1980: My Many Years, the second part of his autobiography, is published (after My Young Years in 1973). 1994: Awarded posthumously a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, having already won ten Grammys during his life. 1999: His complete authorized recordings are published – on 94 CDs.
Omnibus – With the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Antal Dorati
Arrau, Serkin, Horowitz, Gould, Rubinstein, Cortot, Van Cliburn...