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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 / Schumann: Piano Concerto


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“When the Sydney Symphony Orchestra acquired Vladimir Ashkenazy as its new Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Australian classical music fans rejoiced over their good fortune in landing an undisputed legend. Often regarded as one of the preeminent solo pianists of the present era, over the years, Ashkenazy has also acquired equally ... Read more in Amazon's Vladimir Ashkenazy Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2011)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B000059ZIA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23 - 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spiritoLondon Symphony Orchestra21:03£2.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23 - 2. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo IVladimir Ashkenazy 6:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23 - 3. Allegro con fuocoVladimir Ashkenazy 6:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54 - 1. Allegro affettuosoVladimir Ashkenazy15:42£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54 - 2. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)London Symphony Orchestra 4:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54 - 3. Allegro vivaceLondon Symphony Orchestra11:32£1.49  Buy MP3 

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Nov 2009
Format: Audio CD
These two classic recordings of Schumann & Tchaikovsky Concerto used to be one of the Penguin Guide top recommendations, and they still rank very high among the best recorings available today. Ashkenazy's strength lies, not only in his hugely dynamic technical prowess, but also in his fine musicianship and artistry to express the music most eloquently without self-glorification.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good enough, but hardly a legend 19 Nov 2007
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Just because you're Russian doesn't mean that you were born to play the Tchaikovsky concerto. To my ears, Ashkenazy certainly wasn't. His first movement falls into rhythmic slackness and dull phrasing almost immediately and never recovers. The second movement Adantino is marked as "simple" by the composer, but Ashkenazy is merely fussy, a trait he carries over into the decidely underwhelming finale. This is Decca's idea of a legendary recording? Mehta's accompaniments are routine and uninvolved, although he makes a stab at excitement by rushing the finale. In a field featuring the likes of Horowitz, Richter, and Argerich, this one is a non-starter.

To give him his due, Ashkenazy has always seemed to me more persuasive in the gentler pastures of Chopin and Schumann. Yet if any single concerto has garnered great performances from highly distinctive pianists, it's the Schumann. Lipatti, Gieseking, Richter, Kissin, and Argerich have given us superlative interpretations with a vibrant personal profile. Ashkenazy simply plays well and sensitively, and once again Mehta provides little more than a run through. I realize that Decca has treated Ashkenazy like a majaor artist for decades, but I for one don't get it.
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