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Russian Fantasy: Piano Duets by Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff and Glinka / Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy

Audio Samples

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Night on the Bare Mountain
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Suite for 2 Pianos no 1, Op. 5 "Fantaisie-tableaux"
>Glinka, Mikhail : Valse-Fantaisie, for piano in B minor, G. vi193
>Scriabin, Alexander : Fantasy for 2 pianos in A minor
>Borodin, Alexander : Prince Igor
>     Polovtsian Dances. Introduzione
>     Polovtsian Dances. Allegro vivo
>     Polovtsian Dances. Allegro
>     Polovtsian Dances. Presto
>     Polovtsian Dances. Moderato alla breve
>     Polovtsian Dances. Presto
>     Polovtsian Dances. Allegro con spirito

Album Summary

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Night on the Bare Mountain
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Suite for 2 Pianos no 1, Op. 5 "Fantaisie-tableaux"
>Glinka, Mikhail : Valse-Fantaisie, for piano in B minor, G. vi193
>Scriabin, Alexander : Fantasy for 2 pianos in A minor
>Borodin, Alexander : Prince Igor
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Notes & Reviews:

Following their album of French music for two pianos, father and son Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy revel in their musical heritage with this dazzling programme by the great composers of Russia. Three of the works have been arranged by Vovka Ashkenazy himself, including Mussorgsky's Night On The Bald Mountain and the album's virtuosic finale, Borodin's Polovtsian Dances from his opera Prince Igor. His two-piano arrangement of Glinka's lilting Valse-fantaisie is itself based on Sergei Lyapunov's arrangement for four hands.

BBC Music Magazine
Full of taut and virtuosic double pianism.

International Record Review
It's terrific to hear Ashkenazy playing Russian Romantic repertoire again. The performance of the Rachmaninov Suite is more reflective and mellow than Ashkenazy's version with Previn - there seems to be greater expansiveness and flexibility in the phrasing... The result is a delightful and entertaining disc, and one that's sumptuously recorded too

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk (08/07/2011-08/09/2011).



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Works Details

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Night on the Bare Mountain
  • Performers: Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano); Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (08/07/2011-08/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1886

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Suite for 2 Pianos no 1, Op. 5 "Fantaisie-tableaux"
  • Performers: Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano); Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (08/07/2011-08/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Glinka, Mikhail : Valse-Fantaisie, for piano in B minor, G. vi193
  • Performers: Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano); Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (08/07/2011-08/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Scriabin, Alexander : Fantasy for 2 pianos in A minor
  • Performers: Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano); Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (08/07/2011-08/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1889

>Borodin, Alexander : Prince Igor :: Polovtsian Dances. Introduzione
  • Performers: Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano); Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (08/07/2011-08/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1887

>Borodin, Alexander : Prince Igor :: Polovtsian Dances. Allegro vivo
  • Performers: Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano); Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (08/07/2011-08/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1887

>Borodin, Alexander : Prince Igor :: Polovtsian Dances. Allegro
  • Performers: Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano); Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (08/07/2011-08/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1887

>Borodin, Alexander : Prince Igor :: Polovtsian Dances. Presto
  • Performers: Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano); Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (08/07/2011-08/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1887

>Borodin, Alexander : Prince Igor :: Polovtsian Dances. Moderato alla breve
  • Performers: Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano); Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (08/07/2011-08/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1887

>Borodin, Alexander : Prince Igor :: Polovtsian Dances. Presto
  • Performers: Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano); Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (08/07/2011-08/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1887

>Borodin, Alexander : Prince Igor :: Polovtsian Dances. Allegro con spirito
  • Performers: Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano); Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (08/07/2011-08/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1887