Vladimir Ashkenazy: The First Recordings

Release Date: 8/23/2019
Label: Profil
Catalog Number: PH19030
Number of Discs: 4

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Vladimir Ashkenazy was born in 1937 in Gorky, then in the Soviet Union (now Nizhny Novgorod, Russia). Three years later his family moved to Moscow. When, in 1955, he was the youngest of five Soviet pianists to be allowed to travel to Warsaw to take part in the International Chopin Piano Competition, Ashkenazy was by no means regarded as a child prodigy at the Moscow Conservatory where he was by then studying piano. Nonetheless, his performance secured him second place and subsequently the particular attention of Soviet cultural circles. That attention proved justified when, a year later, Ashkenazy won the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels, as a result of which he was able to gain his first experience of extended international tours. His reputation was finally cemented in 1962 when he won the world-renowned International Tchaikovsky Competition. In 1963 the Soviet authorities allowed him and his family to spend six months in London, at the end of which they settled permanently there. Vladimir Ashkenazy is regarded as the most exceptional pianist of his generation. Music critics attest to his outstanding virtuosity, which he combines with a well-rounded sound and a keen sense of formal and tonal balanceā€ (Harden/Wilmes: Pianisten Profile, Bärenreiter). The present release features some of his first recordings.
Works on This Recording
1. Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1836-1839 ; Paris, France
2. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 105/Op. 30: no 4 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1836-1837 ; Paris, France
3. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 41: no 4 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1839 ; Paris, France
4. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 3 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830-1831 ; Poland
5. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 6 in G sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1832-1836 ; Paris, France
6. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 1 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830 ; Poland
7. Prelude for Piano in C sharp minor, B 141/Op. 45 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841 ; Paris, France
8. Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842 ; Paris, France
9. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 8 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1829 ; Poland
10. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 3 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1832-1836 ; Paris, France
11. Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842 ; Paris, France
12. Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845-1846 ; Paris, France
13. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1829-1833 ; Poland
14. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1832-1836 ; Paris, France
15. Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859-1860 ; Weimar, Germany
16. Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139: no 5, Feux follets by Franz Liszt
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Weimar, Germany
17. Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 153/Op. 56: no 3 in C minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1843 ; Paris, France
18. Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 157/Op. 59: no 1 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845 ; Paris, France
19. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 1 in A flat major, B 94 "Valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Paris, France
20. 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
21. Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1844 ; Paris, France
22. Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1931 ; USA
23. Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939-1942 ; USSR
24. Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1803-1804 ; Vienna, Austria
25. Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1821-1822 ; Vienna, Austria
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