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Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata, Chopin Variations / Vladimir Ashkenazy

Release Date: 01/10/2012 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001619659   
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The combination of Vladimir Ashkenazy and the music of Rachmaninov is one of the iconic partnerships of recorded music, with the piano concertos alone selling millions of copies. In recent years the great Russian pianist and conductor has turned his attention to recording the solo piano music, in recordings that draw on a lifetime of experience as a Rachmaninov interpreter

On this new album he performs two masterworks from a particularly rich period of Rachmaninov's musical life. Rachmaninov was himself one of the greatest of all Chopin pianists and his Variations on a Theme of Chopin are a deeply felt homage, combining Chopinesque elegance with Rachmaninov's sweeping minor-key romanticism.

Written five years
Read more later, the First Sonata has all the hallmarks of Rachmaninov's mature style, contrasting pianistic grandeur with hushed intimacy. As Geoffrey Norris writes in his booklet essay – "The First Sonata is a work of passion, written from the heart and with an emotional intensity that is palpable and compelling".
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Works on This Recording

Variations on a theme of Chopin, Op. 22 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; Russia 
Sonata for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 28 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Russia 

Customer Reviews

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 Beatiful performances of works unknown to me. May 19, 2012 By Walter Jacobsen (Callicoon Center, NY) See All My Reviews " Ashkenazy has always always been one of my favorite pianists in this repertory, whether playing as pianist, or conducting an orchestra. ( Listen to his performance of the Rachmaninov
preludes.) I was not familiar with these pieces, and, as usual, his playing is rich, heart-felt, and technically flawless. I think it's a fine addition for any collector who loves music for the piano, written by a master, and here played by one."
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 Ashkenazy Plays Rachmaninov May 19, 2012 By Robert Resnikoff (Stamford, CT) See All My Reviews "If there was ever a more apt and capable interpreter of Rachmaninov's music than Ashkenazy, it must have been Rachmaninov himself. While the rambling sonata indicates this is not the form most suited to Rachmaninov's creativity, the Chopin Variations establish a strong continuum between early and late romanticism in piano music and Rachmaninov's deserved place in it." Report Abuse
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