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Favourite Beethoven / Vladimir Ashkenazy


Release Date: 01/19/1993 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 436380   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Pathétique of 1797-8 is given a performance full of the drama and pathos it cries out for, and the mighty Appassionata of 1804-5 is of electrifying brilliance and verve in its two outer movements, magically offset by the warmth and repose of its central Andante con moto. These performances are out of the top drawer and magnificently recorded into the bargain.

– Gramophone [4/1982], reviewing an earlier release of Piano Sonatas No 13 & 23
The Pathétique of 1797-8 is given a performance full of the drama and pathos it cries out for, and the mighty Appassionata of 1804-5 is of electrifying brilliance and verve in its two outer movements, magically offset by the warmth and repose of its central Andante con moto. These performances are out of the top drawer and magnificently recorded into the bargain.

– Gramophone [4/1982], reviewing an earlier release of Piano Sonatas No 13 & 23
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Length: 15 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Length: 33 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Length: 18 Minutes 9 Secs. 
4.
Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1984 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
5.
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 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Length: 23 Minutes 28 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Length: 40 Minutes 0 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight": 1. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight": 2. Allegretto
Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight": 3. Presto
Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58: 1. Allegro moderato
Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58: 2. Andante con moto
Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58: 3. Rondo (Vivace)
Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique": 1. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique": 2. Adagio cantabile
Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique": 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Für Elise
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
Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor": 1. Allegro
Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor": 2. Adagio un poco mosso
Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor": 3. Rondo (Allegro)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 Great but a disaster for Ripping August 30, 2012 By David Cooper (Little Berkhamsted, Hertford) See All My Reviews "Although the disk is all I expected, when played on a HiFi, I now rip all my CD's and play them through my PC system and I regret to say that the quality of the information encoded (if that's the right word) on the disk - which should enable you to pick up the the information on the booklet, such as the title, the performer/s, etc. automatically - must have escaped any checking for accuracy whatsoever. I'm afraid this is often the case, especially with the major classical record companies, but these are first CD's I've ripped to find that the information is actually for a different composer, Rachmaninov! Apart from this, though, I would rate the CD's as 5 star." Report Abuse
 Essential Beethoven August 22, 2012 By Dr. Helen Hatton (Hamilton, ON) See All My Reviews "If you do not have this recording, you most certainly should. From Vladimir Ashkenazy one expects both elegance, poetry and passion, fire, tempered always by beautiful tone and phrasing. If you are listening for the first time, try beginning with the Fourth Concerto. Askenazy will show you just why that concerto matters, perhaps even more than the "Emperor." You will find yourself playing it over again. If you suffered over "Fur Elise' as a student, Ashkenazy will convince you that the piece is actually a small jewel. The sonatas are equally beautiful, illuminated by the depth of Ashkenazy's understanding of Beethoven, and his ability to communicate. You may hve heard the "Moonlight' and the "Pathetique" dozens of times, but you will find that you go back to these performances because they will satisfy you on all levels. Naming the set "Favourite Beethoven" might suggest that it is one of those mishmash potpourris of background music for a deprived novice. In this case, nothing is further from the reality." Report Abuse
 Ashkenazy plays Beethoven August 21, 2012 By William W. (Woodbridge, VA) See All My Reviews "This is a totally excellent album. Ashkenazy is just a great technician with these important works especially "The Emperor"." Report Abuse
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