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The Originals - Chopin, Debussy, Ravel / Ashkenazy

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 17 in B major, Op. 62/1, CT. 124
>Debussy, Claude : L'isle joyeuse
>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone
Ashkenazy plays it marvellously well, and seems oblivious of the difficulties [Gaspard]. His soft playing is really soft, and yet always full of atmosphere and tension. He is lazily relaxed in "Ondine", hushed and mesmeric in "Le Gibet", and what one might call calmly brilliant in "Scarbo". It is this combination of brilliance and poetry that is so individual about his playing, and the combination is especially striking in the Chopin Scherzo in E major. This is an extremely difficult piece to bring off, because it is not enough for the pianist to be merely brilliant. Indeed it is all too easy to make it sound a rather feeble work. Ashkenazy makes it sound tremendously good. He takes it at a great speed, but his approach is fundamentally tender and lyrical. I have never enjoyed it so much ... Debussy's L'Isle joyeuse is much more than that. For once it really does sound "joyeuse", and the exhilaration of it is irresistible. In short, this is a splendid record, and the sound ... is all you could wish.

BBC Music Magazine
On this disc we hear Ashkenazy at his best, idiomatic, warm and flexible in the two Chopin pieces, displaying a dazzling technique, and much more, in the Debussy, and investigating with fascinating results all the weirdness of Ravel.



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>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, England (07/12/1965-07/15/1965)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1843

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 17 in B major, Op. 62/1, CT. 124
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, England (07/12/1965-07/15/1965)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Debussy, Claude : L'isle joyeuse
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, England (07/12/1965-07/15/1965)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, England (07/12/1965-07/15/1965)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908