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Rachmaninov: Complete Works for Piano / Ashkenazy


Release Date: 04/15/2014 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 002033002  
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovFranz SchubertFelix MendelssohnGeorges Bizet,   ... 
Performer:  Vladimir AshkenazyAndré PrevinVovka AshkenazyDody Ashkenazy,   ... 
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraPhilharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 11 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Vladimir Ashkenazy is the pre-eminent interpreter of Rachmaninov’s music, having championed it since the outset of his career. Ashkenazy is the only musician to record all of the composer’s piano works. This collection includes all Rachmaninov’s piano music, from his earliest compositions to the final masterpieces.

The Piano Concertos and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini are here in versions with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Bernard Haitink: “The combined virtues of soloists, conductor, orchestras and recording on the new Decca are really rather remarkable” Gramophone on Piano Concerto No. 1.

When Ashkenazy marked his 75th birthday (6 July 2012), he recorded a final album of Rachmaninov’s music,
Read more called ‘Rachmaninov Rarities’. This album includes the Seven Pieces (Moments Musicaux) Op.10, three Nocturnes, and ten shorter early works, including an unpublished 'Song without Words'.

While the vast majority of the recording in this set are of digital-era provenance, the 11th CD includes earlier (analogue) versions of works included elsewhere in the set, including Ashkenazy’s earlier thoughts on the Corelli Variations and the Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39.
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891/1917; Russia 
2. 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 
3. Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
4. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G minor, Op. 40 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926/1941; USA 
5. Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
6. 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 
7. Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 1 in F sharp minor, Largo by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1903; Russia 
8. Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 2 in B flat major, Maestoso by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1903; Russia 
9. Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 3 in D minor, Tempo di minuetto by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1903; Russia 
10. Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 4 in D major, Andante cantabile by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
11. 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 
12. Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 6 in E flat major, Andante by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1903; Russia 
13. Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 7 in C minor, Allegro by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1903; Russia 
14. Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 8 in A flat major, Allegro vivace by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1903; Russia 
15. Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 9 in E flat minor, Presto by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1903; Russia 
16. Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 10 in G flat major, Largo by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1903; Russia 
17. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 1 in C major, Allegro vivace by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
18. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 2 in B flat minor, Allegretto by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
19. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 3 in E major, Allegro vivace by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
20. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 4 in E minor, Allegro con brio by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
21. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 5 in G major, Moderato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
22. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 6 in F minor, Allegro appassionato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
23. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 7 in F major, Moderato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
24. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 8 in A minor, Vivo by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
25. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 9 in A major, Allegro moderato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
26. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 10 in B minor, Lento by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
27. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 11 in B major, Allegretto by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
28. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 12 in G sharp minor, Allegro by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
29. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 13 in D flat major, Grave by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
30. Suite for 2 Pianos no 1, Op. 5 "Fantaisie-tableaux" by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), André Previn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 22 Minutes 53 Secs. 
31. Suite for 2 Pianos no 2, Op. 17 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  André Previn (Piano), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900-1901; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 22 Minutes 54 Secs. 
32. Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 33 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Russia 
Date of Recording: 9/1977 
33. Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), André Previn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 34 Minutes 15 Secs. 
34. Russian Rhapsody for 2 Pianos in E minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), André Previn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 1 Secs. 
35. Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1931; USA 
Date of Recording: 6/1985 
Venue:    
Length: 18 Minutes 35 Secs. 
36. Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1985-1986 
37. Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1/1973 
38. Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 5 in E flat minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1963 
39. Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 2 in A minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1963 
40. Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 1 in C minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1963 
41. Variations on a theme of Chopin, Op. 22 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; Russia 
42. Sonata for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 28 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Russia 
43. Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 2/1980 
44. Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25: no 2, Wohin? by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
45. Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Scherzo by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Teldec Studios, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
46. L'arlésienne: Suite no 1 - 2nd movement, Menuet by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
47. Sorochintsy fair: Hopak by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Teldec Studios, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
48. Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
49. Songs (6), Op. 16: no 1, Cradle song by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
50. Songs (12), Op. 21: no 5, Lilacs by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Teldec Studios, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
51. Songs (6), Op. 38: no 3, Daisies by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Teldec Studios, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
52. Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Teldec Studios, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
53. Transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesfreud" for piano by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1921; Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
54. Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 1st movement, Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Teldec Studios, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
55. Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 3rd movement, Gavotte en rondeau by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Teldec Studios, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
56. Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 7th movement, Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Teldec Studios, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
57. Lachtäubchen (Behr) "Polka de W.R." by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Teldec Studios, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
58. Duets (6) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 11 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 26 Minutes 32 Secs. 
59. Pieces (2) for Piano 6 Hands by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Dody Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
60. Polka italienne for Piano 4 Hands by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano), Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano), Alastair Mackie (Trumpet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1906; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
61. The Star-spangled Banner by John Stafford Smith
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1814 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
62. Moments musicaux (6), Op. 16 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
Length: 30 Minutes 59 Secs. 
63. Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Length: 19 Minutes 41 Secs. 
64. Prelude for Piano in D minor, Op. posthumous by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
65. Songs (12), Op. 21: no 7, How fair this spot by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
66. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 58 Secs. 
67. Fragments by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
68. 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 
69. Song without words for Piano in d by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1887; Russia 
70. Pieces (4) for Piano by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1887; Russia 
71. Oriental Sketch for Piano in B flat major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; USSR 
72. Nocturnes (3) for Piano by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888; Russia 
73. Morceaux (7) de salon, Op. 10 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Russia 
74. Morceau de fantaisie in G minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
75. Fugue in D minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
76. Fughetta for Piano in F major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
77. Canon for Piano in E minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
78. Vespers, Op. 37: no 5, Now lettest thou thy servant by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; Russia 
79. Songs (15), Op. 26: no 12, Night is mournful by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Russia 
80. Piece for Piano in A flat major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
81. Songs (6), Op. 38: no 3, Daisies by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916; Russia 
Date of Recording: 6/1977 

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