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Vladimir Ashkenazy – Bach: English Suites 1-3 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Vladimir Ashkenazy – Bach: English Suites 1-3 (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:08:16 minutes | 1,23 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Decca Music Group Ltd.

Vladimir Ashkenazy has announced he will release his new recording of Bach’s English Suites 1 – 3 on a unique double album with his first Bach recording from 1965, the Concerto in D minor, on 15 October 2021. Over half a century, a remarkable 56 years, spans the two recordings marking the longest exclusive association between pianist and record label, Decca Classics, in history.

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Sharon Bezaly and Vladimir Ashkenazy – Franck, Faure, Prokofiev: Flute Sonatas (2017) [2.0 & 5.0] SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Sharon Bezaly & Vladimir Ashkenazy – Franck, Fauré, Prokofiev: Flute Sonatas (2017)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 75:06 minutes | F/B Covers+PDF Booklet | 3,41 GB
or DSD64 2.0 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | F/B Covers + PDF Booklet | 2,96 GB
or FLAC Stereo (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/96kHz | F/B Covers + PDF Booklet | 1,40 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Label: BIS Records AB # BIS-2259

The flautist Sharon Bezaly has released many discs on BIS, recordings which have contributed to the international recognition that she enjoys. On this disc, however, she turns to core repertoire, although not necessarily that of her own instrument. The two sonatas by César Franck and Gabriel Fauré were composed with the violin in mind, and even though Prokofiev’s sonata was originally intended for the flute it is often heard in the composer’s own version for violin and piano. But joined by the legendary pianist and conductor Vladimir Askenazy, Sharon Bezaly now claims the three works for her own instrument, in eloquent performances that make the best possible case for the flute.

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Philharmonia Orchestra & Vladimir Ashkenazy – Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Symphony No. 3 (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Philharmonia Orchestra & Vladimir Ashkenazy – Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Symphony No. 3 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:17:28 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Signum Records

Marking their latest collaboration with their conductor laureate Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Philharmonia return to disc with a stellar live-performance of two late works by Rachmaninov – the Symphonic Dances and Symphony No. 3 in A Minor. This release is third and final in a new series of Rachmaninov’s symphonic works, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy in live performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

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Philharmonia Orchestra & Vladimir Ashkenazy – Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Philharmonia Orchestra & Vladimir Ashkenazy – Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:39 minutes | 0,98 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front cover | © Signum Records

Marking their latest collaboration with their conductor laureate Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Philharmonia return to disc with a stellar live-performance of Rachmaninov’s ebullient Symphony No.2 in E Minor. This is the second release in a new series of Rachmaninov’s symphonies, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy in live performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra. The first release of Symphony No. 1 (SIGCD484) was met by critical acclaim:

“Perhaps the most satisfying of all [Ashkenazy’s recordings of the Symphony]…” (BBC Music Magazine)

“Ashkenazy knows how to shape detail and soar in the big melodic moments. The Philharmonia sound is muscular and alert, from the opening woodwind solos to the mighty, stirring symphonic tutti of the finale.” (The Observer)

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Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 – Vladimir Ashkenazy, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti (1973/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 – Vladimir Ashkenazy, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti (1973/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:56:55 minutes | 2,97 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Booklet, Front Cover | © Decca
Recorded: Krannert Centre, University of Illinois, USA, May 1972

This Grammy-winning release marks Vladimir Ashkenazy’s first of three cycles of the complete Beethoven piano concertos and captures the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Sir Georg Solti at the peak of their careers. Ashkenazy recorded these concertos in May 1971 and May 1972: in 1971 the third and fifth concertos were recorded; a year later the cycle was completed with the first, second and fourth concertos.

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Esther Yoo, Philharmonia Orchestra & Vladimir Ashkenazy – Tchaikovsky (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Esther Yoo, Philharmonia Orchestra & Vladimir Ashkenazy – Tchaikovsky (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:07:17 minutes | 1,1 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Esther Yoo reunites with conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra for her latest release on Deutsche Grammophon.

“This album is special to me not only because of the musical vibrancy and depth in all of the works, but also because of what Tchaikovsky and his music symbolize,” says Esther. “His compositions represent how a person who endures hardships in life can create music that gives voice to feelings which cannot easily be expressed. Every young adult experiences challenging periods of searching for identity, encountering love and facing new obstacles. During such times, I often turned to Tchaikovsky’s music because I felt that he expresses the most tangible of human emotions.”

The release features Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto alongside five shorter works, including Pas de Deux and Danse Russe from Swan Lake, Sérénade Mélancolique, Valse-Scherzo, and Mélodie from Souvenir d’un lieu cher.

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Ottorino Respighi – Roman Trilogy – Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (2005/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ottorino Respighi – Roman Trilogy – Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (2005/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:02:56 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: e-Onkyo | Front Cover | © Exton / Octavia Records Inc., Japan
Recorded: 29, 30 Mar. 2004, 25 Apr. 2005, Studio of RFO Holland, MCO, Hilversum. Mixed and Mastered at Exton Studio, Yokohama

19世紀後半ら20世紀半ばを生きたレスピーギ。この時代はちょうどオーケストラの規模が大きくなり様々な音楽表現が可能になった時期であり、レスピーギはこのローマ三部作「ローマの松」「ローマの噴水」「ローマの祭」でその才能を華麗なオーケストレーションで開花させた。世界のアシュケナージとオランダ放送フィルによる奇跡のコラボレーションシリーズ第1弾。名手ぞろいの管楽器群、とりわけ優れたブラス・セクションを有するオランダ放送フィルが、絢爛豪華、華麗勇壮なレスピーギを聴かせてくれる

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Vladimir Ashkenazy – Bach: French Suites, BWV 812-817 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Vladimir Ashkenazy – Bach: French Suites, BWV 812-817 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:22:48 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Digital Booklet | © Decca

Even though Vladimir Ashkenazy has been on the “piano market”. for over half a century, this recording of Bach’s French Suites is a brand new one : March 2016 and April 2017, thus it is not some kind of reprint or re-issue, but the fruit of a long maturation. Over the past twelve years, the pianist has increasingly turned to the music of J. S. Bach, starting with the two books of the Well-Tempered Clavier, which he recorded in 2005. Working essentially from the Peters Urtext Edition, with a few suggestions of alternative readings from other sources, Ashkenazy makes clarity of sound his goal: “It was a privilege to do more Bach, and I tried to have a sound as clear as possible. The music is transparent, and Bach’s own instrument was terribly clear, so this has to be taken into account in pieces where there are lower bass lines, and a more involved texture. I use very few ornaments and don’t think of the sound of the harpsichord – the piano is what we have today. What I try to do is play on what we have today, and make the combination of voices as clear as possible”. This will hopefully put an end to any – useless and sterile anyway – discussion regarding whether Bach can or even should be played on anything else than the harpsichord, or be “allowed” onto modern or even ancient pianos.

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Ingolf Wunder, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra & Vladimir Ashkenazy – Tchaikovsky & Chopin (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ingolf Wunder, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra & Vladimir Ashkenazy – Tchaikovsky & Chopin (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:12:36 minutes | 1,32 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: e-Onkyo | Digital Booklet | © Deutsche Grammophon

Austrian pianist Ingolf Wunder won second prize at the 2010 Warsaw International Chopin Competition, demonstrating how skillfully he plays works by the great Polish composer. On this 2014 release, Wunder revisits his beloved Chopin and presents two of the greatest hits in the piano repertoire: Chopin’s and Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concertos, recorded live at St. Petersburg’s 2012 White Nights Festival. Wunder teams up with the supreme musicianship of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of legendary conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy.

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Vladimir Ashkenazy – Bach: Italian Concerto; French Overture; Aria Variata (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Vladimir Ashkenazy – Bach: Italian Concerto; French Overture; Aria Variata (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:07:32 minutes | 1,19 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet |  © Decca/London

Significantly, the focus of J.S. Bach’s obituary is almost exclusively on his life as a keyboard player. There is a brief mention of the cantatas, Passions, concertos and the Mass, but with no details matching those of him as a keyboardist — learning to play as a child, developing a career as an adult. Rather, and at considerable length, it tells of his great fame as a player — on harpsichord (before the King of Saxony in Dresden), on organ (before enthusiastic audiences) and even on piano (before the King of Prussia in Potsdam).

However difficult and complex some of his keyboard music was, particularly for the time, it remains wonderfully practical, playable (with practice!) and is, in the way the hands move, positively palpable for the player. It is a unique repertory. The four works recorded here show Bach in various guises as a versatile keyboardist: a young man imitating his elders (BWV 989), an energetic arranger of the new Italian concertos (BWV 974), and as a mature composer of astonishing originality and suavity (BWV 831 and 971).

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