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Russian Fantasy / Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy


Release Date: 01/24/2012 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001641602  
Composer:  Modest MussorgskySergei RachmaninovMikhail GlinkaAlexander Scriabin,   ... 
Performer:  Vladimir AshkenazyVovka Ashkenazy
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Following their album of French music for two pianos, father and son Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy revel in their musical heritage with this dazzling programme by the great composers of Russia, with Rachmaninov's two-piano Suite No.1 at its heart.

Three of the works have been arranged by Vovka Ashkenazy himself, including Mussorgsky's Night On The Bald Mountain and the album's virtuosic finale - Borodin's Polovtsian Dances from his opera Prince Igor. His two-piano arrangement of Glinka's lilting Valse-fantaisie is itself based on Sergei Lyapunov's arrangement for four hands.

The two works originally written for two pianos are Rachmaninov's poetic Suite no 1, Op. 5 "Fantaisie Tableaux" (which the young
Read more composer dedicated to another giant of Russian music - Piotr Tchaikovsky) and the Fantasy in A minor by Rachmaninov's contemporary at the Moscow Conservatoire, Mikhail Scriabin.
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Works on This Recording

1. Night on the Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
2. Suite for 2 Pianos no 1, Op. 5 "Fantaisie-tableaux" by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
3. Waltz-fantasia for Orchestra in B minor by Mikhail Glinka
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839-1856; Russia 
4. Fantasy for 2 Pianos in A minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1889; Russia 
5. Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances - Presto by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
6. Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances - Moderato alla breve by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
7. Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances - Andantino by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
8. Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances - Allegro vivo by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
9. Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances - Allegro con spirito by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
10. Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances - Allegro by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 

Sound Samples

A Night on the Bare Mountain - Arr. Vovka Ashkenazy: Night on the Bald Mountain
Suite No.1 for 2 pianos, Op.5 (Fantaisie-tableaux): 1. Barcarole
Suite No.1 for 2 pianos, Op.5 (Fantaisie-tableaux): 2. A Night for Love
Suite No.1 for 2 pianos, Op.5 (Fantaisie-tableaux): 3. Tears
Suite No.1 for 2 pianos, Op.5 (Fantaisie-tableaux): 4. Russian Easter
Waltz Fantasy - Arr. Vovka Ashkenazy/Sergei Liapounov: Waltz Fantasy
Fantasy in A minor, Op.posth.
Prince Igor - Arr. Vovka Ashkenazy / Polovtsian Dances: Introduction: Andantino
Prince Igor - Arr. Vovka Ashkenazy / Polovtsian Dances: Allegro vivo
Prince Igor - Arr. Vovka Ashkenazy / Polovtsian Dances: Allegro
Prince Igor - Arr. Vovka Ashkenazy / Polovtsian Dances: Presto
Prince Igor - Arr. Vovka Ashkenazy / Polovtsian Dances: Moderato alla breve
Prince Igor - Arr. Vovka Ashkenazy / Polovtsian Dances: Presto
Prince Igor - Arr. Vovka Ashkenazy / Polovtsian Dances: Allegro con spirito

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