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Vladimir Ashkenazy - Personal Collection


Release Date: 07/10/2007 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000897102   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachLudwig van BeethovenWolfgang Amadeus MozartJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Number of Discs: 7 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

July 2007 marks the 70th birthday of Vladimir Ashkenazy. This set has been compiled with the full co-operation of the artist from his enormous catalogue of recordings for Decca and embraces his work as one of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation as well as his work for more than twenty-five years as a conductor. This personal collection also focuses on those composers who are of particular significance for Ashkenazy and which have been reflected both on record and in the concert hall during his career. A very special feature of this set is the inclusion of a bonus interview disc in which Ashkenazy talks about his career and music. This extensive interview (it lasts almost 80 minutes) has been specially recorded in January 2007 and Read more the interview was conducted by the acclaimed film director Christopher Nupen (he has directed many classical music documentaries and filmed Ashkenazy in concert and in the studio on many occasions.

Ashkenazy made his first recording for Decca in March 1963 – Rachmaninov’s monumental Third Piano Concerto – a recording which has achieved reference status and which is included here. This was the time he defected from Russia and came to live in London, shortly after achieving worldwide fame when he was joint winner (with John Ogdon) of the Second International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1962; it marked the start of a recording and concert career which has scarcely been matched by any other pianist for the sheer breadth of repertory. A few weeks after recording Rachmaninov’s Third Concerto Ashkenazy recorded his equally legendary Tchaikovsky First Concerto — another recording which has achieved reference status. During the course of his more than forty years with Decca as a pianist there have been complete cycles of concertos by Mozart (directed from the keboard), Beethoven (three cycles : with Solti, Mehta, and from the keyboard), Rachmaninov (two complete cycles: with Previn and Haitink), Prokofiev (with Previn), Bartók (with Solti) as well as other concertos by Schumann, Chopin, Scriabin. His recordings of solo repertory have been extensive, with major surveys of Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Scriabin, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich as well as recent additions such as a very enthusiastically received recording of Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier.; 2007 sees the release of a major Beethoven work which Ashkenazy has recorded for the first time: the “Diabelli” Variations. Ashkenazy’s repertory as a conductor is huge and this collection includes some works by composers he is closely identified with and for which he feels a particular affinity: Shostakovich, Sibelius, and Richard Strauss.
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
2. Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 24 in B minor, BWV 869 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
3. Sonata for Piano no 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
4. Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
5. Bagatelles (6) for Piano, Op. 126 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
6. Concerto for Piano no 9 in E flat major, K 271 "Jeunehomme" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Salzburg, Austria 
7. Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
8. Sonata for Piano in D major, D 850/Op. 53 "Gasteiner" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
9. Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
10. Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
11. Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
12. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
13. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
14. Kreisleriana, Op. 16 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
15. Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
16. Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
17. Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Paris, France 
18. Concerto for Piano in F sharp minor, Op. 20 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896; Russia 
19. Sonata for Piano no 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
20. Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Finland 
21. Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USSR 
22. Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
23. Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 

Sound Samples

An Interview with Vladimir Ashkenazy: Thanks and goodnight
Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No.1 in D minor, BWV 1052 - piano performance: 1. Allegro
Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No.1 in D minor, BWV 1052 - piano performance: 2. Adagio
Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No.1 in D minor, BWV 1052 - piano performance: 3. Allegro
Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869: Prelude in B minor BWV 869
Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869: Fugue in B minor BWV 869
Piano Sonata No.24 in F sharp, Op.78 "For Therese": 1. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo
Piano Sonata No.24 in F sharp, Op.78 "For Therese": 2. Allegro vivace
Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata": 1. Allegro assai
Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata": 2. Andante con moto
Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata": 3. Allegro ma non troppo
6 Bagatelles, Op.126: 4. Presto
Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme": 1. Allegro
Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme": 2. Andantino
Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme": 3. Rondeau (Presto)
Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15: 1. Maestoso - Poco più moderato
Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15: 2. Adagio
Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15: 3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)

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