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Chopin: Etudes Op. 10 & Op. 25 / Vladimir Ashkenazy

Release Date: 03/25/2014 
Label:  Melodiya   Catalog #: 1002108    Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Frédéric Chopin's etudes are a unique combination of virtuoso technique and artistic super tasks. No international competition can do without them. Each of the etudes is an 'exercise' in specific piano techniques while sounding like a bright and image-bearing piece. The twelve etudes of Op. 10 were composed during 1828-1832 and dedicated to Franz Liszt. The twelve etudes of Op. 25 were published in 1836. Nearly all pianists worldwide have Chopin's etudes in their repertoire, but only a few of them have the courage to play both of the opuses in one recital. Melodiya presents these twenty-four etudes performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy, one of the greatest pianists of modern times. What makes these recordings especially interesting Read more is that they were made in 1959 by then a 22-year-old pianist. With his world triumphs still ahead (although Ashkenazy had received a second prize at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and won the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels), Ashkenazy's pianism already appears in full possession of virtuosic and artistic mastery. "The young pianist is not just an owner of phenomenally deft, strong and superbly trained fingers, he also proficiently wields a diverse and beautiful palette of piano sounds," wrote one of the reviewers in those days. - Melodiya, (Translated from Russian.) Read less

Works on This Recording

Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1833; Poland 
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 

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