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Russian Piano School Vol. 17 - Vladimir Ashkenazy: Chopin / Liszt (BMG/Melodiya)
Chopin, Liszt, Ashkenazy
Russian Piano School Vol. 17 - Vladimir Ashkenazy: Chopin / Liszt (BMG/Melodiya)
Genre: Classical
 
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If you are already a fan of Ashkenazy's piano playing, then this CD may not be interesting to you. To my ears most of Ashkenazy's Chopin recordings have seemed sterile and lifeless, with all the right ideas but no passio...  more »

      
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All Artists: Chopin, Liszt, Ashkenazy
Title: Russian Piano School Vol. 17 - Vladimir Ashkenazy: Chopin / Liszt (BMG/Melodiya)
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Melodiya / BMG
Release Date: 4/15/1997
Genre: Classical
Styles: Forms & Genres, Etudes
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 743213321523

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If you are already a fan of Ashkenazy's piano playing, then this CD may not be interesting to you. To my ears most of Ashkenazy's Chopin recordings have seemed sterile and lifeless, with all the right ideas but no passion behind them. So it's fascinating to return to this recording, among the few he made before leaving the USSR, to hear the pianist who aroused so much excitement when he was still in his teens. It's not the most mature Chopin playing, perhaps, but the impulse behind the playing is palpable. And the Liszt is spectacular! -- Leslie Gerber

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Alex | London, United Kingdom | 05/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This legendary recording is a must-buy for all pianophiles. It is Ashkenazy at his youthful best tearing effortlessly through the Etudes and giving a storming rendition of the Mephisto Waltz. To hear this inspired, top class, musical playing makes one wonder why Ashkenazy's performances were so boring in later years. Very hard to think of another recording of the Etudes that is as good as this one, Pollini's perhaps....."