Customer Reviews for: Favourite Beethoven / Vladimir Ashkenazy

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 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

 One of the Greats!! August 4, 2012
By W. Brown (Centerburg, OH) -- See All My Reviews
Vladimir Ashkenazy is a pianist that always deliver superb recordings. Check out his recordings of Rachmaninov and Chopin - simply outstanding- the notes leap off the page with such skill and clarity. Now he tackles Beethoven, and delivers another outstanding disc. Pick up this one, relax and enjoy!! Report Abuse

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