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The Originals - Rachmaninov: Preludes / Vladimir Ashkenazy

Audio Samples

  1. Rachmaninov — Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, "The Bells of Moscow", Op. 3, No. 2 $1.29 on iTunes
  2. Rachmaninov — 10 Preludes for piano, Op. 23: No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor $1.29 on iTunes
  3. Rachmaninov — 10 Preludes for piano, Op. 23: No. 2 in B-Flat Major $1.29 on iTunes
  4. Rachmaninov — 10 Preludes for piano, Op. 23: No. 3 in D Minor $1.29 on iTunes
  5. Rachmaninov — 10 Preludes for piano, Op. 23: No. 4 in D Major $1.29 on iTunes
  6. Rachmaninov — 10 Preludes for piano, Op. 23: No. 5 in G Minor $1.29 on iTunes
  7. Rachmaninov — 10 Preludes for piano, Op. 23: No. 6 in E-Flat Major $1.29 on iTunes
  8. Rachmaninov — 10 Preludes for piano, Op. 23: No. 7 in C Minor $1.29 on iTunes
  9. Rachmaninov — 10 Preludes for piano, Op. 23: No. 8 in A-Flat Major $1.29 on iTunes
  10. Rachmaninov — 10 Preludes for piano, Op. 23: No. 9 in E-Flat Minor $1.29 on iTunes
  11. Rachmaninov — 10 Preludes for piano, Op. 23: No. 10 in G-Flat Major $1.29 on iTunes
  12. Rachmaninov — 13 Preludes for piano, Op. 32: No. 1 in C Major $1.29 on iTunes
  13. Rachmaninov — 13 Preludes for piano, Op. 32: No. 2 in B-Flat Minor $1.29 on iTunes
  14. Rachmaninov — 13 Preludes for piano, Op. 32: No. 3 in E Major $1.29 on iTunes
  15. Rachmaninov — 13 Preludes for piano, Op. 32: No. 4 in E Minor $1.29 on iTunes
  16. Rachmaninov — 13 Preludes for piano, Op. 32: No. 5 in G Major $1.29 on iTunes
  17. Rachmaninov — 13 Preludes for piano, Op. 32: No. 6 in F Minor $1.29 on iTunes
  18. Rachmaninov — 13 Preludes for piano, Op. 32: No. 7in F Major $1.29 on iTunes
  19. Rachmaninov — 13 Preludes for piano, Op. 32: No. 8 in A Minor $1.29 on iTunes
  20. Rachmaninov — 13 Preludes for piano, Op. 32: No. 9 in A Major $1.29 on iTunes
  21. Rachmaninov — 13 Preludes for piano, Op. 32: No. 10 in B Minor $1.29 on iTunes
  22. Rachmaninov — 13 Preludes for piano, Op. 32: No. 11 in B Major $1.29 on iTunes
  23. Rachmaninov — 13 Preludes for piano, Op. 32: No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor $1.29 on iTunes
  24. Rachmaninov — 13 Preludes for piano, Op. 32: No. 13 in D-Flat Major $1.29 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32
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Notes & Reviews:

"More significantly, the re-mastering allows the colors and nuances of Ashkenazy's performances to sound more cleanly and accurately. In the hard-charging B-flat major Prelude, the delicately radiant G-sharp minor Prelude, even the played-to-death C-sharp minor Prelude, Ashkenazy's playing seem much more subtle and dazzling -- which, considering that his performances have long been considered among the deepest and strongest ever recorded, is quite an achievement. Everyone who treasures Rachmaninov's music should hear this release -- whether they've heard the earlier releases or not." -All Music

BBC Music Magazine
Ashkenazy's account of Rachmaninov's preludes has much competition these days, but it's still a rewarding performance. There's an exciting depth to Ashkenazy's tone, the layering of colours is beautifully managed and the atmosphere expertly combines poetry and logic.

Gramophone Magazine
'Perhaps what strikes home most of all is the sheer aristocracy of his playing ... everything is beautifully moulded and proportioned, beautifully balanced and blended. The sonority he draws from the instrument is poetry itself, as for instance the liquid stream of Op.23 nos.8 & 9. His effortlessly strong, brilliant technique is of course an enormous asset in bolder challenges like Op.23 no.2 ... at all times his phrasing suggests acute susceptibility, yet sentiment never degenerates into sentimentality and nothing would have pleased Rachmanimnov more than that. The C sharp minor Prelude is so often murdered that it is a revelation to hear it done with such a fine blend of the imperious and the mysterious; it emerges here as a little masterpiece.



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Petersham, Surrey, England (01/18/1974-04/23/1975)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Petersham, Surrey, England (01/18/1974-04/23/1975)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901-1903

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Petersham, Surrey, England (01/18/1974-04/23/1975)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1910