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The Art Of Ashkenazy


Release Date: 02/08/2000 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 466462   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyWolfgang Amadeus MozartSergei Prokofiev,   ... 
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Conductor:  Bernard HaitinkLorin MaazelVladimir AshkenazyDavid Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraLondon Symphony OrchestraRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 39 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy is one of the best known pianists of the 20th Century. His eternally youthful vigor and intensity consistently won the adoration of audiences and critics alike. His exclusive recording contract with Decca blessed the label with a rich catalog from which to cull material for this two-disc collection.
THE ART OF ASHKENAZY showcases the artist's talent with a wide variety of works. From Chopin to Schubert, Ravel to Rachmaninov, Ashkenazy performs each piece with deep insight. Opening with the powerful works of the great Russian composers, the pianist's fire and virility come to the fore. Famous lyrical pieces, such as Chopin's 'Grande valse brillante,' highlight his nimble fingerwork and dexterity.
Thirty years
Read more of great performances boiled down to a 2-CD set? It may not be complete, but it is certainly an enjoyable retrospective of one of the great careers in music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 2nd movement, Andantino semplice by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 6 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
3. Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467: 2nd movement, Andante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Length: 8 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
4. Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10: 2nd movement, Andante assai by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1912; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
5. Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21: 2nd movement, Larghetto by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 9 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
6. Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1894 
Length: 34 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1900 - 1901). 
7. Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
8. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 15 in D flat major "Raindrop" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
9. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 5 in G flat major "Black Keys" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
10. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
11. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1976 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
12. 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 4 Secs. 
13. Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
14. Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique": 2nd movement, Adagio cantabile by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
15. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 3 in G flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
16. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 1, Von fremden Ländern und Menschen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
17. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
18. Polonaises (2) for Piano, Op. 40: no 1 in A major, B 120 "Military" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
19. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 3 in E major, B 74 "Tristesse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
20. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 115/Op. 33: no 2 in D major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
21. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1976 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
22. Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
23. Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
24. Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 5 in G minor, Alla marcia by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
25. Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
26. Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30: 1st movement, Allegro ma non tanto by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
27. Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor": 2nd movement, Adagio un poco mosso by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Length: 7 Minutes 45 Secs. 
28. Pieces (10) for Piano from "Romeo and Juliet", Op. 75: no 9, Danse des filles aux fleurs by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 

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