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Not stellar, unfortunately

I've been comparing different versions of the Moonlight Sonata and Mr. Ashkenazy's interpretation, while definitely not the worst of the four I've heard so far, doesn't reach its potential. The tempo is a bit faster than usual, which was actually a welcome, "awakening" change. Ashkenazy does a pretty decent job at expressing moods, considering the "speed". Unfortunately, a couple of times in the third movement the arpeggios become mangled and the rhytm gets lost; I also wonder if the odd pause at 0:14 was really intentional. Promising start but, unfortunately, a disappointing finale.

hahah not stellar.

please... this is possibly the greatest recording of pathetique ive ever heard. no accounting for taste i suppose. bravo ashkenazy.

Vladimir Ashkenazy-my favorite!

Mr. Ashkenazy's distinct style brings these great classics to life and this quality recording sounds great on my iPod.


Born: July 6, 1937 in Gorki, Russia

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Vladimir Davidovich Ashkenazy was born in Gorky, USSR, on July 6, 1937. His parents were both professional pianists and taught him piano beginning at age six. His father was a non-observant Russian Jew, and his mother was a Russian of (Christian) Orthodox faith. After his debut in Moscow at the tender age of eight, Ashkenazy was subsequently put on track for a musical career and enrolled in Moscow's Central Music School. His regular piano teacher there was Anaida Sumbatian. In 1955 he entered the...
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 1983

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