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Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1; Chopin Variations / Vladimir Ashkenazy

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Variations on a Theme of Chopin, for piano, Op. 22
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 28
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Notes & Reviews:

The combination of Vladimir Ashkenazy and the music of Rachmaninov is one of the iconic partnerships of recorded music, with the piano concertos alone selling millions of copies. In recent years the great Russian pianist and conductor has turned his attention to recording the solo piano music, in recordings that draw on a lifetime of experience as a Rachmaninov interpreter.

"Vladimir Ashkenazy has been recording the music of Rachmaninov for over forty years as pianist and conductor, but here he records two of the composer’s bigger works for piano for the first time. The First Piano Sonata may be a tougher nut to crack interpretatively than the Second, but as Ashkenazy shows the rewards can be great... Ashkenazy’s is a reading full of dramatic intent, and where he really excels is in the chant-like second theme, emerging from the lower register despite the incredible amount of musical activity around it. While much of this music is lean and muscular, Ashkenazy gets beneath the surface of the undulations in the second movement, winding down to a moment of beautiful, airy repose before the finale is unleashed." -ClassicalSource.com

The Guardian
Ashkenazy approaches the works with the generosity and dramatic sweep that has always characterised his piano playing, and his tone is as luminous as ever. But there is nevertheless something effortful about the performances, a sense that this is no longer music Ashkenazy can technically take in his stride.

Gramophone Magazine
This great musician here returns to something like top form. These may be his first recordings of these works but they sound as though they have been in his fingers for a long time... Ashkenazy's playing of [Variation 16] is quite bewitching, yet in Var 20 he shows that he can still scamper around the keyboard with the best of them... This is his most successful disc for some time, a notable adjunct to the renowned Rachmaninov recordings of his youth

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-10-10_2010-10-11&2011-).



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>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Variations on a Theme of Chopin, for piano, Op. 22
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-10-10_2010-10-11&2011-)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1902-1903

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 28
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-10-10_2010-10-11&2011-)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1907