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Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto 3 (1986)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto 3 (1986)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto 3 (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 167 Mb | Total time: 43:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 417 239-2 | Recorded: 1985

In this version, Ashenazy's approach is conservative. He builds his climaxes with a measured understanding of what one could call the "architectural grandeur" of the piece. Bernard Haitink and the Concertgebouw provide great accompaniment to Ashenazy's playing throughout, yet the combined energies of orchestra and soloist come through in an absolutely thrilling finale.

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 4 (1986)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 4 (1986)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 4 (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 248 Mb | Total time: 62:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 414 475-2 | Recorded: 1984

Vladimir Ashkenazy’s way with the Rachmaninov Second Piano Concerto noticeably mellowed in the years between his blistering 1963 premiere recording on Decca with Kirill Kondrashin and this 1986 reading. That’s not to say it became mushy or dull, but it is certainly heavier, characterized by a prevailing darkness that calls to mind Stravinsky’s description of Rachmaninov as a “six-foot scowl.” Ashkenazy’s rich tone and emphatic phrasing assures an overall somber cast, while Bernard Haitink draws similarly-countenanced playing from the Concertgebouw Orchestra–the low strings especially. However, there is a respite from the gloom in the quite touching rendition of the lyrical slow movement.

Jamie Walton, Vladimir Ashkenazy - Dvorák & Schumann: Cello Concertos (2013)

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Jamie Walton, Vladimir Ashkenazy - Dvorák & Schumann: Cello Concertos (2013)

Jamie Walton, Vladimir Ashkenazy - Dvorák & Schumann: Cello Concertos (2013)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 303 MB | 01:08:38
Genre: Classical | Label: Signum Records

Jamie Walton is joined by the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of their conductor laureate Vladimir Ashkenazy for this new concerto recording of concertos and orchestral works by Dvorák and Schumann. Jamie Walton has proved himself as a leading light in UK's musical life; as a performer in his widely praised concerto and sonata recordings, and as a festival director in his work as founder of the North York Moors Festival, which was shortlisted for an RPS Award in 2011.

Vladimir Ashkenazy - Essential Chopin (2003)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy - Essential Chopin (2003)

Vladimir Ashkenazy - Essential Chopin (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 478 Mb | Total time: 129:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 473 876-2 | Recorded: 1975-1985

This two-disc set, one of numerous crossover collections released by the Decca/Universal family of labels, bears the name of Russian pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy only in small print at the end of the list of pieces included. Newcomers to classical music can rest assured that they're getting a two-for-one bonus by purchasing Essential Chopin – not only an introduction to the Polish-French composer who helped elevate the small solo piano work to the pinnacle of musical art, but also a sampling of the talents of one of the great keyboard artists of our own time. Ashkenazy rumbles with power on the more extended Ballades and the "Revolutionary" Etude in C minor, Op. 10/2, while Chopin's lighter dance-rhythm pieces and lyrical Nocturnes sparkle under Ashkenazy's effortless hands.

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Rachmaninov: The Bells, Three Russian Songs (1986)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Rachmaninov: The Bells, Three Russian Songs (1986)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Rachmaninov: The Bells, Three Russian Songs (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 219 Mb | Total time: 50:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 414 455-2 | Recorded: 1984

Ashkenazy and Previn are broadly agreed on choice of tempos throughout the work. At the very opening, after the magical silvery flutes, Ashkenazy is a shade more volatile and he certainly echoes the words "sparkle and dash" in the evocation of the "sledges dashing in a row, their bells jingling". Here his tenor soloist, Ryszard Karczykowski, brings an added degree of temperament to the singing. In the slow movement too, Natalia Troitskaya's contribution has all the freshness of Armstrong, yet there is a natural slavonic feeling too—the singing opens up that bit more, yet without a hint of crudeness.

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1984)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1984)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 215 Mb | Total time: 50:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 410 199-2 | Recorded: 1982

The Second Concerto is more unitary in manner. There are still occasional moments of hard tone from Ashkenazy, but they are less noticeable here. It’s a nice performance if you like a pretty broad first movement, an energetic but controlled Scherzo, a mellow Andante and a Finale which aims more at grace and good humour than anything climatic. The recording is lively with a touch of glare at times.

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1983)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1983)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 203 Mb | Total time: 48:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 410 009-2 | Recorded: 1981

Johannes Brahms was not a composer who showed much confidence early on in his career, at least as far as large-scale orchestral forms were concerned. Take for instance what we know to be his Piano Concerto No. 1, which premiered in 1859. This work began as a sonata for two pianos, and then Brahms considered developing it into a symphony. But the shadow of Beethoven's nine essays in the symphonic form dogged Brahms so much that his First Symphony didn't appear for almost two decades. It finally emerged into this turbulent and elongated D Minor concerto and, despite receiving a fairly frigid reception at its premiere, it is a work that has come to be seen as Brahms' first true large-scale orchestral masterpiece.

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Philharmonia Orchestra - W.A. Mozart: The Piano Concertos (1995) 10 CD Box Set, Reissue 2006 [Re-Up]

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, Philharmonia Orchestra - W.A. Mozart: The Piano Concertos (1995) 10 CD Box Set, Reissue 2006 [Re-Up]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Piano Concertos (1995) 10 CD Box Set, Reissue 2006
Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano & conductor), Philharmonia Orchestra
with Fou Ts'ong, piano; English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim (conductor & piano);
London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész (conductor)

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 2.78 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.63 Gb | Scans ~ 165 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 476 8904 | Time: 12:09:46

Even though Vladimir Ashkenazy is most often celebrated for his brilliantly virtuosic interpretations of Romantic repertoire, his skills in playing works of the Classical era are just as worthy, as proved by this 10-disc set from London of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's piano concertos. These performances span a period from 1966 to 1988, capturing a youthful and vigorous Ashkenazy playing and conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra from the keyboard, in approved Mozartian fashion. All of the keyboard concertos are here, including the official 27 concertos for piano and orchestra, the Concerto for two pianos in E flat major, K. 365, the Concerto for three pianos in F major, K. 242, as well as the two Rondos K. 382 and K. 386. Ashkenazy's elegant playing has been highly praised by critics and placed on a level with his esteemed contemporaries Murray Perahia, Daniel Barenboim, and Alfred Brendel, all past masters of Mozart's primary medium of expression.

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Cleveland Orchestra - Prokofiev: Cinderella (1985)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, Cleveland Orchestra - Prokofiev: Cinderella (1985)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Cleveland Orchestra - Prokofiev: Cinderella (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 512 Mb | Total time: 50:31+57:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca ‎| 410 162-2 | Recorded: 1983

The fairy tale story of Cinderella has always inspired the great theater composers. Rossini's delightful 'La Cenerentola' is an operatic staple while Prokofiev's 'Cinderella' is a fixture on the ballet stage. After the 1940 premiere of 'Romeo and Juliet,' Prokofiev was immediately commissioned to write another ballet for the Kirov. Work on 'Cinderella' was set aside during some of the darkest days of the Second World War but Prokofiev returned to the work and completed it in 1944.

Fitzwilliam String Quartet, Elisabeth Söderström, Vladimir Ashkenazy - Shostakovich: Piano Quintet, Seven Romances (1987)

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Fitzwilliam String Quartet, Elisabeth Söderström, Vladimir Ashkenazy - Shostakovich: Piano Quintet, Seven Romances (1987)

Fitzwilliam String Quartet, Elisabeth Söderström, Vladimir Ashkenazy - Shostakovich: Piano Quintet, Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 278 Mb | Total time: 63:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 411 940-2 | Recorded: 1983, 1986

The piano quintet is one of Shostakovich's most popular chamber music works, and has been ever since the first performance. The premiere came only a few years after "Pravda" had denounced the composer, and the work allowed him to rehabilitate himself and return to public musical life. But the bitter years were not forgotten: although the Soviet authorities were pleased with the new work, it is full of hidden references to the fear-stricken times, and can be understood as a critique of the system. This recording does justice to the work's context, with Ashkenazy and the Fitzwilliam Quartet delivering an extremely expressive performance.

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Moscow Conservatory Students Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Monna Vanna (Act 1) & Songs (2014)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, Moscow Conservatory Students Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Monna Vanna (Act 1) & Songs (2014)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Moscow Conservatory Students Symphony Orchestra - Rachmaninov: Monna Vanna (Act 1) & Songs (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 244 Mb | Total time: 57:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine ‎| ODE12492 | Recorded: 2013

Rachmaninov’s rarely heard, and unfinished opera, Monna Vanna is recorded here in a newer edition by Gennadi Belov and led by Vladimir Ashkenazy, an iconic artist and expert in Russian music. This recording of Monna Vanna is a world première recording of the sung Russian version – the language in which Rachmaninov originally intended the opera to be performed.

Mats Lidstrom, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 2; Khachaturian: Cello Concerto; Rachmaninov: Vocalise (1995)

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Mats Lidstrom, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 2; Khachaturian: Cello Concerto; Rachmaninov: Vocalise (1995)

Dmitri Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 2;
Aram Khachaturian: Cello Concerto; Sergei Rachmaninov: Vocalise (1995)
Mats Lidström, cello; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor & piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 264 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 192 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-719 | Time: 01:05:28

Mats Lidström is that rare thing, an original musician. The sheer mercurial energy which drives his performances can be both engaging and disturbing, but there is always a searching intelligence at work. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra lost much when its compelling, if unpredictable, lead cellist departed. These two concertos show him at his persuasive best, bringing lesser known works to life. Kabalevsky’s 1964 Concerto stretches and yawns with slow pizzicato before springing into urgent life. Sub-Shostakovich in its motifs and tonality, it is nevertheless well-constructed and uses the saxophone to great effect. In both Allegro movements Lidström achieves a lightning speed and attack and, though Raphael Wallfisch’s recording on Nimbus has a more solid beauty of tone, the Swede’s nervous anticipation makes up for the thinner sound of his Grancino cello. Khachaturian’s 1946 Concerto would make a wonderful soundtrack to a cinematic faux-Oriental extravaganza, with its twisting major and minor intervals, and almost sleazy chromaticism. Lidström really knows how to swing, and makes the most of the memorable melodies.

Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Russian Fantasy: Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Glinka, Borodin, Scriabin (2011) [Re-Up]

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Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Russian Fantasy: Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Glinka, Borodin, Scriabin (2011) [Re-Up]

Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Russian Fantasy (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 212 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 2940 DH | Time: 00:59:41

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, with Rachmaninov's two-piano Suite No.1 at its heart. 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. The two works originally written for two pianos are Rachmaninov's poetic Suite no 1, Op. 5 "Fantaisie Tableaux" (which the young composer dedicated to another giant of Russian music - Piotr Tchaikovsky) and the Fantasy in A minor by Rachmaninov's contemporary at the Moscow Conservatoire, Scriabin.

Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel: Music for Two Pianos (2009) [Re-Up]

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Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel: Music for Two Pianos (2009) [Re-Up]

Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy - Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel: Music for Two Pianos (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 213 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:06:01
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 1090 DH

With this disc, Vladimir Ashkenazy, celebrated for his readings of Rachmaninoff and Chopin, and his son, Vovka, take on music by Debussy and Ravel for two pianos, and the results, utterly unlike virtually anything Ashkenazy père has ever recorded before, make it a real winner. From the electric excitement of the opening En blanc et noir, through the hazy mysteries of Jeux, and the luminous colors of the Rapsodie espagnole, to the inexorable hysteria of La Valse, Ashkenazy père and fils turn in performances that match the music for poise, drive, and technical brilliance. Some might find their sonorities a bit hard-edged at points – should the opening of En blanc et noir and the close of La Valse really be hit so strongly? – but the results are so consistently thrilling that most listeners are likely to be swept away. Recorded in close but clear and vivid digital sound, this disc may not be for every Debussy and Ravel fan, but it should certainly appeal to fans of Ashkenazy.

Vladimir Ashkenazy, European Soloists Ensemble - Igor Stravinsky: Ragtime, Chamber Works (1996)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, European Soloists Ensemble - Igor Stravinsky: Ragtime, Chamber Works (1996)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, European Soloists Ensemble - Igor Stravinsky: Ragtime, Chamber Works (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 246 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 448 177-2 | Time: 00:59:00

The earliest piece on this disc is the delightful Pastorale, written in 1907, when Stravinsky was 25; the latest is the enigmatic Epitaphium, written 52 years later. In between come a clutch of pieces from that fascinating period of Stravinsky’s life when he was moving from Russianism to neo-classicism via jazz. The remaining two, the Octet of 1923 and the Septet of 1953, are both firmly in Stravinsky’s witty, poised neo-classical style, though the Septet is moving towards new, tougher territory. Stravinsky himself made classic recordings of these pieces in the Sixties, now reissued on CD on the Sony label. These are always electric, if sometimes a little untidy, and so closely recorded you feel the players are sitting in your lap. By that lofty benchmark this new recording measures up superbly. Tempos are just as brisk and alert as Stravinsky’s, the accents just as incisive. These qualities are combined with a beautiful soft-grained tone – a nice change from Stravinsky’s lemon-sharp sound.